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4 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Copenhagen

Noma’s Canadian chef de partie Benjamin Ing takes us to his favourite spots in Denmark's capital.

Things to Do - Benjamin Ing

After heating up kitchens in New York, Victoria and Australia, Ottawa-born chef Benjamin Ing is now chef de partie at Noma, in Copenhagen, where the city’s mellow vibe balances well with his fast-paced job. “On Sundays and Mondays, Copenhagen is very quiet, perfect for relaxation. The only places open are for hygge, meaning just being cozy and comfortable.”

Things to Do - Mikkeller & Friends

Photo: Mikkeller

Mikkeller & Friends

I was familiar with Brooklyn’s Evil Twin Brewing and its owner, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, which is how I discovered Mikkel Borg Bjergsø’s bar – they are twin brothers. Mikkeller’s has over 40 beers on tap and the beer list changes daily. I like the creamy, smooth Goliat Imperial Stout from To Øl, which was created by two former students from Bjergsø’s days as a math and physics teacher.
Stefansgade 35, 45-3583-1020

Bellahøj Svømmestadion

I played hockey up to junior level, and it’s important for me to stay fit. This aquatic centre is a big concrete block with floor-to-ceiling windows, so you feel like you’re outside while working out. I’m a self-taught swimmer and I thought I was pretty good until I saw the swim club training!
Bellahøjvej 1–3, 45-3826-2140

Things to Do - The Coffee Collective

Photo: The Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective

This place in Frederiksberg is full of nerdy coffee gadgets, scales and pour-overs. Coffee in this shop is treated like wine – it’s so interesting to see what flavours come from which regions, and how farmers produce differently in Brazil, Kenya and Guatemala. On my days off, I spend most mornings here.
Jægersborggade 10, 45-6015-1525


When my girlfriend is in town, we always come here for picnic supplies. We get pickled mackerel and a piece of smoked salmon, French cheese, cider and rugbrød, which is not typical rye bread – it’s very seedy and dense and has a lot of malt flavour. Over the course of a weekend almost everyone in Copenhagen comes here for something.
Frederiksborggade 21



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Chris Stenberg

Thursday, April 28th 2016 03:26
These are all great spots in Copenhagen, but I also really loved Manfreds, Høst, and Kødbyens Fiskebar for dinner, and also Din Nye Ven for drinks near the Hotel SP34. Such an amazing city!
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