Copenhagen, the happiest place on earth!
So you have planned a trip to Copenhagen, and you know it will be spectacular. However, what you may not know is that Copenhagen is known as the happiest place on earth. As such, they have some pretty amazing things to see and do. As follows is a list of the best as far as shopping, sightseeing, and dining goes!
Retail Therapy of the Highest Caliber at Stroget
This stretch of street has the distinguished honour of being recognized for two things. Firstly, it is the longest pedestrian walkway in Europe, and secondly, it is the largest shopping spot in all of Copenhagen. The criss-crossing streets dotted with cafés and boutique retailers will target your wallet rather handily, but that’s not all. There are also many street performers that will keep you entertained throughout the day. A walk down Stroget will lighten your mood… and your wallet. However, it is well worth a stroll!
Copenhagen Foodie Heaven
Copenhagen is one of the few places in the world where the restaurant scene is star struck. This small city has accumulated 15 Michelin stars with its fine dining establishments. As such, some of the best food in the world can be found right here. Here are a few of our favourites!
New Nordic – This is been named as the best restaurant in the world three times now. However, finding a table can be tricky. When calling for a reservation you might be asked which month you would prefer. They are just that busy.
Relae – Try out this experimental basement concept restaurant and leave happy. This restaurant is the brainchild of one of the Noma chefs that have ventured out on their own.
Kodbyens Fiskebar – This great little establishment is known for their fish and seafood. You can find them in a bare-bones industrial space, but don’t let it fool you. Their seafood is amazing.
Aamanns Deli and Take Away – This deli features smorrebrod, a classic Danish open faced sandwich. However, here they turn it into an amazing thing of beauty that you simply must try.
Again, be prepared to make reservations at least two months in advance in some cases. However, on the bright side, the Danish eat late as a whole, so most restaurants keep late hours as well.
So Many Sights to See
Here are a few things you simply must see during your time in Copenhagen. For starters, head over to the Little Mermaid. Yes, this is actually the statue, inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. It is Copenhagen’s most famous attraction.
After that, why not head over to Tivoli Gardens. You can find this on the western boundary adjacent to Stroget. Tivoli is one of the most visited attractions in Europe. It features a great assortment of theatres, restaurants, carnival rides and dance halls. However, don’t let the admission price fool you. That price can go up a good deal depending on the type of add-ons you choose. However, it is still worth a visit and is a top-notch destination.
If you’re looking for a bit of medieval flair, head over to Rosenberg Castle. It is a Dutch Renaissance style building that was constructed by King Christian in the early part of the 1600s. Many artifacts and exhibits can be found inside, and the tour costs less than $15.Try living like a King anywhere else for that price!
If you have a lack of beer in your life, head over to the Carlsberg Brewery. It lies south of what is known as Frederiksberg Park. The tour is popular and for good reason. For $11 you score a brewery tour, sodas, and two free beers. Of course, there are several other items for purchase in the gift shop if you would like a souvenir or two. Plan on 1 to 2 hours for this experience.
Finally, a word of caution while you are trekking around town. Many people in Copenhagen bike to work or bike for recreation and exercise. They do this very fast! Always keep your head up and your eyes alert. You don’t want to get clipped by a bicyclist. Those bumps and bruises could be nasty!
Now that your tour is complete you probably have some ingenious kitchen utensils, fashionable designer duds, some beer, great food… and perhaps even some Lego. Now you know why the Danish are known as the happiest people on earth. It’s enough to make you contemplate a move!