Your weekend guide to Copenhagen: 21 – 23 August

Got your bags packed for a city break to Copenhagen this weekend? Whether you’re a foodie, an art fanatic or just looking forward to getting away, there’s tons to do and see in this lovely Scandinavian city.

We’ve got your essential guide to the Danish capital right here:

1. Copenhagen Art Week, 21-30 Aug

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Over 50 museums and galleries have put together installations and activities celebrating contemporary art across Copenhagen. Check out the programme and choose from tons of events, workshops and exhibits.

2. Grab lunch at Paper Island

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Sitting smack dab in the middle of Copenhagen Harbour, this tiny island is home to a handful of industrial buildings turned cultural hotspot. After grabbing a bite in the dining hall, which features food trucks with street food from around the world, have a drink in a cosy lounge chair with waterfront views or explore the art galleries and cafes.

3. Copenhagen Cooking, 21-30 Aug

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Image credit: Nicolai Engel

Alternatively, take advantage of the city’s annual food festival, starting today and celebrating fresh local and seasonal produce. Taste food from Copenhagen’s best restaurants, take a cooking class, or sample the best craft beers.

4. Wander the streets of Christianshavn


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The pretty cobblestoned streets are reason enough to explore this trendy neighbourhood. It’s the one with those classic colourful Danish row houses and quaint houseboats along the canal. Rent a row boat and take to the water, check out hippie enclave Christiania or do it up in style at 2014’s number one restaurant in the world, Noma.

5. Go out in the Meatpacking District

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While it’s a bit more low key than its counterpart in New York City (and still an actual meatpacking district during the day!), Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District is a trendy place for a night on the town. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but has tons of cool restaurants and quirky bars.

6. Relax in the Royal Library Garden

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Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Alex Berger

Of course check out the amusement park in the popular Tivoli Gardens, but if you’re looking for something a bit less touristy, try the Royal Library Garden. Tucked in between The Royal Library and Christiansborg Palace, this “hidden” garden offers plenty of breathing space if you need a moment away from the buzzing city life.