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Put on your comfiest pair of sneakers and enjoy Copenhagen's best attractions and indulgences. A mix of classic Copenhagen sights to enjoy while strolling, and the best spots to take breaks, this guide will help you make the most out of a single day in the city.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Dag H

Restaurants

Elmegade

Gift & Speciality Shops

Torvehallerne

Flea & Street Markets

Restaurant Schoennemann

Restaurants

Stromma Canal Tours Copenhagen

Boat Tours

Ruby

Bars & Clubs

Restaurant Brdr. Price

Restaurants

Royal Danish Theater (Kongelige Teater)

Operas, Theatres

Camilla C's City Tips

  • Copenhagen is small and best experienced on foot or bike.
  • You can't go wrong with 'casual smart' attire — something that's comfortable enough to wear for the whole day, but also looks simple and cool in any bar or eatery.
  • Tipping at restaurants is completely optional.
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    Dag H
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Scandinavian, Danish, International)
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    Camilla C Says:

    With its end-of-the-lakes location and cosmopolitan atmosphere, this café is the ideal spot to start off your day in the city. Dag H serves up fresh breakfast and brunch classics, veggie options, a great selection of side orders, and (most importantly) excellent coffee. Sink into the outdoor seats after a morning run around the lakes, or get a coffee to go and walk along the water after breakfast.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The café opens at 8 am during the week and at 10 am on weekends.
    • Although it is less busy during the week, the café is buzzing on Saturday and Sunday mornings, so make sure to book a table for your weekend brunch.
    • If you would prefer a less crowded alternative, Den Franske Café across the road knows how to make a decent vanilla latte.
    • After you eat, cross the road to walk down Øster Farimagsgade for a gaze at the quaint old villas in the 'Kartoffelrækker'.
    • Just up the road, you'll find some versatile shopping options on Østerbrogade and Nordre Frihavnsgade.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #378 of 2,306 restaurants in Copenhagen
    • A gem of a place 06/05/2018
    • Rude waiters 14/01/2018
    • Dag H
    Address:
    Dag Hammarskjoelds A 38
    Copenhagen 2100
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 35 27 63 00
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 23:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Elmegade
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Camilla C Says:

    Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Nørrebro, Elmegade (and nearby streets Ravnsborggade, Jægersborggade, and Stefansgade) is a hip street that is at once buzzing and relaxing. In this pulsating and charming area you’ll find small creative boutiques and antique shops, cafés and takeaway restaurants, bars, galleries, and more. Students, mums with strollers, couples, and friends all frequent these lively streets, where colorful buildings, convenient stoops, and small parks offer the perfect background for 'hanging out'.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take some time to people-watch on Sankt Hans Torv, or from one of the many wooden benches on the streets.
    • The best way to explore this area is to simply get lost along its winding streets and see what you find!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 156 Shopping in Copenhagen
    • Lovely and lively street 31/03/2015
    • Great shopping 31/07/2013
    • Elmegade
    Address:
    Elmegade
    Copenhagen
    Denmark
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    Torvehallerne
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Camilla C Says:

    Torvehallerne market is a foodie mecca, offering high-quality and beautifully displayed local delicacies and international cuisine. You can lunch on anything from freshly-made sushi and tapas, to healthy sandwiches and salads from Smag or Palæo. You can also find an array of snacks, from seasonal fruits and greens to sugary treats from Café Rosa, and if it's drinks you're after, there's world-class coffee from The Coffee Collective, chilled biodynamic rosé from Le Pinard... and so the eclectic list continues. This is a place where it's easy to spend a very long time browsing, smelling, looking, tasting or merely sitting outside in the sun to enjoy your purchases.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Budget enough time to stay here for a while!
    • When you've had enough of the treats, explore the rest of Israels Plads which includes green spots, a waterfall, a music stage and cool sports areas.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 421 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So good 25/09/2018
    • Great food market 24/09/2018
    • Torvehallerne
    Address:
    Frederiksborggade 21
    Israel's Square
    Copenhagen 1360
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 26 80 70 67
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 19:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Restaurant Schoennemann
    Restaurants (European, Scandinavian, Danish)
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    Camilla C Says:

    One of Copenhagen’s oldest eateries, Restaurant Schoennemann has delighted young and old since 1877. A lunch-only establishment, this nostalgic haven of dark wood paneling, and crisp white table linens is a good choice for a classic Copenhagen feast. 'Organic specialties' (think freshly-made smørrebrød, long-term matured herring, and smoked eel with scrambled eggs) and 'authentic ambiance' are the key phrases to describe this centrally-located institution.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A great alternative to "smørrebrød" is the freshly-breaded fried plaice fillets, with lemon slices and generous amounts of remoulade.
    • Wash down your meal with a Danish beer or glass of chilled schnapps.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 2,306 restaurants in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unprofessional 23/09/2018
    • Decent food, very rude staff 22/09/2018
    • Restaurant Schoennemann
    Address:
    Hauser Plads 16
    Copenhagen 1127
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 12 07 85
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Stromma Canal Tours Copenhagen
    Boat Tours
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    Camilla C Says:

    Copenhagen should really be experienced from the waters, and locals and visitors alike enjoy the scenery, sights and English-language narration of canal tours. The tours all have different starting points and routes, but the most popular ones pass the Old Stock-Exchange, picturesque Nyhavn, the naval base at Holmen, The Drama School and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (along with cool and creative houseboats), and, of course, the Little Mermaid.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • From October through March, the boats are heated and glass-roofed!
    • Relatively cheap and with frequent departures, this is an easy way to see many of the major and less obvious attractions in Copenhagen.
    • Also worth a visit along the waterfront are the Harbor Baths (to the south by Islands Brygge), Fisketorvet, and the exciting area near Marmormolen to the north.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 37 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Boat tour 25/09/2018
    • Good for initial impression and orientation to the city 23/09/2018
    • Stromma Canal Tours Copenhagen
    Address:
    Ved Stranden 26
    Nyhavn
    Copenhagen 1202
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 32 66 00 00
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$2
    Other:
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    Ruby
    Bars & Clubs
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    Camilla C Says:

    The sun shines longer at Gammel Strand, and when you’ve soaked up enough of it along the canal, numerous trendy cocktail bars await. My favorite among them is the elegant-yet-relaxed Ruby, hidden away in what looks like a private residential flat. The furniture and decor are beautiful and soft, the bartenders are proper cocktail-geeks, and the bar is free from loud music and overly posh vibes. In short, this is a place for anyone who enjoys fantastic cocktail art without the extravagant serving.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try a few different cocktails from the menu — they are all excellent!
    • Stroll along the canal and try to picture its history — it served as the market space for fishwives in the Middle Ages!
    • Take your tipple out to the backyard — it's cozy and heated.
    • Stop by to try their innovative or classic specials late in the afternoon or at any point after dinner.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 175 Nightlife in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cozy and interesting 09/09/2018
    • Excellent 06/09/2018
    • Ruby
    Address:
    Nybrogade 10
    Copenhagen 1203
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 93 12 03
    Hours:
    Sun
    18:00 - 02:00
    Mon - Sat
    16:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Restaurant Brdr. Price
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Camilla C Says:

    The Danish Price Brothers are famous for their love of food — in particular, their generous use of butter! They only serve their own favorite dishes — from steak to caviar — and the bistro-style fare is simple, seasonal, and as beautiful to look at as it is to taste. They pride themselves on infusing personality and traditional Danish 'hygge' (best translated as 'coziness') into their space, and you'll certainly feel this vibe, whether you're enjoying just a simple snack at the bar, or a three course meal in the extravagant dining room.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • When the weather is cooperating, take advantage of the bar's terrace on the first floor.
    • If the lavish formal dining room is too dear for your budget, you can opt for a more modest meal in the informal dining room.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #225 of 2,306 restaurants in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ordinary 22/07/2018
    • Excellent food 13/07/2018
    • Restaurant Brdr. Price
    Address:
    Rosenborggade 15
    Copenhagen 1130
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 38 41 10 20
    Price range:
    US$32 - US$79
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Royal Danish Theater (Kongelige Teater)
    Operas, Theatres
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    Camilla C Says:

    What to do with your only evening in Copenhagen? Experience the historic Royal Danish Theater of course! Whether you opt for a production at the innovative Playhouse, a performance by the world’s third oldest ballet company, or an opera in the fantastic surroundings on Holmen, the experience is sure to be sublime. The Opera's acoustics and stage design are indisputably world-class, and the building itself — with its marble-covered foyer, maple-wood center, and lavish chandeliers by Olafur Elisasson — is almost as much of an attraction as the performances it presents.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you're more in the mood for a small production, check out Teater Grob.
    • Film lovers should check out Copenhagen's small niche cinemas — Dagmar, Grand, and Vester Vov Vov.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 421 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Building 22/07/2018
    • Beatiful Building 08/07/2018
    • Royal Danish Theater (Kongelige Teater)
    Address:
    Tordenskjoldsgade 5
    Kongens Nytorv
    Copenhagen 1017
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 33 69 69 69
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    14:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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