Forward-thinking architecture, world-class restaurants and natural beauty are just some of the treasures on offer in Copenhagen, the home of the discerning traveller.
City of innovation
There’s more to Copenhagen’s design pedigree than Arne Jacobsen and sturdy furniture. There’s an exciting contemporary face to the scene; as the city grows outward, the ideas follow. So we encourage you to hop on your bike and explore the paths less trodden, where the quickest minds in the design world are producing some of the century’s most innovative work.
Design aficionados should check out Menu Space, which houses the furniture showroom of the brand Menu and a café ideal for a morning meeting. Across the water from Nordhavn are buildings such as UN City, home to various UN agencies and designed by Danish architecture firm 3XN; it’s a bright, inviting structure that offers tours every Friday. un.dk; menu.as
This neighbourhood in the south has been fertile ground for architecture since the 1990s. It boasts some of the most envious residential buildings in town, such as Bjarke Ingels’s 8 Tallet (pictured above) and the verdant, stepped VM Mountain. Plus, pop into Jean Nouvel’s glimmering, cuboid DR Concert Hall.
Survival of the fittest
Urban design, sustainability and being outdoors are some of the essential ingredients that go into this charming city. Follow its lead.
This elevated cycling path, completed in 2014, is a testament to Copenhagen’s cycling culture; it traverses Fisketorvet Harbour Bath, seven metres up. Expect a healthy dose of exhilaration as you whoosh across it.
With a psychedelic design courtesy of Bjarke Ingels, Topotek1 and Superflex, this urban park invites you to cycle, run, skateboard and work out at the public outdoor gym. Live music, sculptural installations and a café offer post-exercise pick-me-ups.
One of the best and most sustainable ways to explore Copenhagen’s charming waterways is the solar-powered GoBoats. Rent yours by the Islands Brygge harbour bath.
Copenhagen’s stellar – quite literally, what with the 22 Michelin stars – food scene is no secret. But you don’t need to fuss and deplete your savings to sample its top gastronomic offering. We’ve picked three locations to suit all tastes.
Broaden & Build
This new brewery and restaurant complex is the work of ex-Noma chef de cuisine Matt Orlando. The small menu is fine dining at its most laid back.
Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival
A 10-day celebration in August and September of food and drink across town that brings together some of Denmark’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs.
This popular restaurant won its second Michelin star in 2018. The gastronomic focus is on the island of Bornholm – a rich, rugged wilderness that chef-owner Nicolai Nørregaard masterfully summons on every plate.