Top 5: Copenhagen

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Consistently ranked at the top of “Most Livable City” surveys, Copenhagen, Denmark has become one of Europe’s most fashionable and hip destinations. Forget The Little Mermaid—stroll the historic center’s endless pedestrian-only streets, marvel at centuries- old colorful buildings, and explore the countless local designer stores.

A city populated with what seem to be thousands of models, Copenhagen is centered on aesthetics: a beautiful harbor, a fairytale-like downtown, a sleek metro system and plenty of hygge (Danish for “coziness”). What more could one ask for?

Best Place to Dance: Although “it” places in Copenhagen seem to last no more than three months at a time, ZEN Nightclub undeniably takes the crown when it comes to dancing. Catering to a mixed crowd, ZEN fuses sensual Asian textures with simple,
Scandinavian sensibility. World- renowned DJs, exotic dancers, and magicians abound to create one hell of a night. Dress fashion-forward. Nørregade 41, 1165 Copenhagen K. Th 10-2/Fri-Sat 10-4. www.zen.dk

Coolest Neighborhood: Bohemian-chic Nørrebro, located just over the lakes from the historic center on Nørrebrogade, is heavily populated by immigrants. Arabic signage clashes with traditional bakeries, making for interesting streetscapes. Elemegade is home to numerous dive bars, locally owned designer stores, and innovative cafes such as The Laundromat (wash your clothes over hot lattes). Cross streets: Nørrebrogade/Elmegade

Hottest restaurant: Ranked this year as the world’s best eatery by S. Pellegrino
World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Noma skips foie gras and focuses on local ingredients, reinventing Danish cuisine like never before. Keeping it light and simple, Noma is more about providing you with an experience, not just a full stomach. Strandgade 93, 401 Copenhagen K. Tel: +45 3296 3297. Lunch: Tue-Sat 12-4, Dinner: Tue-Sat 6:30-10. www.noma.dk

Local’s favorite hangout: For years cozy Oscar Bar and Café has been the heart of
Copenhagen’s LGBT community. Always filled with locals and visitors alike, it’s more of a restaurant/cafe by day but on weekend nights, she gets rowdy. Rådhuspladsen 77, 1550 Copenhagen K. Tel: +45 33 12 09 99. Daily: Mon-Sun 12-2. www.oscarbarcafe.dk

Most romantic spot: The Canals of Christianshavn are a little reminiscent of
Amsterdam (minus the brothels and fannypacks). Just two stops away on the metro from central Noerreport station, the area is home to an interesting mix of wealthy businessmen, hippies, homeless people, and artists. Strolling by quaint 18th century churches and adorable brownstones on waterways, it is easy to fall in love with Christianshavn.

About The Author

I'm a 23 year old half American/half Dane living in San Francisco, CA. Just moved here from Copenhagen, Denmark where I was living since 2004. I'm currently enrolled at the University of San Francisco double majoring in both International Business & Marketing. I'm looking to make new friends here in the city and network my way around. Interests of mine include writing, travel, culture, cooking, training at the gym, hiking, clubbing, urban planning/development, skyscrapers/architecture, and mostly importantly backpacking. Every year I try to travel as much as I can, I guess it's my passion in life and what makes me happiest. Outgoing and extroverted, I've also got a nerdy side for example I'm OBSESSED with Skyscrapers and everything Asian. Favorite kind of music is house/electronica, favorite food is probably Thai, and favorite comedians are...(yeah, I know ;-) Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers.

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