WEEKEND GUIDE TO COPENHAGEN
Explore one the 'happiest' cities in Europe.
Written by Parissa Venturini
Colourful hipster neighbourhoods, contemporary design and great shopping are only a few of the reasons that make Copenhagen the perfect European destination for a weekend break. It doesn’t hurt that its inhabitants are consistently ranked as one of the happiest people in the world, and that the city is full of cozy cafes, trendy foodie spots and picturesque views. Check out our insider tips for navigating the Danish capital’s coolest spots (by bike, of course!).
Nyhavn No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without a stop in the picture-perfect Nyavn waterfront area. Several restaurants, pubs and ice cream shops are scattered along the colourful rows of buildings on either side of the harbour. There’s no better place to be on a sunny day.
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Apollo Bar To the attention of foodies: while you’re in Nyhavn, stop by at the Apollo Bar and Kantine, inside the Kunsthal Charlottenborg gallery. Chef Frederik Bille Brahe’s newest venture is understatedly cool, and offers a simple yet sophisticated cuisine based on seasonal ingredients.
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Freetown Christiania Head over to Freetown Christiania for a completely different (and extremely hippy) vibe. The self-administrating commune dates back to the 1970s and retains its unique feel. The atmosphere is as laidback as can be, with lots of green, colourful street art and eccentric buildings and décor.
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The Organic Boho A 100% organic and vegan foodie spot in the heart of Christianshavn, a mere stroll from Christiania. The Organic Boho only has a few tables but serves incredibly tasty (and pretty!) vegan food all day long. Great for brunch or an afternoon snack.
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Tivoli Gardens A favourite both with children and adults, the city’s famous amusement park is an obligatory stop in Copenhagen. Tivoli has lush gardens, exotic architecture and rides for visitors of any age. It’s especially wonderful in the evening, when thousands of lights turn on and recreate a truly unique fairy-tale setting.
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Aamanns Smørrebrød If you’re around the cool Norrebrø neighbourhood and in the mood for some typical Danish food, head over to Aamanns, where they’ve perfected the art of traditional open sandwiches. You can both sit down for a gourmet level meal, or order some delicious smørrebrød to take away at the deli next door.
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Gro Spiseri This restaurant is Copenhagen’s first rooftop farm, and offers a menu based on their own organic produce. Food is served on sharing platters and the chefs interact with the guests whih are seated inside the greenhouse. Head over to Gro Spiseri for a truly unique experience and a magical atmosphere high above the city’s bustle.
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