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Copenhagen City Guide

Make the most of your stay with a room at Hotel Alexandra, local beer in the Meatpacking District, a refreshing dip at Islands Brygge and more.

Where to Stay  /  Where to Eat and Drink  /  What to Do  /  How to Get Around

Where to Stay

Photo: Brøchner Hotels

Hotel SP34

For the wine hour

This boutique hotel shows Nordic design at its best with its minimalist decor, white linens and neutral colour palette. Bathrooms in the spacious guest rooms are stocked with Ren toiletries, and guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of red or white wine or port daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (The lobby bar features Denmark’s largest selection of port wines by the glass.)

Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 København K, 45-33-13-30-00,

Photo: Arthur Hotels

Hotel Kong Arthur

For the luxe spa

Housed in a historic building dating back to 1882, Kong Arthur is conveniently located between Copenhagen’s food market, Torvehallerne, and the hip Nørrebro neighbourhood. The 155-room property houses one of the city’s most luxurious spas and three in-house dining choices: Italian fare at La Rocca; Spanish tapas at Pintxos; and Japanese-inspired cuisine at Sticks’n’Sushi.

Nørre Søgade 11, 1370 København K, 45-33-11-12-12,

Nimb Hotel

For the amenities

Most of the rooms in this luxury hotel located on the grounds of Tivoli Gardens theme park have fireplaces or large balconies overlooking Tivoli Gardens, and they all come equipped with Bang & Olufsen tech. Guests have access to the hotel’s personal shopper, butler service and dog walkers (for those travelling with a pooch). Book suite 12 for some of the prettiest views of the theme park.

Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København V, 45-88-70-00-00,

Scandic Copenhagen

For a family-friendly stay

This waterfront hotel offers modern guest rooms, complete with impressive views of the skyline and all-white bathrooms stocked with Face Stockholm toiletries. Spacious family rooms are available for those travelling with little ones – children under 13 stay for free – and kids will love the hotel’s colourful playroom with its PlayStation, toys and craft supplies.

Vester Søgade 6, 1601 København V, 45-33-14-35-35,

Hotel Alexandra

For the central location

This boutique property feels more like a friend’s apartment than a hotel, thanks to its spacious, light-filled rooms, shelves of design books and mid-century Danish furniture. Designed by Anders Petersen, one of Denmark’s most notable vintage furniture collectors, Collector’s Suite 570 pays homage to 1970s Denmark style, complete with hessian-covered walls and rya rugs. Take a break from smørrebrød, and head to LêLê Street Kitchen, the hotel’s on-site Vietnamese street kitchen, for rice noodle salad with spicy beef and lemongrass.

H.C. Andersens Blvd. 8, 1553 København V, 45-33-74-44-44,

Skt. Petri

For the city views

Located in the trendy Latin Quarter, this boutique hotel offers spacious guest rooms with free Wi-Fi and contemporary Danish furnishings. For a truly special stay, book the Star Suite, featuring a 678-square-foot penthouse terrace that overlooks downtown Copenhagen. In the evening, head to The Bar in the lounge for a Moji Mule – mint, lime, syrup and ginger beer – and torsk (cod) served with crushed potatoes and saffron sauce.

Krystalgade 22, 1172 København K, 45-33-45-91-00,

AC Bella Sky Copenhagen

For a business trip

This hotel is great for business travellers, thanks to its location – it’s 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown – and its amenities, such as an airport shuttle, gym and its own convention centre. For downtown trips, catch a bus outside the hotel door or walk to nearby Bella Centre station to catch one of Copenhagen’s modern driverless trains. After a day of meetings, unwind in the hotel spa, complete with hot tubs, massaging showers, saunas and steam baths.

Center Blvd. 5, 2300 København S, 45-32-47-30-00,

Where to Eat and Drink


For the best beer in town

Locals and visitors alike flock to Warpigs, a hip brew pub in the Meatpacking District, for pints of their house-brewed beer and other offerings from some of Copenhagen’s best breweries. Grab a spot on the patio and order a six-beer flight, a sampling of the American-Danish-style draught beers from the bar’s 22 rotating taps. And don’t miss the daily selection of Texan BBQ, (think smoked brisket, pork shoulder and spare ribs) paired with your choice of four signature sauces.

Flæsketorvet 25-37, 1711 København V, 45-43-48-48-48,

Photo: Maja Tini Jensen - Copenhagen Media Center

Copenhagen Street Food

For a quick lunch

Cross the river to Paper Island to visit Copenhagen Street Food, a covered market full of food and drink stalls. (To get there, walk across the Inderhavnsbroen or Trangravsbroen bridges or take harbour bus 991 or 992.) Join the queue at Handmade for fresh smørrebrød topped with pickled herring, salmon and egg or head to OK Thai for a generous helping of pad Thai. Druêta serves oversize gin and tonics if you want to pair your lunch with a cocktail.

Hal 7 & 8 Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14, 1436 København K,

Hija de Sanchez

For gourmet tacos

Ex-Noma chef Rosio Sanchez serves the city’s most authentic tacos at her two outdoor taquerias, located in Kødbyen and Torvehallerne. Grab a spot at a picnic table and dig into the El Paul, crispy fish skin, gooseberry salsa, onion, cilantro and avocado. Or stick with the classic pork carnitas: braised pork belly, pasilla salsa, onion and cilantro.

Slagterboderne 8, 1716 København V, 45-53-73-95-10,

Photo: Magnus Larsen Ravn

The Bird & the Churchkey

For the happy hour

This East London-inspired beer and gin bar near Nyhavn hosts a daily happy hour that offers many two-for-one drink specials. Grab a stool at the bar or sink into one of the vintage-leather armchairs and order the Black & Yellow: Bulldog Gin with Thomas Henry tonic, lemon and licorice root, the bar’s signature garnish. Or let the staff happily guide you through the options.

Gammel Strand 44, 1202 København K,


For haute oatmeal

A favourite breakfast spot among locals, Grød is a porridge café that serves a seemingly endless combination of toppings and flavours, with a focus on seasonal and local fruits. The chia porridge rhubarb comes highly recommended, but you can create your own concoction with toppings like apple-vanilla compote, cocoa nibs, freeze-dried raspberries and caramel sauce. The restaurant is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., so if you don't want to wait in line, head there for a snack later in the afternoon when it’s less busy.

Jægersborggade 50, 2200 København N, 45-50-58-55-79,

Photo: P. A. Jorgensen


For Michelin-starred Nordic cuisine

Reservations are a must at Relæ, named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and one of Copenhagen’s finest restaurants. Choose a four- or nine-course menu featuring items like Havervadgard lamb with shrimp and dill or romaine lettuce served with egg yolk and netties. The restaurant is expensive, so save it for a special occasion.

Jægersborggade 41, 2200 København N, 45-36-96-66-09,

Kødbyens Fiskebar

For the catch of the day

This relaxed spot in the Meatpacking District serves up some of the most delicious fish and shellfish in Copenhagen. The menu varies depending on the fresh catch. Past favourites include seared trout with Brussels sprouts and oyster mushrooms and haddock with Jerusalem artichokes and fermented pear pearl barley.

Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København V, 45-3215-5656,

Photo: Chris Tonnesen


For the urban garden setting

Located in Hotel SP34, Väkst is a greenhouse restaurant in the Latin Quarter that offers farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Jonas Christensen’s menu is informal and mostly vegetarian with a focus on eco-friendly ingredients; think salt-baked kohlrabi with burnt hazelnut purée, organic buttermilk and white asparagus served with butterhead lettuce, fresh cheese and roasted yeast oil. Hanging potted plants, vines and natural light create a feeling of dining in a secret garden.

Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 København K, 45-38-41-27-27,

What to Do

Photo: Nicolai Perjesi - Copenhagen Media Center

Sea baths at Islands Brygge

For a refreshing swim

Islands Brygge is a trendy neighbourhood next to the harbour and a popular spot for locals to sunbathe and swim in the harbour sea baths. With five baths in total (two reserved for children), it’s a unique city experience. Don’t miss a post-swim ice cream cone at Bryggen 11, which features unique flavours like licorice and white chocolate with lemon.

Photo: Copenhagen Media Center


For local food and drink

This upscale version of Copenhagen Street Food is a bustling covered market chock full of artisanal food and drink stalls. Make like a local and head to Hallernes for smørrebrød piled high with herring and egg or roast beef. For a caffeine fix, go to Coffee Collective, and stock up on pale ales from Mikkeller & Friends.

Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, 45-70-10-60-70,

Day trip to Malmö

For a taste of Sweden

Take a 20-minute train ride from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö Centralstation in Sweden. When you arrive, make like a Swede and fika at Söderberg & Sara, a casual café that offers filter coffee made using beans roasted at their Österlen location and an array of freshly baked pastries. (Don’t miss the cinnamon buns.) Later brace yourself for a refreshing dip in the Ribersborgs Kallbadhus (public sea baths), but leave your swimsuit at home; it’s skinny-dipping only.

Söderberg & Sara: Mäster Danielsgatan 3, 211 58 Malmö, Sweden, 46-40-12-58-10,

Photo: HAY

Hay House

For the local design

For souvenirs, design lovers should head to Hay House, the flagship store of Scandinavian interiors brand Hay. Spread across the second and third floors of an apartment on Østergade, the boutique sells everything from rugs and designer pillows to geometric-shaped trays and vases.

Østergade 61, 2, 1100 København K, 45-42-82-08-20,

Acne Archive

For the Scandi fashion finds

Celebrating its neighbour’s best style export, Copenhagen’s Acne Archive is a must-see destination for Swedish fashion fans. The sleek outlet in Nørrebro stocks collections from previous seasons at a fraction of the price.

Elmegade 21, 2200 København N, 45-33-14-00-28,

Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen - Copenhagen Media Center


For feeling like a local

Spend an afternoon strolling through Nørrebro, Copenhagen’s hippest neighbourhood, teeming with art galleries, wine bars, restaurants and more. Then head to Jægersborggade and check out Superkilen, a public park that boasts a Moroccan fountain and Japanese sculpture, and CMYK kld, a gallery/store that sells posters and illustrations by Danish artists.

CMYK kld: Jægersborggade 51, 2200 København N, 45-50-33-25-85,

How to Get Around

Getting from the Airport

Copenhagen is the European city with the shortest distance from airport to city centre. Driving by taxi to the City Hall Square takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around 250 to 300 DKK. Public transportation is often cheaper and faster, and is accessible near the airport.

Public Transportation

The public transport system in Copenhagen is very efficient. Fares are valid for any of its systems – metro, train or bus – in a given time span, and tickets can be purchased from machines at any metro and train station. The metro is the most modern in the world and runs both day and night in the city centre.


Create an account with the bike sharing service Bycyklen; then pick up a bike from one of the docking stations throughout the city. The pay-as-you-go option costs 30 DKK per hour; pre-paid packages for 10 or 20 hours are also available.