Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, Copenhagen by some means seems only to have grow to be more thoroughly itself. With restrictions long gone (they were lifted in January) and summer at hand, the town’s outdoor spaces, designed to extract every little bit of joy from summer, have multiplied. There are more harborside spots to sip wine and swim, while devotion to environmental sustainability has generated a completely latest hangout for the green-minded. The Danish fetish for buttery pastries has transformed itself right into a veritable eruption of recent bakeries, while the broader dining scene — already world class — has grow to be larger and higher. And in a city where bikes already constitute the first approach to transportation, Copenhagen is preparing for its cycling apotheosis: The Tour de France starts here on July 1.
For the primary time in history, the Tour de France’s Grand Depart begins in Denmark, with a 13-kilometer time trial through the streets of Copenhagen before moving on, during Days 2 and three, to stages that start farther west in Roskilde and Vejle. On June 29, the competing teams can be presented first on a ride through the town after which in a special event, complete with live music, at Tivoli Gardens. The primary day’s race ends at Copenhagen’s city hall, but a giant cycling-themed party will happen in Fælledparkenon Days 1 and a pair of, with live music, bike games for youths and enormous screens for watching. On the morning of July 2, the route will open for cyclists of all skill levels to bike a “Tour de Copenhagen.”
But that can hardly be the one celebration. Danes love a festival, and so they are greeting a summer calendar that’s once more filled with them with palpable relief. This 12 months, all of the old favorites — from the heavy metal paroxysms of Copenhell and smooth vibes of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival to the gastronomic excesses of Copenhagen Cooking to the highbrow discussions of the Louisiana Literature Festival are back, and have been complemented with latest additions like Syd for Solen. But the largest of all — more rite of passage than mere festival — is Roskilde, which takes place June 29 to July 2. This 12 months it would try to channel all that pent-up energy with a postponed Fiftieth-anniversary celebration and the biggest roster — 132 acts, including Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, Post Malone and the Strokes — in its history.
What to see
Several of Copenhagen’s cultural institutions used the pandemic to complete long-planned improvements. The Danish Design Museum, which for some time was mainly a warren of rooms stuffed with chairs, reopens on June 19 after a two-year restoration, with an exhibition on how design can address global challenges like climate change and pandemics. And considered one of Europe’s finest collections of Nineteenth-century French art got a latest showcase earlier this 12 months when Ordrupgaard debuted its latest wing, underground but open to the sky, on the sting of the town.
But perhaps essentially the most topically relevant renewal is the Freedom Museum. Formerly called the Museum of the Danish Resistance, it was destroyed by arson in 2013, and has been entirely rebuilt from the bottom up. Its interactive exploration of how Germany’s largely unobstructed takeover of Denmark in 1940 steadily transitioned into energetic resistance that sabotaged German weapons and mustered a volunteer fleet of fishing boats to spirit the country’s Jews to safety makes for an especially poignant lesson lately.
Where to eat
Spurred perhaps by two long lockdowns during which takeaway coffee and cake were among the many few pleasures left, the town that invented the Danish (though here they’re called wienerbrød) has entered a latest Golden Age of pastry. There’s now an independent, chef-led bakery in almost every neighborhood, and infrequently long lines stretching down the sidewalk. A few of the newest to try: Albatross & Venner, Benji and Ard — and that’s not counting Apotek 57 and Studio X, two cafes attached to different design shops, where additionally they do some mouthwatering in-house baking.
The remainder of the dining scene is flourishing as well — possibly just a little an excessive amount of. For all its acclaim as a global dining destination, prepandemic Copenhagen still had a tough time convincing its locals that restaurants were for greater than just birthday celebrations and weekend date nights. But since restrictions lifted in January, they appear to have gotten the message; suddenly places in any respect levels of the food chain are fully booked most nights.
Luckily, there’s a slew of recent places to fulfill the demand. Chef Christian Puglisi’s groundbreaking Relæ and his natural wine bar, Manfreds, each closed throughout the pandemic, but from those losses, three exceptional spots have risen. At Koan, housed in what was Relæ, the chef Kristian Baumann injects a few of the flavors and techniques of his Korean heritage into his precision-cut Nordic cuisine, for dishes like a plump, peppery mandu with fjord shrimp or a baked Jerusalem artichoke served with a luscious langoustine cream. Across the road, within the cramped, convivial space that was Manfreds, its former chef, Mathias Silberbauer, serves joie de vivre at Silberbauers Bistro, together with relaxed Provençal cooking with an emphasis on bracingly fresh seafood and soul-satisfying comforts like onion tart and white bean stew.
After a residency at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the chef Jonathan Tam returned to Copenhagen and opened Jatak, an intimate jewel of a restaurant designed by his wife, Sara Frilund, where the refined dishes — delicate curves of raw brill twinned with sweet steamed pumpkin; strips of endive whose crisp bitterness is each enhanced and softened with a housemade sesame sauce — are a deeply personal reflection of Mr. Tam’s Cantonese background, his a few years as head chef of the vegetable-forward Relæ, and his commitment to local produce.
Latest dining neighborhoods are also emerging. Tucked right into a postage-stamp of a forest on the town’s southwestern edge, Banegården used to accommodate Copenhagen’s railway works, however the timbered buildings have now been repurposed by green food businesses, including a farm shop, a locavore restaurant and, yes, a bakery — one with excellent croissants and a commitment to sustainability so serious that there are not any disposable cups; you possibly can only get takeaway coffee via a deposit system for the thermos-style cups.
But perhaps essentially the most exciting transformation is of the stretch along the southern end of the town’s lakes. At Propaganda, Youra Kim’s Korean fried chicken, all stickiness and spice, is already iconic, and it, in addition to her other high-voltage dishes, just like the knockout grilled white asparagus and tteok, pairs well with the impressive choice of natural wines. And at Brasserie Prins, which manages to be cozy without tipping over into twee, the American-born chef Dave Harrison draws on his time cooking in Paris to make some very old-school French dishes — plush quenelles in sauce Americaine, a crisp pan-fried veal brain, even a stalwart île flottante — by some means seem utterly modern.
Where to remain
A city that has long lagged in interesting places to remain is finally catching up by transforming architecturally interesting spaces with history into inviting latest hotels. A former university constructing centrally situated behind the Round Tower, has been transformed into 25Hours Copenhagen (starting at 1,296 kroner, or about $182, double occupancy), where the colourful rooms offer a pleasant visual break from all that Scandi minimalism, while the town’s former post office, across from Tivoli Gardens and Central Station, has morphed into the stately Villa Hotel (rates start at 2,331 kroner). Kanalhuset (also starting at 2,331 kroner) has turned a canalside home within the very hygge neighborhood of Christianshavn right into a beautifully designed apartment-hotel that provides optional communal dinners each night. And two latest places offer an excellent more individualistic experience: the brilliant, welcoming houseboat Kaj (starting at 3,000 kroner), which comes with its own kayaks for guests to make use of, and the intensely chic the Darling (starting at 7,440 kroner), which showcases Danish design and is hung with works from a changing roster of acclaimed local artists.