Where to Stay in Copenhagen

Where to Stay in Copenhagen


COPENHAGEN AT A GLANCE

According to the UN’s 2013 World Happiness Report, Denmark is the happiest country in the world. So why wouldn’t you want to visit this city that is a metaphorical bundle of joy? In addition to the happiness of the locals, the cuisine is superb, with the ‘new Nordic’ tastes becoming something of a revolution, and 15 restaurants deemed Michelin star worthy. The Danish design and architecture on display is world renowned, it must’ve been the creation of LEGO that inspired many of the great architects! If you are visiting in Autumn or Winter, the Danish love the feeling of hygge (loosely translates to coziness), wearing thick wool sweaters, scorching open log fires, strong ales, and big bobble hats. Christmas and New Year are the perfect time to visit this European wonderland, with authentic markets and plenty of wonderful gift ideas from one of the many local design shops or fashion designers.

COPENHAGEN NEIGHBORHOODS

Indre By (Old Town) – Nyhavn, restaurants, culture, history

Vesterbro – hipster, trendy area, good nightlife, waterfront, iconic houses, Kødbyen

Nørrebro – multicultural, diverse, colorful, skaters & hipsters

Frederiksberg – upmarket, glamorous

Østerbro – foodies, architecture & design, family friendly, shopping

Christianshavn – restaurants, opera, hippies, alternative

INDRE BY (OLD TOWN)

Tons of Bars & Clubs
Tons of Restaurants
Tons of Shops
Tons of Sights
Perfect for nightlife, cafes, restaurants, culture and history, sights and landmarks
Drawbacks busy, touristy, noisy

The heart of Copenhagen’s old town, also known as Indre By, has a very charming feel to it, with both wide avenues and quaint side streets, old architecture, and many museums and galleries to keep even the most avid culture vultures busy. There are a number of green parks, including The King’s Garden, the Botanical Garden, Ørstedsparken and Østre Anlaeg. You will also find the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings that plays host to the Danish performing arts.

Notable buildings to keep an eye out for are the Rundetaarn, a 17th century tower, Frederiks Kirke (Marble Church), the Church of Our Lady (Copenhagen Cathedral), the Copenhagen City Hall, the Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek) and the beautiful classical facades of Amalienborg and rococo interiors of the Danish Royal family’s home. In between the parks, Copenhagen also boasts the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle, one of Christian IV’s architectural projects, and the Christiansborg Palace, which is where the government convenes.

There are a collection of interesting museums found here as well, including The David Collection, a private collection of applied art, including a section of Islamic Art. The SMKhas both Danish and international art, near to which you will find the Geological Museum, found in the Botanical Gardens. Learn about Danish cultures and history at the National Museum of Denmark, the Thorvaldsens Museum that is dedicated to Danish sculpture Bertel Thorvaldsen, and the Designmuseum Danmark, a museum to showcase international and Danish design and crafts.

Copenhagen is well-known for its unique design that took off in the mid-20th century, with simple and stylish furniture, home goods and, of course, architecture. Stores like Hayand Royal Copenhagen have a great collection that any design enthusiast would enjoy perusing. Close by is Georg Jensen, renowned for silver cutlery and jewelry, and Ilums Department Store, which is devoted to Danish-designed home items. Not only is their design world renowned but as is their cuisine.

The most iconic picture of Copenhagen is no-doubt the colorful 17th century waterfront of Nyhavn. Originally a commercial port, the area has been revitalized into an entertainment hub and is now known as a culinary hotspot, boasting many classy and cozy restaurants. During summer months, locals grab a beer and sit along the canalside with friends. Nearby you’ll find plently of Michelin star restaurants, like AOC, Hans Kælder, Marchal, Clou and Kokkeriet. Shoppers should stroll along pedestrianised Strøget, which is the longest pedestrianised street in Europe. For some fruity cocktails, head to Ruby, The Jane or 1105. After hours, get shimmying at the Standard Jazz Club, Jazzhus Montmartre, Jazzhouse and La Fontaine. Or check out Copenhagen’s largest nightclub, Chateau Motel, electronic music specialists Culture Box, or world class line-ups at Hive.

VESTERBRO

Tons of Bars & Clubs

Tons of Restaurants

Many Shops

Tons of Sights

Perfect for nightlife, clubbing, bars, pubs, restaurants, art galleries, cafes
Drawbacks noisy at night, busy during the day

The world famous amusement park and gardens at Tivoli Gardens, said to have been the inspiration for Disneyland, are a great day’s entertainment for all. Afterwards, gorge on pastries at Andersen Bakery, followed by a tour of the personal art collection of Carl Jacobsen, who was the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. You can also learn more about the beer brewing process at Visit Carlsberg. For more authentic culture, the Museum of Copenhagen will explain the history of the city from the 12th century until the modern day. Copenhagen’s shopping mall Fisketorvet has a range of independent and international brands, the fashion conscious Danish flock here.

The best known area here is Kødbyen (Meatpacking District), where you will find many restaurants, cafés, and nightclubs, all within short walking distance. For fresh fish, head to the industrial looking Kødbyens Fiskebar, while on the weekends the markets of Kødbyens Mad & Marked and Westmarket have an array of produce and cuisines that draw in the masses. For Nordic and Danish culinary surprises try Restaurant Cofoco or Pony. Beer lovers have come to the right place – you can visit international brewpub Mikkeller’s War Pigs located in an old slaughterhouse; they also serve texas BBQ! Bang & Jensen and Black Coffee & Vinyl are popular hipster hangouts; search for your favourite records while fueling your caffeine addiction. Center of Photography is an interesting fine art and photography gallery. Other interesting independent galleries include, V1 Gallery, Butcher’s Lab, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard and Gallery Poulsen. A rather more eccentric art venue is Warehouse 9, where a range of different artistic and musical exhibitions and performances take place.

Boasting some of the Danish’s favorite bars, Vesterbro is one of the locals favourite places to go out on the weekends. You won’t struggle to find a hip cocktail lounge or a pub with a variety of beers. Lidkøeb, Curfew or Simpelt V are great for cocktails, while Mikkeller Bar has 20 local craft beers. For a night out, head to either Jolene Bar, KB3, the underground KB18, or Bakken Kbh; all will provide the music that’ll get you dancing all night long.

NØRREBRO

Tons of Bars & Clubs
Tons of Restaurants
Many Shops
Tons of Sights
Perfect for hipsters, clubbing, parks, fashion
Drawbacks little shopping, few museums

The fashionable hipsters of Nørrebro like to be seen looking stylish in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars. Shoppers should visit Remö Sko shoe shop, Carhartt, Acne, Fünf and Foxy Lady, all of which are found along Elmegade and Birkegade. Here are a handful of quirky cafes and bars where people sit out people watching and admiring each other’s fashion. Stop off at The Laundromat Cafe, Grød, Scarpetta or Ramen & Beer. Jaegersborggade is a street that has become increasingly popular, with 40 art galleries, vintage clothing, ceramics, and organic produce shops.

Another top people watching area is Superkilen, an open urban space near to Nørrebro Station where skaters and cyclists whizz around. During the summer months both Assistens Cemetery and the Lakes and Dronning Louises Bro are swarming with people enjoying the good weather. For some of the best Thai food around, try Kiin Kiinor Ranee’s.

The best way to experience this quirky and cool neighborhood is by foot, meandering in and out of all the independent shops and boutiques before visiting the Zoologisk Museum and Politimuseet. For a night out in Nørrebro, make sure you have your designer dancing shoes at the ready before you enter one of the popular establishments Kassen, Dupong, Nørrebro Bryghus or Rust. For a more relaxing evening, check out the events at the Nørrebro Theatre.

FREDERIKSBERG

Tons of Bars & Clubs
Tons of Restaurants
Tons of Shops
Tons of Sights
Perfect for fine dining, foodies, palace, shopping, art and museums
Drawbacks expensive, residential, not very central

This classy neighborhood is rather residential, however that doesn’t stop it from being another very fashionable area, boasting top of the range cuisine and boutique stores alongside large green parks and wide streets. Gammel Kongevej is the main street of Frederiksberg, with cafes, delis, sushi restaurants and shops lining the way. The former water reservoir, now an exhibition venue called The Cisterns, is one of the most popular venues for art installations and fashion shows. Next door to which you will find Frederiksberg Palace and Gardens, which are well kept and a joy to walk around. Shoppers can head to Frederiksberg Centret or Sofie Schnoor, while families with children may prefer the Zoo. Formel B is one of the best restaurants in the area, after which you can enjoy a nightcap at either Salon 39 or Sans Souci Restaurant and Wine Bar.

ØSTERBRO

Tons of Bars & Clubs

Tons of RestaurantsManyShopsTons ofSights

Perfect for shopping, foodies, sights, design stores
Drawbacks expensive, not very central, more residential

Østerbro is home to Copenhagen’s most famous statue, the Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be reunited with her handsome prince. The mermaid has been the victim of vandalism, twice having her head cut off!Foodies will love Østerbro. With 3 Michelin stars, Geranium is one of Copenhagen’s top restaurants, and was rated the 17th best restaurant in the world in 2017. VeVe is a vegetarian restaurant set in a beautiful old warehouse, and Gro Spiseri is Denmark’s first rooftop farm. Aamanns Deli & Take Away is popular with locals as this is where you can find smørrebrød, the classic Danish open sandwich. Original Coffee, Proviant and Dag H are coffee connoisseurs go-to spots.

The Hirschsprung Collection features Danish art from the 19th and early 20th centuries while Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art is a must see for art and architecture enthusiasts and one of the cities oldest venues. Shops to look out for are clothing and accessory store moshi moshi mind, Normann Copenhagen furniture and design store, and Rambow selling old and new designs.

CHRISTIANSHAVN

Many Bars & Clubs
Many Restaurants
Many Shops
Tons of Sights
Perfect for restaurants, cafes, bicycles
Drawbacks little shopping, not much nightlife

Climb up the 400 steps of one of Denmark’s most famous churches, the Church of Our Savior, and enjoy the panoramic views of from the serpentine spire over Christianshavn. For more architecture, head to the Danish Architecture Center (DAC), where there are regular exhibitions and lecture tours. The art galleries of Nordatlantens Brygge and Copenhagen Contemporary draw in the artistic while foodies will have plenty of choice, from Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island to Michelin star restaurants 108, Era Ora, and Kadeau. For afternoon snacks, try out one of the coolly decorated Danish cafes Den Plettede Gris, Sweet Treat, or Parterre. Grab a drink at Sofiekaelderen, a focal point for music lovers, or Eiffel Bar. To see the city from a different angle, hop on one of the harbor buses that will take you from the Royal Library to The Little Mermaid, one of Copenhagen’s most famous sights.Be sure to stop by one of the neighborhoods most famous sites, the little hippie community of Christiania. This compound is very popular with tourists, free spirits and backpackers alike. Founded in 1971 when squatters overtook the military base, there are now around 850 residents. The area is car free and green, with the inhabitants creating most of the commune themselves, from homemade houses to music venues and organic eateries, this area really is unique. It is especially different as you can’t buy a house here, you have to apply and be granted permission. Loppen and The Grey Hall are the great music venues here, while Morgenstedet is great for organic, vegetarian eats. During the summer months, Nemoland hosts open-air parties every Sunday. As the locals are very environmentally conscious, rent a bicycle around and discover the area at your own leisurely pace.

PARTING WORDS

Copenhagen is a fabulous city – a haven for foodies, design enthusiasts and fashionistas. Each neighborhood has a unique sense of charm with many cafes, watering holes, and independent boutiques that will leave you wanting more! The city has a fascinating design scene, and many of the food establishments will have an interior luring you in and making you want to stay there forever. The city really is a treasure!

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