The Foodie's Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark, is a contemporary city with a refreshing atmosphere and an incredible culinary scene. In fact, it is also home to the best restaurant in the world: Noma. But, aside from the food, the architecture, the city’s famed canals with their floating hot tubs and design are true reasons to visit this Northern European city. With an array of art museums, design-forward spaces and sensory experiences, it is an example of a truly modern city with a pioneering spirit. And don’t forget to eat, because that’s why you came here, after all!
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Things to do
In good European tradition, Copenhagen is a highly walkable city with meandering streets and nooks and crannies to discover along the town’s center (which happens to be set aback a canal.) But Copenhagen challenges this tradition with an array of contemporary buildings, design structures and more that make it a dynamic city where you can time travel from 17th-century Europe directly into the future within a one-street radius. To further explore the beauty of this city, consider the following:
Eat mussels on the canal in Nyhavn
The Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment distinct in Denmark. You can do just about anything here, from visiting a fun pub, swanky restaurant and/or even hosting a picnic on its banks. The Nyhavn is the center of all social life in this city. Consider a cold beer on a hot day or a plate of mussels to accompany the views of a bygone era.
Shop for classic Danish furniture
Copenhagen is privy to the best in Nordic design. Its furniture is particularly famous, drawing heads from all around the world. Roam the streets of the city and consider bringing back a souvenir in the form of a chair or a table. Why not?
Visit the neighborhood of Freetown Christiania
This strange and quirky neighborhood is as if a kaleidoscope of art and color. Known as Copenhagen’s hippie-town, Freetown Christiania has had a legal open-trade cannabis business for over half a century. Today it is a bustling area with many inviting shops, cafes and restaurants that make it feel as if it is far out of the city.
Take a tour with Morten Kryger Wulff of Cykelkokken
Copenhagen’s own Bicycle-Chef, Morten Kryger Wulff, knows everything there is about his city and might be its most exciting citizen. So enjoy the city by way of a true local!
Romo Oyster Festival Day Trip
If you like oysters, this is a fantastic event! Hundreds of chefs from around Europe compete and create beautiful and delicious raw oysters.
Eat & drink
Geranium: Located on the eighth floor of the Common Gardens, this exquisite restaurant explores the relationship between the natural and the urbane. The three-star Michelin restaurant features a minimum three-hour tasting menu with available wine pairings.
Aoc: Serving seven and 10-course dining meals, this two-star Michelin restaurant is known for its inventive cuisine in a dark basement of a 17th-century mansion.
Noma: Currently World’s Best Restaurant, this restaurant features a $600 tasting menu that focuses on the essence of ingredients and their intrinsic flavors for its dishes. A culinary experience of a lifetime!
Fiskebar: A more laidback fine-dining restaurant on the Copenhagen culinary scene that serves a fusion of Nordic flavors, lots of seafood, and its staple caviar & champagne.
The Pescatarian: This restaurant's entire concept is coined with the statement “for the love of fish,” showcasing its primary ingredient and seafood-friendly menu.
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