This past week I was asked by Visit Denmark UK to make an insider’s travel guide to Copenhagen. You know, a guide that’s easy to access and follow during a weekend in the Danish capital. So without further ado, here’s my current must-see and must-do things in Copenhagen – I hope you enjoy it.
From a Copenhagener’s point of view, how would you describe your city in one sentence? If this is even possible!
Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a cool urban environment. It is hard to put it all in one sentence, but I would like to emphasize the spaciousness here – and all the green areas located within the city. The gourmet scene has really proliferated as well during the past couple of years. Today, this means that Copenhagen is often referred to as ‘the food capital of the North’.
What is your favourite Copenhagen neighbourhood and why?
Each neighbourhood is very unique, but my favourite areas are Christianshavn – a historical, vibrant part of the city, and the center around Kongens Nytorv (King’s Square). You will find many nice restaurants and cafés in both areas, and I just love the vibe here – especially during summer!
Favourite places to do brunch, lunch and dinner?
For lunch I would move on to Papirøen – an island accessible from Christianshavn. Here, guests will find several food trucks selling fresh food from all corners of the world. Enjoy the view to the Opera House and have a drink in the cosy lounge chairs.
There are so many options for dinner, but one of my current favorites are Marchal at Hotel d’Angleterre. This Michelin restaurant offers sublime food and wine in an intimate and historical environment. Another favorite is Nimb in Tivoli. Not only will you get a splendid view to the old Tivoli Garden; the food here is great and the staff very friendly. If you are looking for something a bit more laid-back (and less expensive) I would recommend Madklubben – a chain of restaurants located all around the city. My favourite is the original one; Madklubben Bistro de Luxe.
Which hidden gems do you always bring your friends from out-of-town to?
It changes, but Papirøen as I mentioned before, is always a good idea for lunch, sunbathing and great views of the waterfront. I also like to bring my guests to a nice cocktail bar, for example Ruby, which is actually on the top 50 list of the world’s best cocktail bars. The bartenders here create magic and the interior is very classy.
For a bit of culture, the old Carlsberg Brewery is ideal. The historical buildings are quite impressive, and there are even guided tours making it possible to taste the different sorts of beers produced today.
Last, but not least, I would recommend bringing guests to Restaurant Tårnet, which is located in the tower of the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg. Security demands a bit of waiting, but once you get here, you will get blown away by the views of Copenhagen – especially at night. The kitchen serves typical Nordic food with a twist.
And finally, what is on your bucket list of things you still want to try in Copenhagen?
I still did not eat at Noma (the former #1 restaurant in the world), so that is on my bucket list. I would also like to rent a boat and sail around the channels with friends and a picnic. Maybe that will finally happen this summer?!