All the fun of the fair at Tivoli
Toddler, teenager or septuagenarian, a summertime amble through Tivoli Gardens is an essential experience on a Copenhagen summer break. Hop on an old wooden carousel or roller coaster, munch candy floss or popcorn and let the organ grinders, jugglers and clowns entertain you. Oriental-style buildings, a toy railway and pantomime ballets based on Hans Christian Andersen tales fill out the day. In the evenings, musicians and dance troupes perform on stage as onlookers drink pints of Carlsberg and watch the sun sink towards the horizon.
World-beating haute cuisine
Copenhagen has built a reputation as a major destination for inventive cuisine. During the warmer months native Danish fruits and vegetables are harvested. In Tivoli, the gardens’ two Michelin-starred restaurants, Herman and Restaurant Kokkeriet, compete with creative cooking. Nearby is the Michelin-starred Noma, rated by experts among the top 10 restaurants in the world. Sult offers inventive fusion dishes and brunches. BioMio, in Vesterbro’s Kødbyen, serves affordable organic dishes in trendy surroundings.
Shopping for international brands and local one-offs
Summer is the season for sales and Copenhagen is home to the best shopping in Scandinavia. Lengthy cobbled pedestrian walkways are given over entirely to edgy designs, hip clothing boutiques and houseware stores. Strøget, the longest pedestrian shopping street in the world., holds many international chains along with Købmagersgade. Further on is Kronsprinsensgade, home to many internationally recognised modern Danish designer clothes shops. The streets stretching east towards Gothersgade are best for exploring up-and-coming labels.
A pint of beer on an outdoor terrace
There are scores of delightful places to enjoy a pint of Carlsberg smooth pilsner, the city’s home brew, or any of Denmark’s numerous microbrews. Charlie’s Bar, in the city centre, pours award-winning draught ales and ciders as does nearby Zum Biergarten, a Bavarian bierstubbe with an authentic Oktoberfest atmosphere. Nørrebro is home to Bryghus Ryesgade, a popular brewery-cum-pub. Ølbaren (‘beer bar’), serves dozens of lagers from around the world.