Denmark has been inhabited for thousands of years, although evidence of those who previously settled where the current city of Copenhagen stands, only dates back to the 11th century. Throughout the centuries, Copenhagen faced several sieges, fires, and even the plague. Fast forward to the 21st century, and you see an urban capital with trendy cafes, high-end restaurants, historical buildings, royal palaces, cobbled streets, and water that surrounds the city. But to make sure you see some of the best parts of Copenhagen, we recommend you add the following sites to your list of must-dos.
Conditori La Glace
Start your morning off at Conditori La Glace, the oldest bakery in Copenhagen offering excellent handmade cakes made from only fresh ingredients. The bakery was established in 1870, and has been owned by the same family for six generations, and counting. They have a very famous Dutch cake called lagkager, which is a multi-layered cake held together by frosting or another filling such as jam. The bakery can get quite busy, so try to go early when they first open around 8:30AM (Monday through Friday), 9am (Saturday), or 10AM (Sunday). Conditori La Glace stays open until 6pm every day of the week, but we can’t guarantee that they won’t run out of sweet goods by then!
Copenhagen is a sustainable city, with lots of greenery everywhere you go. One of best places to enjoy nature’s beauty is in a neighborhood called Christiania, featuring cafes serving the freshest coffee and tea, restaurants serving organic dishes, unique boutiques selling one-of-a-kind goods, art galleries and music venues. You can also explore Christiania via a bike or a guided tour by a local. If you’re in Copenhagen during the summer, you can enjoy watching two free concerts, which are located in an open theater every Sunday.
After a morning of exploring, a good meal is exactly what you may need. Copenhagen has a street market called Reffen that’s fairly new on the island of PapirØen. It’s an “urban playground for co-creation, innovation, food and creativity”, meaning it’s a place where you can taste amazing dishes and snacks from around the world that are fresh and affordable, as well as sign up for various workshops that will broaden your creativity. It’s become such a great go-to for people of all ages. There’s also a bar in case you want to unwind even further. And since it’s located on an island, you can rest assured that the views around you are amazing too.
Reffen is open from 12pm to 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday.
If you love to see another side of Copenhagen, make a trip to see The Cisterns, located underground in Søndermarken Park. This place supplied clean drinking water to Copenhagen beginning in the mid-19th century after a cholera outbreak. The reservoir could hold about 4,226,752 gallons of water and was used for more than 100 years until 1981. In the early 2000s, it became an art museum of modern glass for 12 years. Now, it’s a place where various events are held, including art installations that change frequently. Nonetheless, the architecture is phenomenal and the history is interesting, which makes it a fun (yet sometimes eerie) place to explore the next time you’re in Copenhagen.
As many of you know, the Danish royalty still exists and can be traced back all the way to the 8th century. Like many other places, Copenhagen is full of royal palaces for you to explore. There’s the Kronborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Frederiksborg Castle, Frederiksberg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Fredensborg Palace and The Hermitage. The best one, however, is Christiansborg Palace, which features elegant, ornate rooms that are breathtaking to walk through.
The palace is also where you’ll find the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Sections of the palace are also still used by the Royal Family for different occasions, and the throne room is still active—the current Queen, Margrethe II, still receives important guests from around the world that come to see her. It is also the same place where you’ll find the balcony used to announce a new king or queen. The palace is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Copenhagen is a royal city indeed, and one that should make it on your list of go-to destinations at least once in your life. And if you do make your way to the capital, make sure to enjoy all of the beauty and grace that surrounds it.
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