His & Hers Doors by Mette Hornung Rankin in Køge

A short drive outside of Copenhagen and you’ll find old housing quarters that out-charm even the fairy tale castles and spires of Denmark’s capital city.

With their small stature, handmade details, and Lego-like color schemes, these old houses make you feel like you entered a toy street where you can lift the lids off the homes and find a perfect diorama of days gone by.

That is until you notice the sleek flat screens, hi-tech kitchens, and modern Danish furniture design contained within. These houses encapsulate perfectly one of the amazing things about Danish culture: the nearly seamless combination of old and new.

Name:Mette Hornung Rankin

Designer, et cetera


Camping, hiking, food, reading, walking the dog, eating out, design and drawing, food adventures, getting a bargain, eating, traveling, Danmark

Tell us about Copenhagen:

Copenhagen is a compact city dense with bike paths, public art, user-friendly public spaces, and enchanting architecture.

The city has two personalities depending on the season.

In the summer, beautiful blond girls ride bikes in short skirts and try to catch all 20 hours of daylight. Everybody basks in the plentiful parks that host frequent concerts and events while drinking beer and eating ice cream.

In the winter months, the majority of the city is bundled in copious outerwear as temperatures dip, and very short days require the streetlights to be on nearly constantly. Despite the winter gloom, there is nothing prettier than a Copenhagen street covered in lamplight and snowfall on a winter evening. Residents hurry home to cosy up with treats, warm drinks and dreams of the summertime.

A perfect day in Copenhagen?

Bike around the Green Bike Path, (grønne cykelruter), while visiting favorite sites like the porridge restaurant Grød on hip Jægersborggade where you can get a solid breakfast. Take a walk around The Lakes, (søerne), for great people watching and to catch the vintage neon advertising signs come on in the evening. Take a quick trip to Tivoli Gardens to ride Himmelskibet for a view of the city.

What is the best thing about Copenhagen?

The feeling that you’ve been transported to another era.

What is the worst?

A homogenous culture that reinforces social uniformity and regularly enforces “jantelov“.

What would be surprising about Copenhagen to an outsider?

The local and collective-oriented mindset of its inhabitants.

If Copenhagen was a person or character who would it be?

A cross between Monica Gellar and Mary Ingalls Wilder.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Paul Klee, Magnetic Fields, Ivan Doig




Name:Mette Hornung Rankin


Favorite place to eat:

Fiskebaren makes the most wonderful dessert I’ve ever tasted: “apples five ways”.

Favorite place to drink:

Cafe N on Blågårdsgade. They serve vegetarian food, and lots of it, in a casual atmosphere.

Favorite shop:

Illums Bolighus for fancy things. Søstrene Grene for the opposite of fancy things.

Local Tip:

Much of the personal outdoor living spaces in Copenhagen are hidden within the inner courtyards of block-encompassing apartment buildings. If you see an open port to a courtyard, peek in to find green space respites in the middle of the city.

Must Do:

Rent a bike. Learn the bike rules. Remember rain gear.