I enjoy getting recommendations from locals before I go on a trip, but they are not always easy to find, and thus I decided to write recommendations for my own country, Denmark, in this series, Guide to Denmark.
This time it is all about the capital of Denmark: Copenhagen.
The classics to do during your stay in Copenhagen: Tivoli (a very old, very famous amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen), Den Lille Havfrue (the sculpture of the mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The little Mermaid), a stroll throug Nyhavn (a beautiful view of the old houses by the canal), and the castles Amalienborg (where the royal family lives), Christiansborg (where the politicians are now) and Rosenborg (where the Crown Jewels are).
Besides theese obvious classics do visit:
Glyptoteket to see the amazing collection of Egyptian artefacts, Roman scultures and french paintings. Both the café and the bookstore is worth a visit.
The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant), the Royal Library of Denmark which is housed in a building called the black diamond because of the shape. Read more about what to do in and around the library here.
Den Hirschsprungske Samling, a charming museum of golden age Danish paintings.
Carlsberg, a museum of the famous beer, the process of making it, the family and the workers. It is truly a great museum, even if you do not drink beer.
Assistens Cemetary (Assistens Kirkegården), a beautiful cemetary housing the graves of famous Danes and used as a park by the locals.
A popular place to visit is Den Blå Planet, a big aquarium, but I really did not enjoy my visit. If you want to go, do try to avoid the popular hours to visit as it feels crowded and can be impossible to move around.
To see what’s going on in Copenhagen during your stay, visit AOK.dk. Concerts, festivals and other happenings are listed here. The food guide is also excellent. The site is very popular among the people living in Copenhagen.
Eat and drink:
For authentic old-fashioned Danish food go to Restaurant Klubben. It is not easy to find this type of food at restaurants, because Danes mostly just eat this type of food at home.
Another great place to eat is Café og Ølhalle 1892 in the cellar of The Workers’ Museum (Arbejdermuseet in Danish). It is a restaurant with interior of the year 1892 and the menu is from 1900. The snaps (see my post about Food) is made especially for this restaurant, and the beer is also traditionally Danish beer.
For something sweet, go to Mormors (maternal grandmother’s place). They serve cakes, cookies and sandwiches. Everything homemade like a Danish mormor would do it. The interior is very old-fashioned and hyggeligt (cozy), and it’s a good place to buy a souvenir. Take a look at the wall of fame by the door. Everybody loves Mormors, even Jessica Biel!
Drink beer at the bar of the famous brewer Mikkeller. Mikkeller bar is at Viktoriagade no. 8 b-c, 1655 Copenhagen. Also Færgekroen in Tivoli has great beer.
The main shopping street is Copenhagen is Strøget (literally meaning a place to walk slowly to be seen). Unfortunately most shops here theese days are chain stores and of course high end designer store like Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Stores to visit when you are here are Lego Store to buy all the Lego you could dream of; Randers Handsker, which is a charming store selling gloves and hats; Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen, no introduction needed. The flagship store is located on Amagertorv on Strøget. The factory outlet is located on Frederiksberg (Søndre Fasanvej 9, 2000 Frederiksberg) and is also worth a visit.
If you enjoy department stores do visit Illums Bolighus for high end interior design. Illum is a bit further towards Kongens Nytorv and offers exepensive designer everything. Magasin on Kongens Nytorv is a regular department store.