Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, Copenhagen is a city shaped by the best of Scandinavian aesthetics, good design and clever urban planning. Once a Viking fishing village, this compact city of 1.9 million people is tourist friendly with public spaces, parks, harbourfront all linked together by bicycle paths. It is also the birthplace of New Nordic and Danish Modern Design - details throughout the city live up these standards.
We love Copenhagen for its inclusive and feel-good culture, considered urban planning and exquisite food scene. Rent a bike from a bike shop (or ask your hotel for a loaner) and start your tour by riding among the locals through the city’s exceptionally well networked bike paths.
We teamed up with our friends at Coldfront to bring your a few recommendations for stops around the city. Scroll down to find an interactive map that will furhter help you navigate.
Cirkelbroen by Studio Olafur Eliasson spans the Christianshavn Canal. Bike through the five circular platforms and you’ll notice that the series of wire masts mimic a ship’s rigging. Used by 5,000 bikers and pedestrians every day, Cirkelbroen is a key observation point and meeting place for locals.
Johan Semps Gade, København K
This 17th century astronomical observatory offers expansive views over Copenhagen. Climb the gently sloping spiral corridor to the observation deck to admire the iconic rooftops of the old part of Copenhagen and its many spires.
Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København
Situation inside BLOX - one of Copenhagen’s latest urban design projects led by OMA - the Danish Architecture Center is the main architecture exhibition space in Denmark. The rotating exhibitions, workshops and guides tours are suitable for both architecture enthusiasts and tourists. The gift shop offers the largest collection of architecture, urban planning and Danish Design books in the city and is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir to take home.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Set 20 miles north of Copenhagen on the shore of the Øresund Sound, Louisiana is one of the most well respected curators of modern art in the world. Stop by to see their current exhibitions, permanent classics or wander the Sculpture Park with its Henry Moores and Alexander Calders against a backdrop of Sweden.
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk
Initially built to house the rich collection of art and cultural artefacts of Carlsberg founder Carl Jacobsen, Glyptoteket now houses a world-class collection of antiquities and impressionists including Monet, Degas and Cezanne. The two wings of the museum are connected by the Winter Garden - an exquisite greenhouse experience.
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København
A interdisciplinary art and design gallery curated by Maria Foerlev, Etage Projects exhibits multidisciplinary artists who push the the boundaries of traditional art. Maria curates pieces that are not only conversation starters, but are able to emotionally leave an imprint on you. Stop by for a unique curated experience on your way to Cafe Atelier September.
Borgergade 15E, 1300 København
A brainchild of chef Frederik Bille Brahe, Atelier September is a cafe/ gallery hybrid tucked in the Gothersgade neighbourhood. Best known for their avokadomad (avocado on rye bread), the seasonal, local rotating menu also includes a number of Danish breakfast staples.
Gothersgade 30, 1123 København
Founded by four friends turned baristas, Coffee Collective is a distinctive name in the Copenhagen coffee scene due to its high quality coffee and dedication to ethical sourcing. Their latest branch in Jægersborggade boasts a warm, hyggelige interior dotted with brass detailing and texture wall hangings.
Jægersborggade 57, 2200 København - Kristen Bernikows Gade 2, 1105 København - Vendersgade 6D, 1363 København
Centrally located at the Meatpacking District (Kødbyen), this compact but cozy cafe serves some of the best croissants in town. Operated by a pair of Third wave baristas, Prolog is a micro-roastery working to elevate the standards of coffee sourcing, harvesting, roasting and brewing.
Høkerboderne 16, 1712 København
Democratic Coffee specializes in single origin, light roasted coffee and is a popular hunt for students and business people alike. Try their almond croissant or grab a bag of beans to bring home - or, if you have a few extra days, book a roastery tour.
Krystalgade 15, 1172 København
Sonny serves a mix classic Danish staples and experimental international dishes and exceptional cups of coffee. The owners are trained in Paris and bring their extensive travel knowledge to this French-inflected café. During the summer the backyard is open to public and is a great oasis among the busy streets of City Center.
Rådhusstræde 5, 1466 København
Hotel Sanders is the latest addition to Copenhagen luxury boutique hotel scene. Created by renowned ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin, Sanders is worth a visit even if you are not staying overnight. The Conservatory is Sanders’ roof terrace cafe on the fifth floor and offers a charming view of the city’s roofs and spires.
Tordenskjoldsgade 15, 1055 København
Winterspring is a Nordic dessert bar offering innovating combinations of breakfast, dessert and ice cream. Designed by London based StudioIlse, this intimate space showcases Ilse Crawford's human centric design philosophy through shared tables, considered materials, handmade ceramics and an earthy colour palette. Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee is their take on traditional Danish flødebolle – bon bons and chocolates made fresh on site.
Store Strandstræde 16, 1255 København
Aamanns is the place to go for smørrebrød— Denmark’s traditional open-face sandwich — such as marinated herring with lemon, elderflower and radish or grilled asparagus with poached egg on rye. With multiple locations close to attractions across the city, Aamanns is the best place to try smørrebrød a la carte.
Øster Farimagsgade 10, 2100 København
California casual bowls and salads are available at this vegetarian friendly spot. Enjoy a bowl at the sun drenched window seats or get it to go if you are rushed.
Nørrebrogade 12, 2200 København
In Danish, Grød translates to porridge - but it is porridge like you’ve never tried before. Local chefs Martin Daniali and Lasse Skjønning Andersen serve seasonal and versatile recipes such as pea risotto, chicken congee and breakfast-only oat porridge topped with Skyr.
Multiple locations, see Map below for details
A part of Noma co-founder Claus Meyer’s empire that also includes Meyers Bageri, Meyers Deli specializes in sourdough, rye, sandwiches and coffee - all perfect for a quick bite on the go.
Gammel Kongevej 107, 1850 Frederiksberg C