Copenhagen Travel Guide
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.
The most ambitious development on the waterfront is Terence Conran's new three-restaurant complex. You can stop here for Italian (Bacino), Japanese (Ebisu), or Danish standards, but the best part is the clubby lounge at the Custom House Bar & Grill, a favorite among stylish locals.
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.
Denmark has experienced an artisanal beer resurgence in the last few years with the opening of 25 new microbreweries. Ushering in a new era is the Nørrebro Bryghus, whose owner Anders Kissmeyer recently opened a branch between terminals 2 and 3 (before security).
This unique tour company offers architecture-themed tours of Copenhagen, all of which are led by trained architects.
Founded by Caterina Pinzarrone and Nanna Lynge Larson, who interned together at Junk de Luxe, Bloomers is an upscale clothing and accessories store selling both designer and vintage items.
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 courtyard biergarden), Brewpub updates the traditional drinking hall concept with touches like the white tile floor and open, floor-to-ceiling painte
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.
Quirky items (a minimalist bird feeder or a mounted plywood moose head), plus some of the most cutting-edge furniture around.
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 regal Amalienborg Palace (the residence of the royal family) across the water.