City Guide Copenhagen, Denmark

Eating out
Things to see
General Info

Visiting Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the largest city and capital of Denmark, is hugely popular with visitors thanks to a mix of modern attractions and old school charm. From the Little Mermaid to the free-town of Christiania, this city has its own unique character, where historical buildings rub shoulders with slick shopping streets, all brought together by its network of canals.

About Copenhagen, Denmark


Copenhagen, or København as it is known in Danish, is Denmark’s largest and capital city. It’s located beside the sea, in the Zealand Island area of Denmark. Around 1.7 million people currently live in the Greater Copenhagen Area.

Founded in 1167 by Bishop Absolon, there is evidence of settlers in the Copenhagen area dating back as far as 6,000 years ago. From the Vikings to the Royal Family of the present day, this city has a long and rich history.

The city is made up of many different and distinct neighbourhoods, including the city centre, Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbro, and Christianshavn. These area come together to form Copenhagen, which boasts a mix of medieval splendour and contemporary wonders.

Copenhagen is connected to Malmö in Sweden by means of the Øresund Bridge. This bridge and tunnel carries cars and trains across the Øresund strait, linking the two cities.


Eating Out in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen_eatingIn Copenhagen, you’ll find a really good mix of classic Danish dishes and international flavours, from Italian to Indian. Like the other Scandinavian cities, it can be expensive to eat out in Copenhagen, although it doesn’t have to be.

Look out for the great buffet options provided by many of the restaurants across the city. Generally, there’ll be a lunch buffet and a dinner buffet, with an all-you-can-eat selection for a set price. Another good way to keep the cost down is to keep an eye out for the tourist menus or daily specials offered by a lot of places.

One Danish favourite is smørrebrød, an open-faced sandwich decked often served on dark rye bread with fish, cold cuts, salad or cheese. These sandwiches come in a huge number of different varieties and can be purchased in various places throughout the city.

The Danish pastry or wienerbrød (Viennese bread) is also popular here. This also comes in a number of varieties, including cinnamon, and is best served with a pot of coffee.

You’ll find a lot of restaurants in the Straedet area, along Kompagnistraede and Laederstraede. Nyhavn is also filled with restaurants, although for a more authentic experience in this area, why not buy a ‘pølser’ or traditional sausage from one of the many stands around and eat it, sitting by the Nyhavn canal, like the locals do.


Let them eat cake

copenhagen_cheapeats_danishDenmark is known for delicious Danish pastries, and this café is a great place to try one. These, and other tasty treats, can be enjoyed with a pot of coffee, which can be refilled at no extra charge. Sandwiches and salads are also available. Open Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

Restaurants in Copenhagen

  • Ems Deli

    Østergade 57, Strøget, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Serving breakfast and brunch offers, this café also has a wide variety of sandwiches, bagels, pastries and coffees. You can sit inside or outside, or take your food away. For a small place it’s pretty lively. This might have something to do with the music playing inside, which combined with some of their coffee is a great way to shake the cobwebs out in the morning.

    Open Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Købmagergade 43, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A great place for lunch, this place serves a large range of sandwiches, toasted sandwiches and salads. Cold drinks and coffees are offered too. Meal deals consisting of a sandwich, fries and a drink are good value. The interior’s pretty funky, with lots of space to sit. Try not to get distracted by the call of the shoe store located beneath.

    Open Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm.

  • Mama Rosa

    Østergade 57, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This restaurant is in a great spot in Copenhagen’s major shopping area. It serves a large menu filled with Mexican and Italian dishes. Lunch specials are offered daily at reduced prices and there are set 2-course tourist menus and 4 different 3-course menus available. It’s colourful, with bright tablecloths and potted chilli plants continuing the Mexican theme, and there are seats both inside and outside. A great place to people watch, the menu also has some really interesting facts about Mexico and the food offered if you fancy a read.

    Open 7 days, 11am-12am.

  • Nyhavns Faergeko

    Nyhavn 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Perch yourself along the canal and watch the world go by as you lunch on ten varieties of all you can eat herring for 78DKK. Definitely one for fish lovers!

    Open from 11.30am-11.30pm.

  • Pilegarden

    Pilestraede 44, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Enjoy a Danish buffet lunch for 80DKK in a half timbered house.

    Open Tues-Sat 12-5pm.

  • Den Gronne Kaelder

    Pilestaede 48, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This is one of Copenhagens few vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Its decor is warm and cosy with pictorial art on the yellow walls and Jazz in the background. The variety on offer makes it very popular. You can combine your menu between warm dishes and salads, with veggie burgers at 30DKK. As well as the usual brands, organic and Czech beer is available.

    Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm. Closed Sundays.

  • Crossanter

    Ostergade 61, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Quick, delicious food in the centre of the city. Quiches 20 DKK.

    Open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm.

  • Riz Raz

    Kompagnistraede 20, Copenhagen, Denmark

    With one of the best buffet specials in Copenhagen, the difference with this restaurant is that its buffet is entirely vegetarian. There are meat dishes on the menu too but as for the specially priced, all-you-can-eat buffet itself, that’s all veggie. It’s a popular restaurant, especially at dinnertime when people will hang around the tables outside, waiting for a space. There’s also a large drinks menu.

    Open 7 days, 11am-12am.

  • Mitsu

    Jagtvej 101, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Considered one of oldest Japanese restaurants in town, with reasonable prices (60-120DKK). Family-owned and run, it is a charming restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and décor. The Mitsus classic dishes such as tempura and sushi are very popular.

    Open Tues-Sat 5am-10pm.

  • Quattro Fontane

    Guldbergsgade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A local favourite, this is the location of excellent Italian cuisine and a buoyant atmosphere. Pasta with salmon and seafood are popular choices with prices from 60-120DKK.

    Open daily 4pm-1am.

  • Conditori and Cafe Hans Christian Andersen

    Radhusarkaden, Vesterbrogade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark

    One of the things Denmark is known for is the Danish pastry, and this café is a great place to try one out. A wide selection of different Danish pastries is offered, including a delicious cinnamon variety. Other tasty treats and cake can be enjoyed here with a pot of coffee, which can be refilled at no extra charge. Sandwiches and salads are also available.

    Open Mon-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

  • Los Arcos

    Gothersgade 93, Copenhagen, Denmark

    For about 80 DKK, you can try this restaurant’s all-you-can-eat buffet. They have guacamole, tacos, mole, and stuffed bell peppers. The restaurant is decorated with coloured lampions and sombreros hanging on the walls. A reservation is recommended at the weekends as it becomes crowded.

    Open daily 5pm-11pm.

  • Sabor Latino

    Vester Voldgade 85, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Situated in the middle of the city this is a very popular salsa bar and
    club. It is well frequented by Latin American people living in Copenhagen as well as Danish salsa lovers. Dance to Latin sounds and enjoy free salsa and merengue lessons at 10pm Thurs-Sat.

    Open Thurs 9pm-3am, Fri-Sat 9pm-5am.

Transport in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen_transportGetting There:

By air: Copenhagen airport is located in Kastrup, a town 8km southeast of the city. You can take the trains from Terminal 3 into the city centre. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. Taxis wait outside the terminals too, and by car it’ll take about 25 minutes to get to Copenhagen.

By train: If you travel by train to the city, you’ll most likely arrive into Copenhagen’s Central Station. Frequent services depart from here, connecting Copenhagen with other parts of Denmark as well as cities throughout Europe.

By bus: The main hub for buses arriving in Copenhagen is Central Station. Services run from here to all over Europe, with bus company Eurolines operating most of the services.

Getting Around:

On foot: Copenhagen’s a flat city, so it’s ideal for walking around. A lot of the main attractions are within walking distance of each other and the city centre. As well as this, many of the major shopping streets are pedestrianised.

By S-Train: The S-Train runs on 10 lines at regular intervals. All the trains on the network pass through Central Station. Day tickets and multiple journey ticket are available.

By Metro: The Metro runs on 2 lines and services operate daily from 5am-12pm, with services running through the night on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Single tickets cost 20 DKK with multi-ride passes available for 125 DKK.

By bus: A frequent bus service connects the city centre with all parts of the city, the suburbs and beyond.

By bike: As a result of its flat roads and well-marked cycling routes, Copenhagen is a great place to cycle around. Bicycles are incredibly popular with the locals. While in the city, you could try and pick up one of the public city bikes. These are available for a 20 DKK deposit from April to September.

Things to see in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen_attractionsThere are many different things to see and do in Copenhagen, whether you’re the thrill-seeking kind or in search of something a little more cultural.

A good way to get a unique view of Copenhagen is to go on one of the various canal boat tours offered. You’ll be taken all around the city, from the Little Mermaid Statue to the free-town of Christiania. Along the way, your guide will provide lots of titbits of interesting information about Copenhagen’s history and about the city as it stands today. On a fine day, these tours also provide great photo opportunities of some of the city’s most notable landmarks.

Copenhagen is the home of Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, and the inspiration behind Disneyworld. Here you’ll find the world’s highest carousel, as well as many other rides, 40 restaurants, 2 theatres, 3 open-air stages and the longest tropical salt water aquarium in Europe.

One of Denmark’s most notable exports also makes its home in Copenhagen, and that’s Carlsberg beer. While visiting the city, you can take a trip around the Brewery in the Vesterbro area of the city.

Museums in Copenhagen are also well worth a trip, with the likes of the Statens Museum for Kunst (the Danish National Gallery) and the National Museet (Denmark’s National Museum) offering free admission to their collections of interesting art and artefacts.

All thrills, no spills

copenhagen_dontmiss_tivoliTivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. It boasts the highest carousel in the world, 40 restaurants, 3 open-air stages and an aquarium. Opened in 1843, the park is visited by around 4.5 million people annually. Open 7 days at 11am Apr 17th-Sept 21st, Oct 10th-19th, Nov 14th-Dec 30th; admission 95 DKK.

Attractions in Copenhagen

  • Canal tours

    Various locations, Copenhagen, Denmark

    If you’ve got an hour or so, taking one of the canal tours offered from Nyhavn is a great way to get a different view of the city. From the water, you can get up close to some of Copenhagen’s main attractions, as well as learning a lot of interesting facts about the city. Watch the people watching you from the shore as you go by, and watch your head as you pass underneath some of the many low bridges stretching over the canals.

    Tours run from March-Dec, opening hours vary; admission 60 DKK.

  • King’s Gardens

    beside Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Created in 1606 at the same time as the Rosenborg castle was built, this large park is a great place for a stroll. Filled with trees and flowers, it’s also home to a large number of interesting statues from seahorses to modern art. There are lots of benches to have a rest on too.

    Open 7 days, 7am-9pm; free admission.

  • Assistens Cemetery

    Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A visit to the Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro gives you the chance to see the final resting places of some of Denmark’s most notable citizens, including famous writer Hans Christian Andersen and well-known physicist Niels Bohr. Filled with trees and plants, as well as being a cemetery it’s also a nice, peaceful park to wander though on a sunny day.

    Open Nov-Feb 8am-4pm, Mar-Apr Sept-Oct 8am-6pm, May-Aug 8am-8pm.

  • Trinitatiskirche

    Købmagergade, Copenhagen, Denmark

    If you’re visiting the Round Tower, why not take the time to pop into the church attached to it. Inside you’ll find high ceilings elaborately decorated in gold leaf with hanging chandeliers. At the back of the church, a huge organ faces the alter. Choral performances and concerts are often held here.

    Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm; free admission.

  • The National Museet

    Ny Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Denmark’s National Museum is the place to visit if you want to learn a little more about the Danish people from the Ice Age to the present day. Taking up three floors, it’s filled with interesting and often unusual artefacts, including pottery, jewellery, clothing and weapons. The Eskimo artefacts are a must-see, from the harpoons to animal hide underwear. There’s also a toy exhibit here, filled with teddy bears, dolls houses and much more.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mondays; admission free.

  • Experimentarium

    Tuborg Havneveg 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A science centre that’s fun for people of all ages, the Experimentarium focuses on interactive exhibits dedicated to modern technology and the human body. From musical instruments made from sand and a bow, to rowing machines, to a model of a beating human heart you’ll find something here to catch your interest.

    Open Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Tues 9.30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; admission 135 DKK.

  • NY Carlsberg Glypotek

    Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Beside Tivoli Gardens, this art museum has a huge selection of things to see, from painting to sculpture to ancient artefacts. It’s actually made up of 2 different collections covering ancient Mediterranean art, and French and Danish art from the 19th-20th C. Some of the highlights include ancient Egyptian mummies, and paintings by Monet and other important impressionist painters. There’s also a winter garden, where you can sit inside under the palm trees and watch the fish in the fountain.

    Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm, closed Mondays; admission 50 DKK, free on Sundays.

  • Rosenborg Castle

    Øster Volgade 4A, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Home to the Danish crown jewels and the museum of the Danish Royal Family, it’s well worth a visit. Inside the castle you’ll see everything from chess sets to musical instruments to portraits to a room filled with mirrors. Then head down to the treasury where you can marvel over the large collection of lavish jewels and crowns.

    Open Nov-Apr Tues-Sun 11am-4pm, Jun & Sept-Oct Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, Jul-Aug Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.

  • Tycho Brahe Planetarium

    Gammel Kongevej 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Discover the stars here, where you’ll find lots of interesting exhibits about this history of astronomy right up to the present day. On top of this, check out a show at the IMAX movie theatre and get up close and personal with everything from coral reefs to dinosaurs. Headphones to hear the narration in English are available.

    Open 7 days 9.30am-9pm.

  • Tivoli

    Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

    With its unique location, in the heart of the city, this world famous amusement park has been visited by millions of people since it opened 1843. Today it houses the highest carousel in the world, as well as a huge number of other rides, 40 restaurants, 2 theatres, 3 open-air stages and the longest tropical salt water aquarium in Europe.

    Open 7 days at 11am Apr 17th-Sept 21st, Oct 10th-19th, Nov 14th-Dec 30th.

  • Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) Statue

    Langelinie 1263, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Perhaps the citys most famous landmark, the statue honouring Hans Christian Andersen can be found at the opening of the harbour. His beloved fairy tale of the Little Mermaid was first published in 1837 and this bronze statue has overlooked the harbour since 1913. It is the most photographed statue in the world.

  • Christiansborg Castle

    Christiansborg Slotsplads, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Christiansborg Castle is the fourth castle to occupy this site. Initially, Bishop Absalon, the founder of Copenhagen, built a castle on the site in 1167. The present castle was built between 1907-28 in the new baroque style. The northern wing houses the Royal Reception Chambers. The southern wing is home to The Danish Parliament and the centre of Danish politics. Visitors can also explore the subterranean ruins of Bishop Absalons Castle and Copenhagen Castle that replaced it. From the palace square, the entrance is under the tower and to the right.

  • Statens Museum for Kunst (State Museum of Fine Arts)

    Solvgade 48-50, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This is Denmark’s national gallery and is home to around 10,000 paintings and sculptures by both Danish and international artists including Rembrandt and Picasso. It was initially opened to the public in 1896.

    Open Tues & Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm, Wed 10am-8pm, closed Mondays; free admission.

  • Amailenborg Palace

    Amalienborg Slotsplads, Copenhagen, Denmark

    In the heart of town stands Amalienborg Palace. When Queen Margrethe resides in the palace, her lifeguard performs the changing of the guard in the square at 12 noon. The square is flanked by four palaces and has Frederikskirken (Frederiks Church) as its focal point. Unfortunately’ most of the interior is closed to the public but you can see the apartments of Christian VII.

  • Carlsberg Brewery

    Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

    No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a sample of its famous beer. 15 million bottles of the brew are consumed daily across the globe and it is the world’s sixth largest brewery. At the Brewery’s Visitor Centre you will receive a wealth of information and of course, free samples! The Centre is located in a building dating back to 1847. It housed the old brewery and today you can see both the old horse-stables as well as a variety of exhibitions and videos displaying brewery-techniques here. It’s also home to the largest collection of beer bottles in the world, which is growing all the time.

    Open Oct-June Tues-Sun 10am-4pm, July-Sept 7 days 10am-4pm.

  • Christianshavn

    Badsmandsstraede 43, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This area is known as little Amsterdam for its waterways and the free-town or commune of Christiania in its southern section. Christiania was founded in 1971 by youthful squatters in an abandoned military barracks. Hippies, artists, and political activists moved in and settled there. Today many of the barracks 1000 inhabitants are by young artists who live in tax-free bliss. 500,000 people visit annually. Attractions include restaurants, coffee bars, shops and music venues. There are guided tours of Christiania on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, and everyday from June 26th to August 31st. All tours depart at 3pm.

  • The Round Tower

    Købmagergade 52A, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Completed in 1642, this tower was commissioned by King Christian the 4th. It’s Europe’s oldest functioning observatory and stands 35 metres high. Walk round and round the spiral ramp leading almost to the top and then climb the last few steps and step outside where you’ll see great views across Copenhagen. It’s a really popular spot with visitors to the city and is still used by astronomers as well. Inside the tower you can also see the bell ringer’s loft where lots of old astronomy equipment is on display.

    Open 7 days, May-Sept 10am-8pm, Oct-April 10am-5pm, mid Oct-mid March Tues/Wed 7pm-10pm.

Entertainment in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen_entertainmentWhether you’re looking for a small bar, a busy nightclub or a live rock music venue, Copenhagen has something for you.

Throughout the city you’ll find a great selection of bars, with some of the most popular places located in the city centre, Vesterbro, and in Nørrebro around the Blågårds Plads area.

In Vesterbro, much in the way of nightlife can be found along three of the area’s main streets. These are Enghavevej, Istegarde and Vesterbrogade. Once known primarily as Copenhagen’s red light district, this area now boasts lots of bars, gastro pubs and clubs, as well as one of the city’s best live music venues, Vega.

Around the city centre, you’ll find a lot of places to drink and dance in the Straedet area, which is comprised of two main streets, Kompagnistraede and Laederstraede. There are some popular spots along the streets of the Strøget area too, and around the Rådhuspladsen, close to City Hall and Tivoli.

Entertainments in Copenhagen

  • Vega Musikkens Hus

    Enghavevej 40, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Here you’ll find both the Ideal Bar and Vega music venue and club. The Ideal Bar is small enough but there are lots of couches and low tables to sit at, as well as a long bar with high stools. Popular with a young local crowd, this bar hosts events like poetry slam nights that are fun, even if you can’t understand what’s being said. Lots of bands from all over the world play in Vega, one of the best places in the city to see live rock music.

    Open Wed 9pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 9pm-5am.

  • The Dubliner

    Amagertorv 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Live music every night of the week and TVs showing all the major sporting events are just some of the reasons why this bar in the city centre is such a popular spot. The big dome shaped skylight sheds some natural light on the inside seating area, which hosts a mix of long benches, tables and couches. Outdoor seats are available too. Specials of the day are offered here.

    Open Mon-Thurs 10am-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 12pm-1am.

  • The Viking House

    Vimmelskaftet 49, Copenhagen, Denmark

    As well as a foosball table and TVs showing major sporting events, this bar also offers a lot of cheap drinks offers. All shots are the same price, as are all the various cocktails and pints on offer. This long, narrow bar has lots of places to sit and is handily located right in the heart of the city centre.

    Open Sun-Thurs 12pm-5pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-9am.

  • Rosie McGees

    Vesterbrogade 2A, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This bar is close to the city centre and a great place to get a drink after a day of wandering around. On Fridays it does a selection of drinks promotions. Every day a musician plays acoustic guitar inside and from Monday to Saturday, there’s a DJ at night. Spread over 2 floors, Rosie McGees has 4 bar areas and 3 dance floors, one of which vibrates. The upstairs section is open on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a busy and popular place, with lots of red leather couches and elaborate fixtures. There’s a large selection of beers and spirits, with cocktails on offer too. TVs dotted throughout the bar show major sporting events.

    Open Mon-Fri 12pm-1am, Sat 12pm-5.30am, Sun 12pm-4.30am.

  • The Moose

    Svaertegade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Slightly off the beaten track but still close to Strøget, this bar is small and smokey inside. It has a great atmosphere and friendly staff. While you have a drink at the long bar lit up with fairy lights, check out the drawings all over the walls. Happy hours are long here, lasting from 9pm to closing time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    Open Mon-Wed 1pm-6am, Thurs-Sat 1pm-7am, Sun 1pm-3am.

  • The Scottish Pub

    Rådhuspladsen 16, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Check out the backpackers’ nights held here on Monday and Tuesday nights to sample some of the great drinks offers and meet a huge number of travellers from all over the world. There’s live music 6 nights a week, a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, and specials on cocktails and shots. Brave souls can try one of the pipes, which hold 4 litres of Carlsberg, more than enough to have you dancing up a storm all night.

    Open Mon-Thurs 4pm-3am, Fri-Sat 4pm-5am, Sun 4pm-2am.

  • Café Pavillionen

    Bargmester Jensens Alle.k, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This is a summer only outdoor café with local bands and a disco (Wed-Sat) providing entertainment. On Sundays concerts are held followed by tango lessons and dancing until midnight with no cover charge.

    Open from May-Aug.

  • Park Cafe

    Osterbrogade 79, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Lose yourself in this huge club with 2 dance floors, a live music hall and rooftop patio. It also has a drinks menu of an arms length, and a diverse selection of food. Several times a week, Park presents live music, and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you can boogie through the night. Be prepared for queues though, which begin at 11pm.

    Open Sun-Wed 10am-2am, Thurs 10am-4am, Fri-Sat 10am-5am.

  • IN Bar

    Narreg 1, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Enjoy the cheap drink and dancing here. The cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays includes an open bar.

    Open Sun-Thurs 10pm-5am, Fri-Sat 10pm-10am.

  • Mojo

    Longangstraede 21 C, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This bar is situated just behind the Town Hall and not far from Strøget. Blues and jazz are played throughout the year. Happy hour is from 8-10pm with cheap draught beer. Warms-up bands start at 9.30pm, before the main band of the evening. There is a cover charge at weekends.

    Open daily 8pm-5am.

  • The Australian Bar

    Vestergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

    This Australian theme bar has pool tables, a disco from Thursday to Saturday and frequent live music. The variety makes it quite popular, and cocktails and Australian beer are served. On Thursday nights all drinks are 10DKK and the entrance fee is 30DKK.

    Pool bar open 4pm, disco open 10pm-5am.

  • Rust

    Guldbergsgade 8, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Situated in an area with a high student population, this is the ultimate venue for all clubbers with a host of resident DJs. The club houses a venue, two dancefloors, a bar and a cocktail lounge called Livingroom. Top name American bands frequently play here. The dance area starts after 11pm from Wednesday-Saturday. Both the staff and guests are friendly. Beer is 20DKK per bottle for the local brew Tuborg and cover charge is 25DKK after 11pm so get there early!

    Open Mon & Tues 7.30pm-2.30am, Wed-Sat 7.30pm-5am.

  • Souls Kitchen and Bar

    Vestergade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

    A good place to start if you are in search of cheap beer with draft beers costing 10DKK. They have billiards and other games to while away the hours. The food in the kitchen upstairs is also reasonable but a reservation is recommended.

General Info about Copenhagen, Denmark

Visa Requirements
EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. South Africans need a visa for tourist visits. Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US do not, provided their stay is shorter than 3 months.

The currency used in Copenhagen and in the rest of Denmark is the Danish Krone or DKK.

Danish is the official language of Copenhagen. English and German also widely spoken.

Copenhagen has a mild maritime climate. This means it’s generally cold in winter and warmer in summer. During January and February, the coldest months, temperatures sometimes drop below zero. Usually, the city gets snow in winter. July is both the hottest and wettest month, with August and September also quite wet months. Temperature highs tend to hover around 18ºC.

Medical Care
Denmark offers free medical care for illness or following an accident. Foreign visitors are also entitled to this.

Time Zone
Copenhagen is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET) which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Opening Hours
Shops are generally open Monday to Thursday from 10am-7pm, with late night shopping on Fridays until 8pm. Shops are open from 10am-5pm on Saturdays. A small number of places open on Sundays.

Banking hours are usually Monday to Friday from 9.30am-4pm, with late opening on Thursdays until 6pm.

Tourist Offices
The city’s main tourist office is the Wonderful Copenhagen Tourist Information centre. It’s located at Vesterbrogade 4A, close to Central Station and Tivoli Gardens.

Denmark has a 25% rate of Value Added Tax. However, you can get VAT refunds when you leave the country, if you’re a resident from outside the EU. This covers items over 300 DKK. Some of the major department stores offer tax free shopping.

Currency Exchange
The bank at Copenhagen Central Station is open for money exchange every day from 8am to 8pm. Exchange bureaus on Strøget also provide currency exchange services but generally charge up to 10% commission. Most banks charge some commission too.

It’s easy to get cash from the ATMs located all over the city.

The electrical current used in Copenhagen is 220V, with a 2-pin plug.

Cities in Denmark don’t have their own separate city codes, so for local call you should include all the digits in the telephone number. From outside Denmark, add 0045 to the local number.

You’ll find a lot of public phones that take prepaid phone cards. You can buy these at post offices and kiosks, with different numbers of units available for different prices.

Post Office
The main post office is located at Tietgensgade 37, behind Central Station. Its opening hours are Monday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.

In general service charges are included in the bill. However, it is considered polite to round up to the nearest 10 DKK in restaurants and for taxis.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.

In Denmark they take place on January 1st, April 12th, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May 24th, the first Monday in June, June 5th and December 25th and 26th.

It’s a good idea to check what’s happening in the particular area you’re heading to as well, as certain towns and cities also shut down during special events.

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