Meet the author Austin Sailsbury in Copenhagen

Austin Sailsbury

Austin Sailsbury is a writer and creative consultant based in Copenhagen. Over the past decade, Austin has contributed to a number of publications, including Kinfolk MagazineRELEVANT Magazine and The Murmur, among others. Even though he has been living in Copenhagen for almost ten years, Austin maintains the ever-curious attitude of an explorer in his own city. Together with his wife and their son and daughter, Austin is always on the hunt for new Copenhagen secrets to uncover for The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen.

What Austin loves most about Copenhagen

"The charming, subtle idiosyncrasies that the ancient harbour city is full of. Copenhagen may not be a city with a wealth of well-known monuments, but it is unique among the world’s trend-setting urban centres. From the exceptional quality of life to the world class food scene to the fairytale history, Copenhagen is a capital city with countless inspiring delights just waiting for those who know where to look."


Austin's perfect day in the city might look like this

"We’d start with a morning bike ride to any one of the city’s Wulff & Konstali Food Shop locations for a long, slow breakfast or brunch with at least three cups of coffee. After brunch, it’s time to bike through the winding streets of the city centre, stopping off at Politikens Boghandelto pick up a paperback or two, to Wardrobe 19 to peruse the latest in quality menswear, and then to Paper Collective, one of the city’s ‘5 best places for graphic paper and art’.

After that, we’d pick up a picnic lunch of rosemary frites from Un Mercato and the famous duck sandwich from Ma Poule (one of the ‘5 must visit stalls at the Torvehallerne') and then we’d bike over Dronning Louises Bridge to find a place along the Copenhagen lakes to picnic, people watch, and soak up some sun.

wall decoration at Coffee collective bar
Coffee Collective

After this, we’d either (A) head to Jægersborggade, one of the city’s ‘5 best shopping streets’, for nitrogen ice cream at ISTID (our favorite ice cream in the city) and an espresso at Coffee Collective or (B) bike along the lake and head up the coast toward Charlottenlund Fort and beach for the evening.

Lastly (if we can find a babysitter that is) we’d have to hire a GoBoat from Islands Brygge and spend the long summer evening cruising Copenhagen Harbor and enjoying cold drinks from Ølsnedkeren, one of ‘the 5 best Danish microbreweries'."