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Copenhagen Apartments – Three great stays from Kid & Coe

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If you want to live like a Dane, the best way to do so is to take up residence in an apartment. Clean-lined, with plenty of characterful touches, these are usually white, feature a sofa in a muted tone, and have walls hosting clusters of prints and images. Danes love white, because it bounces winter’s longed-for light around rooms and is a neutral canvas for eclectic collections of treasures and art. Colour appears in the touches, which are an always-perfect mix of pieces from the Danish design brands and vintage finds picked up at a loppemarked (flea market).

‘Kid-tested and parent-approved’, Kid & Coe is a great platform to rent through, because its properties are carefully curated to be of a certain standard. For those that like the security of knowing that everything will be clean, nice-looking and in a location that’s unbeatable for easy access around a city, I always recommend it and have used it myself. The added bonus is that you’re renting from other families, so there are toys and other kid essentials ready for you and the smalls when you get there.

Here are my three tops recommended Kid & Coe family-friendly Copenhagen apartments.

THE CHRISTIAN IXTH RESIDENCE, INDRE BY

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This lovely Indre By apartment is consistently one of the most booked Kid & Coe properties in the world – as its reviews clearly show. Extremely cute and extremely central, its owner Sara is often mentioned in the feedback for her warmth and the little touches she leaves, such as flowers and plenty of towels.

As a typical Copenhagen apartment, this has a large living area complete with gymnastic rings, as well as two kids’ rooms loaded with lovely toys. The real plus though – apart from its beauty and style – is its location, which reviewers describe as ‘PRIME’, ‘perfect’, ‘trendy’ and ‘incredible’. The short of it is that it’s easily nip-back-able-to for those who still have napping toddlers and babies, or for those who need somewhere easy to return to for respite or replenishment in the middle of the day.

As many Copenhageners do, Sara and Thomas have put themselves in the smallest bedroom and given their kids’ rooms the focus. The logic goes that, either side of sleeping hours, adults don’t really spend much time in their bedroom, and in dwellings where space is of a premium, why give large amount to it to a room that’s not typically as used as the others?

To note:

  • Third floor with lift
  • Toys for ages five-plus
  • Kids’ beds are one platform and one bunk bed
  • One kids’ room doesn’t have a window, but has a partial door
  • Pubic park across the street
  • Near Kongens Have
  • Great transport links
  • Plenty of sites of interest within walking distance
  • Minimum stay is two nights

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THE ABILDGAARDSGADE RESIDENCE, ØSTERBRO

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This is a unique chance to stay in one of Copenhagen’s Kartoffelrækkerne – or Potato Row Houses. In a city where most live in apartments, these pretty streets of terraced houses in Østerbro represent a rarity. They’re also perfectly located, running a short block between the Lakes and Øster Farimagsgade, where there are bakeries, a grocery store, restaurants, a pretty cemetery and Øster Farimagsgade Skoles green playground.

The house, which has its own front and back gardens and is set on a street with a renowned community life, is loaded with books relevant for kids aged 10 and under in English, Spanish and Danish. It also has plenty of toys, games and the stuff needed for toddlers and babies.

Built in the late 1800s, like many Copenhagen dwellings, this house has what to some might seem a strange layout. Take it as a quirk and enjoy the fact that it’s making the very best use of space. It’s stylish, bright and is high on hygge, making it a real Copenhagen experience.

To note:

  • There are staircases but no stair gates
  • There’s a shower with a baby bath provided
  • Bikes are available for two adults and a child of five to 10 years to borrow, plus there’s a cargo bike
  • Fælledparken and Kongens Have is an easy walk, as is Statens Museum for Kunst (the National Gallery) and beyond that, Botanisk Have and Torvehallerne
  • The kitchen and dining room are on the ground floor; the living room is on the second. Bedrooms are on the first and attic floors
  • Minimum stay is five nights

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THE VESTERBROGADE RESIDENCE, VESTERBRO

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This newly renovated, larger-than-average 160-square-metre apartment is a veritable who’s who of Danish design brands (think HAY, Muuto and ferm LIVING), and with wood floors, a monochrome colour palette and colourful artwork, has all the classic hallmarks of Scandinavian interiors. It’s comfortable and cool, with three bedrooms, a spacious open-plan living room that’s divided into two, an eating nook in the kitchen, plus a proper dining room.

Here, there’s plenty of fun to be had both indoors and out, with the best of the best in toy terms, including heaps of LEGO and art supplies for kids under seven. Just on the doorstep is a large communal courtyard – the norm in Copenhagen buildings – where there’s a playground and sandpits for all to share. And within easy reach is Zoologisk Have (the zoo), Frederiksberg Have and every child’s – no, make that every human’s! – dream, Tivoli.

To note:

  • First floor
  • Rear-facing apartment, so minimal street noise
  • Newly renovated, including bathroom with free-standing bath and rain shower
  • Bassinet or crib available on request
  • 2 x highchairs and a potty available
  • Very near WestMarket food hall
  • Three supermarkets, several bakeries and coffee stops, cafes, wine bars – all within a five-minute walk
  • Kødbyen (the Meatpacking District) is a 15-minute walk
  • No parking, so biking, walking or public transport are recommended
  • Bikes are available for two adults and a child to borrow, plus there’s a cargo bike
  • Minimum stay is four nights

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