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Pocket Guide to Copenhagen

Before you go

Read: Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg is a detective thriller set in the Danish capital that also takes a look at the country’s post-colonial history.

Watch: Nordic noir has produced some fine TV in recent years. “The Bridge” and “The Killing” both shine a light on the darker side of Copenhagen.

Listen: Danish songwriter Agnes Obel has one of the most beautiful voices around. Her soft-spoken pop songs are quintessentially Copenhagen

When you’re there

Skuespilhuset, Copenhagen

Eat: Mother, a pizza restaurant in the very cool Meatpacking district, is always worth a visit. As is Manfreds, from the chefs behind the world’s best restaurant, Noma, which is also in the city.

Drink: Lidkoeb and Mikkeller & Friends are just two examples of Copenhagen’s burgeoning bar and pub scene. Light and airy, they also show off something else Scandinavians do well: great interior design.

Sleep: Located minutes away from the city’s incredible food market, Ibsens Hotel is a great place to rest up. A small hotel with big rooms, in a central location. What’s not to like?