First Timer’s Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark
Known for being a foodie’s haven and for its world-renowned architecture, Copenhagen is also abundant with opportunities for adventure. From outdoor activities like sailing and skiing to its nightlife scene, there’s something for everyone to embrace their adventurous side.
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Where to stay in Copenhagen, Denmark
Comfy and unflashy option in a historic building in the heart of the city.
Hotel Kong Arthur
Charming staff, a secluded but central location, and top notch breakfast spread make this a Copenhagen go-to.
Hip, colorful boutique hotel in the lively Vesterbro neighborhood, with a generous breakfast and daily happy hour.
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Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark
A quintessential Danish experience, CopenHot is a floating day spa complete with hot tubs and sailing spas. The wilderness facilities in an urban setting are a must when in the city to relax and unwind.
For shopping, Strøget is the largest shopping area and is located in the heart of the city. It’s also one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets, and is worth perusing even if you’re just window shopping – the city’s street performers will give you plenty to watch as well.
Make sure to stop by Nyhavn, one of the most iconic sites in the city. The port is lined with beautiful, newly renovated houses and is the perfect place to go for the classic Copenhagen photograph. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20.
Speaking of Hans Christian Anderson, literary fans would enjoy seeing the inspiration of his most famous story, The Little Mermaid. The sculpture is beautiful, so we would definitely recommend seeing it while in Copenhagen.
For the history buffs, Rosenborg Slot is a beautiful castle that was originally built in the 1600s, and The Round Tower is a 17th century observatory tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
Visit Free Town
Another fun spot to visit is Christiania, an area that was formerly a military base and is now known as Copenhagen’s hippie “Free Town,” a nickname due to its cannabis trade that takes place in its famous “Green Light District.”
If you’re visiting in the winter months, CopenHill is a great ski slope located on top of a waste-to-energy plant, a location that also includes hiking and climbing.
Copenhagen offers everything from mainstream discos to underground clubs – there’s plenty of experiences for the night owl. One of our personal favorite spots is Jolene, a club located in the meatpacking district. Jolene’s infamous claim to fame is that after opening at its original location, it became such a success that in just four months, it was forced to shut its doors due to incessant neighbor complaints. Now, the club has reopened its doors in chic new offerings – and the party goes on.
Places to eat & drink in Copenhagen, Denmark
Breakfast & Coffee
Coffee Collective: A fantastic coffee shop with an ethos rooted in sustainability, Coffee Collective has several locations around the city. For those looking for a more intimate experience, you can also take a class with them (tastings, brew courses and more).
Juno the Bakery: An award-winning bakehouse, you can expect to have to wait in line at Juno – but trust us, it’s worth it.
Visiting food halls and markets is one of our favorite ways to get a taste of a city, and Torvehallerne Food Hall doesn’t disappoint. An upscale farmers market, go for the food as well as the experience itself.
Another local favorite is Tivoli Food Hall, located in the new building the Tivoli Corner and filled with some of Copenhagen’s best eateries.
Broens Gadekøkken is a food court that also doubles as an ice skating rink.
Lunch & dinner
BÆST: An authentic Nørrebro’rian experience, BÆST has a menu rooted in organic ingredients prepared with sustainability top of mind.
Barr: A casual restaurant, Barr is a go-to spot for some of Denmark’s classic dishes like salted waffles, schnitzel and Danish meatballs.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out The Foodie's Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark by Fora Advisor Lissa Caltrider.
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