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Places

Short stop in: Copenhagen

Experience Copenhagen’s coveted work-life balance with our guide to work, shopping, working out and good food in the Danish capital. Just hop on a bike and you’ll quickly get around the city like a local.

A morning run

The most popular routes circle the lakes. They’re centrally located no matter where you start in the city and it’s impossible to get lost. Customize the length of the route according to your fitness and level of ambition by running around one or all of the lakes. Do the whole lot and you’ll have covered 6.3km.

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Breakfast

Start your day at the cozy Sidecar on Nørrebro, which serves a hearty breakfast from 8am featuring everything from eggs and toast to chia pudding and croissants. Luxury bakery Mirabelle is the place for outstanding pastries and coffee from 7am. Grød on Jægersborggade offers the city’s hippest porridge, while the fantastic Granola on ­Værnedamsvej serves breakfast and coffee Parisian style.

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Lunch

Like most cities, Copenhagen has a large variety of cuisines to try at lunchtime – whether you’re after Vietnamese, Mexican or just a good burger. If you want a truly unique Copenhagen lunch experience, a classic open-faced sandwich at the bustling Aamanns 1921, washed down with a hand-crafted beer, is a must.

Aamanns

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Afternoon work

High-speed WiFi, power outlets for your devices and great coffee are available at ­Paludan Bogcafé on Fiolstræde, an oasis for freelancers and students alike. Bevar’s on Ravnsborggade is a great retro-chic place to spend a couple of hours behind the screen or, if you’re planning to work through the day, buy a work pass in the cool, open workspace Republikken.

Republikken

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Shopping

Skip Strøget and instead take a trip to the neighborhood around Grønnegade, Gammel Mønt and Pilestræde, where historic buildings form a framework for fancy shops specializing in interior design, fashion and beauty. There are also wonderful bars and cozy cafés. Once you’ve finished ­shopping, relax in the King’s Garden park.

Photo: Fiskebaren

Dinner and more

If you want to eat well and then go straight to bars and clubs, visit Kødbyen, Copen­hagen’s old meatpacking district and the hippest all-night hangout in the city. Eat fish and seafood at Fiskebaren, barbecue at KUL or Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates at ­Gorilla. Once you’ve eaten your fill, make your way to Jolene to party. And if you’re in the mood for a great bar atmosphere or want to dance the night away, check out nightclubs KB3 and KB18.

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