IT remains one of the few countries we are welcome to visit that isn’t on our quarantine list on return.
So there has never been a better time to experience the delights of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for an autumn city break with a difference.
WHY SHOULD I GO? With its stylish streets, mouthwatering food markets and unique theme park slap bang in the middle, it’s no surprise Copen-hagen is known as the happiest city in the world.
Impeccably clean, the city blends quaint with cool. Walk through cobbled squares lined with restaurants and flowers, then turn a corner to arrive at a road of modern architecture and sleek Nordic design.
The buzzing food scene is sure to tantalise your taste buds, while the laid-back attitude of the locals will immediately get you relaxing into the chilled Danish lifestyle.
ARE THESE STREETS MADE FOR WALKING? Main tourist attractions are close together so wandering around on foot is easy enough, with a number of pedestrian-only roads. And there are lots of Danish fashion stores or design shops to pop into.
The 24/7 Metro is perfectly punctual and simple to navigate if you are staying in the suburbs.
But it’s bikes that are really the mode of transport to be seen on. Rent one for around £40 a day and explore on two wheels.
ANYTHING FOR THE BUCKET LIST? On Instagram posts of Copenhagen you’ll immediately see Nyhavn. The waterside district, lined by brightly coloured 17th and 18th century buildings, plus restaurants, cafes and bars is a must for a photo opportunity.
A short walk away, next to Central Station in the city centre, lies the amusement park Tivoli Gardens, reportedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s parks. It boasts one of the world’s oldest wooden rollercoasters, plus a host of other rides set among beautiful botanical gardens.
Although beware — an entrance fee doesn’t include all rides and you have to pay per go, so have a walk around to eye up the ones you definitely want to try first.
From one Disney inspiration to another — the Little Mermaid. The bronze statue on the waterfront on the Langelinie promenade is based on the fairytale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and is a top tourist attraction.
Sure, it’s not as spectacular as other famous sculptures — it’s only 4ft tall for a start — but it’s a shame to miss it. And the waterfront walk is a breath of fresh air.
WHERE SHOULD I EAT? It would be silly to go to Denmark and not have a Danish pastry — so don’t miss Sankt Peders Bageri. It’s the city’s oldest bakery, dating from 1652, and makes the most incredible cinnamon buns and a variety of pastries worth piling on a pound or two for.
At lunchtime, visit the Torvehallerne food market for a Scandi smørrebrød, or open sandwich — rye bread with fresh ingredients such as herring, raw beef, seafood and egg.
While there, grab a treat or two at the many stalls offering everything from chocolate to cheese. Then, if you’re lucky enough to spot a Gasoline Grill, stop everything and go in.
The original burger joint in a disused petrol station has been such a hit in the city, there are now seven of them across town and its burgers are regularly voted among the world’s best. With only four burgers to choose from, there’s minimal fuss with maximum taste. Trust us.
I FANCY A DRINK: With more than 30 craft beers to choose from, take a seat on one of the benches in hip local hotspot Brus on Guldbergsgade.
With a brewery, restaurant and shop, plus kegged cocktails on tap, this fancy pub-like attraction makes it easy to while away a few hours.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY? The chic 4-star Hotel Ottilia in the up-and- coming Carlsberg district is converted from two brewery buildings.
Think high ceilings and girders mixed with soft furnishings and a neutral colour palette. The top floor hosts Tramonto, an Italian restaurant, with a foliage-covered balcony.
The views aren’t quite worth raving about, but when the hotel’s happy hour offers guests free drinks from 5pm to 6pm daily, who cares?!
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