Copenhagen: Cool Climate

Unlike, Berlin or Barcelona, Copenhagen takes its cool in the stride. Whether it is cutting edge architecture, or the wonderful belle epoque Tivoli, nothing is too showy and all of it simply blends with the rest of this stunningly pretty city. If you can, definitely try to be there for Christmas markets to see it all lit up and enjoy the copious glogg and pastries. Although sticking with the city centre and (in)famous Christiania can easily fill up a weekend, getting a bit further afield with the city’s great transport system pays dividends.

 

My favourites

  1. Louisiana Museum – a bit outside the city, but worth the trip for the fantastic collection of modern and contemporary art, in a wonderful setting
  2. Tivoli – especially around Christmas this old amusement park transports you into a a fairytale land
  3. Amager Strandpark – Great if you want to enjoy the cool Baltic breeze, have a dip or just see the wonderful Oresund bridge from a distance. Once there check out wonderfully designed Kastrup Sea Baths.
  4. 8TALLET – Designed by BIG, one of the world’s most sought after architectural firms, this 8 shaped building is a must for architecture buffs. Although 20 minute metro ride from the city, this whole area abounds with great architecture, and you can also have a stroll in the nearby nature reserve and enjoy the views of these new buildings while standing next to sheep…
  5. Meatpacking District – the trendy part of Vesterbro, with tons of restaurants and bars, overlooked by a massive former slaughterhouse.
  6. Original Coffee (Bredgade 36) – Great coffee and a good place to chill reading magazines
  7. Illum rooftop – nab great views of the city from the top of Copenhagen’s stylish department store. The terrace of Illum’s Original Coffee outlet probably has the best view/price ratio
  8. Aamanns (Øster Farimagsgade 10) – great sandwiches in a very quaint neighbourhood

 

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