Copenhagen’s main attractions – such as Nyhavn Canal and Tivoli Gardens – are classic places of charm where to relax and enjoy good food and a few drinks. A liveable city, Copenhagen also offers plenty of waterside hangouts that let you soak in the sun and – literally – watch life sail by. This year’s newcomers include the Bridge Street Food Market (located across from legendary Paper Island, which is currently being redeveloped) and Reffen, a combined craft and street food market currently developing in the city’s former shipyard-turned-creative-zone, Refshaleøen. For more watering holes by the harbour and urban beaches in Copenhagen, check out our full hangout list here on the website.
Some of Copenhagen’s most spectacular events by the waterfront this year include the Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championship where you can watch daredevil skydivers swoop down on the lakes in Copenhagen with last-minute twists and turns (24-26 August 2018) and the Redbull Cliff Diving World Series where some of the world’s top names within cliff diving plunge 27 metres into the cool waters of the harbour from the roof of the city’s waterside opera house (25 August 2018). Throughout the summer, the wharf by the Royal Playhouse – called Ofelia Plads – also buzzes with activity and features open-air classical concerts and vinyl-spinning deejays. Jazz also runs in the musical veins of Copenhagen, and the city hosts one of the world’s largest annual jazz festivals (6-15 July 2018) with more than 1,200 concerts citywide, many of them open-air and free of charge.
New home for DAC
This year, the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) has inaugurated its new waterside home. Designed by Dutch star architect Rem Koolhaas, the building (called BLOX) is also home to offices for companies working with sustainable urban design and architecture. BLOX additionally features a harbourfront café and a pubic terrace with scenic views. The new building is located next to the Royal Library’s Black Diamond extension. The opening exhibition at DAC spotlights design for the home. Also try taking the harbour waterbus and explore Copenhagen’s dockland developments and changing skyline.