Copenhagen delights with Danish cosiness and world-class design, with sunny waterfront spots – and the best bike trails to explore. Our tips.
Tips for staying overnight
Hotel Alexandra: Even the nice lady at the front desk looks like she jumped out of the series “Mad Men”. Welcome to the 1950s! Retro charm in perfection, from the living room-like lobby to the individual rooms with design classics by Arne Jacobsen. DZ / F from 180 Euro (HC Andersens Boulevard 8, Tel. 00 45/33 74 44 44, www.hotelalexandra.dk ).
Hotel Kong Arthur: The hotel is spread over four buildings dating back to 1882. The walls of the rooms are decorated with modern art and the beds are so comfortable that you can stay in bed for a long time. Breakfast is available in the courtyard, massages in the spa. DZ / F from 215 Euro via booking portals (Nørre Søgade 11, Tel. 00 45/33 45 77 77, www.arthurhotels.dk ).
Wakeup Copenhagen: The budget hotel rooms near the castle are small, functional and comfortable. Free Wi-Fi. DZ / F from 95 Euro (Borgergade 9, Tel. 00 45/44 80 00 90, www.wakeupcopenhagen.de ).
Tips to enjoy
Kalaset: The trendy store is furnished like a big flat-share kitchen: nice imperfect. Scrambled eggs, yogurt and avocado sandwiches make you feel at home here quickly. Breakfast from 9 euros. (Vendersgade 16, Tel. 00 45/33 33 00 35, www.guide-to-copenhagen.com/cafe/kalaset ).
Kødbyens Fiskebar: In the past, butchers worked on the grounds of Kødbyen (literally “Meat City”), and are constantly opening new restaurants, clubs and galleries. The first address for fish is the “Fiskebar”, which is equipped with exposed concrete and an aquarium full of jellyfish. Tasty: The mussels steamed in cider! (Flæsketorvet 100, Tel. 00 45/32 15 56 56, www.fiskebaren.dk ).
Scandinavia design to take away
Illums Bolighus: A classic: Founded in 1925, the business concept was as revolutionary as it was modern at the time – home accessories, crockery, furniture, wallpapers – all in one place. Tip: the children’s department (Amagertorv 10, www.illumsbolighus.com ).
Stine Goya: The fact that the flagship store of the well-known designer is so tiny says a lot about her self-image. And their fashion speaks for itself: delicate colors, casual cuts and beautiful patterns (Gothersgade 58, www.stinegoya.com ).
Playtype “I buy an A”: the creatives of the label design all kinds of fonts, in the concept store you can buy their cool prints. The same street is also home to super delis, cafés and boutiques (Værnedamsvej 6, www.playtype.com ).
Our tips for excursions
Cykelslangen: The newest race track for bike-crazy Copenhageners is the 230 meter long bridge over the harbor basin between Kalvebod Brygge and Islands Brygge. Whispering over the “bike snake”, you have a great view of water and architecture. Rental stations for bicycles (e-bikes!) Can be found everywhere. Each hour they cost about 3.50 euros ( www.bycyklen.dk ).
Superkilen: white serpentine lines on gently rolling hills, next to a place in pink and red: the artist collective Superflex created an extraordinary park here. Great photo location (between Nørrebrogade and Tagensvej).
GL Strand: Many works by the Danish modernist Edvard Weie are privately owned and rarely seen, but can now be seen in this gallery until 3 May (Gammel Strand 48, www.glstrand.dk ).
Sortedams Lake: In the afternoon, stroll around the Sortedams Lake and enjoy the last rays of sunshine on the Dronning Louises Bridge.
Louisiana Museum : The sculpture park (including works by Henry Moore) of the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk with a view over the Öresund is so beautiful that you almost have to force yourself to look inside the exhibitions. By train about 40 minutes from the main train station; Tuesdays to Sundays ( see Strandvej 13, www.louisiana.dk ).
The artist collective Superflex created the modern park Superkilen