Back on the UK’s green list for travel since September, Denmark is green in every sense of the word. Often called one of the world’s happiest countries because of its healthy lifestyle, the capital Copenhagen aims to become carbon neutral by 2025. The city has just been named the world’s top Safe City 2021 by the EIU. And with a spate of cutting edge new galleries, restaurants and shops there is lots more to Denmark’s capital than Hamlet and herring.
The city of Copenhagen is a fascinating mixture of old European architecture and distinctive Scandinavian style with lovely old squares, quirky corners and fascinating waterways. While Copenhagen is compact enough to cover on foot the city is a paradise for cyclists. Not only are bikes available for hire throughout, safe cycle lanes are everywhere. The air is clean and getting around is hassle free. The city’s key attractions, which include palaces, castles, shops and gardens are all easily accessible. .
The historic Tivoli Gardens are well worth a visit, located just a short walk from central Copenhagen. This is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and combines lively atmosphere, food and drink and thrilling amusements popular with both locals and visitors of all ages. But Tivoli is not just about frivolity, the gardens are now home to some first class restaurants. Themes change according to season, from Halloween through Christmas to Spring and Summer events and festivities.
The Meatpacking District
Copenhagen’s meatpacking district is mostly referred to as Kødbyen (which simply translates to meat town). While there are still a few food businesses in this Vesterbro area, it has now mostly become a cool hangout spot where the locals come to dine and drink at bars and restaurants. Because of the history, the area has a gritty industrial vibe which has attracted a number of creative shops and galleries.
Join the fashionable in a former pencil factory in Copenhagen’s area of islands Brygge. Danish homeware brand Vipp has transformed a 100-year-old pencil factory into a social dining room. Vipp Pencil Factory is a scene for talented chefs to host pop-up supper clubs. For more traditional food there is a wealth of restaurants in the city serving Danish specialities such as smorrebrod, herring and pork. Wash your meal down with a glass of Carlsberg beer or a herbal schnapps.