Copenhagen Travel Guide

Copenhagen Travel Guide

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Copenhagen has become known for its excellent taste in everything from architecture, furniture design, décor, fashion, and—of course—food. It’s a lot... Read More

Copenhagen has become known for its excellent taste in everything from architecture, furniture design, décor, fashion, and—of course—food. It’s a lot of fun, too. In recent years Copenhagen has seen a surge in bars, restaurants, shops and fashion designers insisting on a less formal, lighthearted way of doing things. Many of the city’s Michelin starred restaurants have opened second restaurants where the food as well as the service is more playful and relaxed. Fashion designers such as Stine Goya and Henrik Vibskov are turning their backs to the minimalistic style and grayscale color palette that has dominated Danes’ wardrobes for years, creating beautiful dresses in peachy pastels instead. Beer bars are opening their own breweries and bartenders are concocting creative cocktails at the basement of the city’s many boozy haunts. And the Copenhageners are partying outside in the Meatpacking District, chilling on the harborfront in summer months, and exploring their city with a newfound pride.

Mix this playful, enterprising spirit with the city’s stunning architectural beauty, from the royal castles to the pretty canals and characteristic brick buildings, as well as its rich cultural heritage, and you’ve got a city that’s worth spending more than a few nights in, and T+L’s Copenhagen travel guide can you tell you where to go.

When you visit Copenhagen, the first thing you’ll notice are the prim houses lining tidy cobblestoned streets and canals, and the kitschy Tivoli Gardens that form 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. 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.

Denmark’s capital isn’t an easy place to characterize, but on the plus side, a Copenhagen trip has plenty to offer anyone who makes the trek.

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Best Time To Go

Summer—June, July, and August—when the days are long and relatively warm and outdoor cafes are crowded, is, not surprisingly, the high season. But few people make winter more enjoyable than the Danes, and the weeks leading up to Christmas are uniquely magical, with the city looking like the Royal Kingdom is when its streets, castles, and canals are covered in snow and ice.

Transportation

One of the greatest benefits of the high taxes in Denmark is the availability of excellent public transportation: no matter where you are going in Copenhagen a bus, metro, or S-train can take you there (starting at $3 per ride). The best way to get around, however, is on bike—Copenhagen is a small city, and most often it will be faster, cheaper, and more fun to traverse it on two wheels. Taxis and Uber are widely available.

Weather

July is the hottest month, with average highs of 63°F (17°C) January is the coldest month, with average highs of 32°F (0°C).

Know Before You Go

In a city that’s besieged by darkness and cold temperatures for most of the year, any hint of sunshine and blue skies will bring out the locals. Expect to see people sitting outside on whatever bench or doorstep they can find with way too little clothes on, and don’t be shy about doing the same.

Language

Danish

Electric

Type K (two round pins and a grounding pin) or Type C (two round pins).

Currency

Danish Krone (kr)