Copenhagen: What to Eat, See, and Shop

I just got back from a few days of traveling and was able to spend some time in beautiful Copenhagen. I've had friends visit Copenhagen and really love with it some saying it's one of their favorite European cities. I didn't have a ton of time, probably around 2.5 days but here are some of my favorite spots.


Eat

Of course, if you know me, you would know that I'm big into finding amazing places to eat. Copenhagen has risen up as a top food destination in the world with top Michelin rated restaurants like noma, AOC, Relæ, Geranium, etc, etc. When we were booking travel in October for our November trip, noma was booked until February the following year. 

However, we did dine at AOC, a two Michelin star restaurant.

AOC

Octopus dish with pretty, artful plating

Octopus dish with pretty, artful plating

While you're in Copenhagen you  might as well try one of their many Michelin starred restaurants. With these kinds of dining experiences it's less about the taste of the food and more about the experience, presentation, and concept. I say this because AOC wasn't the best tasting food I've ever had and at $165 per person you'd expect the food to taste awesome. But it was creative, fancy, and pretty experimental.
 

Papiröen - Copenhagen Food Hall

If you want to try some of Copenhagen's street food, this is a good place to check out. It's the same as other food halls and food market concepts with small stalls from different vendors. Nothing super interesting about this one except that it's in Copenhagen.

Ruby's

If you're looking for a nice place to grab a drink, the speakeasy feel of Ruby's is great. It's unassuming and the interior feels a little bit like a Parisian apartment.

Open-Faced Sandwiches Anywhere and Everywhere

The one that I had at Andersen Bakery at the bottom of the Nimb Hotel and near the entrance of Tivoli gardens was really good. Roast beef with fried onions, horseradish mayo, and pickles.

Delicious open-faced sandwich

Delicious open-faced sandwich

I've heard the open-faced sandwiches at Aamanns are some of the best in Copenhagen. There is also an Aamanns located in the CPH airport should you want a quick snack before you head back home. 

Kodbyens Fiskebar

Oysters and Nordic cheeses

Oysters and Nordic cheeses

Really great cool, casual and trendy seafood restaurant. Oysters, cheese plate, fish, fries with some beer is the way to go here.

Other Places I Wanted to Check Out

HÖST
Aamanns
Mad & Kaffe
Almanak
108 by noma


See

Nyhavn Harbor

This is the most Instagrammy place in Copenhagen. The colors of this little canal and harbor are so beautiful and charming. The streets are lined with restaurants and cafes but it's great just to stroll around and capture a photo in front of the colorful buildings.

Amalienborg Palace

This is the home of the Danish royal family and worth a look if you have some time.

Guards march back and forth

Guards march back and forth

Cirkelbroen (Circle Bridge) by Olafur Eliasson

One of my favorite artists of late is Olafur Eliason. He did the grottos at the Fondation Louis Vuitton which I wrote about here. He designed the Circle Bridge which true to its name is made of circles. They open up to let small boats pass through but the structure at night is really beautiful.

Circle Bridge at night

Circle Bridge at night

 

Kastellet

This former fortress is in the shape of a star and currently acts as a public park. It also houses some military activities. It's a great place for a quiet stroll and to check out some Danish military architecture.

Sunset at Kastellet

Sunset at Kastellet

Christiania

A few friends told me check out Freetown Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous city within the city of Copenhagen. Everyone told me not to go at night. And what did I do? We went at night. It was described to me as an episode of The Walking Dead for it's eerie, spooky atmosphere with a lot graffiti and street art, not to mention pot-smoking. Definitely something to check out.

Louisiana Museum

Really loved this museum. It's a 45 minute train ride from Copenhagen Station and a 15 minute walk to the museum once you get off the train but well worth the day trip. If you like modern and contemporary art, Louisiana Museum is full of work by Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder, Richard Serra and more. The best part is that it sits next to the water and has a pretty expansive outdoor space with sculptures and artwork. 

They have a cafe with a lunch buffet and the food is pretty good. You definitely get the sense that Danish food is light and full of vegetables. 


shop

Strøget

The largest pedestrian-only street in Copenhagen and the main shopping area. They have all the mainstream luxury and mass brands but we opted for boutiques like Hay House, Stilleben, Illums Bolighus for a look at Danish design.