We’ve landed in Copenhagen, the epitome of Scandi cool, and the next stop on our EMU Travels the World tour. Frequently voted the happiest city in the world, we explore the capital’s colourful neighbourhoods, delicious high-quality food and her must-sees and dos.
Experiencing Copenhagen’s waterside is top of our list of things to expereince. There’s not many cities where you can kayak in front of the opera house, dine in a floating restaurant, rent a hot-tub boat, or even take a dip in its canal. Visit Island Brygge for a cleaner than clean swim in the harbour, or make like the locals and rent a bike to take in the 13km-long Harbour Circle route.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Copenhagen for Kulturnatten, Culture Night, you’ll get to experience entrance into 600 cultural sites around the city on 1 ticket, as well as seeing buildings lit up in fantastic light displays. Its only on one day a year in October though, so plan your visit and you could be drinking tea in the Royal Kitchen of Christiansborg Palace.
If you can brave the harsh Danish winter, the second oldest theme park in the world, Tivoli, gets dressed with millions of glittering lights and seasonal magic. Ride the coaster to the carousel, discover the fairytale Christmas Market and enjoy a traditional roast pork sandwich. Just ensure you’re dressed for the weather, a pair of our waterproof Roadside boots are the perfect outfit maker.
Since the opening of Noma, Copenhagen’s most famous resturant, New Nordic Cuisine is on everyone’s lips. Here’s some of our traditional favourites.
These delicious open-face sandwiches are the ultimate Danish lunch. Available on menus from casual takeout spots to fancy sit-down menus, thinly sliced rye bread is piled high with a variety of toppings that make your mouth water.
Known as a Danish everywhere else, the Wienerbrod, which translates as “Veinnese Bread” is a major part of Danish gastronomy. The story of the Wienerbrod dates back to the 1850s, when Austrain workers were hired during a bakery-worker strike, bringing a long their own set of baking traditions and receipes. One or two of these buttery, sweet treats for breakfast will have you set for the day.
Situated by the sea, marinated and picked herring has been enjoyed in Denmark since the Viking Era, allowing the fish to be preserved and eaten later in the year. Today you can find herring in mustard, herring in curry, Herring in sherry, Herring with onions and many more option. More popular, pickled herring is severed with salad, egg and rye bread.
Probably the most photographed place in Copenhagen, the brightly coloured houses and tall ships at Nyhavn are instagram perfect. While living at number 20, Hans Christian Anderson wrote The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus and the classic, The Princess and the Pea.
Grabbing a drink at an outdoor café is a great way to to soak up the sun and while away an afternoon people watching.
Amalienborg Palace is where Danish royalty live, and while the palace and gardens a great sites to visit, watching the changing of the guard is a spectacle in itself. Taking place daily at noon on the square, you can also catch the relief leaving the barracks at Rosenborg Castle at 11:30 to march through town. When the royals are in town, the full royal guard is accompanied with music.
Another nod to the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid is a statue in Copenhagen harbour taken from the fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Her sad, melancholic face depicts her reminiscing her lost mermaid past after becoming human to win a prince’s love.