Copenhagen: Favorite Areas
Where Nordic flair meets Danish design, Copenhagen is one of Europe’s leading style capitals. This über cool city has also cemented itself firmly on the gastronomic map boasting more starred restaurants than any other Scandinavian city. Overlooking the Øresund Strait with Sweden just minutes away, Copenhagen is the cultural and geographical link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. From haute-cuisine to avant garde design, along with eclectic cultural offerings and no less than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, a boutique hotel in Copenhagen is the best way to enjoy and explore the city.
Epitome of hip: The best boutique stays in cool Copenhagen
Indre By (Inner city) & Fredriksberg: Historical heart & Architectural sophistication
A boutique hotel in the historical heart of Copenhagen places you right where the action is. The inner city is heaving with ancient buildings and museums, elegant shopping avenues and narrow alleys beckoning to be explored. Strøget, Europe’s largest pedestrian shopping street, winds its way through the inner city, taking you past shops where you can marvel at world-class Danish design, splurge on fashion or pick up a LEGO set for the little ones. The cobbled streets provide an evocative backdrop to a flourishing cultural scene bustling with art galleries, museums, music and theatres. This is also where parliament is housed in the Neo-baroque Christiansborg palace and home to the not-to-be-missed Danish Design Center and the Fine Art Museum, Glyptoteket, where you can admire paintings by French masters, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and Cézanne, as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can also check out one of the largest collections of Islamic art in Northern Europe in the neoclassical museum, Davids Samling (The David Collection). Once you’ve had your fill of cultural highlights, the Nyhavan canal is the perfect spot to grab a beer and a smørrebrød (open sandwich) or a delicious Danish pastry and chill out in the sun. A boutique hotel in Copenhagen also opens the door for you to explore the rest of Scandinavia – you can catch a train to Malmö from Copenhagen Central Station. Sweden is just 35 minutes away. Surrounded by the city of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg is an independent municipality with a unique, upscale feel thanks to its elegant villas, wide avenues and lush green parks. This is also the best place to watch some theatre, bargain hunt for great antiques or vintage fashion at Frederiksberg flea market, or take a stroll around 30 hectares of parkland at Fredriksberg Have. Catch some rays while watching the children play in the park labyrinth facing Pile Allé in the summer time, or ice skate here in the winter. Originally part of the palace grounds, the mix of baroque and romantic era landscaped garden will enchant you, and there is a Chinese gazebo to find, which was used as the tea house for the royals, now open to the public every Sunday afternoon.
Vesterbro & Christianshavn: Scandi cool & Picturesque canals
Vesterbro is one of the hippest districts in Copenhagen, brimming with galleries, chic eateries, music venues and underground bars. This is where Copenhagen’s stylish crowd come for a sundowner or gourmet dinner before heading to a club to dance until the sun comes up. Though located in Vesterbor, Kødbyen is considered a separate neighbourhood with its own unique style. In what was previously a meatpacking district, slaughterhouses have been turned into trendy studios and galleries. Surrounded by scenic canals and waterways, Christianshavn is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city known for its charming colourful houses and narrow alleyways. Built up on an artificial island in the early 17th century and bearing some resemblance to Amsterdam, Christianshavn retains the charm of a small town that has fully embraced the diversity of people from all walks of life. The outdoor cafés, alternative attitude and photogenic houses along Amagergade are sights best taken in from a boutique hotel in Copenhagen.
Nørrebro & Østerbro: Hygge hang-outs & Vintage flair
One of the world’s greenest, cleanest and most sustainable urban centers, Copenhagen has ranked in the top ten most liveable cities since 2008 and is a benchmark for sustainable living. It is also one of the most well designed cities in the world. Thanks to the visionary architect, Jan Gehl as well as municipal and national policy including the Finger plan, the urban environment is centred around green living, with an abundance of green recreational and agricultural spaces in the city districts. On top of that, it’s environmentally-friendly, too. Rivalling bike-loving Amsterdam, the preferred way to get around the city is by cycling. So do as the Copenhagers do, hop on your bike and get ready to explore the multicultural, artistic and bohemian hangout of Nørrebro and the liberal Latté district of Østerbro. The Assistens Cemetery, where Hans Christian Andersen and other notorious Danes have found their final resting places, is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy a picnic with the locals. Take a stroll down Nørrebro’s main street, Nørrebrogade or the local favorite, Jægersborggade known for its organic restaurants, chic boutiques, and stylish cafes. Ravnsborggade is where you will find vintage pieces in top-quality secondhand shops. If fairy tales are your cup of tea, there are a number of museums dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen, some of which are interactive, perfect for children and the young at heart. The Scandinavian capital is a culinary powerhouse. After building up an appetite cycling through and around the city, Copenhagen boasts no less than 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. Østerbro is chockfull of low key, cozy spots where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, or snacks and beers in a hygge atmosphere. A boutique hotel in Copenhagen will familiarize you to the Danish concept of hygge (coziness) in the best possible way. The warm, friendly ambience of Copenhagen will have you coming back for more.
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