By Joyce Hendley, May/June 2008
Copenhagen is a city of 1.7 million people with a vibrant cosmopolitan center, world-class ballet and opera, a fairy-tale castle (Rosenborg Slot), spectacular museums and, of course, some of the world’s coolest interior design and home furnishings. And it’s not hard to get there—just a 7-hour (or so) flight from New York.
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
+45 3374 1414 (Fax +45 3374 1416)
Double rooms from 1660-1750 DKK (about $325-$350); deals frequently available through travel websites
Right on the waterfront and housed in a 220-year-old former warehouse, the Admiral is a grande dame with plenty of character. Thick wooden beams run through the rooms, many of which have harbor views, and the furnishings are classic Scandinavian modern. Best of all, the hotel is within walking distance to just about everything in the inner city.
Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden
+45 3325 0405 (fax: +45 3325 0402)
Double rooms from 1615-2000 DKK (about $320-$400).
In the hip Vesterbro neighborhood (formerly the red-light district), this 47-room boutique hotel is near trendy fashion and design shops. Rooms epitomize Danish offhand chic, combining Balinese teak with modern Scandinavian furnishings, original art and spare elegance. There’s also a wonderful organic breakfast buffet included.
93 Strandgade, Christianshavn
+45 3296 3297
You’re guaranteed to experience something you’ve never had before in this birthplace of the new Nordic culinary movement—say, meaty oysters from nearby Limfjord sound; yogurt-like skyr from Iceland, reindeer and (unexpectedly tender and mild) musk ox from Greenland, tiny flavorful Faroe Island shrimp.
+45 3311 1304
Located in a former palace garden, this jewel box of a restaurant features organic and biodynamic ingredients in sophisticated interpretations by rising chefs Rasmus Kofoed and Søren Ledet
3 Vesterbrogade (Tivoli)
+45 3375 0775
You wouldn’t expect a world-class restaurant in an amusement park, but chef Paul Cunningham pulls it off with wit and verve (and a Michelin star).
Delis & Smørrebrød
Try these for a casual (though not inexpensive) meal.
10 Øster Farimagsgade, Østerbro
+45 3555 3344
70 Store Kongensgade
+45 3391 3655
Several branches throughout the city, including Nyhavn (below), Vesterbro and Nørrebro
21 Store Strandstraede
107 Gammel Kongevej, Frederiksberg
Also in Magasin department store on Kongens Nytorv
+45 3325 4595
Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik
+45 3311 1537