Enjoy live music, sports, food and a few drinks at Copenhagen’s many outdoor hangouts
The city’s classic canalside hangout. Vintage schooners and busy eateries line the oldest section of the city’s manmade waterways. Nearest metro station: Kongens Nytorv (M1, M2, M3 lines)
One of the world’s oldest and most magical amusement parks, located in the heart of the city. Note the gardens has a wide music program including Admission. Nearest metro station: Rådhuspladsen (M3 line). Info here.
The public park has recently been re-designed to help the city withstand climate change. Here there are courts for ballgames, playgrounds, rose gardens and a winter ice skating rink. The park is also known for its summer concerts. Design aficionados can discover the re-created pavilions originally designed by legendary Arne Jacobsen. Nearest metro station: Enghave Plads (M3).
Nørrebroparken / Superkilen
Partially stretching along the green bike route that connects Nørrebro with Frederiksberg, Nørrebroparken is a popular family hangout with ballgame courts and playgrounds. A hipster haven, Nørrebro also offers plenty of cafés and eateries. Following the bike route, you’ll reach Superkilen, an urban park designed with elements representing the many nations of the citizens in this multicultural neighbourhood. Nearest metro station: Nuuks Plads (M3)
Refshaleøen (the shipyard)
Fast becoming the city’s new hangout for urban explorers and anyone into good food, music and the arts, the city’s former shipyard has a number of winter offerings, including the Reffen street food market (info here), a 7,000m2 contemporary arts centre (Copenhagen Contemporary, info here), the Broaden & Build food hall (info here) and the Mikkeller barrel room (Baghaven, info here).
Fast becoming the city’s new hangout for urban explorers and anyone into good food, music and the arts, the city’s former shipyard is now home to a 10,000m2 street food and design market (REFFEN, info here), a 7,000m2 contemporary arts centre (Copenhagen Contemporary, info here) and several other alternative watering holes, including (Halvandet, info here), the Broaden & Build beer and food hall (info here) and the Mikkeller barrel room (Mikkeller Baghaven, info here).
The city’s famous alternative-living district. Events and concerts are hosted in the freetown year-round. During the summer months, there are free outdoor concerts every Sunday. Nearest metro station: Christianshavn (M1 + M2). Info here.
Bridge Kitchen Street Food Market
The Bridge Kitchen Street Food Market located on the Christianshavn side of the inner harbour foot bridge. Opens for the summer season in late March or early April. Info here and on Facebook here.
Frederiksberg Garden is one of the city’s grandest public parks. Here you can drift downstream in rowboats, visit a 200-year-old Chinese temple where you can enjoy lunches – and even have a view of the roaming elephants in the next-door zoo. Nearest metro station: Frederiksberg Allé (M3).
Karma Kajen / Kayak Republic
One of the city’s most popular watering holes, Kayak Republic is a combined kayak rental, harbour bar and event location with regular free concerts and happenings. Event info here. Kayak rental here.
Copenhagen’s Food Halls (Torvehallerne)
Copenhagen’s covered food halls feature a gumbo of artisanal stalls, food bars and open-air events. Located at Israels Plads. Open Mon-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 11:00-17:00. Frederiksborggade 21. Nearest metro station: Nørreport (M1 + M2) Info (in Danish) here.
An old waterfront warehouse is being converted into a new food and event location – surrounded by construction sites in the city’s fast-developing docklands. A great pit stop for those biking the Harbour Circle bicycle route. Opening in June. Beach bar, dancing and street food. Address: Østre Teglkaj. Info here.