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Copenhagen, Denmark: Travel Guide

Copenhagen, Denmark: Travel Guide

It was just a short week ago I found myself in the happiest place in the world. No, I’m not talking about Disneyland (sorry Mickey). According to the UN World Happiness Report Denmark has been ranked the happiest country for multiple years now and I was interested in seeing if my stay here would reveal why.

It wasn’t my first time visiting Denmark, specifically Copenhagen. Years ago as a teenager I had the opportunity to briefly visit as part of a port stop on a cruise that I had taken with my family. The only problem with cruise ports is that your time at each stop is incredibly limited – usually a few hours if you are lucky. Despite this small taste back then I have fond memories of Copenhagen with it’s stunning architecture that seamlesslessly blends old world with modern design, impeccably manicured gardens, and friendly well mannered citizens.

 

Fast forward years later to last week when I once again was transported to what would soon become one of my favorite cities in the world. Having the opportunity to finally explore this city properly everything I remembered about it as a teenager was still true, and then some. The more time you spend in Copenhagen the more and more you begin to fall in love with a place that is so well maintained and where everything is so thoughtfully, cleverly, and beautifully designed.

 

Where to Stay – SP34

With three restaraunts, a rooftop terrace, and modern design SP34 hotel isn’t just a place for tourists to rest, it is also known and loved amongst locals as a place to enjoy a good meal, drinks, art, and to take in some entertainment. The best part about this hotel though is the location. Centrally located you are within walking distance of all the hottest attractions that Copenhagen is known for. I also particularly loved the breakfast that is offered at the lower level of their in-house Väkst restaurant. Served buffet style it is of high quality and offers all the Danish treats like Nordic style rye bread, pastries, espresso based beverages and more.

Copenhagen: SP34
Copenhagen: SP34

 

What to Do

Rundetaam (The Round Tower)

Copenhagen’s Rundetaam, the Round Tower, is an architectural wonder. Built in the 17th century, originally as an observatory, it is worth the climb up the spiral corridor to the top where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Copenhagen.

 

Copenhagen: Rundetaam
Copenhagen: Rundetaam
Copenhagen: Views of Copenhagen from the top of Rundetaam
Copenhagen: Views of Copenhagen from the top of Rundetaam

Amagertorv

Amagertorv is the central square of Copenhagen. A pedestrian hub it is lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés it is the perfect way to spend the day taking in 17th century Danish architecture with benefits of modern comforts. It is also one of the best places to get some shopping done and gorgeous views of the square with it’s pentagon shaped stone flooring can be had on upper levels of some restaurants and shops within the square.

Copenhagen: Amagertorv
Copenhagen: Amagertorv

 

Nordisk Film Biografer Palads

Formerly a train station Nordisk Film Biografer Palads is now home to one of the largest cinemas in Denmark. While I personally am not one to spend my time watching films while on a trip it is worth it to see this structure which retains an old world glamour both inside and out.

Copenhagen: Nordisk Film Biografer Palads
Copenhagen: Nordisk Film Biografer Palads

 

King’s Garden

My all-time favorite spot while in Copenhagen King’s Garden it is the oldest park in Copenhagen. It’s impeccably cared for foliage is of fairy tale fantasies, especially it’s tree lined pathway and rose gardens.

Copenhagen: King's Garden
Copenhagen: King’s Garden

Superkilen Park

Superkilen Park is an urban park sectioned up into 3 areas and celebrates diversity from around the globe and in Copenhagen. Sadly it was pouring rain the day I visited but well worth getting completely drenched for to see this well appointed and well designed urban landscape. In addition to the black and white section below be sure to check out the neon pink block as well as the greenery square. Superkilen is a testament to well thought out urban planning that not only offers public spaces for it’s citizens to enjoy but also doubles as a celebration of art.

Copenhagen: Superkilen Park

Hay House

Hay House is a Danish design company and offers beautifully designed and functional house wares, furniture, and décor. While many of their items are offered online and through third party retail outlets it is an experience to be able to walk through and experience their goods in person. It is also located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of an apartment building within Amagertorv and a peek out their windows will give you picturesque views of the square.

 

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen: Hay House
Copenhagen: Hay House

Illum

Illum is a premium department store situated in the heart of Amagertorv. With several levels of luxury shopping it also offers up the perfect spot for the discerning foodie with several gourmet food shops, restaurants and a rooftop with the best views of the square.

Copenhagen: Original Coffee Illum Rooftop
Copenhagen: Original Coffee Illum Rooftop

Acne Archives

While Acne Studios is a Stockholm based design house it is an opportunity to obtain a little bit of Scandinavian based fashion at steep discounts. Copenhagen is one of the few places in the world with it’s own Acne Archives outlet which carries a fairly sizeable selection of clothing and accessories from previous collections ranging anywhere from 30%-75% of  original retail prices. They’re friendly here and if you can’t find your size, color, or specific item be sure to ask as they may have it in the back or can potentially order it in for you. Even better depending on where you’re from you may be even to claim the VAT back for even more savings.

Copenhagen: Acne Archives
Copenhagen: Acne Archives

Mother

Mother is an Italian restaraunt located in Copenhagen’s meat packing district. The focus is on simple, high quality ingredients which change up seasonally and many of which are imported directly from Italy. The draw is definitely their pizza which is made fresh and cooked in their wood burning oven. Go with a group and order them all.

Copenhagen: Mother
Copenhagen: Mother

Atelier September

Part café part shop Atelier September serves up breakfast, light lunch, pastries, and espressso based beverages in the front with the back of the space housing furniture and design pieces. The food is simple, but extremely high quality using fresh seasonal ingredients and everything is garnished using herbs that are grown in small pots just behind the counter.

Copenhagen: Atelier September
Copenhagen: Atelier September

 

Copenhagen: Atelier September, Interior wine wall
Copenhagen: Atelier September, Interior wine wall

Coffee Collective

Well known amongst the locals as the best coffee in Copenhagen their cold brew in particular is silky smooth with light floral notes. In addition to delicious cups of caffeine they also offer pastries and light lunch and brunch options.

Copenhagen: Coffee Collective
Copenhagen: Coffee Collective

 

Democratic Coffee

Another gem of a coffee shop it is adjacent to what looks like a pretentious book store stock full of design magazines, literature, and signature scandanavian designed furniture surrounded by Eames chairs but is actually…..a public library! For real, their public library is nicer than most actual design studios. Only in Denmark. But more importantly they have perfectly brewed coffee as well as what is heralded as the best almond croissant in all of Denmark. Sadly, I did not get to try the almond croissant as it had already been sold out by mid-morning, which I suppose in some way is a testament to how good it must be. I did however try out the plain croissant, an apple cinnamon danish, and an olive & sundried tomato focaccia which I more than enjoyed. I guess I’ll have to make another trip to Copenhagen to try the almond croissant though.

Copenhagen: Democratic Coffee
Copenhagen: Democratic Coffee

Väkst

I briefly mentioned Väkst above in my “Where to Stay” section as it was located inside my hotel. A show-stopping space filled top to bottom with greenery it even houses a greenhouse amongst natural wood elements. Everything here is made with organic ingredients with a strong focus on Nordic style cuisine. It is quite simply real food that is made well and is high quality. I loved it here so much that I had breakfast here everyday with zero interest in trying out other places. I still miss it even now that I have returned home to Toronto.

 

Copenhagen: Väkst
Copenhagen: Väkst

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Wonderful Copenhagen. All opinions expressed are my own. All offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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