Copenhagen Travel Tips from Shini Park, Founder of Cube Collective

Conversations with Locals

Shini Park is the force behind multi-disciplinary creative agency Cube Collective and the editor-in-chief of Cubicle. Having lived in Copenhagen, her visual collection on Instagram is a journey through the architectural compositions and the sleek chic style of the city’s aesthetics. In this interview, Shini gives her creative perspective on Copenhagen – her restaurant picks, the unmissable design festival and how to explore the design city.

Photo: Shini Park

What is the one local dish you feel travellers can’t leave Copenhagen without trying? 

Smørrebrød is the classic Danish dish that every traveller must experience in Copenhagen.

What about your favourite restaurants?

I love Louise Roe for coffee in the city, The Audo for great breakfast and working space, and Hija de Sanchez Cantina for the best Mexican food in Europe, honestly! Tigermom in Norrebro is also an amazing foodie experience, make sure to order the chillies paired with courses, and the Pink Tiger Tea cocktail.

What is a typical breakfast in Denmark?

You could get this practically anywhere that serves breakfast, including small cafes, but a Danish classic breakfast would be the simple cheese, butter, rye bread and soft-boiled egg with sea salt and a bit of pepper. It’s one of my favourite things to eat as it awakens all the taste buds, probably why I always insisted on having breakfast meetings!

Photo: Shini Park

What are your favourite design festivals in Copenhagen?

3 Days of Design is my favourite, not only is it a great opportunity to experience the newest and most exciting Danish interior design but it happens exactly at a time of the year when the weather is perfect.

Name one Danish etiquette most travellers miss

Make sure to indicate with your arms when you’ve rented a bicycle to get around – mostly for safety but also a very ‘local’ thing to do.

Name some tourist traps travellers should avoid in Copenhagen

Tivoli or the Copenhagen Zoo are some places I’d recommend for second, or third time visitors, or if you’re staying for a long while.

What’s the perfect itinerary to explore Copenhagen?

Make sure to plan an equal dose of food and interior design, breakfast at Lille Bakery, stroll through Statens Museum for Kunst, or Glyptoteket, then hit up Beau Marche for lunch. Make sure to visit Studio Oliver Gustav for infinite interior design inspirations, or The Audo. Book dinner at Kiin Kiin Bao Bao, and a stroll along the canal to digest.

Name one best kept secret of Copenhagen

Probably not a secret to the locals, but Copenhagen boasts some great beaches! One of my favourites is Bellevue in Hellerup or Faxe Kalkbrud, which is a limestone quarry a little outside the city that you can swim in. It was my favourite summer haunt when I lived in Copenhagen.

What about your favourite spot for a weekend getaway from the city?

Make sure to make your way up to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, a 30 to 40 minutes drive away from Copenhagen and mandatory for art and sculpture-lovers.


Louise Roe Gallery
Where: Vognmagergade 9, 1120 København, Denmark
For: Coffee

The Audo
Where: Århusgade 130, 2150 København, Denmark
For: Breakfast

Hija de Sanchez Cantina
Where: Hamborg Pl. 5, 2150 København, Denmark
For: Mexican food

Where: Ryesgade 25, 2200 København, Denmark
For: Chillies paired with courses

Lille Bakery
Where: Refshalevej 213A, 1432 København, Denmark
For: Breakfast

Beau Marche
Where: Ny Østergade 32, 1101 København, Denmark
For: Lunch

Kiin Kiin Bao Bao
Where: Vesterbrogade 96, 1620 København, Denmark
For: Modern Asian tapas


Statens Museum for Kunst
Where: Sølvgade 48-50, 1307 København K, Denmark
For: Museums

Where: Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København, Denmark
For: Museums

Studio Oliver Gustav
Where: Kastelsvej 18, 2100 København, Denmark
For: Interior design inspiration

Where: Bellevue Beach, Denmark
For: Beaches

Faxe Kalkbrud
Where: Østervej 2, Faxe 4640 Denmark
For: Swimming

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Where: Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark
For: Museums

Seoul Travel Tips from Alicia Yoon, Founder of Peach & Lily

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South Korean native Alicia Yoon is the founder of the New York-based beauty brand Peach & Lily and the voice for Korean beauty in the US. From her esthetician school days and her frequent trips to search for the latest in Korean beauty, Seoul is like a second home to her. Alicia shares her favourite beauty salons, the culture of elders first and where to eat in Seoul.

Photo: Peach & Lily

What is the one local dish you feel travellers can’t leave Seoul without trying? 

I love Korean street food. I highly recommend going to a PoJangMaCha (or Pocha for short) which refers to street vendors. They have these vendors in many neighbourhoods but a couple well known ones are in JongRo and Mapo. Grab a seat, grab a soju, and fill up on tteokbbeokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (pancakes filled with melted brown sugar), kimbap (seaweed and rice rolls filled with various meats and veggies), dakkochi (skewered chicken), odeng (fish cakes) and mandu (dumplings). It’s also a fun local experience to sit outdoors, eat and enjoy the night out alongside locals who might be unwinding from their work day with colleagues, friends or family!

What about your favourite restaurants?

Hanchu for fried chicken and beer aka chi-maek in Gangnam. YoungYang Center, synonymous with samgyetang, a healthy soup with a whole chicken in it that’s then filled with rice, jujube and boiled in a broth with ginseng, ginger and various herbs, in Myeongdong where the flagship is, that’s been a popular staple for over 60 years now.

Si Wha Dam in Insadong for modern Korean food that’s presented beautifully and artistically. Before eating here, I love walking around the neighbourhood listening to street music and checking out various art stores. And afterwards, there are plenty of cute cafes to grab traditional tea.

Maple Tree House in Itaewon for Korean barbecue. The meat is delicious as are the soups. And it’s perfectly located to go out for drinks afterwards in vibrant Itaewon. La Yeon for upscale traditional Korean cuisine with a modern cooking style to it. This Michelin 3-Star rated restaurant will serve everything cooked and presented to perfection. Yeonnam 223 Café for the tasty drinks and also a total immersive moment like you’re sitting in an illustrated cute book. I like Stylenanda Café for their pink and blue swimming pool themed cafe with a tasty cotton candy drink. Plant in Itaewon for healthy plant-based snacks with soothing decor. Baesan Warehouse Café where you can get good teas and coffee while exploring contemporary art. Arari Ovene for the most delicious, and beautiful, baked goods.

Where would you go to shop for skincare products?

Garosugil, a neighbourhood comprised of one main tree lined street, with side streets. Various beauty retailers as well as individual beauty brand stores are located along this street. The duty-free beauty stores in Doosan Tower in Dongdaemun. Myeongdong for a fast beauty, Times Square-like experience for road shop mass beauty stores. I recommend going at night when the stores and signs all get lit up.

What about your favourite beauty salons?

I love Skin Lab L by Eco Your Skin and going to the flagship Chungdamdong location. High-tech meets highly personalised skincare, body care, hair care and nail care treatments, expect to leave smiling with glowing skin. And don’t be surprised if you run into someone you might have spotted in a K-Drama or K-pop band. Shangpree women’s only spa, often touted as Korea’s top spa for incredibly transformative facials. Spa Lei, also women’s only, for the Korean bathhouse, or jjimjilbang, experience. Dragon Hill Spa is a co-ed bathhouse that has a bigger, more Disney-world like feel that’s family friendly and a bit more touristy.

Name one South Korean etiquette most travellers miss

I love that Korean culture celebrates and respects their elders. So when there’s an elderly person, it’s polite to defer to them – whether it’s allowing them to enter the door first, pick their subway seat first, pass by first and so forth.

Name some tourist traps travellers should avoid in Seoul

Instead of going to all the places mapped out in tour books, it’s worth spending a day getting lost! Bumbling around on the super clean and efficient subway system and popping into various neighbourhoods and checking out hole in the wall eateries, cafés and stores.

Name one best kept secret of Seoul

I love the hiking trails nearby The Blue House in the neighbouring areas. They aren’t touristy like in Namsan and have delicious local eateries near the trails.

Do you have a skincare tip for travelling?

Depending on where you’re travelling from, it can be a long drying 14 hour flight! Don’t be shy about doing your skincare routine, yes even a sheet mask, on the flight. Your skin will thank you for it. And after landing, try sheet masking each night for a few days straight so stays hydrated which can help prevent it from going haywire during your travels. I highly recommend the hydrating, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, gentle and fast-acting Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask.


Where: 68 Nonhyeon-ro 175-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Fried chicken and beer

YoungYang Center
Where: 25-32 Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Ginseng chicken soup

Si Wha Dam
Where: 13, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03162 South Korea
For: Beautiful Korean food

Maple Tree House
Where: 26, Itaewon-ro 27ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04350 South Korea
For: Korean barbecue

La Yeon
Where: 249 Dongho-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Upscale dining experience

Yeonnam 223 Café
Where: 223-14 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Drinks

Stylenanda Café
Where: 23 Wausan-ro 29da-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Swimming pool café

Where: 2 floor, 117 Bogwang-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Plant-based snacks

Baesan Warehouse Café
Where: 322-32 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Tea and coffee

Arari Ovene
Where: Seongsan 1 World cup buk-ro 12an-gil, il)-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Beautiful baked goods


Where: 06028 Garosu-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Beauty shops

Where: 66, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Fast beauty experience

Skin Lab L
Where: 80-19 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Beauty treatments

Where: 27, Dosan-daero, 51-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Facials

Spa Lei
Where: 06524 5, Gangnam-daero 107-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
For: Sauna

Rome Travel Tips from Katie Parla, Journalist

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Rome-based journalist Katie Parla is a food writer and cookbook author. She wrote about the sumptuous Roman dining scenes and expounded on its ancient food culture in publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appètit and The New York Times. Her book Tasting Rome reads like a treasure trove of old world Italian recipes, straight from the tables of Rome’s renowned kitchens. Katie reveals where to go for an aperitif, the restaurants to avoid and the unlikely Roman classics to order.

Photo: Reva Keller

What do you feel defines Roman cuisine? 

Roman cuisine can be defined in a number of ways. We can think of it as the natural evolution of cuisine passed down from the Popes, peasants, and shepherds of the past with the important addition that a lot of what we eat in Rome is influenced by the food of the Jewish community, which was confined to a Ghetto by the Pope for centuries. We can characterise it by its main ingredients and techniques: Pecorino Romano, lamb, pasta, tomato-based sauces, offal, and seasonal produce; frying, braising, roasting.

What is the one local dish you feel travellers can’t leave Rome without trying? 

I’ll give one vegan dish and one that is the opposite of that. Cicoria ripassata in padella, a classic side dish of blanched, ideally wild, bitter greens that have been sauteed with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and peperoncino is a must try because it is nearly impossible to recreate elsewhere. I have tried. Roman cicoria is special. The other is rigatoni alla pajata. Everyone associates cacio e pepe and carbonara with the city. They are great. But ordering them is a no-brainer. Rigatoni con la pajata, pasta with the intestines of milk fed veal cooked in tomato sauce, is so profoundly and soulfully Roman. You would be hard pressed to find it anywhere else and it speaks to the Roman affection for offal, which I share.

What about your favourite restaurants?

I have so many! In the trattoria category I love Cesare al Casaletto, Santo Palato, Armando al Pantheon. All do classics with a few of their own spins on things. For coffee and pastries, I love Regoli. For coffee, I go to Sciascia for a classic experience and Faro for third wave.

Photo: Reva Keller

Where would you go for an aperitif?

I have a ton of go-to spots if I’m grabbing wine for aperitivo – Mosto’ in Flaminio, Litro in Monteverde Vecchio, Il Goccetto in Centro, La Mescita in Garbatella, Sorso in San Paolo, Il Vigneto in Pigneto. For cocktails, Mezzo in Pigneto or Fischio in Trionfale. I love Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’ and Artisan for beer.

Photo: Reva Keller

You talked about the quinto quarto on Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy. It was born out of poverty, but it seems like a no-waste approach when it comes to Italian cooking. Do you think it is more relevant today in light of the emphasis on environmental sustainability?

In reality, the quinto quarto (offal and poor cuts) isn’t just born out of poverty. If you look at Bartolomeo Scappi’s work, he documents plenty of offal cuts for Papal consumption. Organ meats taste good so the Roman nobility wanted to eat them, too. Certainly some of the quinto quarto classics derive from a culture of poverty, but not exclusively. Absolutely a no waste approach is typical of Italian regional cuisines, but it was typical of every cuisine I know of before the mid 20th century when the world began producing way more food than its population could reasonably consume.

The sustainability question is an interesting one. In Rome, there is more food waste than ever and while offal cuts remain a feature of the cuisine today, they aren’t as popular as they once were and the hunger for prime beef cuts is out of control. The number of Italian owned steakhouses and burger joints in town has absolutely exploded.

As you were originally from New Jersey, what’s the difference between coffee in America and coffee in Italy?

In Italy, coffee is pretty much exclusively related to two production methods – espresso machines and moka pots, both inventions of the early 20th century. Espresso is consumed on its own or with milk (cappuccino being the most popular example of this), quickly as the name suggests. Moka, which is not espresso by definition due to the lack of pressure in the pot, is consumed at home also on its own or with milk. Neither tradition calls for large quantities of lingering over a cup, whereas in New Jersey we have a little bit of everything, from gas station coffee to Starbucks to more thoughtful third wave coffee shops. I suppose we can also add the Swiss-born Nespresso machine to both Italian and New Jersian coffee practices!

Name some tourist traps travellers should avoid in Rome

Any place with a table out front overflowing with pasta dishes, pizza, pre-made cocktails and withering produce! All the places in Piazza del Colosseo. There are many others, of course, mainly situated near tourist attractions, but there are exceptions and you can eat really well at Armando al Pantheon even though it’s 150 feet from the Pantheon.

Name one best kept secret of Rome

If you have €100 cash and “know a guy”, you can visit the Jewish Catacombs off the Appia Antica. There’s no lighting system so you go in with flashlights and walk through these underground burial chambers and it’s amazing.

Where would you go in Rome if you’re longing for the countryside?

The Caffarella Park. It’s incredible. There are grazing sheep, ancient ruins, rolling hills and it feels totally rural even though it is trimmed by a densely populated residential neighbourhood.


Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto
Where: Via del Casaletto, 45, 00151 Roma RM, Italy
For: Roman classics

Santo Palato
Where: Piazza Tarquinia, 4 a/b, 00183 Roma RM, Italy
For: Carbonara and daily specials

Armando al Pantheon
Where: Salita de’ Crescenzi, 31, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
For: Offal specialties

Pasticceria Regoli
Where: Via dello Statuto, 60, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
For: Coffee and pastries

Sciascia Caffè 1919
Where: Via Fabio Massimo, n.80/a, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
For: Coffee

Where: Via Piave, 55, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
For: Third wave coffee

Enoteca Mosto’
Where: Viale Pinturicchio, 32, 00196 Roma RM, Italy
For: Aperitivo

Where: Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5, 00152 Roma RM, Italy
For: An extensive wine list

Il Goccetto
Where: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
For: Small bites

La Mescita
Where: Via Luigi Fincati, 44, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
For: Italian wine bar

Where: Via Ostiense, 187, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
For: Aperitivo

Il Vigneto
Where: Piazza dei Condottieri 26/27 00176 Rome, Lazio, Italy
For: Aperitivo

Where: Via del Pigneto, 19, 00176 Rome
For: Cocktails

Where: Piazzale degli Eroi, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
For: Cocktails

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa’
Where: Via Benedetta, 25, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
For: Beer

Where: Via degli Aurunci, 7/9, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
For: Beer


Appia Antica
Where: Via Appia Antica, 42, 00178 Roma RM, Italy
For: Jewish catacombs

Caffarella Park
Where: Via della Caffarella, 00179 Rome Italy
For: Rome’s countryside