Win over discerning clients in Copenhagen with concerts in Tivoli Gardens, world-leading Nordic cuisine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or traditional Danish dishes in a 19th century eatery.
Classical concerts and roller coasters
Part fairground, part cultural destination, Tivoli Gardens holds the distinction of being the most popular seasonal theme park on the planet. Its famous roller coaster – one of the oldest wooden models still in operation – celebrated its centenary in 2014. And while clients may or may not appreciate the twists and turns, they’ll certainly be impressed by Tivoli’s concert programme.
Performances take place in the grand Concert Hall, which became Tivoli’s original main attraction when it opened in 1843. Today it hosts some of the biggest names in classical music; it was the home of the Copenhagen Philharmonic until 2009, and ballets like The Nutcracker have also been performed there. The venue is adjacent to Copenhagen Central Station and just few minutes' drive from our Radisson Blu Scandinavian Hotel, Copenhagen.
Friday night rock
If your client prefers more contemporary sounds, it’s worth a second visit to Tivoli on Friday evenings. Fredagsrock has become something of a Copenhagen institution, with as many as 500,000 music fans attending the weekly gigs between April and September. Performances don't start until 10pm, but you'll need to get there early to secure a spot near the front.
The concert is free to attend once you’ve bought your Tivoli entrance ticket, and while you might not have heard of some of the Danish bands on stage, international acts regularly appear on the billing. Beth Heart, Lil Wayne and 5 Seconds of Summer all graced the stage in 2017.
New Nordic at Noma
Copenhagen has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other Scandinavian destination, and Noma is arguably its most famous. Four times ranked first on S. Pellegrino’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, it's globally renowned for pioneering New Nordic cuisine.
Chef René Redzepi uses exclusively Scandinavian ingredients in his boundary-pushing menu, with delicacies including caramelised milk and creamy monkfish liver, pickled and smoked quails eggs, and buttery shrimp with goosefoot. Each flavour and texture is developed with a unique combination in mind, and with such attention to detail it’s little wonder that you’ll need to book months in advance.
After being temporarily closed, Noma will reopen in the beginning of 2018 with a new menu. Stay tuned. (Psst! Reservations are open, so there is no reason for you to wait to book a table).
Fine dining fish and chips
Kødbyens Fiskebar is a Michelin-listed ‘fish bar’ with a 1,000-litre aquarium, but it’s the experience of trying fresh seafood while you recline on a sofa or under the outdoor canopy that really sets it apart. Oysters and shrimps sourced from Bretagne to the shores of Denmark are available from the Raw Bar, while the Hot Kitchen menu features delicately chargrilled squid and mussels steamed in a sharp apple cider. There’s even a Danish take on fish and chips: lightly smoked cod with fried potatoes and raw remoulade. Kødbyens Fiskebar is a great choice for fine dining in Copenhagen.
Schønnemann: Herring, schnapps and beer
Once the restaurant of choice for farmers in the 19th century, Schønnemann's clientele now includes world-class chefs. Having specialised in herring, schnapps and beer for almost 150 years, the eatery harks back to its roots with its wooden beams and traditional olmerdug upholstery. The must-try here is the Schønnemann Lunch Plate, which includes pickled spicy herring, minced steak with cucumber salad and fried onions, and ripe cheese with port aspic and rum to finish.