Get a solid caffeine buzz going with an espresso at Democratic Coffee.
Were you aware that Copenhagen is the most cycle-friendly city in the world? So, yeah, it’s basically a no-brainer to rent a bike.
For a scenic mode of transport, take a guided boat cruise or romantic gondola ride or even captain your own solar-powered vessel. Plenty of companies offer great experiences, so talk to your hotel about the best option near you.
A running tour is a great way to see the sights and burn off the calories from all those pastries you’re destined to eat on vacation. Make sure you pack your sneakers.
Built by King Christian IV in the early 1600s, Rosenborg Castle flaunts an insane array of royal relics: regal portraits, coronation thrones and the jaw-dropping crown jewels.
The adjacent King’s Garden is defined by its groomed passages, historical sculptures and gorgeous rose bushes.
SMK (Statens Museum for Kunst) boasts an astounding collection of art dating back to the 14th century.
All-day cafés are a dime a dozen in Copenhagen, but we always return to Sonny. The laid-back atmosphere, yummy food and frothy matcha lattes make it the perfect respite.
For a quick and easy midday meal, grab a smørrebrød at Aamanns.
The Designmuseum Danmark displays all sorts of Danish furniture and home goods. There’s even an entire room dedicated to chairs. Because we all need somewhere to sit, right?
Royal Danish Theater is a historic performing arts institution with venues for plays, music and ballets. Bonus: Because performances are state subsidized, tickets tend to be rather affordable.
Originally built as a grand mansion for Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, today Kunsthal Charlottenborg stands among the most impressive contemporary art galleries in Northern Europe.
The steamed artichoke at Apollo Bar definitely warrants a pitstop between trips to Kunsthal Charlottenborg and Nyhavn.
Take a break from sightseeing to relish a glass of biodynamic vino at Den Vandrette.
Oenophiles won’t want to miss Ved Stranden 10. If your schedule permits, swing by for the weekly wine tasting held every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Need an afternoon boost? Make your way to the Coffee Collective Bernikow.
The ultimate foodie haven, TorvehallerneKBH is a glorious market with 60+ stalls. Hungry travelers can grub on everything from freshly shucked oysters and scratch-made pasta to steak sandwiches and banana ice cream.
When you think of Copenhagen, tacos likely don’t spring to mind. But Hija de Sanchezpromises to change that.
Thirsty? Before you leave TorvehallerneKBH, imbibe quality spirits at Noorbohandelen.
Once the epicenter of Copenhagen’s meat trade, the revitalized Kødbyen district is home to trendy galleries, restaurants and nightlife.
Bartenders at Lidkoeb mix up delicious daiquiris, watermelon margaritas and other innovative riffs on classic tipples.
On the flip side of the booze spectrum, Mikkeller & Friends Stefansgade wows patrons with its world-renowned beer selection.
At this point, you’re probably hungry. Sink your teeth into fresh seafood at Kødbyens Fiskebar.
Ready to walk on the wild side? Nestled between Frederiksberg Gardens and Søndermarken, the Copenhagen Zoo puts visitors face-to-face with 4,000 animals from across the globe.
Søndermarken conjures up visuals of grassy fields, towering trees and scenic running paths that beckon nature enthusiasts.
Deep below Søndermarken? You’ll find Cisternerne, a subterranean venue for art exhibitions that occupies the old cisterns.
Shop for new threads without the bother of pesky cars on Strøget, one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets.
Housed in a charming space with exposed brick walls and leafy plants, Høst honors local ingredients. Plus, in such an expensive city, paying 450 DKK for a delectable five-course meal is a major win.
Dronning Louises Bro connects Frederiksborggade with Nørrebrogade. This famous bridge is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset over the lakes.
A former industrial island turned hipster hangout, Refshaleøen often draws comparisons to Williamsburg.
Where can you swim, sauna and feast on farm-to-table fare? La Banchina. The “no reservations” policy encourages spontaneity.
For more boozy fun, mosey over to Copenhagen Distillery. Learn about the production process and sip handcrafted spirits.
Stick around Refshaleøen for dinner. Critics and diners can’t stop raving about the ingredient-centric, modern Danish cuisine at Amass. No reservation? Don’t fret. Seats at the bar are available on a first-come basis.
Situated in Ørestad Syd, the newish Royal Arena holds the biggest concerts and sporting events in Copenhagen.
Prefer something in a more intimate setting? The oldest jazz club in the city, La Fontaine, stages nightly jam sessions. You never know who might pop by after an earlier gig.
Obviously, Copenhagen has many picturesque parks. For an afternoon picnic or peaceful stroll, set your sights on Ørstedsparken.
Venture outside the city center to Olufsvej, a photogenic street with pastel houses. (Insider tip: For pics without cars, plan your excursion on a weekday.)
As if an espresso-glazed croissant weren’t indulgent enough, Andersen & Maillard goes and fills ’em with coffee soft-serve ice cream.