Cutlery At The Ready
Over many years, Copenhagen has been perfecting its dining scene, and the Danish capital now boasts no less than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, more than any other Scandinavian capital. In recent years, sous chefs from lots of high-profile kitchens have spread their wings and have opened their own new and exciting eateries where culinary mastery comes with a less eye watering price tag.
You can expect to chow down on the freshest of dishes and produce with food being served after being grown and nurtured from chefs and restaurants’ own gardens, greenhouses and farms. For an authentic foodie experience, taking a trip to the food markets is a must. Torvehallerne serves up classic market hall dishes, Tivoli Food Hall offers up the very best fast gourmet food and Nørrebro Station is a local favourite.
Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest operating theme parks in the world, and it’s right here in Copenhagen’s city centre, so it’d be rude not to pay it a visit. There’s something for everyone, from a 19 metre-tall ferris wheel and a nostalgic carousel to dragon boats and adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters. And when you’re done with the rides, you can grab a bite to eat from the park’s open-plan food hall.
One of the best ways to see the city is on two wheels and even the locals favour this mode of transport. The city’s e-bike rental scheme lets you pick up and return one from any of the hundreds of cycle parks. The Harbour Circle’s one of the most popular routes – it spans 13 kilometres around Copenhagen’s waterfront.
Frederiksberg Have has been dubbed Copenhagen’s most romantic park, with picturesque lakes, woodlands and lovely picnic lawns. The park’s grand baroque palace, Frederiksborg Slot, was the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century. These days it houses the Royal Danish Military Academy.
Frederiksberg Have’s most unusual attraction is its suttetræet (sucky tree), located north of the Chinese Pavilion. The 250-year-old tree is hard to miss, its branches hung with hundreds of colourful ribbons tied to baby dummies. According to Danish tradition, when a toddler turns three it is time to give up their dummy. To make the separation easier, parents and children hang the dummy on their local suttetræet, along with a note on behalf of the toddler asking the tree to take good care of it.