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.

Don't try to find American-style Danishes (raised dough, fruity filling)—there's no such thing in Copenhagen. Summerbird is known for its flødeboller (snowballs), delicious confections of marshmallow cream and dark chocolate atop a marzipan base.

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

Housed in a three-story, corner-spanning, early 20th-century building just a few blocks from Stroget (Copenhagen's central shopping street), Arnold Busck is the flagship edition of a bookstore chain that boasts outlets all over Denmark.

Find skinny jeans by Scandinavian designers such as Filippa K and Acne Jeans.

At this no-frills bar, the mixologist is as big a draw as the cocktails themselves. Gromit Eduardson, formerly of the Hotel Skt.

Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in "yuletide") with a Christmas crafts market and surfeit of light-bedecked Christmas trees in the city's famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens.

A legendary department store and one-stop shop for design, where even the housewares section is stocked with illustrious names such as Arne Jacobsen and Georg Jensen. For a perfect souvenir, pick up a pair of orbiting cognac glasses with rounded bottoms.

Loppen, short for Musikloppen, meaning “the music flea,” is a popular performance venue located in the artistic Copenhagen neighborhood of Christiania.

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 maritime heritage.

To get a sense of the enduring legacy of Bertel Thorvaldsen, by most accounts the world's most famous 19th-century Neoclassical sculptor, visit his majestic museum, with finished pieces and casts of most of his work, including the iconic Christ statue (the final version is a short stroll away in

When touting Copenhagen’s serious caffeine cred, javaheads usually cite this java joint, founded by World Barista Champion Klaus Thomsen in the scruffy-chic Nørrebro district.The shop serces direct-trade beans from the developing world that are hand-roasted on site.

Located in the lively Latin Quarter area near the University of Copenhagen, this narrow boutique with white walls and wide, stained wood floors is known for its trendsetting hoisery.

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Quirky items (a minimalist bird feeder or a mounted plywood moose head), plus some of the most cutting-edge furniture around.

Copenhagen's city beach park is busy all year with everything from people-watchers to kite surfers to kayakers.

The Ordrupgaard houses one of Europe’s largest collections of French impressionist art, as well as a substantial collection of Danish works.