Our stylish guide on where to eat, shop and stay in Copenhagen
Words by Alice Florence Orr
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It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Copenhagen. The quality of life is high, not to mention that there is so much to see, eat and do in the Danish capital. After living there for a year, I know a thing or two about the best spots in the city — but take this with a pinch of salt. As with any capital, it is ever-evolving, yet Copenhagen pursues innovation at breakneck speed. Don’t be afraid to try that new restaurant or wine bar; chances are, they’re just as delicious as my favourites.
Where to drink in Copenhagen
Copenhagen was one of the first cities to really celebrate the delights of natural wine. In the subsequent years, a funky natural wine scene has flourished in the Danish capital, with wine bars like Ancestrale providing a beguiling list alongside quality snacks and delicious evening meals. Located in the hip district of Vesterbro, Ancestrale is a quiet spot for a glass... or three.
CUB Coffee Bar
A local favourite, CUB have two locations in Copenhagen: one in Amager and one in central. Both are worth a visit, as they make spectacular hand brews which you can enjoy surrounded by elegant furniture and contemporary art.
One of the more famous spots in Copenhagen, Coffee Collective has become a globally-renowned name. It’s easy to see why. They take their coffee seriously, from sourcing to roasting. It’s worth popping into their branches regularly for limited edition roasts — but be careful, their coffee can easily become a habit. Try their unique coffee kombucha in the warmer weather for a complex, effervescent drink.
Mikkeler and Friends
Mikkeller has become one of the best breweries in the world, but it all started in Copenhagen. With up to fifty brews on tap, the sheer diversity of their beers is impressive. But even if you come to Mikkeller and Friends, their pub in the bustling neighbourhood of Norrebro, for the beer, you’ll stay for the lively, welcoming atmosphere. In summer, there’s no better place.
Where to eat in Copenhagen
Located in the same building as an art institute, Apollo Bar is a sophisticated spot for light eating. Dine in the courtyard or inside the impressive building — think high ceilings and glorious artwork. Try their homemade, elegant nibbles and don’t forget to indulge in a glass of wine. Don’t forget Apollo Kantine, where the local cooking school whips up delicious meals for a low cost. If you want to eat near Nyhavn without the tackiness, Apollo Bar is the perfect spot.
The sister bistro of Apollo Bar, Atelier September is a vegetarian local favourite with an avocado toast to die for. You might see a few people taking photos of their food; never fear, it is a small price to pay for delicious brunch items that include the best shakshuka I have ever tasted.
Juno the Bakery
Infamous amongst locals is Juno Bakery, the spot for delicious pastries and quality bread. Sure, you can find scrumptious baked goods in most bakeries around Copenhagen, but Juno is special for their attention to detail. Try their buns with a coffee for a morning treat to beat them all.
Amass is a cult favourite in Copenhagen and one of the best spots for innovative, high-end dining. Of course, you’ve heard of Noma and many of the other champions of New Nordic cuisine, and they’re definitely worth the waiting lists to get a table. Amass is a bit different. It serves global dishes with a sophisticated, chase elegance. But, in the spirit of New Nordic, they make the most of the best local ingredients. Pssst, it’s also in the Michelin Guide.
Alice Cph is ice cream made elegant — the Danish way. Alongside traditional flavours, they use seasonal ingredients to craft cold delights unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Located south of Copenhagen in Amager, the trip through Christianhavn is worth it for a taste of Alice’s ice cream.
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Where to visit in Copenhagen
Less than an hour by train from Norreport, Jægersborg Dyrehaven literally translates as the “deer park”. This spacious country park is the perfect retreat from fast-paced city life, complete with a country house and herds of deer that suddenly appear in front of you, as if out of thin air.
The best time to go to the Glyptotek, one of Copenhagen’s many museums, is Tuesday. Why? It’s free to get in, and locals often make weekly trips to this calming, beautiful space. The Glyptotek is known for its glorious central plant room, a must-see for fans of biophilic design. There is a wide range of art and sculpture on show in the museum, including Egyptian art, Danish classical sculpture and French impressionism.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Many people say that the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is their favourite gallery in the world. Once you’ve visited, it’s easy to understand why. Louisiana is worth the train journey out of the city. The sea views and sensuous gardens are sights to behold — and we haven’t even mentioned the art yet. Hosting a mix of modern sculpture and contemporary art, the collections are diverse and always changing.