First of all it is really quite flash that all taxis in Copenhagen are new, large Mercedes, most with leather interiors. Which is nice.
If you need one, here are two numbers to punch into your mobile: 38 10 10 10 or 35 35 35 35.
You can also hail a taxi on the street, like anywhere else.
A fairytale castle from 1607 in the heart of town in the King's Gardens (Kongens Have). Houses the crown jewels and crown regalia in the basement and the rest is a museum telling the story of the Kings of Denmark over 300 years.
A great museum letting you get close to the exhibits.
Located in Kongens Have. 65 kroner for adults. 20 kroner for kids aged 5-14. www.rosenborgslot.dk
Ten years ago all the bars in the Vesterbro neighbourhood were much like this. Kitsch, old-fashioned and rough around the edges.
McKluud (the name comes from the 70's series McCloud) is one of the few bars that has survived the trendy development of the area. Here the old locals sit alongside the young, artsy-fartsy types. A bottle of unfashionable but cheap Albani beer seems to be a symbol of unification between the generations. Play billiards in the back room, too.
Istedgade, on the corner of Oehlenschlagergade. 15 minutes from the Central Station.
In rare moments of Southern European mimickry - usually on sunny Sundays - Copenhageners stroll along the chain of lakes just north of the city centre. A year-round pursuit and an aesthetic one.
The Lakes are quite obvious on the map of the city.
Beer is back. Like many places micro-breweries and new imports are hot. For an all-round beer/food evening, try the excellent Nørrebro Bryghus (Brewery House) who embrace hops like their own children and serve up appropriate grub.
Nørrebro Bryghus is in the Nørrebro neighbourhood.
Tel: (+45)35 30 05 30
In the winter many squares are transformed into skating rinks - in the good-old fashioned sense. Lazy circles, rosy cheeks, laughing kids.
Two of the best bets are the Kongens Nytorv in the centre of town and Frederiksberg Gardens.
It's free, but skate rental will set you back 40 kroner or so.
Kongens Nytorv - city centre.
Frederiksberg Gardens - ten minute bike ride from the central station.
Traditionally a summer pursuit, the world-famous Tivoli now opens from mid-November until after Christmas.
A veritable winter wonderland. Don't miss it if you're in town at that time of year.
Tivoli is between the central station and Town Hall Square.
Hemingway, upon recieving his Nobel Prize, admitted that the lady should have won. Karen Blixen. Out of Africa.
Visit her home and grounds north of Copenhagen.
It's a lovely, personal museum in honour of a much-loved writer and personality.
Combine it with a trip to Louisiana and Kronborg (Hamlet's castle). They're all on the same rail line.
You've read the play, now see the castle! This was Hamlet's gaff and even though it's not the same castle it's still cool to go home and say you saw Hamlet's castle, isn't it? 200,000 people a year think so. A lovely day trip with the train along the north coast. Combine it with a visit to the world-renowned art gallery Louisiana.
Elsinore is Helsingør in Danish and it's a good 45 min. north of Copenhagen on the train. But the views are great - from the train and the castle.
A few brave souls refused to accept Denmark's official cooperation with the Germans and this museum is about their struggle. While the rest of the country sighed and accepted it these men acted. A moving tribute.
Located in Churchillparken near the harbour and the Little Mermaid.
Think you know everything about tea? Think again. Visit the legendary AC Perch's Tea Shop and immerse yourself in scents and experiences.
It's a tiny shop and it's been there since 1835. Little has changed since then which makes it fantastic. The current owners have had it for four generations and the whole family is behind the counter on busy Saturdays. An amazing area of leaves. Don't miss it, English person!
Kronprinsessegade 5 in the heart of town.
Their webshop can ship around the world, too.
It's a mouthful in Danish - Gråbrødretorv - but that is easily translated as Grey Friar's Square. A cobblestoned pocket in the centre of town with cafés and restaurants for all tastes. Or just relax on the bench under the tree.
A short walk from all things central.
Sticks n Sushi is a local chain that has the concept well under control. Stylish, Euro-Japanese and trendy. They have four restaurants and they're all cool and good. They have a super kids menu that puts sushi into reach of the up and comers.
Both restaurant and take away.
In Vesterbro - Istedgade 62.
In the City - Nansensgade 47.
For the other locations check their website:
Peckish after wandering about the town? Head immediately for Sushitarian, just off Kongens Nytorv, for a groovy sushi lunch. There are sushi restaurants galore, but Sushitarian have the lunch angle wrapped up tight in seaweed.
Gothersgade 3. A spit from Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square) and near Nyhavn.
This is my local so I won't be dissing it. Cosy cafe in the heart of the vibrant Vesterbro neighbourhood. Award-winning brunch and a great menu in general.
Expect to wait longer for your nosh than other cafes as they prepare it lovingly from scratch. Spend the time enjoying a quality beer.
Zakabona is at Istedgade 88. Ten minutes from the central station. On the corner of Dannebrogsgade.
Brunch is from 10:30-14 (weekdays) and 10-15 (weekends). 99 kroner.
The name says it all. The guardian of all things old in the name of the state. Great exhibitions, both permanent and temporary. The definitive museum for the discerning museum-goer.
Ny Vestergade 10 - A short walk from the Town Hall Square.
50 kroner for adults. Children under 16 free.
Open 10-17. Closed Mondays.
Tel: (+45) 33 13 44 11
Right on the Town Hall Square you'll find Politiken Boghandel (Bookshop). They have the largest selection of English books in town.
Town Hall Square. Look for the Politiken building - it's a national newspaper - and you'll find the bookshop on the ground floor.
Copenhagen has nine restaurants with one or two stars according to the Michelin Guide.
If you're looking for fine dining then pull out your trusty copy of Le Guide (you always carry it with you, don't you?) and get ready for a taste experience.
No guide to Copenhagen can fail to mention Christania. For many years it has ranked as the most visited 'attraction' after Tivoli. In 1972 a group of people squatted in an unused military area just south of the city. They established a self-governing, independent community and it flourished. Many houses were built, businesses set up and even daycare institutions established.
Often called Europe’s greatest social experiment and with big names like Bob Dylan on the support list, Christiania is facing a bleak future. The right-wing government has shut down the famous Pusher Street, which sold hash and pot in colourful booths and is threatening to reclaim the area for development. Development meaning expensive flats and offices on the prime real estate.
Nevertheless, Christiania soldiers on. Great cafés, restaurants and one of the city’s hottest concert venues are to be found within her fences.
Located in the Christianshavn neighbourhood.
20 min. walk from the city.
Copenhagen’s City Museum is a cosy place, much like the city it represents. It gives you a great impression of the city’s 1000 year evolution from fishing village to thriving European capital.
Kids love the huge model of the city in the old days and there is something for everyone inside. The building itself – former home of the Royal Shooting Club – is impressive. Check out the little Søren Kierkegaard exhibition.
20 kroner for adults, kids under 14 free.
Open 10-16. Closed Tuesdays.
Vesterbrogade 59 – five minutes from the Central Station.
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