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Funky lounge chairs from Roxy Klassik. Photo: Roxy Klassik
Funky lounge chairs from Roxy Klassik. Photo: Roxy Klassik

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Find your ‘50s fashion in Copenhagen

The 1950s marked the beginning of the golden age of Danish design. The war was over, the future looked bright, and the younger generation was inspired by American rock ’n’ roll and movies. Fashion was indulging in fabric after years of shortage – and the style of the decade between war and rebellion is today hotter than ever. Here is where to find it in the Danish capital.

The famous Arne Jacobsen suite at Radison Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Photo: Radison Blu Royal Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Copenhagen’s first skyscraper is an icon in modern Danish design and architecture. The hotel was built between 1958 and 1960, and was designed right down to the smallest detail by architect Arne Jacobsen. His famous lounge chairs – the Egg and the Swan – were created specifically for the hotel. For the complete 1950s experience, spend the night with these design classics in the Arne Jacobsen suite, room 606.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Hammerichsgade 1, Copenhagen

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Rockahula in Copenhagen’s red light district offers a tongue-in-cheek mix of rockabilly and girlie ’50s-style items. Photo: Lise Hannibal

Rockahula

“Elvis is not for sale!” shouts a life-size poster of the king of rock ’n’ roll. With a quirky decor of classic pin-up posters, glittery skulls, rubber ducks, and a plastic flamingo, this little shop in Copenhagen’s red light district offers a tongue-in-cheek mix of rockabilly and girlie ’50s-style items. Here you will find elegant pencil dresses, stylish capes, polka-dotted beauty boxes, ’50s bikinis, the perfect picnic dress, and oh, so much more.

Rockahula

Istedgade 91, Copenhagen

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Vega – Musikkens Hus (The House of Music)

Kick back, sip your cocktail, and hang out with Vesterbro’s in-crowd in the 1950’s interior of Vega, a former 1956-era workers’ community center turned hip concert venue and bar. The original decor of dark wood, graphic patterns, and stylish lighting is considered a modern Scandinavian treasure, and has been the setting for numerous memorable events, from election nights to hip hop concerts to 1950s-themed parties.

Vega – Musikkens Hus

Enghavevej 40, Copenhagen

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Furniture store Roxy Klassik. Photo: Roxy Klassik

Roxy Klassik

This shop is heaven for those who love 1950s Danish design. Icons such as Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, and Finn Juhl are richly represented, with original furniture in teak, oak, and rosewood. Funky lounge chairs and stylish sofas abound; combine them with Kaare Klint lamps and cool ceramics for a complete 1950s modern set.

Roxy Klassik

Jorisvej 11, Copenhagen

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Get into the Mad Men feeling at Duck and Cover. Photo: Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover Bar

At Duck and Cover, you can easily imagine Don Draper or some other Mad Man downing yet another scotch on the rocks while kicking back in one of the black-leather lounge chairs. The stylish 1950s interior and dim lighting perfectly compliment the cocktail menu, created by one of Denmark’s top bartenders, Kasper Riewe Henriksen – making this one fabulous spot for a retro-chic night out.

Duck and Cover Bar

Dannebrogsgade 6, Copenhagen

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The D-Diner

Waitresses sporting lashings of red lipstick, inviting sofa booths, and Mr. Swivel Hips himself, Elvis, on the jukebox. The scene is set for an all-American eating orgy, 1950s style. With decandent breakfasts served nearly ’round the clock,’ enormous burgers, gargantuan steaks, and sweet, cold, classic milkshakes, the D-Diner’s menu is not for the fainthearted. But for those who love their meat and some good old retro Americana you will not come away from this joint disappointed.

D-Diner

Gammel Jernbanevej 1, Valby, Copenhagen

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Funky Junky

Australian Michael Simmons has turned his passion for design from the 1950s to the 1970s into his livelihood, opening his Funky Junky shop in Copenhagen’s red light district in 2009. The shop offers original design furniture, kitsch, and curiosa, with a mid-20th century playfulness and a reasonable price.

Funky Junky

Istedgade 84B, Copenhagen

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Arbejdermuseet (The worker's Museum)

Go back in time and get a sense of everyday life during the 1950s at Arbejdermuseet’s brilliant exhibition about the decade. Glance at the shop windows showing all the new American goods such as nylon shirts and denim jeans, listen to the radio in a 1950s living room, and enjoy a cup of good old-fashioned black coffee with traditional kiksekage, a cake made with cocoa and coconut oil fat, in the 1950s cafeteria. Highly recommended.

Arbejdermuseet

Rømersgade 22, Copenhagen

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MondoKaos

If you have a soft spot for the glamorous women’s fashion of the 1950s, your heart will skip a beat when you enter the world of Nørrebro’s Mondokaos and its fabulous dresses, swimwear, stockings, lingerie, retro hair and make-up books, and accessories to match. And did we mention the lovely ladies behind the counter, ready to help and dressed to thrill? You won’t leave empty-handed.

MondoKaos

Birkegade 1, Copenhagen

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Sneaky Fox

Though mostly known for its range of fabulous stockings and tights, Sneaky Fox can also provide you with gorgeous 1950s retro dresses, skirts, cardigans, and blouses. The Snow White lookalike behind the counter is the incarnation of 1950s glamour, and every bit as helpful as she is stylish.

Sneaky Fox

Studiestræde 25A, Copenhagen

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