Often described and rated as the happiest place on earth, it is not immediately apparent as to why. Copenhagen is an orderly city of subtleties. It would be a cultural faux pas to shout across the roof tops about how awesome it is here, or how happy one is. This city is, however, a beacon of creativity and style, but nobody will tell you that. Nobody here seems to really want to stand out, and there is something wonderful about the wholeness and unity that is felt between people in this city. Perhaps that is the secret sauce to everyone's hidden elation? Or maybe it's the remoulade...
A comprehensive city guide to travelling Copenhagen — places to go, things to do, where to stay, what to eat, places to drink in the Danish capital.
Tivoli Gardens is likely one of the first sites you will encounter in Copenhagen, and allegedly the oldest operating theme park in the world. Opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is located next to the Copenhagen central station and is decidedly out of place in comparison to the clean cut Scandinavian architecture that surrounds it.
Din Nye Ven means your new friends in Danish.
Coffee Collective is regarded in fine coffee circles as a world leader. One of the first to embrace sustainability and socially ethical practices, they have led the way for positive change in an industry that the general public largely takes for granted.
The Mikkeller and Friends Bar in Copenhagen's Nørrebro neighbourhood is possibly the worldwide seminary school of beer drinking.
The first time I drank beer here was on the suggestion of a fiery red headed model and her American-Icelandic convert friend. It was a busy night in June, just before the summer solstice — the perfect kind of night to wind up in a Danish watering hole after a day of cycling around the city.
This is one of those amazing finds in any city, and Copenhagen has one of the best of the best. The Torvehallerne Market in central Copenhagen is a place to find the freshest produce, have a great cup of coffee, sip the afternoon away at one of the wine vendors, and have a smørrebrød open face style sandwich in the traditional Danish style while sipping on the local Mikkeller draft on a picnic table outside the market.
Over coffee at the revered Coffee Collective in Copenhagen's über-hip Nørrebro neighbourhood, a former lawyer turned green energy broker explains to me and my American-Icelandic travel buddy that only a few years prior to this 2014 visit, Nørrebro was known for shootings and drug pushers. Some of the seedy underbelly is still visible in the neighbourhood around the crux street Jægersborggade in which we are sitting in the perfect afternoon sun.