10 best things to do in Copenhagen after dark

Feb 16, 2018

Long recognised as a thriving centre of Scandinavian arts and culture, the Danish capital offers both its inhabitants and visitors an exciting abundance of unique things to see and do.

While many of Copenhagen’s highlights are best enjoyed during the day, the city boasts more than enough fun and eclectic nocturnal activities to entice night owls.

Here are our top 10 picks of things to do in Copenhagen after dark, so you’ll know where to go once the sun sets.

Go on a rollercoaster at Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli gardens rollercoaster

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.

Catch a film at Vester Vov Vov

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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.

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See the picture-perfect canals  in Nyhavn

nyhavn night

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.

Soak in the atmosphere at Christiania Beer Garden

nemoland in copenhagen

Situated within Copenhagen’s famous hippie enclave, Christiania, Nemoland (above) 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.