Eating Out

The guarantors of Michelin dining have bestowed 15 restaurants in Copenhagen with their prestigious mark of excellence. While obviously many popular restaurants in Copenhagen are not included, the honours are indicative of how far dining has progressed in the city.

Traditionally, Denmark has not been known for its food; Frikadeller meatballs and cabbage are among the most popular dishes. While there are some great Danish foods such as their hotdogs and open-faced sandwiches, much of the truly great culinary experiences in Copenhagen deals in international cuisine, particularly French and Asian.

Dining in Copenhagen is usually a leisurely affair and patrons are encouraged to take their time and make a night of it. For quicker eats, cafes and hot dog stands are very popular and a fun way to meet people, or you can grab a fresh sandwich at one of the city's many bakeries. Stoget, Central Station and Grey Friars Square are all hotspots for restaurants. Tivoli also has a great selection of casual eateries in fun settings.

A service charge is included in the bill, but great service is often rewarded with a tip regardless. Save money by paying with cash, as many restaurants charge a fee for transactions on foreign credit cards.

Shopping

A day of shopping in Copenhagen is brilliant but can be a spectator sport for those without large amounts of money to spend. Strøget is the longest pedestrian mall in the world, comprising five streets and two miles (3.2km) of retail heaven.

Copenhagen's main stores can be found along here, as well as cafes for weary shoppers to stop and refuel. At the top end of Strøget, shoppers with a penchant for designer labels can splurge at Prada, Chanel and Versace, while Magasin du Nord, Scandinavia's largest department store, is also found in this area.

Nørrebro Flea Market on Nørrebrogade and the market on Israels Plads are the biggest and oldest flea markets in Copenhagen. They run from April to October and stock a vast variety of items, from souvenirs and antiques to ramshackle trinkets.

Lego can be scooped up cheaply, while Scandinavian Crystal and Royal Copenhagen porcelain are not to be forgotten. Shops in Copenhagen are mostly open from 9.30am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Copenhagen has a couple of gears and the real party doesn't start until late at night. Most jumpstart the evening in a variety of cafes and bars, ranging from renovated historic buildings with new edgy decor to newly-built and fashionable eateries.

Hybrid bars are a perfect way to begin the night as they change themes and almost reinvent their venue several times in a single night. This lets patrons enjoy easy listening music and nice meals before late night DJs take over with more energetic tracks. Certain areas of the city, such as Nyhavn and Boltens Gård, are long-time Copenhagen nightlife districts that always promise great venues, often staying open until about 5am.

The 150-year-old Pantomime Theatre stages commedia dell'arte productions with free admission, while the modern Tivolis Koncertsal offers classical entertainment from opera to symphonies. You can often find last-minute discounted tickets at the ticket kiosk across from the Nørreport train station at the corner of Fiolstræde and Nørre Voldgade.