5 Reasons To Go To Copenhagen
As we will soon be launching our new Copenhagen City Guide, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of some of our favourite places to go in Copenhagen. Here is our list of the Top 5 Reasons why you should be heading to Copenhagen right now:
1. The Nordic Food Scene - Part One: Noma. This is THE restaurant that leaves you speechless. The restaurant that managed to crack the prestigious World’s Best Restaurant award this year for the first time, claiming the title from El Bull’s legendary chef, Ferran Adria, following his 5-year reign in the number one position. As one of the most intelligent, intriguing and seriously talented chefs in the world, chef Rene Redzepi's philosophy at Noma is to only use only locally foraged seasonal ingredients within his unique style of Nordic gastronomy cuisine. He and his team of international chefs manage the entire life cycle of every dish, e.g. taking turns to drive to the countryside to source wild local herbs, vegetables and flowers by hand; through to the moment when they serve the dish at your table with a warm and knowledgeable explanation. Noma’s tasting menu is a sensational journey of exquisitely fresh, new and indescribable flavours. Dining at Noma redefines the concept of what gastronomy dining should be, so make your reservation now as this is one of the hottest tables in the world.
2. The Nordic Food Scene - Part Two: Another fantastic Copenhagen restaurant is the ultra-cool Kodbyens Fiskebar. With a young and talented team of chefs (including a few ex-Noma guys in the mix), Kodbyens Fiskebar brings the spirit of Noma’s light, fresh and flavoursome Nordic cuisine to a more casual setting. Located in the hip & edgy Meatpacking District, this is the place to come for some of the finest and most affordable seafood in town, which is delivered straight to the kitchen from the fishermen’s boats nearby. The fresh Fish Bar is all about raw fish and shellfish, while the restaurant’s main kitchen produces creations such as a sumptuous potted shrimps with cucumber gel and smoked cheese. The decor is minimalist-butcher-shop-cool, and as the night wears on the restaurant morphs into a happening late-night party spot.
3. Cool Nightlife Scene - Copenhagen is a city that knows their cocktails, where expert mixologists mix up a storm throughout the city’s coolest bars. The intimate K-Bar was one of the first on the scene and is still one of the city’s best, with a relaxed alfresco terrace for when the sun goes down and a dimly-lit, cosy interior bar for a more sultry late-night ambience. Ruby’s is another fabulous cocktail den, where you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped inside your stylish friend’s designer apartment for the night. Sleek-yet-comfortable designer furniture and a labyrinth of hip party spaces are spread throughout the bar’s three floors - this is where you’ll find Copenhagen’s fashionable crowd. For a more wild, raw and rustic party experience, head to Copenhagen’s trendy Meatpacking District which is set throughout a series of former meat storage warehouses. It’s wild, no-frills fun here - this is where Copenhagen’s coolest underground parties happen late into the night.
4. Architecture + Design - Copenhagen boasts a wealth of cutting-edge modern architecture throughout the city, including architectural masterpieces such as the must-visit Royal Library’s ‘Black Diamond’ and the Copenhagen Opera House. You’ll also be spoiled for choice as you wander throughout the city’s endless supply of designer furniture stores and galleries which can be found virtually on every street corner. The best way to take in Copenhagen’s local architecture and design scene is to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the City harbour foreshore, and then to explore the picturesque shops and galleries found throughout the neighbourhoods of the City, Christianshavn and Norrebro.
5. The City Harbourfront - Yes, its touristy ... we know. But usually there’s a reason why a place attract the tourist hordes and Copenhagen’s picturesque harbourfront is no exception. This is a fantastic place to just hang out, wander around and take in the summer sun for an afternoon. Befriend a local to score an invite on their boat, or jump in the harbour for a refreshing dip if the temperatures are soaring. Spend the afternoon sitting at a harbourfront cafe, or pack a little picnic from a local delicatessen and just take in the beautiful water views.