Copenhagen

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.

Valdemars Slot is on the quiet little rural island of Tåsinge, two hours southwest of Copenhagen.

The opulent Royal Danish Opera House, donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation, was opened by Queen Margrethe in 2005.

A compact museum filled with the collection amassed by Carl Jacobsen (founder of Carlsberg beer), including ancient sculptures and more than 40 Gauguin canvases. Highly recommended: coffee and marzipan cake in the domed, flower-filled Winter Garden café.

On Monday nights, the canal-side wine bar becomes the hangout for the city’s culinary scene. A guest cook—sometimes from Noma or Relae—prepares a simple, tasty one-pot dish that functions like a staff meal, except it’s open to all.

The resort-influenced collection—all flirty caftan dresses in bold prints, diaphanous silk shirts, and wide-leg trousers—brings to mind Bianca Jagger circa 1972.

Behind a windowless, black tile facade adorned only with the bar's name in white tile, patrons of Rust discover three floors of bars, a dance floor where DJs spin four nights a week, and a stage for live concerts by up-and-coming alternative acts.

Stretching to the west of central Copenhagen's picturesque cobblestones and church steeples, Vesterbro's 19th-century apartment blocks and storefronts have never lacked for color.

Denmark’s premier interior design store, this family-owned shop was created by Jørn Utzon, the man behind the design of the Sydney Opera House. A sort of upscale IKEA, the store houses national and international designer pieces from the likes of Vernor Panton and Charles and Ray Eames.

The airy five-story building is both exhibition hall and modern design research center.

Make your nightcap a Red Rum (currants muddled with sloe gin then given a shake with Bacardi 8 Year Old) in the gorgeous space that preserves many of its original 18th-century details.