Over the past years, Copenhagen has reinvented itself and made its name as a metropolis in Europe. It has undergone an amazing metamorphosis in a wide variety of fields: design, fashion, media, art, film, shopping, music, advertising, and, last but not least, food and drink. With CPH international airport only 20 minutes away from the centre, and with the Øresund Bridge to Malmö, Sweden, many Copenhageners now feel closer to capitals such as Stockholm, Berlin and London than to other major cities in Denmark.
As the city has become more international so has its palate. Warehouses have been turned into über – trendy restaurants, old shops have been transformed into elegant bars, and everywhere you turn new cafés and clubs are opening up.
Brunch at mocha-heavenly Amokka and rediscover the art of coffee brewing. Lunch at Circus and get a haircut on the go in this post-modern kombi-complex. Dine at Guldandens art-deco veranda or reserve your table at Brasseriet for a young and refreshing experience. Innovative food is served at La-Kajen, designed by architect Jørgen Utzon of Sydney Opera House fame; one of Copenhagen's most expensive but best Indian restaurants, Tabak, is also in the area.
Your Nørrebro experience begins at Sankt Hans Torv where your latte is served at retro-futuristic Pussy Galore or at classy Sebastopol. This lively neighbourhood is packed with cafés, but amongst them don’t miss Floras Coffee Bar, Kaffesalonen and Props, all located around Blågårdsgade. Evening dining includes excellent Indian food at Kate’s Joint, French cosmopolitan cuisine at De Gaulle, vegetarian and Middle Eastern food at Picnic and Japanese futuristic fusion dishes at Propaganda.
Home to art galleries, student bars, a red-light district and ethnic restaurants – it all comes together in Copenhagen's most wanted neighbourhood. Bang&Jensen and Ideal Bar prove that what was once a working-class district is now something much more. Vesterbro is the official 'capital of curry' – the best Asian restaurants include The Indian Dining House, Thai Esan, Shezan, Nam Thip and the not-to-be-underestimated Carry Home. For modern French cuisine try Kamels on Sundevedsgade or if you feel first-class have your stopover at Formel B.
Double Happiness specialises in daring Chinese food from the Szechuan province whilst Passagens Spisehus offers the best deer and game roasts in town.
This pleasant, Parisian-style neighbourhood is Copenhagen's little theatreland and most bars and restaurants here come alive just before or just after show hours. Kellerdirk and Promenaden are all located around Frederiksbergs Allé and known for a good atmosphere with improvising waiter/actors. Modern Italian food is served at La Buca or at delicious Fiasco and rustic French de pays courses await you at L’Olivier. For a classic romantic night dine at La Gastronomique in Frederiksbergs Gardens or try The Princess' Dining House for a France-meets-Tunisia hedonistic feast.
Christianshavn & Christiania
On Holmen, among torpedo halls and old military warehouses, lies the modern, London-inspired restaurant Base Camp which transforms into a nightclub after midnight. While waiting for tapas enjoy the view of the Copenhagen waterfront at Thorsen; or venture into Christiania's EU-free zone for beautiful vegetarian dishes at Morgen Stjernen or modern Scandinavian cuisine at friendly Loppen. Christanshavn is swarming with restaurants, bars and cafés – Era Ora is a superb Italian restaurant, perfect for business and pleasure, Kanalen represents France and there is good food and value for money at Bastionen&Løven. Have brunch at Wilder with the local architects and lunch at Café Oven Vande.
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