Here is our take on where to stay and what to do after hours in Copenhagen
Ryesgade 3, Nørrebro
Beer is the local specialty, but there’s much more to it than Carlsberg or Tuborg. Head to Nørrebro Bryghus, one of Copenhagen’s most popular brewpubs. It boasts Denmark’s first carbon-neutral beer, which you can of course sample while also touring the brewery to see how it’s made.
Take in Hamlet country (he was Prince of Denmark, remember). First get the train (45 minutes) to Helsingor (Shakespeare’s Elsinore), then cross to Helsinborg (Sweden) by ferry (20 minutes) for fantastic views of Kronborg Castle—Hamlet’s home—across the sea. Denmark’s most imposing castle, Kronborg is a 10-minute walk from Helsinger.
Søren Kierkgaards Plads 1
+45 33 474 747, kb.dk
Visit not for books, but for the superb modern architecture, secluded gardens and great restaurant (Søren K; See Where to Eat). You’ll see at once why this waterfront landmark is known as the Black Diamond—its façade is entirely covered in Zimbabwean granite. Take bus 1, 6 or 10.
Where to Eat
If you can get a table, try Noma—voted the world’s best restaurant for two years running now. The food is new Nordic, featuring fine local ingredients and fresh, clean flavors. The location in Copenhagen harbor is superb, too.
Sankt Gertruds Kloster
Hauser Plads 32
Once a medieval monastery, now a French restaurant that’s popular with a professional crowd. Good for a business lunch or dinner.
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
Royal Danish Library
Modern and minimalist, with great harbor views and a contemporary Scandinavian menu, this eatery is a great reason to visit the Royal Library.
Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Kalvebod Brygge 5, Centrum
Efficient but stylish business hotel near Copenhagen Central Station, with great canal and harbor views. Good conference and business facilities, wireless throughout.
Radisson Blu SAS Royal
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960, the SAS has been gracefully restored as a showcase of the great designer’s work. Close to the Tivoli Gardens. Good business facilities, close to metro, free broadband.
Located in the financial district, this elegant 17th-century hotel is a beautiful location for a conference or business meeting—or just to stay in. While the D’Angleterre is closed for renovations (until 2012), this is possibly the city’s most gracious hotel. Wireless throughout, five minutes from the metro.
Kastrup, Copenhagen’s airport, offers that rare thing—an enjoyable airport experience. Shops and facilities are excellent, and everything in the three-terminal complex benefits from the Danish design touch. There are plenty of quiet places to work, too (free wireless). The easiest way to get into town is with the metro (15 minutes). Ticket machines are everywhere but take only chip cards (not U.S. credit cards), or you can buy a ticket at the DSB sales counter in terminal 3.
Cultural consultancy Copenhagen Capacity