• Copenhagen

Copenhagen

17th-century Nyhavn

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Copenhagen

Of all the Nordic capitals, the Royal city of Copenhagen is definitely the trendiest and most fashionable capital of the bunch. Visitors will find an exceptional design and fashion scene, as well as innovative cuisine and internationally acclaimed restaurants (15 Michelin-starred restaurants are to be found here). There are also a lot of history and culture here – lovely traditional cobbled streets and great museums too. The beautiful Nyhaven, with its pastel-coloured houses is a gorgeous showcase of old Copenhagen. The city’s flat landscape and its relatively compact size make this a great place to ride a bike – which is what most local do as well. If coming to Copenhagen during the warmer months you can’t miss a visit to the Tivoli Gardens, right in the centre of town; a fun-filled park with popular rides that is an absolute must!

Denmark is a very tolerant and accepting country and LGBT people are well and truly welcome in every establishment. 


Gaytway Guide to Copenhagen

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  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen

    An iconic hotel, designed by celebrated designer & architecht Arne Jacobsen. Right opposite the station and the Tivoli Gardens.

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    • Explore the home of Danish Design
    • The Danes are rightly proud of their design, uber-modern and linear. There are many examples around the city, but if you want to understand the history of Danish design & architecture you should head to the DesignMuseum, which is housed in the 18th century Frederiks Hospital. Here there’s an extensive collection that includes Danish silver and porcelain, textiles, as well as the iconic design pieces of modern innovators like Kaare Klint, Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen.

    • Embrace alternative living in Christiania
    • Established by squatters in 1971, the ‘free town’ of Christiania has drawn nonconformists from across the globe, attracted by the concept of collective business, workshops, and communal living. Explore this mythical town made of whimsical eco-homes, shared gardens, crafts shop and organic eateries.

    • Enjoy a walk at the Nyhavn
    • The Nyhavn is probably the more picturesque area of Copenhagen, with its pastel coloured buildings and the boats lined along the two sides of the canal. This quaint location has attracted many sailors and writers, including Hans Christian Andersen, who lived here most of his life. Wander in one of the many cafes and restaurants along the two sides of the canal.

    • Have fun at the Tivoli
    • Built in 1843, the Tivoli park offers some pretty amusement rides, twinkling lights, old fashioned pavilions, carnival games and open-air stage shows. Check the beautiful old rollercoaster. Open during the summer months (and during the Xmas period), this is where the locals go for some traditional and quintessentially Danish fun. Most of the open air performances are free of charge, while the ones in the concert hall require admission fees.

    • The famous Little Mermaid
    • This (small) statue is over 100 years old and it’s truly a symbol of the city of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. It was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.

    • Shop along Europe’s longest pedestrian street
    • Strøget is Copenhagen’s shopping street and it’s a mecca for shoppers of all things beautiful, from the upmarket boutiques to the usual chain stores. Our favourite shop is Illums Bolinghuis, a stylish department store selling gorgeous design wares, linens and home furnishings of all sorts. Also remarkable is the Royal Copenhagen's ceramics flagship store, housed in a three-storey Renaissance house dating back to 1616.
  • Cafe Intime

    A lovely and intimate piano-bar & cafe with a retro decor and some great pianist performances with live singers.

    Centralhjørnet

    This is the oldest gay bar in Copenhagen and it's worth visiting. Fab decor and some good weekend shows (check programme on website).

    Cosy Bar

    A late-night bar with a small dance floor and DJs spinning some funky tunes. Also features shows and events.

    Jail House

    Fun jail-themed Bar & Resturant. Uniformed bartenders and prison cell seating. Very popular with bears & their friends.

    Kiss Kiss

    A very friendly and new gay bar with a good selection of spirits & also snacks. 

    Knud

    Kafe Knud is a community café in the centre of Copenhagen for all people affected by HIV, their relatives, people interested in learning more about…

    Lækkerier’s Kokken

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    A lovely gay-owned cafe - meet Kristian & John who serve a lovely selection of cakes & sandwiches. Outside terrace in summer.

    Masken Bar

    A landmark bar in Copenhagen, which is very popular and lively, especially late at night. Regular events & shows.

    Men's Bar

    A small men-only gay bar, with a friendly atmosphere. Mostly leather guys.

    Oscar Bar Cafe

    Oscar Bar Café is one of the most popular non-smoking gay hangouts in Copenhagen. Great food and great drinks.

    Peder Oxe

    A cosy restaurant serving Danish cooking with a French twist in a light Scandinavian country-style decor. Check the huge fireplace!

    Ruby

    A trendy and very fashionable cocktail bar in an old townhouse, great for meeting friends in a quiet and refined setting.

    TrykBar

    An old-style traditional bar with a lovely intimate atmosphere and mixed crowd. Shows sport events on large TV screens. Pop music.
  • G-A-Y Copenhagen

    A popular bar that turns into nightclub later on. Mixed crowd and pop tunes.

    Never Mind

    A late night bar & club with live DJ Friday Saturday - always great atmosphere and a big selection of popular cocktails.

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