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Culture, creativity and a big dose of Scandi cool combine to irresistible effect in Denmark’s capital.

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This charming waterside city is loved by kids and big kids alike – the colourful rides at the world-famous Tivoli Gardens, right in the city centre, are partly to thank for that. But the real joy to be found here is in simply enjoying it like the locals: hopping on a bike to pedal past the bright yellow, blue and orange buildings of the harbour at Nyhavn, catching rays and taking a dip in the urban baths and beaches in the summer, or people watching from one of the many coffee houses. 

Foodies can feast on freshly baked buns for breakfast, guzzle killer hotdogs and delicious beers at the microbreweries of the Kødbyen Meatpacking District for lunch, and smarten up for pioneering, Michelin-starred new Nordic cuisine in the evenings. Art lovers, meanwhile, will have their pick of galleries, from modern masterpieces at the Copenhagen Contemporary and the Louisiana Museum to Golden Age artworks in the National Gallery. Friends or family, couple or going solo, Copenhagen’s energy is an unforgettable experience for all.