Where to stay in Copenhagen
What you need to know about CopenhagenCopenhagen is truly one of Europe’s most alluring cities, offering a winning combination of fairytale architecture, vibrant nightlife, outstanding shopping and stunning beaches.
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The city has an effortlessly cool and cosmopolitan vibe, with plenty of stylish bars and restaurants, charming cobbled streets and romantic candlelit cafes.
Take a stroll around Rosenborg Castle, visit the statue of the Little Mermaid in the scenic harbour at Nyhavn, then enjoy an open-air concert in the Tivoli Gardens. It’s a captivating Scandinavian seaside city that will charm you at every turn; even the locals are better looking than pretty much everywhere else in Europe.
What’s not to love?
Food and drink
Copenhagen is one of Europe’s hottest foodie destinations, with more Michelin stars than any other Scandinavian city.
But it’s not all haute cuisine – there are plenty of bistro-style restaurants offering outstanding seasonal ingredients with a touch of Danish flair. The best value for money can be found where the locals eat, in suburbs like Nørrebro and Vesterbro.
The city has a vibrant café culture too, with plenty of places where you can relax with a coffee and a traditional Danish pastry.
Nightlife in Copenhagen is stylish and edgy, with plenty of cool cocktail bars and dance clubs. You may find midweek a little quiet, but at weekends the city truly comes alive, so grab a Danish lager and join the party!
Copenhagen’s Strøget is one of the largest pedestrian malls in the world, full of premium fashion brands and designer stores. There are a few good department stores in Copenhagen too - Magasin du Nord on Kongens Nytorv and Illums on Amagertorv are well worth a browse.
If indie shopping is more your thing, the cobbled streets around Strøget have some wonderful boutiques and quirky outlets, and there are some lovely craft shops in the Nørrebro area.
Flea markets (known as Loppemarked in Danish) are popular places to rummage on a Saturday in the summer - Halmtorvet near the central station has the best selection of interesting stalls, although Frederiksberg Loppemarked is the biggest in the city.
Copenhagen is the economic and financial centre of Denmark, with the bulk of the city’s economy built on businesses in the service sector. Copenhagen is home to a number of international companies including A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Novo Nordisk, Carlsberg and Novozymes. Shipping is also an important sector with Maersk, the world's largest shipping company, having their world headquarters in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is a wonderfully compact city, and the cobbled streets of the old city and the harbour are best explored on foot from your serviced apartment. For travelling further afield, the city’s S-train service covers the whole city and suburbs, with distinctive red trains that are clean, modern and have free WiFi. There’s also a driverless metro system that covers the city centre and has links to the airport.
Buses are an efficient above-ground alternative and most routes are covered by a night bus service. The fastest and most flexible way of seeing Copenhagen is on a bike – 40% of Copenhageners cycle every day and the city has a fantastic network of bike lanes.
Taxis are plentiful and pretty swanky by usual standards, but expensive; however all will accept credit cards so it’s a good way to get home if you find yourself stranded!
Things to watch out for
Denmark’s currency is the Kroner, and whilst many larger restaurants and shops in Copenhagen will happily accept Euros, they are by no means obliged to do so. Make sure you have plenty of Kroner, and check before you buy if you’d prefer to pay in Euros.
Destination Guide: Scandinavia 20 December 2016