Where To: Copenhagen
Consistently named one of the happiest places in the world, Copenhagen is the ideal city for foodies, design lovers and cyclists to explore. The Danish tradition of hygge, the culture of creating a cozy environment, makes the city feel especially friendly and unique. Check out our guide for visiting this amazing waterfront city!
Where to: Stay
Luxury: Hotel D’Angleterre
Founded in 1755, this historic hotel is located in the center of Copenhagen, walking distance from many of the major attractions and sights. Guests can dine at Marchal, a Michelin-starred restaurant, or check out the Champagne bar, which offers more than 160 types of champagne. The Hotel D’Angleterre also features an indoor swimming pool and spa, known as the “Amazing Space.” Rooms start at around $520 a night.
Mid: Hotel SP34
Located in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen, Hotel SP34 features a rooftop terrace, an organic breakfast and a special “wine hour’ every day at 5 p.m. Guests can also rent bikes on site and visit the hotel’s 25-seat private cinema. Hotel SP34 offers a practical option for both solo travellers and groups as room types include single rooms, double rooms and suites. A single room starts at around $165 a night.
Budget: Woodah Hostel
The Woodah Hostel is ideal for travellers seeking a budget-friendly option while still experiencing the charm of Copenhagen. Including a free breakfast in the morning and live music in the evenings, the hostel also offers an organic café with snacks and drinks. Woodah is particularly ideal for active visitors, as the hostel provides complimentary yoga mats and occasional outdoor classes. Beds start around $40 a night.
Where to: Eat
Upscale: Restaurant Relae
For a memorable dining experience, visit Restaurant Relae in the hip neighborhood of Norrebro. Diners can choose between two set menus (one is vegetarian) of four or seven courses. Each meal begins with tasty homemade sourdough and olive oil. Be sure to explore the wine pairings for a truly decadent meal.
Something for Everyone: Baest
Although Baest offers a varied selection of organic meats and produce, it’s the pizza that really makes this cozy spot worth visiting. The mozzarella here is made with organic milk and the pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven that was specially built in Naples, Italy for the restaurant. We also recommend sampling the charcuterie plates.
Head to Kalaset for the most delicious pancakes you’ll ever have and a welcoming atmosphere. Tables are adorned with lit candles and fresh flowers as Kalaset truly embraces the Danish tradition of hygge. The food is organic and there are options for those seeking both sweet and savory in the morning. Go with a friend and order an assortment of dishes – our favorites are the Grøntorvet (scramabled eggs with falafel) and the raspberry walnut pancakes. Be sure to also try the vegan nutella at the bar.
Casual: Copenhagen Street Food
Not in the mood for a sit-down meal? Can’t decide what you’re in the mood for? Visit Copenhagen Street Food for an assortment of 39 food stalls offering everything from burgers to Thai food to sushi. Take a seat at one of the communal tables and look out over Copenhagen Harbour and the Royal Playhouse.
Where to: Explore
History: Amalienborg Palace
Home of the Danish royal family, the Amalienborg Palace is the ideal spot to take in some of the city’s history. Watch the changing of the royal guard, which happens every day at noon, and check out the museum to learn more about the royal history of Denmark. Visit the palace on Saturday to gain admittance to the reception rooms, which are still in use by the royal family.
Nyhavn is the most iconic part of Copenhagen. Here, you can sign up for a boat tour of Copenhagen or simply sit by the water and enjoy the colorful buildings. The pubs and restaurants near Nyhavn are quite lively, as locals and tourists alike enjoy sitting next to the harbor on sunny days.
Excursion: Louisiana Museum of Art
Hop on the train for an hour and head 25 miles north to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. We love the Instagrammable Kusama Installation, “Gleaming Lights of Souls.” This installation allows visitors to enter a dark room, lit only by glowing bulbs that constantly change color, creating a mesmerizing experience. Spend the day and be sure to check out the buzzing café, where you can dine on the shore of the Øresund Sound. Admission for adults is $20.