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Weekend in Copenhagen – Cool Things To See & Do

Weekend in Copenhagen – Cool Things To See & Do
January 20
08:00 2016


With over 1,000 years of history and a contemporary city culture, Copenhagen is one of Europe’s coolest and most exciting cities. A history of art and design pervade the city culture, with museums dedicated to documenting the Copenhagen story. And with a recent ranking as the world’s happiest city, Copenhagen makes for a great weekend city break in Europe. It’s just a matter of determining what to fit in and whether to spend two or three days exploring all that the city can offer.

Here are the highlights:

Art & Design in Copenhagen

Many famous designs come from Denmark, including the popular contemporary chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen. The Design Museum in Copenhagen has an extensive collection of furniture, fashion and other arts & crafts that mark the different periods of Danish design. A small bookshop on the museum premises has a great collection of art books and other design products and there’s even a free tour through the museum every Sunday. But perhaps the most interesting art museum is actually one located just outside of Copenhagen, a 30-minute train ride north. The Louisiana Museum, located on the Øresund coast, is one of the world’s best contemporary art museums with a roatating array of international exhibitions, artists’ talks and concerts. In the summer months, the sculpture garden on the museum grounds offers a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and peek a glimpse over at Sweden on the opposite shore. The recent Yayoi Kusama exhibition, In Infinity, featured the interactive and in-room works from the famed Japanese artist—truly one of the world’s best art exhibitions.

Weekend in Copenhagen

Street Food & Cheap Eats

Thanks to a strong currency in Denmark, prices can often be quite high when visiting Copenhagen. Luckily, as a large sprawling city, there are plenty of ways to make a weekend trip to Copenhagen more affordable—and still enjoy the sights and typical Danish culture. First off, coffee culture is a big deal in Copenhagen. Maybe it’s because the city is full of so many creative people working in various creative professions. (Or maybe it’s part of the reason why it’s one of the world’s happiest places — coffee must be good for you, right?!) Coffee fuels the city with cafés on every street. Local favourite The Coffee Collective offers a great latte—worth the cost! You’ll find one of this local chain’s cafés in the Torvehallerne food hall, a trendy food market. Torvehallerne houses a number of different stalls ranging from meat, fish and produce vendors to hipster wine bars and small, cozy restaurants. And since it’s a food hall, prices are often cheaper than if you visit a restaurant. For more cheap eats, check out the Copenhagen Street Food Market, located right on the harbour, where over 30 food stalls sell everything from burgers & craft beer to burritos and fruit smoothies. It’s open in the evenings, making it a great place for an affordable dinner—and one where you can eat around the world in the same building!


Weekend in Copenhagen

Gay-Friendly Copenhagen

Denmark has long been an advocate for LGBT rights, which makes Copenhagen an especially gay-friendly destination. Each summer’s annual Copenhagen Pride festival brings in thousands of tourists for a diverse array of events, including a festival that takes place in the main city square featuring local and international acts. While most of the LGBT nightlife is located on the Studiestaede in central Copenhagen, other gay bars can be found throughout the city. Try the Centralhjørnet bar & café which has live entertainment and regular events during the summer. The city published a pamphlet available in tourist offices and gay-owned businesses in Copenhagen. Get more information from their Facebook page.

About Author

Travels of Adam

Travels of Adam

In 2010 Adam quit his job as a graphic designer in Boston and traveled around the world for a year. Since 2012, Adam has been living in Europe and blogging about his travel adventures at Travels of Adam. Follow him on Twitter @travelsofadam for more travel stories and photos. Travels of Adam


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