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Copenhagen is one of the busiest cities in Scandinavia. It is also a business hub for northern Europe with many flights, trains, and buses coming in and out non-stop all day and night. Even though Denmark has its own language, English is widely spoken here. From bus drivers, convenient store staff, or bankers, you will have an easy time communicating with the locals. If you are looking for a way to spend an evening after 5:00 pm in Copenhagen, or places to drink or eat, I have a great list coming up for you.
As a must-see in Copenhagen, you definitely have to walk around Nyhavn. This is where you will find the most iconic colourful houses and buildings in Copenhagen.
How to Get to Copenhagen in Denmark
The Copenhagen airport is just 8 kilometres from Nyhavn or downtown. You can reach downtown Copenhagen by train, bus, or private taxi. It will only take about a 15-25 minute drive depending on your chosen transportation.
The best thing about Copenhagen is how easy it is to travel around. Being a flat city, locals and foreigners alike use bicycles all the time. As a visitor, if you are planning to stay for a while, you can sign up for a rented bike at the main bus station or train station. However, if you don’t want to go through that hoops, the train and bus itself are often on time and affordable choices too. There are many bus stops and train stops around the city making it so much easier to travel around. It’s definitely one of the best local transportation I’ve seen all around the world.
Where to Eat Dinner in Copenhagen
Enjoy a very Danish lunch or dinner at Christianshavns Færgecafé. Known for its amazing service and delicious local schnapps.
If you are craving some South Asian food, Sahil Restaurant – Pakistansk & Indisk mad is a great choice. It’s also a good spot for sunset.
Of course, for vegan and vegetarian, definitely pay RizRaz a visit. They offer buffet, vegan and vegetarian Scandinavian food that you must try.
To wash down your dinner with some great and cold drinks, hit up Kayak Bar which is popular for its live music.
Kanal Bodega is a place to visit and experience how Danes enjoy a drink after work. They have plenty of choices for local beer and even international brands. It sits right next to Christianhavn metro station, making it so easy to get to.
Things to Do in Copenhagen at Night
After 17.00, I highly recommend you visit the Freetown of Christiania. Known for its very liberal culture, international culture is widely displayed here and the residents are super welcoming. There are only about 1,000 residents but always attracts visitors from the locals and foreigners.
Amalienborg is a palace in the heart of downtown Copenhagen. Even though the palace itself is closed after 17.00, the garden right in front of it is open 24 hours a day and is sitting right next to the water. Such a great view for a nice night walk.
Amagertorv is located in Strøget, the high street of Copenhagen. It’s lined with shops that are open until late and life seems to keep going until morning. Either you just want a stroll or to do some shopping in a convenience store, it’s your go-to place any time after 17.00.
For some adventure and exciting things to do, Tivoli is open until 22.00 and even until midnight in the weekends. This is the ultimate spot for everyone. Here, there are a concert hall, art theatre, light displays, and amusement park rides such as rollercoasters. You can even find restaurants and bars here open until late.
And last but not the least, The Little Mermaid or Den Lille Havfrue in Danish. This statue was inspired by the popular Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen who wrote the book The Little Mermaid. The spot is open all night and day. The nearest metro station is called Osteport, from there it’s only a 10-minute walk.
One last tip, if you are visiting Copenhagen during Christmas, make sure to visit the Christmas market which is often located on the high street. During summer, visit Ofelia Beach which overlooks the Amalienborg.
Guide by Elizabeth | Three Week Traveler
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