The best way to figure out what to do in Copenhagen is on two wheels. After all, this Danish city is an attractive network of cobblestone streets and canals best enjoyed by bike. Support a good cause when you rent from Baisikeli, and work up an appetite on the innovative bike track, Bike Snake. If you can’t get a table at the world-famous Noma, you can indulge on alumni creations at nearby restaurants Amass and Relæ, or sample New Nordic cuisine at the Papirøen or Torvahallerne markets. End the night with innovative cocktails (try the grown-up Dr. Pepper with rum, cherries, black pepper, lemon, and stout at Mikropolis) which flooded the city after the locavore movement took hold.
One of the most fun things to do in Copenhagen is to rent a motorboat and cruise around the harbor, or appreciate the gabled houses and sleek, Scandinavian architecture from the Nyhayn and Christianshavn canals. You’ll even sail by bronze Little Mermaid statue and The Opera House. Active travelers may opt for a kayak tour of Copenhagen, which allows for an exclusive look at the city’s houseboats.
Other Copenhagen attractions include the hippie commune-turned chic, alternative neighborhood of Christiania (stop into the aptly-named Woodstock café, which serves a modest, cheap breakfast and hosts games of backgammon throughout the afternoon) to view the galleries and workshops that line the streets. The neighborhood hides a beautiful lake, flanked by tree houses and buildings perched on stilts.
Get a dose of Danish history (and politics, as Denmark still boasts a 1,000-year-old monarch) at one of the many castles open at least partially to the public. Watch the changing of the guards at Amalienborg Palace, or marvel at the royal family’s crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle.