Weekend minibreak to Copenhagen
Contrary to Shakespeare’s assertion (in Hamlet) that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, this land of tall, blond, calm, and confident people seem to have it all. Denmark is a beautiful country and its capital defines European cool.
Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities in the world and is easily accessible from London if you fancy a quick mini-break.
EasyJet and British Airways both operate regular flights so prices are reasonable and you can get there from either Heathrow or Gatwick.
There is direct public transport access from Copenhagen airport into the city, or you can jump in a taxi which isn’t too expensive.
Denmark has established a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s leaders in food. If you can secure a table at super-restaurant Noma it is totally worth it – this isn’t just a posh dinner, this is an unforgettable food experience. But you don’t have to break the bank to experience some great food in Copenhagen – from the tasty traditional open sandwiches known as smørrebrød (my favorites are at Cafe Oscar and Restaurant Kronborg), to perfectly prepared herring accompanied by a shot of schnapps (“to help the fish swim” the locals will explain), to the cafes and restaurants of Jægersborggade – one of the coolest streets in the uber-cool neighborhood of Nørrebro (try the unique porridges served at Grød – delicious).
Just on the outskirts of the city The Blue Planet has recently opened and is one of Europe’s biggest aquariums. If you’ve got kids they will love this place.
In Summer each year the city hosts a massive music festival known as Distortion. This is described as a “party tsunami” – a dance music street festival that each day moves from one suburb to the next. If you can time your visit to coincide with the festival it’s definitely worth checking out.
If you fancy a night out then kick things off in the Meat Packing district – begin with dinner at Kodbyens Fiskebar and then move on Karriere for top drawer cocktails, and Bakken which has a great outdoor space rammed with the young and cool of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is a city that is defined by light, space, and water. In summer one of my favorite things to do here is to go for a swim – the water in Copenhagen Harbor is clear and fresh and there is a designated swimming pontoon at Islands Brygge which is quite central and easily accessible using Copenhagen’s smart and efficient public transport. There is a grassy area overlooking the swimming pontoon and on a sunny day this is where everyone goes to meet friends and hang out in the warm weather. If you’re feeling brave, the swimming pontoon includes a diving platform from which you can show your skill – it doesn’t look that high when you’re climbing the steps, but when you stare over the edge down at the water it’s a different proposition completely.
What are you waiting for – it’s time to dive into Copenhagen!