Copenhagen is famous for its bicycle culture and cycling locals. In Denmark, you learn to ride a bike long before you learn anything else. One could compare how Danes feel about their bike to how Americans feel about their car. Most Danes remember the birthday when they got their first two-wheel bicycle. It is the ultimate freedom. And it is also fun, easy, healthy, eco-friendly and cheap, if you opt for a regular city bike. In Copenhagen, a bike is not just a bike though.
Do you have a bare spot on the walls at home, or are you looking for the perfect souvenir from Copenhagen? Ib Antoni’s Tivoli posters and Viggo Vagnby’s smiling Danish police officer, helping a family of ducks to cross the road, have become true Copenhagen classics in many people’s eyes.
Head to North Sealand for a quieter, yet still festive Christmas experience. Try the Christmas market in Helsingør or visit an authentic farm - both Fuglebjerg and Rosendal farm hold their own markets during the Christmas season. For a full day of seasonal cheer and various Christmas activities, take yourself out to the Karen Blixen museum or some of the other Christmasy options below.
1. Because of the bikes
Daily, one-third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen ride a bicycle to work or school. Experience the city on one of the rentable bikes, from a rickshaw taxi, or on a guided bike tour.
There is absolutely no reason why you should not shop while you are in Copenhagen. The city overflows with designer shops, flagship stores, budget-friendly chains and small boutiques, but if you want it all in one place, head for the department stores or shopping centres, where you can buy almost everything you desire without leaving the building.
Shop till you drop in Copenhagen, from the newest collection hot from the hand of Danish and international fashion designers to vintage clothes and kids wear.
The infamous red light district and former working-class area of Copenhagen is actually one of the most fashionable places in Copenhagen - not just to live - but to shop, eat, drink and have a great night out. Vesterbro, situated next to the Central Station, made no.
You will find several vintage stores in Copenhagen. The vintage stores hand-pick the clothes and offer beautiful dresses and antique jewellery from another time. A different second hand concept flourishes in the city now: Luxury second hand stores. Here you can buy second hand luxury clothes, which are only a couple of seasons old.
Copenhagen offers a variety of department stores and shopping centres, which usually stay open beyond normal business hours. You will find classic department stores as well as modern ones that offer everything from shopping to cinemas. For more shopping experiences, see our top 10 Danish design guide.
When in need of groceries or delicacies, you have plenty of options in Copenhagen, from budget supermarkets such as Netto to delicatessen shops such as the ones in Torvehallerne, located right by Nørreport Station.
Head towards one of the many supermarkets in Copenhagen when in need of groceries. For discount grocery shopping, go to Netto or Rema 1000 where the choice is vast - but the queues are often long. Irma is Denmark’s oldest - and the world's second oldest - supermarket chain. Here, you will find quality products with a matching price, and at Magasin and Torvehallerne, delicatessen and exclusive good are presented in exquisite surroundings that will make you want to buy it all.
When shopping in Copenhagen, you will find that accessories play quite the part, and lots of great jewellery designers have popped up around the city in recent years. You can also get your hands on great bags from Danish designers or give your hair and skin a treat with Danish body care products.
In Copenhagen, you will find anything to satisfy your shopping urges. Many of the leading Danish fashion brands have their own flagship store in the city centre, but you should also take the time to discover upcoming Danish designers located in small boutiques around the city.
All that glitters is not gold – not when it is made by Danish jewellery designers, that is. Gold is popular, but you will also find that jewellery in silver, bronze and unconventional materials is popular among the Danes. The styles range from classic to modern - from silver jewellery by legendary Georg Jensen to Zarah Voigt, who makes experimental and theatrical jewellery out of Perspex.
Danish design is constantly developing, but is still to this day characterized by functionality, materials of high quality and a dedication to great workmanship.
If you want to explore Danish design and art at its best, Copenhagen is the place to be. From antiques and 1950s classic Danish furniture to modern day art and design - you can find it all here in the small shops, art galleries, auction houses or antique shops.