Editor's Choice - Our recommendations for 2023
In Editor's Choice, the different editors of Visitcopenhagen take turns in recommending 5 places on their personal bucket lists for the coming month. Published once a month, Editor's Choice is a great chance to get an insight into how the local Copenhageners use the city.
Written by Julie Horn
Student assistant and part of the editorial team behind VisitCopenhagen.
February. The last month of the winter season, and the last month before we transition to, hopefully, more sun and less rain and wind. But before we give in completely to the temptations of spring, we have five recommendations for what not to miss in February. There's something for the culture vultures, the pastry lovers, and those who like to squeeze in a glass of wine.
Fastelavnsboller for everyone
In Denmark, we celebrate Fastelavn in February, which is (sort of) the Danish equivalent of Halloween. As the pastry-loving nation we are, we have a traditional pastry for this festive occasion. It's no secret that Copenhagen has some of the most talented players in the Fastelavnsbolle game. Bakeries of all sizes have been coming up with their own creative interpretations of the popular pastry. Over the past few years there's been a fierce competition to create the best Fastelavnsbolle of the year. Are you up for finding your personal favourite? Check out our bakery guide for some of Copenhagen's best bakeries.
Play & Learn
Are you tired of dusty old museums where you are not allowed to express your curiosity by touching, or feeling? Fortunately, Experimentarium has a solution. Here it is all about touching, fiddling and playing your way to knowledge. The more curious you are, the better. Right now, Experimentarium has a special exhibition called The Science Behind Pixar, where you can delve into the science behind Pixar's popular and groundbreaking animated films, including Toy Story and Find Nemo.
Wine with a view, please
What better way to unwind after a long day than with a good glass of wine? And even better a good glass of wine and a beautiful view of the charming canals of Copenhagen? Klase Vinbar is located in the neighbourhood of Sydhavnen (The New South Habour) and has the beautiful location on the first parquet of the Copenhagen canal. The people behind Klase Vinbar have a strong passion for wine and offer a wide range of wines from Spain, France and Italy. Check out our guide to find some other of Copenhagen's loveliest wine bars.
A unique digital sensory experience at ARKEN
February is the month of great cultural experiences, and many museums are opening their doors to new exhibitions this month. One exhibition I'm particularly looking forward to is Refik Anadols: Nature Dreams at ARKEN, just south of Copenhagen. The exhibition is based on the internet and social media's representation of nature, which influences our common idea of what nature is and what nature looks like The exhibition will be open from 10 February to 27 August 2023. Use our guide to get inspired for your next museum experience.
Dynamic light installations in the Copenhagen nights
The Copenhagen Light Festival takes place in February and brightens up our otherwise dark days as the winter is getting to an end. This year the festival consists of 35 light installations, and if you want to be part of the light exhibition itself in an even more emerging way, you can take part in the DAC Architecture Run on 17 February. You will be given an LED necklace to wear during the race, and you will thereby be participating in a kind of dynamic light installation that moves through Copenhagen. Read more about the Copenhagen Light festival here.
Written by Frederik Legind Ibsing
Student assistant in Brand & Creative and part of the editorial team behind VisitCopenhagen.
The hectic and let's be honest chaotic December is past us, and we look towards a brand new year. January is a month for resetting to wash away the old year and get both body and mind ready for the next 12 months. In Denmark, we have something we call "White January" where you treat yourself by eating healthy and taking a month's break from alcohol, which can be nice after a month of Christmas food. So let's explore what a White January can look like in Copenhagen.
Popular bakery right by the harbour
The popular Hart bakery opened a new location on Holmen in 2021 called Hart Brød+Bar. Half bakery, half wine bar with delicious organic wine. You can enjoy delicious bread and sweet cakes during the day, as you know from the bakery on Gl. Kongevej. While in the evening you can have a glass of organic wine with sourdough bread and a selection of cheeses, meat and fish. On the occasion of our white January, I'm thinking of abstaining from the wine but enjoying the baked goods and the view over to Amalienborg Palace.
Treat yourself like a Scandinavian
There is no better start to the new year than washing away the old year. And why not do it in an outdoor bath with 40-degree hot water, under the open sky, heated with wood in proper Scandinavian style? All this can be experienced at CopenHot out on Refshaleøen, where in the winter season they collaborate with the Mikkeller brewery, and is located right outside the Baghaven bar. In addition to their outdoor baths, they also have saunas and ice baths if it gets too hot. I imagine sitting in one of the outdoor baths, on a cold January evening in snowy weather.
Find peace in scenic surroundings
Not more than a 20-minute train ride north from Copenhagen lies The Deer Park. The beautiful nature park is the perfect place for peace and contemplation. It is full of forest areas, small lakes, open plains and as the name suggests a lot of animals, in fact over 2000 wild deer that you are almost guaranteed to come across there. I don't know any better way to relax than a long walk in nature and breathing in some fresh air.
Vegan dinner at Bistro Lupa
Part of a white January is also to take a step away from the fatty and meaty Christmas food, and give the body some breathing room with some healthy food, for example, vegetarian or vegan. Here, Bistro Lupa is a really good offer, which is one of the many vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Copenhagen. Bistro Lupa makes plant-based food using only local ingredients, they even have their own fungus farm. I'm thinking of trying their "Southern-fried oyster hat" which is a delicious plant-based alternative to fried chicken.
Get a different perspective of the city
With the start of a new year, it can be nice to have a good overview of things, and why not do it quite literally at the City Hall Tower at Copenhagen City Hall? Here you get well above the rooftops and get a good view of the city. It is always exciting to see one's surroundings from a different angle, and will definitely give rise to reflection.