Do you really need a raison to visit Copenhagen? Probably not. Traveling to the Danish capital, which exudes charm with its quaint buildings, cozy cafes and chic boutiques, is always a good idea. Now, thanks to many new openings, we have a few more excuses to visit one of the coolest cities in Europe.
New exclusive experiences in Copenhagen
A booming district of Refshaleøen is home to the largest urban farm in the Nordic countries, Øens have, which opened in May 2021. If you, like everyone else, have resumed gardening during the pandemic and can’t wait to get your hands dirty, the farm invites volunteers to weed, water and sow every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. All you have to do is introduce yourself. If gardening isn’t your thing (we’ve got it, you’re on vacation), the cafe, housed in an adorable yurt, serves dishes like granola or romaine with halloumi, all made from organic ingredients, many of which are from the garden.
In November of this year, GoBoat (a boat rental company) launched a floating sauna, made from sustainable wood, in the harbor. The sauna, which can accommodate up to 12 people, has large windows overlooking the water and the city (as well as Christiansborg Palace!). It is the perfect place to thaw visitors after a long cold day. Then, dive into the frozen harbor, a true Danish experience.
Come for the wine, stay for the cocktails (or the tea)
Is it any surprise that a city like Copenhagen, known for its artisanal and organic food movement, has a slew of bars dedicated to natural wine (made without additives)? New to the scene is Living Bar, which opened in trendy Nørrebro earlier this year. Here, the cool kids of Copenhagen can be found sitting under the neon green sign all afternoon and night, sipping glasses of orange wine from Austria. Another novelty is Roots, which opened two new spots in Sydhavn and Østerbro. Guests can drop by for an afternoon glass of wine or participate in the weekly tastings with one of their sommeliers, which start every Thursday and Friday.
If you are more of a cocktail lover, Curfew recently opened in Vesterbro. Founded by Humberto Marques (whose international bartending resume includes Gleneagles and celebrity chef Tony Singh’s Oloroso, both in Scotland, as well as cocktail competition awards), the windowless space resembles a sweatshop, with exposed brick walls, pendant lights, and vintage iron bar stools, plus a hand-cranked cocktail machine. Expect a range of cocktails, tossed and stirred, like First Aid: Beefeater gin, aloe vera honey, lime, and dry port served in a pewter mug.
For tea lovers, Vakka The Nørrebro Tea Room offers an assortment of organic beers to enjoy in the cozy café or to take home. On the menu, you’ll also find delicious kombuchas made from reused frozen tea leaves.
Bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Another thing that Copenhagen does not miss: bakeries. However, despite their abundance, the city keeps getting richer, which suits us! In a sunny corner of Nørrebro, Rondo is the perfect place to sit on the sidewalk and have a good bite to eat in a croissant or a slice of whole rye. At lunchtime, the team prepares a focaccia with tomatoes, olive oil and anchovies, which will transport you immediately to Italy. Another new bakery that is gaining interest is Seks, by a Polish couple who love to travel (and first opened a cafe in Poland) and moved to Copenhagen in August of last year. It specializes in sourdough pastries, such as rolls and rolls. It also serves specialty coffee and, you guessed it, natural wines.
New hotels to check out
Comwell Copenhagen harbor side
Book now: from $ 109 / night, expedia.com
For those traveling to Copenhagen for work, try the new Comwell Copenhagen harbor side, which offers guests free access to the coworking space. Bonus: You’re close to breakfast and lunch (try the beloved Andersen café and Maillard bakery) and weekend fun after work (harbor baths and cycle paths).
Book now: from $ 115 / night, expedia.com
Another option for teleworkers: Zoku, a new hotel-apartment-office hybrid in Sundholmskvarteret, south of the city center. The hotel has regular rooms as well as smart lofts with comfortable beds, kitchenettes, and work spaces, designed for longer stays. There is even a laundry room and a shared kitchen.
NH Collection Copenhagen
Book now: from $ 148 / night, expedia.com
In September 2021, NH Collection Copenhagen– with its small, single rooms – arrived in Christianshavn, an area known for its canals lined with barges. Book a harbor room and enjoy your proximity to popular spots like Christiansborg Palace and some of the city’s best restaurants, including Noma.
Coming in 2022
After 18 months of renovation, the Denmark Design Museum will reopen in June with new experiences for visitors. Housed in a building from the 1750s, which has housed the museum since 1926, they have restored some of the oldest elements, such as the stone facade and marble floors which were installed by Kaare Klint, the famous Danish designer responsible for the conception in 1926.
Enigma is an interactive museum of communication which will be relaunched in August after closing in 2015 for a redesign. Its main focus will be hot topics like surveillance, digital communication and fake news.
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