Make friends and enjoy fine dining as you explore beautiful Copenhagen | The Sun

Make friends and enjoy fine dining as you explore beautiful Copenhagen | The Sun

AS everyone at the table lets out an exuberant “Skål”, I tuck into the first of five courses.

I’m at an evening of “social dining” at Gro Spiseri, Denmark’s first rooftop farm, with sunset views – and 24 strangers.

A fairy-lit greenhouse with wood-burner keeps things cosy as we feast on mushrooms on toast, cured halibut and birch tree ice cream.

Host Rhea explains any kitchen waste from tonight will be scoffed by the farm’s chickens – and their waste will fertilise the veggies, many of which are donated to local families.

It’s an eco dream! Five courses cost £65 ( 

Home for the weekend is the Ibis Styles Copenhagen Ørestad, which opened this year and is a cool, sociable place to stay, with bright banquettes and graffiti art.

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Even better, doubles – with views over Amager Fælled woodland – cost from just £115 per night (

The next morning, I fuel up on cinnamon buns and salt muffins from the breakfast buffet, washed down with home-made ginger shots, before the Metro stop outside whizzes me into town in under 15 minutes.

Sail of the century

You’re never far from water here, so exploring by boat is a no-brainer.

With Green Kayaks, you can borrow one in exchange for collecting litter as you go (

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Head to hidden-gem Kanalhuset to try the locals’ fave, smørrebrød – AKA open sandwiches

I’m game, so slide into one at La Banchina.

This trendy bathing and sauna spot in Refshaleøen is also a great place to relax afterwards.

Bathing is free, while the sauna costs £46 for 1 hour 45 minutes ( 

Having worked up an appetite, I head to hidden-gem Kanalhuset to try the locals’ fave, smørrebrød – AKA open sandwiches.

Both the curried herring and the roast beef with hazelnuts, £8.75 each, are ridiculously tasty.

It’s traditional to pair them with alcoholic snaps, and they make their own with flavours like brown butter, and rhubarb and vanilla, £5.80 (

A 10-minute walk away is Hey Captain, a boat tour company offering “social sailing” – where you get to know your fellow passengers as well as the sights.

Once on board, Captain Nis keeps chat flowing, while pointing out traditional landmarks, like Nyhavn’s colourful 17th-century merchant houses, once home to Hans Christian Anderson, plus newer landmarks, including the city’s power plant, which has a ski slope on its roof.

Tours cost from £23 for one hour (

Vintage finds

If you’re into antiquities, Glyptotek – the collection of Carlsberg Brewery founder Carl Jacobsen – is worth a visit.

It’s a work of art in itself, with palm trees, paintings and Egyptian mummies (

The gift shop is tempting, but instead, I strike out for Jægersborggade’s indie stores, where I rifle through rails of second-hand Ganni at Tú A Tú (, and admire knitted garms at Vanishing Point ( 

I round things off at food court Broens Gadekøkken.


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The legacy of former world’s best restaurant, Noma,lives on here – and more affordably – thanks to alumni chefs serving everything from experimental tacos, £13 for three, at Hija de Sanchez, to next-level cheeseburgers, £11, at Gasoline Grill. 

As I give a chef’s kiss goodbye to the city, I know I’ll be back for seconds. 


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A Copenhagen Card costs £78 for 48 hours and covers public transport and more than 80 attractions (

Flights from the UK to Copenhagen start from £37 return.

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