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Les Clefs D'Or

Your Key To Copenhagen As the Locals Do

What makes Copenhagen a very special place?  In my opinion, it is the easy accessibility of this charming historical capital with meandering and idyllic canals that can be enjoyed to its full within a relatively short distance.  There is no better way to explore Copenhagen than on a bike riding through the different neighbourhoods just “as the locals do”.

Known for its unique designs and spectacular architecture, Copenhagen has a diverse blend of magnificent historical buildings, palaces, cobblestone streets alongside outstanding contemporary architecture combining sustainable high tech solutions with cutting edge livable urban spaces.  Since 2000, Danish architecture has entered a new golden age with internationally acclaimed local architects such as Henning Larsen (Opera House) and Bjarke Ingels (8tallet, VM Mountain, Amager Bakke) leaving their mark on Copenhagen as well as the rest of the world. 

Travel magazines describe Copenhagen as the “coolest kid on the Nordic Block” and I can only agree.  A culinary revolution by the Nordic restaurant pioneer Noma has led the city to become one of the top gastronomic centres in the world.  Michelin stars and reviews are shining in our capital as never before.  In Copenhagen, you will not only be able to experience fine dining and sophisticated cocktail bars, but also urban industrial areas such as The Meatpacking District and the Street Food Market both offering a variety of atmospheric, trendy and hip dining venues.

Denmark and Copenhagen are also recognized for its modern and timeless interior designs.   HAY and Normann Copenhagen are just a couple of representative brands that stand out in the current interior design scene. 

Here is a list of some of my favourite places in the city:  

Beau Marche – a cozy intimate café and wine bar located in a hidden court yard which can be easily missed unless you know it´s there.  Beau Marche offers a simple French classic menu and this is my favorite secret escape when I am in need of a refreshing salad and a glass of fine wine. 

Breakfast – Mirabelle/The Union Kitchen/Mad og Kaffe – The breakfast scene in Copenhagen has really evolved the past several years and here are three favourites worth visiting: Mirabelle, The Union Kitchen and Mad og Kaffe.

Kødbyen – “The Meatpacking District” – A fashionable and creative area filled with restaurants, bars, food markets, art galleries and shops.  Nose2Tail is an extremely tasteful and casual gastropub located in a chic industrial setting.  Do not be surprised if your waiter serves you a complimentary shot of Fernet Branca (bitter herbal liqueur) to get you in the mood.

Værnedamsvej – Known as the Little Paris of Copenhagen, this neighbourhood is marked by small streets connecting Frederiksberg with Vesterbro and it is filled with an incredible amount of charm and atmosphere.  You will find everything from specialty food stores, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and wine bars.

Kadeau –Focusing on the Nordic kitchen and local ingredient from the Danish “Summer Island” of Bornholm, the Micheline awarded Kadeau offers a creative regional inspired menu based on exquisite craftsmanship and fine quality ingredients. 

Enomania – Headed by Italian Chef/Sommelier Damiano Alberti, this Italian bistro near Frederiksberg Park has become one of the best Italian kitchens often visited by the top gourmet chefs in the city.  Its name means ‘Wine Mania’ and its wine cellar comes with a table for tasting the excellent list of over 600 bottles mostly from Piedmont and Burgundy.  These wines are great complements to the tasty Italian dishes featuring a daily 4 course menu of excellent value. 

Holmens Kanal Cocktail Bar –As if walking back in time to the 1920´s Great Gatsby era, Holmens Kanal Cocktail Bar is absolutely one of my favorite bars in the city. 

Brønnum –Newly opened cocktail bar from the people behind the award-winning Ruby´s and Lidkoeb, Brønnum is their newest addition located in a historical building with an inner courtyard open during the summer season.

Being able to guide our guests to seeing and exploring places which may not always be obvious and expected is my passion and to get a smile back in return from our guest saves my day.

Meet the Author
Jonas Knudsen

My hotel career began at the Radisson Scandinavia Hotel when I was hired as a Bell Boy in 2001. Within a couple of years, I was assisting the Concierge Desk during the summer season under the wings of long time Les Clefs d’Or Member, Mr. John Jensen.

In 2003, I accepted the Concierge position at the newly opened Copenhagen Marriott and have been at the hotel ever since. Over years, I was promoted to Assistant Head Concierge and then as Head Concierge. Besides having a great passion for food and cocktails, I am very active and enjoy sunny days on the golf course; therefore, I have many recommendations for local golf courses.

Copenhagen Marriott

Located in the city centre on the banks of the canal, Copenhagen Marriott Hotel is Denmark’s largest hotel with 402 spacious and fully-equipped rooms and luxury suites featuring five-star interiors and five-star service.

The rooms of Copenhagen Marriott overlook the city to one side and the canal to the other. Every room is furnished with the classic Marriott bed featuring luxury pillows and linens, which has become the hallmark of Marriott hotels worldwide.

At Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the Midtown Grill restaurant while savouring the most beautiful sights on the canal.

As our guest, you have access to our fitness area featuring sauna and steamroom. From the Copenhagen Marriott, you will be able to enjoy a one hour guided Canal tour directly from the waterfront as well as a direct pick-up for all operating bus tours at the entrance of the hotel (from May to September)

There are also city bikes available for rent for guests wishing to explore Copenhagen on their own.


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