Fathom Favorites : Copenhagen

1. Canal Tours Copenhagen

Canal Tours Copenhagen

The grand tour (from Nyhavn) will take you past major sites like Amalienborg Palace, the Little Mermaid statue, Royal Library, the Copenhagen Opera House, and the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.

København K, Denmark

2. Jægersborggade


This small street in the Noerrebro neighborhood is lined with some of the city's best restaurants (Manfreds & Vin, Restaurant Relæ, Meyers Bakery, and The Coffee Collective), and indie shops (Ro Chokolade, My Favourite Things).

Copenhagen, 2200

3. Ørestad


An up-and-coming developing city within Copenhagen that's situated halfway between the airport and city center. It's fascinating to see the futuristic buildings by architectural greats like 3xn, Bjarke Ingels, and Julien De Smedt in a condensed area. The countryside backdrop and roaming cows will have you wondering if it was really a ten minute train ride from the city. Plan a self-guided tour or book a guide with the Danish Architecture Centre.


4. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Located 30 minutes outside the city in Humlebaek and considered to be one of the most beautiful museums in the world. The collection includes works by Picasso, Warhol, Giacometti, and Henry Moore. If the weather permits, grab lunch on the café's patio, wander the sculpture garden, and take in scenic views of the Øresund Sound.


Gl. Strandvej 13
Humlebæk, 3050

5. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens

The world's second-oldest amusement park is said to be Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland. Chinese-style Pantomime theater and Victorian signage make you feel as though you have jumped back in time. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the gardens or take a spin on Rutschebanen, one of the oldest wooden roller coasters still operating. Food options are plentiful, but Brdr. Price is an excellent selection for traditional Danish fare.

Vesterbrogade 3
Copenhagen, 1630

6. Assistens Kirkegård

Assistens Kirkegård

Beautiful cemetery where notable residents like Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard are buried. Locals use it as a park, so it's not uncommon to see children playing tag and families having leisurely picnics.

Kapelvej 4
Copenhagen, 2200

7. Bror


The award-winning restaurant by Noma alums (of course) Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman is casual. But make no mistake, it is not lacking in technique, especially when it comes to offal. Guests will be surprised (and delighted?!) with dishes like cod cheeks and deep-fried bull testicles.

Sankt Peders Stræde 24A
Copenhagen, 1453

8. Kompasset


A whole restaurant dedicated to smørrebrød, the beloved Danish open-faced sandwich. Pick from ten different options, some with an Asian elements like yuzu on smoked salmon. Each plate comes with a local beer recommendation.

Nyhavn 65 stuen

9. Torvehallerne


The giant food hall houses some of the best and most international food in the city. You can't make a wrong turn. Here's a quick route: start with carnitas tacos at Hija de Sanchez, head to Boutique Fisk for fish cakes, and pick up a bag of instant oat porridge from Grød on your way out.

Frederiksborggade 21
Copenhagen, 1360

10. Stedsans Østergro

Stedsans Østergro

One of the hardest dinner reservations to score is a two-top in a greenhouse on a rooftop garden of a nondescript industrial building. A husband-wife chef team serve two amazing, magical family-style dinners for twenty five lucky guests for each seating. Plan ahead, as they only open bookings once a month.

Æbeløgade 4
Copenhagen, 2100

11. 108


Noma alums opened a casual seasonal restaurant with a much friendlier price tag than its famed parent restaurant. Dinner is an a la carte affair, but there's a nice scene and menu for quick breakfast meetings or lazy, wine-fueled afternoons. 

Strandgade 108
Copenhagen, 1401

12. Kebabistan


Make like David Chang and skip the Michelin-starred hot spots for the shawarma sandwiches and fries at one of three Kebabistan locations around town. You'll want the mixed meat shawarma on a Turkish roll, and don't forget to add the spicy sauces sitting on the counter.


Nørrebrogade 162
Copenhagen, 2200

13. Amass


Former Noma chef de cuisine Matthew Orlando adds a dash of American flavor not just to the classic Danish dishes (like his Amass Fried Chicken) but to the restaurant's vibes — with hip hop music and graffiti on walls. Try to score the coveted bar seats by the window.

Refshalevej 153
Copenhagen, 1432

14. Restaurant Schønnemann

Restaurant Schønnemann

Step back in time at this Copenhagen classic, where sand has covered the floor since it's opening in 1877. Make reservations in advance — visitors and locals are fond of it's 100+ smørrebrød combinations.

Hauser Plads 16
Copenhagen, 1127

15. Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik

Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik

Old-school Danish joint run by the same family since 1910. Local politicians stop by for lunch when parliament is in session across the street. This place gets packed at lunch, so book ahead.

Fortunstræde 4
Copenhagen, 1065

16. Ida Davidsen

Ida Davidsen

Fifth-generation smørrebrød makers known for their four-and-a-half foot menu. Many of the 250 open-face sandwiches are named for famous Danes like the "Crown Prince Frederik" (layers of liver pâté, tomato, cucumber salad, and soft onions).

Store Kongensgade 70
Copenhagen, 1274

17. Royal Smushi Café

Royal Smushi Café

Part café, part concept shop, parked in a cozy courtyard between two of the city's most visited shops, Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen. The self-described Funky Baroque décor is a real treat, but they're best known for their bite-sized smushi, an inventive take on the classic Danish smørrebrød and sushi.

Amagertorv 6
Copenhagen, 1160

18. Geist


Artfully presented gourmet fare from one of Copenhagen's best chefs. Meals start with an endless serving of Bo Bech's famous sour dough bread. The signature avocado and caviar starter is a must, as are the mashed potatoes with pickled brown crab. Servings are small so order up. This isn't the place to skip dessert — the Air in Air in Air Tiramisu is as light and fluffy as the name suggests.


Kongens Nytorv 8
Copenhagen, 1050

19. Relæ


Christian F. Puglisi handed over the kitchen of his Michelin-starred spot to fellow Noma alum Jonathan Tam. That hasn't stopped lines out the door; the open kitchen is still packed, the entry-level four-course menu is still surprisingly affordable, and Puglisi's original philosophy to ingredient-driven food continues to shine through. Tam is hoping to broaden the menu, which can only mean good things for us.

Jægersborggade 41
Copenhagen, 2200

20. Aamanns


Adam Aamann's focus on healthy, local ingredients lead to a resurgence in smørrebrød (classic Danish open-face sandwiches). Don't miss Smørrebrødsdeli next door for casual take away.


Øster Farimagsgade 12
Copenhagen, 2100

21. Central Hotel & Café

Central Hotel & Café

A tiny cafe (for excellent coffee) with a tinier hotel on top of it (just one room) — you can't get more intimate than that. Stays include a breakfast at the wonderful Granola café down the block.


Tullinsgade 1,
1610 København, Denmark

22. Hotel Alexandra

Hotel Alexandra

A living mid-century, modern furniture, showroom doubles as a hotel, each room filled with ‘50s and '60s details. Sleep in rooms dedicated to the great Dane designers: Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl. Stealing that chair for home might be a little harder than the hotel toiletries, but try anyway.

H. C. Andersens Blvd. 8
Copenhagen, 1553

23. CPH Living

CPH Living

A floating hotel on the Copenhagen port could have been so kitschy but was saved by Danish aesthetics and sensibilities. All twelve rooms are cozy yet sleek, furnished with a mix of high-low details from the likes of Ikea and the Arne Jacobson. It's no frills in the best way possible, and the popular spots are only a fifteen-minute walk away.

Langebrogade 1C
Copenhagen, 1411

24. Stay Copenhagen

Stay Copenhagen

For big groups or for those looking for something more residential, 172 apartment-type rooms designed by the internationally loved HAY design team is a 15-minute bike ride from the city. Choose from a studio to a three-bedroom apartment, all decked out with HAY furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows (get a room overlooking the canal). Reception staff are helpful and can score you a bike as well as point you to the property's gourmet bakery.

Islands Brygge 79A
Copenhagen, 2300

25. Hotel d'Angleterre

Hotel d'Angleterre

Sure, the recently refurbished rooms are luxurious (polished marble, plush carpets), the building historic (around since 1755), and the subterranean spa has the only indoor pool in the neighborhood. But you're really here for the food at the Michelin-starred Marchal and drinks at the always buzzy Balthazar Champagne bar.

Kongens Nytorv 34
Copenhagen, 1050

26. Hotel SP34

Hotel SP34

Natural light floods parts of the lobby through skylights, illuminating artwork dotting the walls and shining on nooks where guests chat and work. Rooms are a study in modern Danish design: clean lines and muted colors. The library lounge is cozy, Nordic restaurant Väkst resides in the large greenhouse, and all the good shopping is right outside.

Sankt Peders Stræde 34
Copenhagen, 1453

27. Hotel Guldsmeden Bertrams

Hotel Guldsmeden Bertrams

A cozy nineteenth-century townhouse nestled in the hip Vesterbro neighborhood. Rustic Balinese interiors are filled with Persian rugs and Indonesian furniture. Ask for a room facing the landscaped courtyard and don't miss the organic breakfast spread. The homemade vanilla yogurt topped with brown-bread cereal, acacia honey, and almonds is to die for.

Vesterbrogade 107
Copenhagen, 1620

28. Bella Sky Comwell

Bella Sky Comwell

Architecture stars 3XN designed Scandinavia's largest hotel with environmentally conscious details like a living wall of vegetation. The progressively designed structure tilts at twice the angle of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, ensuring expansive views from every room. It's mid-way between the airport and city, next to the convention site Bella Center. Not the most convenient location, but if you plan on touring the architectural wonders of Ørestad (and you should) it's a great place to set up camp.

Center Boulevard 5
Copenhagen, 2300

29. Andersen Hotel

Andersen Hotel

Walking distance to Tivoli Gardens, the train station, and Meatpacking District. Cozy guest rooms are done up in brightly colored Designers Guild textiles. Breakfast, wifi, and bikes are free. Their Concept24 is especially cool — once you check in the room is yours for a full 24 hours (awkward travel schedules be damned).


Helgolandsgade 12
Copenhagen, 1653

30. Nimb Hotel

Nimb Hotel

Moorish-style palace overlooking Tivoli Gardens, the world's second oldest amusement park. Views of vintage roller coasters, Bang & Olfusen electronics, and fireplaces are a few of the perks enjoyed by guests. While antique furnishings adorn the hotel's interiors, there's an understated modernism that rings true to the typical Danish aesthetic. Curl up with a book in one of the cozy nooks or stop by Nimb Bar where artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen's pen and ink drawings decorate the walls.

Bernstorffsgade 5
Copenhagen, 1577

31. Sögreni


Handcrafted, custom bicycles built in a three-person workshop. If you're not on the lookout for a new set of wheels, pick out one of their sleek rustproof bells in copper, brass, or steel.

Sankt Peders Stræde 30A
Copenhagen, 1453

32. Hay


Modern-Danish design shop on the 2nd and 3rd floors of an Art Nouveau building overlooking Strøget. Features furniture, textiles, lighting, and kitchenware from the in-house team as well as established designers like Jakob Wagner and Komplot.

 Østergade 61,
1100 Copenhagen

33. Tage Andersen Boutique and Museum

Tage Andersen Boutique and Museum

A fantasyland decked in fresh flowers, moss, twigs, and exotic birds in fanciful iron cages. Part shop, part art gallery, this otherworldly boutique showcases the creations of Danish flower artist Tage Andersen. There's a small fee to enter, but it's worth a peek — even if you're not in the market for an elaborate floral arrangement.

Ny Adelgade 12
Copenhagen, 1104

34. Simply Chocolate

Simply Chocolate

Local chocolatier with a sense of humor and modern aesthetic. Space-age foil wrappers with bright graphic fonts cover candy bars like the Minty Cindy (Dark chocolate, peppermint oil) and Grainy Sue (Dark chocolate, homemade muesli, caramel). Their flødebollers are a must-try; a marzipan base topped with whipped marshmallow and dipped in dark chocolate. Go for the four-pack. You wont regret it.

Illum, Østergade 52
Copenhagen, 1001

35. Georg Jensen

Georg Jensen

One hundred-year-old Danish silver brand known for craftsmanship and innovative Scandinavian design.

Amagertorv 4
Copenhagen, 1160

36. Royal Copenhagen

Royal Copenhagen

Classic Danish porcelain and fine china that has been on the royal family's dining table since 1775.

Amagertorv 6
Copenhagen, 1160
+45 3814 4888

37. Illums Bolighus

Illums Bolighus

This Copenhagen classic and purveyor of homewares to the Royal Danish Court has been around since 1925. Known for fanciful window displays and excellent collection of contemporary and classic Scandinavian designers like Georg Jensen, Iittala, and Marimekko.

Amagertorv 10
Copenhagen, 1160