Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Copenhagen

Fri Mar 6, 2009 12:48pm EST
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By Gelu Sulugiuc

COPENHAGEN (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore the charming Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the city that will play host to the International Olympic Committee in October.

FRIDAY 6 p.m. -- Start your evening with dinner at Den Lille Fede (Store Kongensgade 17, +45 33 33 70 02), a chilled-out restaurant with creative French and Mediterranean food at reasonable prices in a quiet interior courtyard off one of Copenhagen's main arteries. On the way out, walk one block to Amalienborg Square and gaze upon the futuristic Opera House on Holmen Island, rising in stark contrast across the water from the venerable Amalienborg palace, the Queen's winter residence, and Frederiks Church. Also known as the Marble Church, tourists can climb into its magnificent dome for a view of the city skyline at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.

9:00 p.m. -- Get a drink at Orsted (Norre Farimagsgade 13, +45 33 93 65 75). Danes are known for their Carlsberg and Tuborg beers, but in recent years they have acquired a taste for microbrews and this bar has a wide selection on tap and in bottles.

11:00 p.m. -- Check out Copenhagen's club scene, spiced up lately by semi-exclusive parties such as Laekker (literally translated, "hot" or "good-looking"), where top DJs spin tracks in little-know clubs or, on occasion, in secret locations (

Laekker is notorious for attracting celebrities such as Mick Jagger and for once denying entry to Denmark's Princess Mary and model Helena Christensen (although they were later smuggled in through a back door).

If there is no Laekker party during your time in Copenhagen or you can't get in, head to the down-to-earth club Culture Box (Kronprinsessegade 54A, +45 33 32 50 50) and dance away to electronic beats.

If you'd rather just chill out, get a taste of the fading aura of Copenhagen as a 1970s jazz mecca at La Fontaine (Kompagnistraede 11, +45 33 11 60 98), a smoky dive featuring live jazz bands that jam until the wee hours.   Continued...

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