What to Do in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter
Staying in Copenhagen’s atmospheric Latin Quarter can feel like traveling back in time. The neighborhood dates back to the 1200’s, with the founding of a Latin school (hence the name), and later, the University of Copenhagen was created here in the 1400’s, lending an air of intellectual vibrancy to the narrow streets lined with medieval buildings. And while it’s an ideal place for visitors to base themselves during a visit to the Denmark’s largest city, it’s also convenient. From here, some of the best drinking, eating and sites in the city are all about a ten-minute walk away, in neighborhoods like Vesterbro and Indre By (the city center). For a jumping off point, start with the six places below—just make sure to leave plenty of time to wander without a plan. Getting lost here is a fun adventure all in itself.
The Hotel Skt. Petri is an upscale designer hotel that has earned a following among celebrities and elite travelers. Located inside the former home of the Dalle Valle department store, all 268 rooms, 55 of which have balconies, were designed in a sleek, contemporary style and feature light wood floors, beds with black and white linens, and accenting furniture in bright shades of green and blue.
In addition to his own boldly patterned clothing line, native artist-musician-couturier Henrik Vibskov also carries Comme des Garçons shoes and small-batch gin.
The decor at hip Höst matches the Nordic cuisine perfectly prepared by the chefs: the raw impression created by the recycled wood, lambskin, granite, and concrete is a suitable setting for the clean ingredients that are presented on your plate. The three-course menu, often consisting of Danish seafood or fish (say, hake with daikon, mussels, cauliflower, fish roe, and chicken skin), a heavier meat like pork shank, an ice cream made with Scandinavian ingredients such as sea buckthorn or birch bark, is a great value for the quality of the meal and a wonderful way to sample the menu's best flavors.
Located next to Copenhagen's gourmet food market Torvehallerne, Musling—Danish for mussels—serves affordable and creative seafood in a casual setting. Order at least three or four dishes from the changing a la carte menu for a full meal, and prepare for a feast of Scandinavian ingredients (pollock with sunchokes and a tarragon sauce, seared cod roe with kale, apple, and oyster 'remoulade') with an international touch (the ceviche is always amazing).
This boutique hotel’s priority is to make you feel comfortable. The check-in is located at the bar when you first walk in, but whether you’re staying here or not, order a drink and then seat yourself in one of the many overstuffed lounge chairs. Try Denmark’s Geranium gin mixed with a rose lemonade for a fun take on gin and juice. After you enjoy the lobby, step inside Cocks & Cows where a large selection of over-the-top burgers are paired with the restaurant’s homemade rum in a classic Dark and Stormy or their twist on the G&T with blueberry and thyme.
Far more intimate than Europe’s usual imperial palaces, the turreted 17th-century Rosenborg Castle has three cozy floors with gilded chambers, chinoiserie, and intricate tapestries. In warm months, pick up lunch to go from the nearby smørrebrød shop Aamanns and go for a picnic on the lush grounds.