A WEEKEND IN...COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen is the European capital of modern fine dining and creative cookery. It is impossible to have a bad meal here.
Pair this with boat and bicycle adventures hopping between historic sites and coupled with the danish diet of schnapps and open sandwiches and you have yourself the perfect introduction to "Hygge" culture.
A Weekend in Copenhagen | Friday...
Copenhagen is a city of unique neighbourhoods and Norrebro is currently top ranking as the coolest area in town. There is no better place to kick off your weekend in the Danish capital than Gonzo cafe (Jægersborggade 32, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark). Soak up the hygge experience in this candlelit cosy cafe where you can unwind over a carafe of wine amongst achingly hip mid century Danish furniture. This sets the scene for your weekend ahead and shows you how to unwind like a local.
A short stroll takes you on to dinner at Manfred's (www.manfreds.dk; Jægersborggade 40, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark) which is the gem in Norrebro's crown. Its focus is on promoting the vegetable and organic and natural wines to accompany but it is also famous for its steak tartar which is a must!
A 15 minute walk (or quick taxi) takes you to the buzzy tap room Brus (Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark) which has 33 taps of craft beers brewed at the location. The bar staff are happy to guide you through the huge amount of choices to find the perfect beer for you.
Manfreds promotes vegetarian fare
Brus has an amazing array of speciality beers
A Weekend in Copenhagen | Saturday...
Fuel up for the morning with coffee and pastries at legendary bakery Mirabelle (mirabelle-bakery.dk; Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark) and then head by taxi to the Frederiskberg Loppemarked Flea market for a morning rummage (Frederiksberg Bredegade 13, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark). The market has a great selection of Danish pottery, art and vintage clothing so is a great place to pick up a one off souvenir.
Take a stroll through the city onwards to the Rundetaarn ("Round Tower"). A 17th century tower and observatory - no steps required as it's a gentle sloped walkway, originally designed to allow horses access, spiralling all the way to the top for this great 360 degree view across the city.
The Rundetaarn with its infamous equestrian walkway
Frederiskberg Loppemarked Flea Market
Lunch / Afternoon
Lunch at the food market is the next stop where you can feast on Danish open sandwiches - the queue is big at Hallernes (Rømersgade 18, 1360 Copenhagen, Denmark) but goes down quickly and you can grab a beer and sit outside in the sunshine to enjoy your lunch. The market is full of local specialist produce so worth a wander to work off lunch or be tempted by something sweet - it is great for keen cooks looking to pick up ingredients to bring home.
A short walk away brings you to Nyhavn harbour (Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark). This is a great place to sit, relax, take a beer and people watch. It is famous for its tall colourful houses and has a plethora of bars to choose from. For those wanting to unleash their inner sailor you can even hop on board the tipsy mermaid boat for a local schnapps.
Amazing Smorrebrod is available at Hallernes
Nyhavn Harbour is a great spot
The Tipsy Mermaid serves Schnapps for the locals
Next it's time to step things up and take to the waterways on your very own "GoBoat" (http://en.goboat.dk/; Islands Brygge 10, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark). These are self drive vessels that can take up to 8 People. Bring a picnic and get lost in the canals as you sail by Copenhagen's stunning architecture. Don't forget to order a bottle of fizz when you book for a truly sophisticated time on the river.
For the adventurous you can the park up and head over to Havnebadet Islands Brygge (Islands Brygge 14, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark) where you can swim like a local - experience a refreshing dip in the outdoor lido. You can also enjoy a sauna to warm up afterwards in the mobile units next to the pools.
Take to the rivers with your very own GoBoat
Dusk / Evening
Continue your culinary odyssey with dinner at Bodil (https://timos.dk/restaurant-bodil; Sønder Blvd. 105, 1720 Copenhagen, Denmark). Opt for the tasting menu with matching wines for a truly special Nordic dining experience. Restaurant Radio and host are also other excellent choices for a modern Danish tasting menu experience.
Duck and Cover (https://duckandcoverbar.dk; Dannebrogsgade 6, 1660 Copenhagen, Denmark) is a short walk away and offers a great place to have a post dinner aperitif. Night owls can then continue on to nightclub Rust (http://www.rust.dk; Guldbergsgade 8, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark) to keep the party going.
Enjoy a tasting menu at Bodil
Steak Tartare at Bodil
A Weekend in Copenhagen | Sunday...
Copenhagen knows how to Brunch and Sidecar Cafe (https://www.sidecarnoerrebro.dk; Skyttegade 5, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark) offers a wide selection of delicious options to tempt you.
The Botanical gardens is then a good oasis to escape in the city - it has a butterfly house and vast grounds to sit and unwind in. The Botanical glasshouses date back to 1874 and play host to jungle like environments and cactus a plenty.
Copenhagen's botanical gardens
Lunch / Afternoon
Freetown Christiania is a unique community within the city - about 1,000 residents and artists live In self built creative housing and you can wander the galleries, admire the colourful street art and often catch live music here.
Reffen (A, Refshalevej 167, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark) is the home to Copenhagen street food and is a great place for a Sunday wander - it is waterside and there are often impromptu free cultural events staged in the surrounds which you can enjoy whilst you grab a snack and a beer from the stalls. JEPPE PÅ REFFEN is a great option to enjoy a Danish take on the hotdog before you prepare to catch your flight home.
Bikes are a great way to get around Copenhagen
Copenhagen River Views