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Getting around Copenhagen is easy. Either on foot or on a bicycle, most places are accessible within 15-20 minutes.
The city has quite a few, very nice, luxury hotels. And even if you were not able to book the hotel of your choice, they all welcome outside guests for breakfast and brunch. So, start the day with breakfast at Nimb or the Phønix Hotel, located at either end of the downtown area, depending on where you stay. Or have breakfast at Cafe Victor, in the heart of the city, and join the glitterati for a good start to the day. All of these places offer international newspapers.
If the weather is nice, then take a stroll across the bridge at Højbro Plads and walk alongside the Christiansborg Palace (the Parliament), and the imposing 17th-century Stock Exchange building, towards Christianshavn. Once across Knippelsbro bridge, you will see a magical turret up high, spiralling around itself, in shiny green, iridescent copper. This isVor Frelsers Kirke(Our Saviours Church), famous for its spiral turret, along which you can climb all the way to the top, on the outside! It is never time wasted to make this climb and take in the beautiful view of the city. The church also has beautiful artworks dating back to 1698.
From the church, another nice stroll is along the canals, to Copenhagen Contemporary, where cutting edge, international, experimental artists are showcased, often with fabulous, large art installations of light, sound, motion and sculptural landscapes. The project will close at the end of 2017, at which point the harbour area, where they are situated, will undergo new development.
Walk back towards the city over the newly opened Inderbro (the pedestrian and cyclist bridge), and arrive hungry for lunch at the mouth of the Nyhavn canal – a part of the city which is ripe with dining choices. Apollo Bar is a newly opened beautiful space inside Charlottenborg Kunsthal, part of the Royal Academy of Arts. The food in the small, high-ceilinged room found inside the courtyard is light, healthy fare. Weather permitting, there is also outside seating.
Behind the courtyard is the Kunsthal. This is one of the largest and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Northern Europe. Since 1883 contemporary art has been shownin this fantastic exhibition building, designed just for this purpose.
A great place to spend a few hours, especially on a rainy day.
After lunch walk across Kongens Nytorv square and meander up along Borgergade street and seek out Tranquebar, the ultimate travel bookshop in the country. They also have a café, where they make extraordinarily good coffees and serve wonderful cakes and snacks. You can browse the impressive catalogue of travel and coffee-table books for hours on end.
For afternoon shopping go to the street that runs parallel to Strøget, another pedestrian street called Kompagnistræde. This cosy street opens with Hermes’ impressive flagship store, and is further lined with small, funky shops, offering almost everything you can imagine: antiques, interior design objects, ceramics, clothes, shoes, collectibles, design wares and jewellery.
For a well-deserved, late afternoon drink, cut back across Amagertorv and head to the department store Illum. Take the elevator or the escalators up to the roof top, where they serve a brilliant Aperol Spritz or other libations, either al fresco on the terrace or inside the cosy bar. If you happen to be there on a Thursday, the roof top Seafood restaurant serves up an amazing seafood buffet.
For a dinner excursion outside the city centre, take a taxi ride into the Frederiksberg district and grab dinner at the small, eclectic Melee – it’s well worth the effort.
After dinner, a walk around the city university and the Cathredral Vor Frue Kirke is highly recommended, especially as this beautiful church is open at night, and offers spectacular events on any given night, under the title “The Nightchurch”. The perfect place to end a long and eventful day in Copenhagen.