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Things to do in Copenhagen

The heart of Copenhagen is surprisingly compact. You can easily stroll along the Strøget, walk up to the Castle overlooking the harbor, drop by the Little Mermaid, tour the Amalienborg Palace, and get to Nyhavn with is waterfront restaurants in time for a late lunch. Here's a list of some musts when you travel to Copenhagen:

  • Strøget. Europe's longest pedestrian mall runs through the heart of Copenhagen and is home to both international brands but also suniquely Danish stores, like the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain outlet and a branch of the Magasin du Nord department store.
  • Opera House. English-language tours of the contemporary Opera House, designed by Henning Larsen, are offered daily for 100 kroner. Tickets should be booked in advance on the Opera Houses's website.
  • Tivoli Gardens. Perhaps the most famous amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens isn't big on high-speed roller coasters. Instead it's more of a playland meets beer garden, with the rides decidedly mellow as parents and grandparents come as much to stroll, snack and socialize.

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  • 1105

    At this no-frills bar, the mixologist is as big a draw as the cocktails themselves. Gromit Eduardson, formerly of the Hotel Skt. Petri and the Hote... More
  • Amager Strand

    Copenhagen's city beach park is busy all year with everything from people-watchers to kite surfers to kayakers. The paved promenade, which extends ... More
  • Arken

    Soren Robert Lund's design for the Arken Museum of Modern Art places great emphasis on the contours of the surrounding landscape and the area's mar... More
  • Arnold Busck

    Housed in a three-story, corner-spanning, early 20th-century building just a few blocks from Stroget (Copenhagen's central shopping street), Arnold... More
  • ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

    Open since 2004, Aros Aarthus Kunstmuseum is one of Northern Europe's largest art museums, with 17,000 square meters of exhibition space. The museu... More
  • Birna

    The creative vision of Icelandic designer Birna Karen Einarsdottir is on display at Birna, a women's clothing boutique on Istedgade, the main arter... More
  • Black Diamond

    The Black Diamond is the name given to the modern wing of the Royal Library, inaugurated by Queen Margrethe in 1999. The nickname originates from t... More
  • Bloomers

    Founded by Caterina Pinzarrone and Nanna Lynge Larson, who interned together at Junk de Luxe, Bloomers is an upscale clothing and accessories store... More
  • Botanical Garden & Museum

    The greenhouses were built in the 1800's by Carl Jacobsen, the father of Carlsberg beer. More
  • BrewPub

    Located in a vaulted basement room in a 17th-century buliding just a few blocks from Copenhagen's City Hall (with entrance only through an interior... More
  • By Malene Birger

    The resort-influenced collection—all flirty caftan dresses in bold prints, diaphanous silk shirts, and wide-leg trousers—brings to mind Bianca Jagg... More
  • Castenskiold

    After having previously closed its doors, Castenskiold re-opened in late 2011 as Castenskiold Food & Nightlife. The new concept of a cafe by day, n... More
  • Coffee Collective

    When touting Copenhagen’s serious caffeine cred, javaheads usually cite this java joint, founded by World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen in the scr... More
  • Copenhagen Jazzhouse

    Something of a hybrid between a club and a concert hall, Copenhagen Jazzhouse is the city's premier place for serious jazz  by Danish and internati... More
  • Copenhagen Opera House

    Standing on the edge of the harbor is the Henning Larsen-designed opera house—a soaring glass-and-steel response to the classical and surpassingly ... More

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