1. Go on a rollercoaster at Tivoli Gardens
You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy this most famous of Copenhagen attractions. Having opened its gates in the mid-1800s, Tivoli Gardens is renowned for being the world’s second oldest operating amusement park.
Though you may not think to visit an amusement park at night, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained at Tivoli. Besides the park’s plethora of thrill-inducing rides and rollercoasters, Tivoli also offers great dining and drinking options, beautifully manicured gardens and pathways and also boasts some impressive venues that host a variety of arts and cultural performances.
From Sunday through Thursday, Tivoli operates until 11pm and stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
2. Catch a film at Vester Vov Vov
If catching a film in a charmingly restored old cinema sounds like something you’d enjoy, then make sure to add Vester Vov Vov to your Copenhagen itinerary.
The cinema often shows independent movies with limited releases that you would generally not find in mainstream cinema complexes; having refreshments in the delightful foyer cafe is very much part of the whole experience.
3. See the picture-perfect canals in Nyhavn
Though it has the potential to get rather crowded and feel somewhat overrun by tourists, Copenhagen’s postcard-worthy Nyhavn district is still an absolute must-visit destination, especially if it’s your first time in the Danish capital.
Famed for the many bars and restaurants that line its picturesque canals, Nyhavn’s atmosphere is lively. If you aren’t able to get a spot at one of the neighbourhood’s busy establishments, grabbing a Danish beer and sitting on the water’s edge as most locals tend to do, watching the world go by is just as, if not more, enjoyable.
4. Soak in the atmosphere at Christiania Beer Garden
Situated within Copenhagen’s famous hippie enclave, Christiania, Nemoland (below) is a beer garden, cafe and live music venue. Open until midnight during the week and until 3am on weekends, Nemoland is a great place to sit back, enjoy some hearty food, local brews and live music performances.
A wildly popular spot during the summer months, Nemoland is especially inviting on Sunday evenings from about 6pm when free live concerts are hosted on their open-air stage.
5. Watch a performance at The Opera House
Futuristic in its visage, the Copenhagen Opera House is a true icon of the Danish capital and somewhere that should be visited by anyone who loves opera and theatre in general. The Opera House’s main stage is able to accommodate up to 1,400 people, and together with its second stage, the Opera House hosts an always impressive variety of top-rated performances.
In addition to the excellent shows you can catch at the Opera House, the Restaurant Kost & Mask, which sits at the top of the Opera House’s 14 storeys, serves up an ever-changing selection of mouthwatering dishes, with the fare equally focused on vitality as on taste.