Flights to Copenhagen (CPH)

Flights to Copenhagen make exploring a new city from your bucket list easy. It’s compact, but heavy on experiences.

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With its world-class restaurants, cool cafes, intriguing history and a generally civilised air, Copenhagen has become not just one of the best places to visit on the planet, but one of the best places to live, full stop.

So what makes the liberal, environmentally-friendly capital of Denmark so alluring? Its simplicity. Once your flight to Copenhagen lands, you can go everywhere by bike – and almost everybody does – visiting parks, castles, harbours and beaches. It feels safe, and although nearly a million people live here, it's also a very relaxed city, as if constantly on a coffee break.

And what coffee. Indeed, the Danish city has one of the best cafe cultures in the world. Check out the coffee shops dotted around Nyhavn, a harbour in the middle of the city.

Modern Scandinavian design has travelled around the world from Copenhagen – you won’t see flashy, ultra futuristic restaurants or lounges here. Instead, there’s a commitment to the organic and the natural, apparent in the food as well as the furniture. New Nordic Cuisine is now a buzz term across the world of food. Plus, the city can lay claim as the home of (officially) the world’s best restaurant, Noma.

It’s not just Copenhagen’s cuisine that has the rest of the globe buzzing. One of Denmark’s main attractions in recent years has been its sense of understated but incredible design. Warm fabrics, muted lighting, simple but effective furniture – it all comes together in this effortlessly fashionable destination.

And certainly this ethos extends to the best hotels in Copenhagen too, with cool establishments such as Avenue and Scandic Front offering a glimpse of what the tastemakers rave about. And with Copenhagen also able to offer both a range of business hotels, and classic old palaces that offer traditional hospitality in spades, there’s something to suit the needs of travellers across the spectrum. One more reason, then, why Copenhagen has become such a popular 21st century destination.

What’s more, some of the most talked about television shows of recent years – The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen – were all filmed in the city, and despite sometimes depicting Copenhagen’s darker elements, still managed to make it feel attractive and modern. Indeed, they’ve even sparked an interest in the genre Nordic Noir, and it’s possible to take Nordic Noir tours around the city to the most significant filming locations.

No wonder, then, that in 2014 Copenhagen was named the happiest city in the world. They’ve got nearly everything right.

Stroll the Strøget

Strøget is the collective name for one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, packed with wonderful shops. It also offers plenty of diversions away from ringing tills, such as Helligåndskirken, where Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were married, the courthouse at Nytorv Square and the Stork Fountain (Storkespringvandet) at Amargertov Square.

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 5
+45 33 15 4144

The National Museum of Denmark

Just off the Strøget is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, set in an 18th century classical mansion. Don’t be put off by the intimidating building though, as the National Museum of Denmark is a brilliant centre for understanding the Danes from their early history right through to the present day.

Prinsens Palæ
Vestergade 10
+45 3313 4411

Make a killing

A key element in Copenhagen’s status as a European capital of cool is the success of Danish crime shows The Killing and The Bridge, and political drama Borgen. Nordic Noir tours take you to the set locations; you can even buy the Gudrun & Gudrun jumpers beloved of Sarah Lund at L’Unica on Artillerivej, 52. Tours start from Vesterport Station.

Vesterport Station
Vester Farimagsgade

Hire a bike

Hiring a bike is a great, safe and fun way of getting to know this historic city’s streets, harbours, parks and buildings. Try one of Copenhagen’s many bike tours: Cycling Copenhagen is a good introduction, while Bike with Mike is a little bit more anarchic and off-the-cuff but still great fun.

Bike with Mike
Sankt Peders Stræde 47
+45 2639 5688

Get nautical

Copenhagen is a working port with a long history, which is always celebrated at the picturesque quayside at Nyhavn. Meanwhile, no trip to Copenhagen can go by without mentioning The Little Mermaid, the popular statue at Langelinje Pier now over 100 years old. If the weather’s too chilly to visit her, check out Den Blå Planet, Denmark’s National Aquarium.

The Little Mermaid
Langelinje Pier
Langeliniekaj 2
+45 39 63 4807

Experience New Nordic Cuisine

Beyond the 12 Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen, there’s a real commitment to fresh, farm-to-table cooking. There are wonderful coffee shops selling the famous smørrebrød (open sandwich). Try the Copenhagen Food Tour, or start at the restaurant Radio, whose Chef Claus Meyer even drafted a manifesto for the New Nordic Kitchen.

Copenhagen Food Tours
Frederiksborggade 21
+45 5012 3645

Restaurant Carte Blanche (French)

It’s not all high-end New Nordic cuisine in Copenhagen. For something more comforting and down to earth, try this wonderfully atmospheric French restaurant run with enthusiastic zeal by owner Vincent Chabane, who chats to all his customers. Something of a well-kept secret, it’s a big favourite with locals.

Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 1B
+45 3543 3125

Noma (Nordic)

Copenhagen is home to – officially – the best restaurant in the world, Noma. Rene Redzepi’s brilliant establishment in Christianshavn promises a 20-course meal packed with dishes such as turbot and nasturtium, or cured egg yolk, potato and elderflower. Book well in advance, or try your luck on the waiting list.

Strandgade 93
+45 3296 3297

Meyers Deli (Nordic)

To get a taste of buzzy Nordic cuisine without breaking the bank, visit Claus Meyer’s deli - he championed Scandinavian cuisine like salted cod with beetroot tartar years before it became fashionable. The deli on Gammel Kongevej has the bonus of takeout picnic possibilities at nearby Frederiksberg.

Gammel Kongevej 107
1850 Frederiksberg
+45 3325 4595

Kødbyens Fiskebar (Seafood)

In the heart of Copenhagen’s cool Vesterbro district, Kødbyens Fiskebar is a lot more casual than the rest, and the Danish seafood on offer here is quite remarkable. It’s a versatile establishment too, with the option of sharing dishes or going for a nine-course feast including plaice with seared ceps and cauliflower moss.

Flæsketorvet 100
+45 3215 5656

Geranium (Nordic)

Another entry in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List is located on the eighth floor of Denmark’s national stadium. Chef Rasmus Kofoed’s innovative Nordic cooking is of Noma-standard and style – crab with lemon balm and cloudberries is a highlight – but you’re much more likely to get a table.

Per Henrik Lings Allé 4
+45 6996 0020

Almanak (Nordic/Indian)

This fantastic old Art Deco building is a great place to spend some time. On the ground floor, Almanak offers modern Danish food in a relaxed setting while Verandah is a contemporary Indian restaurant. The floor above boasts ex-Noma Chef Torsten Vildgaard’s Michelin-starred New Nordic restaurant, Studio, as well as a jazz club.

Havnegade 44
+45 7214 8808

Avenue Hotel

This boutique hotel in cosmopolitan Frederiksberg is the perfect place to truly understand creative and cultural Copenhagen, offering local delicacies and hosting Danish brands, artists, designers and chefs. With bikes available for rental, it’s a friendly, laid-back base for all the city has to offer just a ten-minute ride away.

Åboulevard 29
1960 Frederiksberg
+45 3537 3111

Hotel Scandic Front

It might look like a 1970s tower block from the outside, but inside Scandic Front is everything you might expect from a contemporary and luxurious hotel. Combine that with a perfect location on Nyhavn, with its canal-side lounges and restaurants, and this is a good, relatively inexpensive choice.

Skt Annæ Plads 21
+45 3313 3400

Hotel Skovshoved

Just a 20-minute bus ride from the city centre, you'll find this romantic seaside hotel in the affluent suburb of Charlottenlund, with cosy fires, candlelit lounges, its own private jetty and an award-winning restaurant. With 22 bedrooms, this is an intimate getaway, but still a great base from which to explore Copenhagen.

Strandvejen 267
2920 Charlottenlund
+45 3964 0028

Radisson Blu Royal

The famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed this entire hotel, right down to the famous ‘swan and egg’ chairs, and one room has kept all the original green furniture and wood panels from 50 years ago. It’s a design classic, and a comfortable, central place to stay, too.

Hammerichsgade 1
+45 3342 6000


The first hotel actually located in Tivoli Gardens, Nimb is a five-star oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen. You can choose from 17 beautifully furnished rooms that look out over the gardens, while the Moorish-influenced building gives it a sense of exoticism. It also has a brasserie, a food terrace and steakhouse.

Bernstorffsgade 5
+45 8870 0000

Hotel D’Angleterre

A classic old European palace-style hotel built in 1755 right in the heart of Copenhagen, D’Angleterre has plenty of history; this is where the Danish constitution was drafted. It offers 90 lavish rooms and suites, while the restaurant, Marchal, won a Michelin star in 2014.

Kongens Nytorv 34
+45 3312 0095

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