With Spring in the air and the daylight hours growing, it’s an excellent time of year to use some of those air miles up and head somewhere for a long weekend. Copenhagen, is undoubtedly the coolest of the Scandinavian cities, with brave new architecture nestling into the cosy (hyggelige) historic brightly coloured houses and cobbled streets. If something gritty and out there is up your street, don’t bother going as this is as safe, clean and well manicured as cities get.
Where to stay
The Sea Dog | CPH Living Hotel
Ok, so its not Captain Haddock’s ideal hang out but in this case that’s probably a good thing. This is a hotel on a boat with its 12 double rooms floating in Copenhagen Harbour with views of the city centre. Copenhagen Harbour is meant to be clean enough to swim in. Although don’t take our word for it.
The Cosmopolitan | The Nimb Hotel
A Moroccan Palace in Tivoli. The climes may be slightly less favourable for the North African nomad but the food certainly isn’t. 13 unique suites and no expense spared. Not for those light in wallet.
The Organic Option | Guldsmeden Axel Hotel
A melange of scandi chic and balinese decor. The Axel has a roof top spa, four poster beds and lots of cow hide. And 90% organic apparently, the 10% is champagne we guess. What more could you want?
Culture Vulture Edit
Out of town | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
A no brainer as they say. One of the most beautiful museums in the world. Set 40 kms from Copenhagen, with a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.
On the water | Canal Tour
So James Bond obviously never shares a canal boat with anyone but sometimes company is a good thing. Hop on one of the regular canal tours to see the city from the water. And hope they don’t have to do any three point turns.
Impressonist Heaven | Ordrupgaard
Say Ordrupgaard 10 times as fast you can…With its new extension by the ubiquitous Zaha Hadid, this titan amongst galleries has one of Northern Europe’s finest collections of 19th and 20th century Impressionist art. All the greats are here … Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne to name but a few. One slightly wonders what’s left for everyone else.
Calorie Burners | Rent a Bike with Mike
Well, when in Rome. Mike is a bit of a cycling institution – with neon glasses too. Hop on a bike and take the city in but as Mike says, go hard or go home. He doesn’t take any shit – his words not ours.
Eat eat eat
The Blagger | Noma
20,000 reservation requests a month, so if that after dinner impersonation of Angelina Jolie is actually surprisingly uncanny, this might be the time to deploy it.
The Fish Fanatic | Fiskebaren
For the best of the Danish seas Flæsketorvet is the one for you. There are jellyfish on display in a tank and the best Danish seafood ever. The Oysters are found in the Limfjorden channel in northern Jutland which give Brittany a run for their money. Situated in the trendy Meatpacking district (Vesterbro), get a late reservation and stick around into the early hours for cocktails and a slice of cool Copenhagen.
The Carnivore | Rex Republic
A rustic basement restaurant that has the best steaks in the city. Famous for its well-hung Danish breeds rather than the more fashionable Japanese and American suppliers. Served with a healthy supply of fried potato wedges, seasonal vegetables and béarnaise sauce.
To do at night:
Cocktails | Ruby Bar
Look out for the…unmarked door. Opens at 4pm. Killer cocktails and cool company.
At a mere snip, the $500 million dollar opera on the waterside is one of the most advanced and certainly contemporary of the worlds opera houses. Dress to impress.