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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Copenhagen

Northern Europe, as we know, has a charm of its own. If any of you have a few days or even a long weekend planned in the Danish capital, here are my suggestions of the best sights to visit and the best places to eat in Copenhagen. I spent a weekend there in mid-February exploring this little gem despite the windy and cold (although tolerable) temperatures. Here are the attractions and the places that I liked the most! 

WHAT TO VISIT

ROSENBORG CASTLE and BOTANISK HAVE. Begin with a visit to the Rosenborg Castle (although it is not the most palpitating sight, I would liken not visiting it to not visiting the Duomo when visiting Milan) and a walk through the botanical garden. If you like castles, I would also suggest a visit to the royal palace, Amalienborg.

THE LITTLE MERMAID. As the symbol of Copenhagen, this monument by the sea is, as per my personal opinion and that of many (or almost everyone) before me, a little disappointing. But it’s always worth a selfie, right? Take the opportunity to take a walk around the Kastellet fortress and, on your way back, pass in front of Marmorkirken, the “Cathedral of Marble” inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica of Rome.

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The Little Mermaid | © Caterina Zanzi

TIVOLI. It is the oldest amusement park in the world and one of Copenhagen’s landmarks. During the cooler winter months, the park is closed but if you happen to be there in the summer, you can enjoy a nice concert, take a walk in the open green space or take a ride on the merry go round or the ferris wheel. While in the area, make sure to stop by Rundetårn, the round tower from which you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

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A View of Copenhagen | © Caterina Zanzi

CHRISTIANIA. After a walk around the canals, take a walk across to the other part of the city where you will find the more residential Christiansvahn. Take a tour around Christiania, which has remained more or less unchanged since the 1971 Hippie Revolution: a sort of self-managed neighbourhood, which currently resembles a drug trading territory and isn’t particularly charming. Or is it?  

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The Entrance of Christiania| © Caterina Zanzi

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. There are many different museums in the city (such as the Nationalmuseeum and the Statens Museum for Kunst), but if you must choose just one, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, one of the finest complexes dedicated to art that I have ever seen, is really worth a visit. Take the train from Nørreport (the train ride is approximately 20 minutes) and stop by this impressive structure perched over the sea and surrounded by greenery. One cannot remain indifferent at the sight of the lights from the northern sky that are noticeable from the windows.

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A Room at the Louisiana Museum | © Caterina Zanzi

KRONBORG CASTLE. Approximately half an hour outside of Copenhagen on the way to Louisiana is the famous Kronborg Castle. Better known as Hamlet’s Castle, this is where Shakespeare set his famous tragedy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Helsingør, will make you feel as though you are in a dramatic play!

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Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingborg| © Caterina Zanzi

WHERE TO EAT

BACCHOUSE CAFÉ. For breakfast or for brunch, I highly recommend trying Bacchouse, a delicious little place near the botanical garden in the Nørreport area. Take a seat at one of the small tables and enjoy the minimal decorordering a slice of pie and a cappuccino (made as it should be)! Average cost for breakfast: 10€.

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Breakfast at Baccahouse| © Caterina Zanzi

ATELIER SEPTEMBER. For brunch or for breakfast, make sure you don’t miss out on Atelier September, located in the city’s most commercial area. This lovely boutique with an adjacent bar is a feast for the eyes (especially for hipsters), but also for the palate: I will remember the avocado toast seasoned with lemon and chives for a very long time! Average cost for breakfast: 10€.

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Avocado Toast at Atelier September| © Caterina Zanzi

TOLDBODEN CAFÉ. If you happen to be in the area near The Little Mermaid, stop at Toldboden Café for a quick lunch break and enjoy a traditional Danish smørrebrød. The environment is nice yet simple, off the tourist tracks and full of locals. One can order from a wide selection of different “sandwiches”, although I highly recommend trying the house special with salmon, lemon and some (a whole lot of) butter! Average cost: 20€.

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A Smørrebrød at Toldboden | © Caterina Zanzi

STICKS’N’SUSHI. A vacation is not a vacation for me unless it includes sushi. If you too are in love with this delicious cuisine, Copenhagen is the ideal city to enjoy it in given that many traditional Danish dishes are fish or seafood based. There are many different locations of Sticks’n’Sushi across the city. During my stay, I dined at the one located mere steps away from the metro station of Nørreport and had a wonderful experience. Average cost: 50€.

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A Dish at Sticks’n’Sushi | © Caterina Zanzi

KARMA SUSHI. I’m not lying when I define myself as someone who is ‘”chronically sushi crazy”. During my stay, it was a must for me try out Karma Sushi, a sushi bar located in the heart of Nyhavn. Come here to find a relaxed atmosphere and sushi so good it could make you lose your mind. Average cost: 50€.

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A Dish at Karma Sushi| © Caterina Zanzi

AAMMANS. Some of the best smørrebrød of Copenhagen can be found at Ammans. Have a bite to eat here and enjoy these delicious and traditional Danish “open sandwiches”. Don’t leave without trying the one with herring or the one with shrimp… You sure won’t regret it! Average cost: 40€.

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Smørrebrød at Ammans | © Caterina Zanzi

COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD. Do not miss out on this precious oasis dedicated to street food. This place is a paradise for lovers of the genre, and makes the Mercato Metropolitano look like child’s play in comparison. In this slightly underground structure facing the canals and located next to the Opera House, one can enjoy all the specialties of “street food”, both local and non-local. I ordered a delicious hamburger with duck, along with an energizing smoothie. The possibilities are endless: from oriental cuisine to pizza, to hot dogs and any other weird concoction that comes to mind! Average cost: 20€.

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A Hamburger at Copenhagen Street Food | © Caterina Zanzi

RUBY. One of my favorite spots not only in Copenhagen but in the whole world, Ruby is a delicious cocktail bar in the heart of Nyhavn that resembles a home more than it does a bar. A welcoming atmosphere, drinks made to perfection, furniture ranging from sofas to paintings to brocades… This place is not to be missed! Average cost for a cocktail: 15€.

1105. Another nice cocktail bar, slightly on the trendier side this time, is 1105. Come here to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and the great cocktails! Average cost for a cocktail: 15€.

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A Cocktail at Ruby’s | © Caterina Zanzi

SPISEHUSET. If you have a chance to visit Hamlet’s Castle and have some time to spare before catching the train back to Copenhagen, I suggest that you indulge in a savoury break at this great restaurant offering amazing views on the castle and a menu that spans from sweet treats to salty snacks, and light fares to slightly more indulgent ones. I, obviously, opted for the former, ordering a delicious dish of salmon and another of fish & chips! Average cost: 20€.

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Salmon and Fish n’ Chips at Spisehuset| © Caterina Zanzi

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Do you have any other nice places to recommend?

Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. This English version was translated by Kelsey Rivett.

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