Prim houses line tidy cobblestoned streets and canals, and the kitschy Tivoli Gardens forms the city’s centerpiece. But beyond these postcard-perfect moments, Copenhagen is an ambitious city with much to explore. First, there’s the design: sleek Scandinavian functionalism as championed by Arne Jacobsen in the 1950’s has developed into a citywide aesthetic. And then there’s the food: some of Europe’s most creative chefs are turning Nordic cuisine on its head in surprisingly delicious ways. And ﬁnally, there are the neighborhoods. Central Copenhagen has plenty of charms (historic buildings and pedestrian shopping zones), and its peripheries, ﬁlled with style-conscious Danes and their local haunts, are also worth a detour.
Taking a tour of the glass-and-steel Copenhagen Opera House, highlighting its backstage areas and architecture—it was designed in response to the ornate royal Amalienborg Palace.
Trying a flødeboller (snowball)—delicious confections of marshmallow cream and dark chocolate atop a marzipan base—at Summerbird.
Browsing the colorful display of newsboys, fedoras, cloches, and pillboxes for sale at Susanna Juul, a shop seemingly from another era.