From its restaurant culture to Nordic Noir, Becca Garland takes a look at the must-dos for cosmopolitan visitors in Copenhagen.
Edgy, worldly and just downright cool, the Danish capital of Copenhagen is a style lover’s mecca. With its industrial chic bars, culinary delights and hip fashion and design scenes, there’s so much on offer for the cosmopolitan traveller. With all this in mind, here's five cosmopolitan things to do while in this laid-back yet dynamic Nordic city.
1. Gorge on Gastro Fare
New Nordic cuisine is a growing trend and Copenhagen is fast becoming one of the hottest culinary destinations on any foodie’s hit list. Home to Noma, voted the best restaurant in the world in 2014, the Scandinavian capital takes dining to the next level. Delicious food to suit every budget and taste allows for even the fussiest eater to fall into a food coma. My top place to eat is Fiskebaren, a funky industrial style seafood joint in the old meatpacking district, serving fresh fish dishes, oysters and mussels to die for. An open sandwich (Smørrebrød) is also a must.
2. Discover Tasty Tipples
The Danes are famous for their beer (this might explain the 100 micro-breweries) but Copenhageners can’t say no to a cocktail and their cocktail scene is recognised worldwide. Bar 7, located centrally on Studiestræde, is a favourite. With delicious cocktails and friendly staff, you’d have no problem spending your whole Saturday evening here. My personal recommendation is a passion ginger, their own signature recipe. As well as delicious cuisine, the meatpacking district is an excellent spot for cocktails and NOHO has a lively vibe with pumping music that kept us dancing till the early hours.
3. Indulge in some Retail Therapy
Scandis have impeccable style, matching cool, crisp tailored pieces with edgy shoes, sunnies and jewellery. In all honesty, they beat the Parisians and New Yorkers by a country mile in this department. Copenhagen provides an excellent playground for any shopping addict with a range of shopping on offer from quirky boutiques, huge department stores and, of course, an array of luxe Scandi brands like Filippa K, Samsøe & Samsøe, Acne Studios and Weekday. Fashionistas had better start saving.
4. Tour Nordic Noir
Scandinavian crime dramas have become increasingly popular across the globe and for any hardcore fan, Copenhagen’s Nordic Noir walking tours are not to be missed. At 150dkk per person (with a discount of 50dkk if you reserve 48 hours in advance) this reasonably priced 90-minute tour will take you to locations from the hit shows The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. A great way to see the sites of Copenhagen with a dark twist.
5. Explore Nautical Nyhavn
Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a waterfront entertainment district lined with multi-coloured town houses, an assortment of cafes and bars and historic tall ships. It’s an ideal place to spend a few lazy hours taking in the street performers, beautiful boats and lots of wine. Nyhavn C, a slick fish restaurant, was my pick of the bunch for a boozy lunch. For the best views and photos, take a stroll down the less busy side and while there, you can gawk at Geyser Rev, the lighthouse ship, and peek through the windows of famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s home when he published his first volume of fairy tales in 1835.