Copenhagen has previously been voted by Monocle as “The most livable city”, more recently CNN voted it as “The best bathing city”,  it’s been lauded to have “The happiest people” and wherever you look, everyone just seems to be good looking or at least well put together. So what is it about the city? Is it the security that comes from being able to trust in the excellent social welfare system? Perhaps the calmness that comes from the homogeneous sense of fashion? Or maybe even the fact that you can buy beer 24/7 and drink on the streets?

Whatever it might be, it’s definitely a city worth exploring and we hope our simple guide will help you experience only the best.



Copenhagen airport is arguably one of the most calming experiences. The dark wood floors make it feel like you arrived in a really upmarket food hall, or if you’re lucky enough – your living room ;-).

It’s worth picking up a bottle of Gin or whatever’s on special in the duty free stop while waiting for your luggage – might come in handy during your stay here.

The airport operation is fantastic for business travel and when departing from here it takes hardly any time to clear security to the lounge and gates. Luggage, however, can take a while (20mins) to arrive on the conveyors. This is especially troublesome during the July holiday month when every single dane goes traveling and it’s highly recommended to travel carry-on as it could take up to 2 hours to check in and an hour to collect your bags if you’re arriving here.

Once you exit the reclaim area, proceed right to the end of the hall, where you will find the trains (departing from the lower level) & metro (departing upper level). To get to central station (Hovedbanegarden) you need to take the train, and if you want to reach Nørreport (the other big station) take the metro. Google maps will advise which is best for where you’re heading. You will need a 3 zone ticket which you can get from the machines or the counter on the right at the end. Alternatively, download the Mobilbiletter app which will allow you to purchase single- or multiride tickets on demand.

Uber’s collection area is normally from the right-hand side behind the tickets counter – this is also Terminal 3.

MAIN AREAS: V = Vesterbro | N = Nørrebro | F = Frederiksberg | Ø = Østerbro | K = City centre | A = Amager | R=Refshaløen (to the right of Christiania)

Getting Around

There is only one way to get around the city. BIKE. Copenhagen has 650K bikes for 550K residents in the central area. Try Baisikeli in Vesterbro or one of the bike rental shops in Nørrebrogade – you could expect to pay about 70kr per day but negotiate with them based on the duration. If you are only around for a day or so – the city bikes are a great option. They have electric assistance with navigation and the works. You can sign up on any of the bikes and drop them off at any point when you’re done.

Copenhagen by bike
The only way to get around is on your iron horse.


Cafe Dyrehaven (V) – this hipster bar cafe is under EAT because of their amazing Hønsesalat lunch

Reffen on Refshaløen (R) – This is version two of the old Copenhagen Street Food from Papirøen. Expect a container village on the far end of this industrial island with plenty of good food and atmosphere. Worthwhile biking out or taking the harbour bus. Check out the Mikeller Barrel Room when in the area. There’s also some huge antique warehouses right behind the food section that’s great to find some keepsakes.

La Banchina (R) – A hidden spot out on Refshaløen, if tourist-dodging on Papirøen is not your thing. On the water with a daily meal and a glass of wine. Don’t go for wine if you hate “nature wine” (The kind that’s not entirely unlike sewer water). Pop across the street to Kickstarter success story Lille Bakery for some amazing baked things.

Enghave Kaffe (V) – a cafe at the end of Vesterbro that doesn’t allow laptops or tablets. only good “hygge” and conversation

Meyers Bageri (N/Ø) – have a “luksus kanelsnegel” and don’t look back. My favourite branch is in Jæggersborggade 

Torvehallerne (K) – The Market halls are fantastic to browse the best of the local produce, also love Hallernes – some of the best smørrebrød (famous open sandwiches)

Restaurant Kronborg  (K) – for a real Danish smørrebrød lunch with Beer & Aquavit.  Ask for Walther or Clæs and tell them I sent you. 🙂

Höst (K) – a real favourite for an authentic Scandinavian dining experience that’s also surprisingly well priced.

20A (N) – a real local spot with a meal of the day, paired with plenty of great wines.

Sidecar (N) – The best brunch in Copenhagen.

Jah Izakaya (V) – For when you have had enough smørrebrød and just want some Karaage and Sashimi.

Spaghetteria (V) – Set italian menu with 6 dishes. Great for both weeknights or special occasions.

Go to Torvehallerne and grab a selection of fresh sea food and a bottle of white. Enjoy outside on the benches or in the adjacent Israelsplads.
Go to Torvehallerne and grab a selection of fresh sea food and a bottle of white. Enjoy outside on the benches or in the adjacent Israelsplads.


Ved Stranden 10 (K) – Wine bar in the city on the canals – all wines by the glass. Amazing setting $$$.

Lidkoeb & The Duck & Cover (V) – two amazing hidden cocktail bars across the road from each other – makes for a perfect start to a night out (or a full night out during the week). Vesterbrogade

BeviBevi (V) – a tiny little neighbourhood wine bar in Vesterbro.

Vinhanen (N) – a small winebar on the lakes with french wine served from tanks. The wine’s not the best (inexpensive french co-op wine) but it’s priced accordingly and the vibe is great.

Kødbyen (V) – the original meatpacking area – still in use – is home to a multitude of bars and restaurants.


Dora (V) – a great selection of curated items. Old and new blended together.

Acne Archive (N) – The great Acne clothing samples and items out of season available at a steal.

Frama (K) – a Danish interior brand. The showroom is an old pharmacy with original detailing from the 1800’s mixed with their clean modern aesthetic.

Illums Bolighus (K) – all design brands are available here.

During the summer, each weekend sees a multitude of these Loppemarkeds (fleamarkets) - with everything from amazing vintage lamps, to great second hand clothing and of course plenty of complete crap.
During the summer, each weekend sees a multitude of these Loppemarkeds (fleamarkets) – with everything from amazing vintage lamps, to great second hand clothing and of course plenty of complete crap.


Assistens Kirkegård (N) – The beautiful cemetery (used more like a park) where Hans Christian Andersen is buried – stroll up towards the Meyers Bageri mentioned above.

Jægersborggade (N) – very cool street with plenty of nice shops and something happening almost every weekend.

Botanisk Have (K) – The Palm House is a must visit. I think they’re beautiful and have some insane buildings and conservatories

Canal boat tour (K) -Copenhagen is great from the water. Hop onto a tour (nice late afternoon with drinks), rent a small Goboat and head out on your own or just take the harbour bus (price of a regular bus ticket).

Værnedamsvej (V) – awesome street in Vesterbro, see Playtype and Dora shops

Swim in the harbour – Head down to either Kalvebod Brygge, Islandsbrygge (if you’re 16 and want to see & be seen), Krøyers Plads or pretty much anywhere you fancy and enjoy the harbourside hangout and swimming. Take a salad and a bottle of wine – no need to leave.

Louisiana – My favourite museum, just a little north of the city in a beautiful plantation house

Charlottenborg (K) – Gallery – one of the most beautiful buildings in my opinion and the Art Academy. Also worth coming for Chart Art Fair in August.

Loppemarked – These fleamarkets pop up almost every weekend in summer – once I know when you’re visiting I can check if there’s one happening somewhere.

Superkillen (N) – an “urban park” in Nørrebro

Rentemestervej (N) – an office area in NV that’s made up of streets of old industrial buildings – super “rough: & cool.

Go for an afternoon swim in the ocean. Perfect when sunset is after 10.
Go for an afternoon swim in the ocean. Perfect when sunset is after 10.


Central Hotel & Cafe (V) – First on the list as it only has one room 😉

Hotel Alexandra (K) – a great relaxed design hotel, super central but on a slightly busy road.

SP34 (K) – modern and slick design hotel in the old “Latin Quarter”

Sankt Petri (K) – It’s a real classic. Chic designer hotel.

Hotel D’angleterre (K) – the Rolls Royce of hotels for this city.

Hotel Sanders – a new addition from White Lines group. Absolutely sublime. If you don’t stay there, still be sure to check out the rooftop.

Airbnb – there’s plenty of Airbnb options available in CPH and a pretty safe option here.


The following noteworthy events might be worth planning your trip around.

Distortion (June) – one of the biggest street parties in Europe. Starts on the Wednesday in Nørrebro, then Thursday Vesterbro and Friday & Saturday on Refshaløen.

Copenhagen Pride (August) – Unlike other pride events, this is one the whole city get’s involved in, young & old. The street party at the end is spread out throughout the city and a real blast.

Copenhagen Marathon (May) – A great run through the city in the Spring.

Mad Symposium (August) – If you’re a serious foodie, you’ll know about this one.


For more up-to-date events and the very latest spots, head over to Scandinavian Standard.

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