A Day in Copenhagen, Denmark

A quick guide on what to do and see in the Danish capital. 
Kodbyen district Denmark

Do

Start your visit to Copenhagen at the edgy Vesterbro, which is home to the magical 19th-century amusement park Tivoli and the former meatpacking district Kødbyen (pictured above) that’s now a day-into-night enclave of restaurants and bars. visitcopenhagen.com.

Shop

Copenhagen is a front-runner in Scandinavian design, and Stilleben, run by Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts graduates Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Schou Nordentoft, is a must for Danish decor. stilleben.dk.

Eat

If you can’t score a seat for Danish chef René Redzepi’s Noma 2.0, which opened in February 2018, Noma’s new sister restaurant, Barr, is a great alternative. Northern European beer-belt traditions inspire dishes such as frikadeller (meatballs) and bone marrow-cooked waffles with crème fraîche and caviar. Four-courses, about $95. restaurantbarr.com.

While the New Nordic movement epitomized by Redzepi might represent Danish cuisine’s pinnacle, the humble open-faced sandwich smørrebrød (“butter and bread”) is the country’s archetypal national dish. For an elevated take featuring house-made toppings such as fried pickled herring or beef tartare with pickled beets, visit smørrebrød champion Adam Aamann’s new restaurant, Aamanns1921. Smørrebrød start at about $17. aamanns.dk.

Stay

In November, 2017, hospitality mogul and former ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin opened the 54-room Danish-colonial-cum-modern Hotel Sanders in a 19th-century property among the city’s central art galleries and palaces. Its ground-floor art deco—inspired bar Tata (named for the curtain at nearby Royal Danish Theatre) is a popular after-show hangout for performers. Rates start at $338. hotelsanders.com.

Photos from top: Brightly colored houses line Nyhavn Quay in Copenhagen, Denmark. | Paul Brown / Alamy Stock Photo; Kødbyen, the popular Meatpacking district in the Vesterbro area, has a lively restaurant and bar scene. | Miguel Angel Morales / Alamy Stock Photo