City

Home to Denmark’s kings and queens for centuries – as clearly reflected in its architecture and monuments – the city centre has grown through the ages from the old town of Copenhagen to the present-day city centre. The area offers a great variety of historic buildings, museums and shops. City is also full of green areas and parks, many of which feature a playground where the young ones can run around while the adults can enjoy a cup of coffee. And the metro stops right in the middle of it all.

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What to see

1. Anemone Teatret
For more than 30 years, Anemone Teatret has entertained children and adults with performances in its small theatre. The theatre also has a small cafe and play area that are open before and after performances. Most shows are in Danish. 

Nørreport Station
Suhmsgade 4, 
1125 Copenhagen K
anemoneteatret.dk

2. Rosenborg Castle

Do your kids dream of being a prince or princess? Then walk in the footsteps of King Christian IV through the many regal rooms and halls filled with paintings, fine textiles and precious stones. The castle is also home to the Danish crown jewels, which date back to the 1700s. A nearby cafe offers excellent views of the castle. 

Nørreport Station
Øster Voldgade 4A,
1350 Copenhagen K
rosenborg.dk
3. The Round Tower
King Christian IV left an indelible mark on Copenhagen. Among the many buildings and monuments erected under his reign is the historic Round Tower from 1642. The spiral path to the top of the tower leads to Europe’s oldest functioning observatory. From there the view over Copenhagen is fantastic. 

Nørreport Station
Købmagergade 52A,
1150 Copenhagen K
rundetaarn.dk 


4. Nyhavn

Nyhavn harbour is a popular tourist destination that also offers attractions for children. Here, you can enjoy life by the water. For example, a number of ice cream parlours sell large waffle cones that you can enjoy while sitting with your legs dangling over the edge of the canal’s walls. During his life, Hans Christian Andersen had residences at three different buildings on the harbour: numbers 18, 20 and 67. To burn off some steam – head down Havnegade and hop on the trampolines while enjoying the sea views. 

Kongens Nytorv Station
Nyhavn,
1051 Copenhagen K
5. The Children’s Worker’s Museum
At the Children’s Worker’s Museum, children can discover what it was like to be child during different eras from the late 1800s to the 1980s. They can dress up in historic clothing, type on an old typewriter or try their hand as an errand boy/girl. 
 
Nørreport Station
Rømersgade 22,
1362 Copenhagen K
 
6. Botanical Garden
Discover one of the city’s most beautiful gardens and its abundance of small hills, waterfalls and exotic flowers and plants – and, of course, the Victorian Palm House atrium. The Botanical Garden also has its own small outdoor cafe with a seasonal menu. 
 
Nørreport Station
Øster Farimagsgade 2B, 1353 Copenhagen
7. Changing of the guard
Immerse yourself in the royal atmosphere at Amalienborg Palace Square. Soldiers of the Danish Royal Guard stand guard in their large bearskin hats, while a statue of King Frederik V on his horse overlooks the proceedings from the centre of the square. If you have the chance, drop by at 12 noon to witness the changing of the guard. 

Kongens Nytorv Station
Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 Copenhagen K
 
8. Harbour buses
There’s something special about seeing Copenhagen from the water. As an alternative to the canal boat tours, you can hop on one of the yellow boats known as the harbour busses. A trip only requires a standard ticket for public transport and each paying adult can bring two children under the age of 12 with them for free. The routes 991 and 992 sail between Refshaleøen and Teglholmen, with a number of stops along the way, including Nyhavn and Copenhagen Opera House at Holmen. You can also bring pushchairs or prams with you. 
 
Kongens Nytorv Station 
You can find the harbourbus timetables at dinoffentligetransport.dk

Where to play 

9. The playground at Hauser Plads
Just a stone’s throw from the busy pedestrian street Købmagergade, you’ll find Hauser Plads. This square in Copenhagen’s old medieval city has a playground reminiscent of a futuristic Teletubby landscape. The square is particularly well-suited for smaller children, who can try balancing on small stumps.

Nørreport Station
Hauser Plads, 1127 Copenhagen K
kk.dk/legeplads

10. The playgrounds in Ørstedsparken
Ørstedsparken is a park with two playgrounds. The largest of the two is located alongside Israels Plads square. Here you’ll find an obstacle course, animal spring rockers and other facilities encouraging play. The park’s other playground is located alongside Nørre Farimagsgade and is staffed by professionals Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 17:00. Kids can play ball games in the fenced play area or dig in the large sandbox.

Nørreport Station
Nørre Voldgade 1 and opposite to
Ahlefeldtsgade 16,
1358 Copenhagen K
kk.dk/legeplads

11. Legepladsen på Nikolaj Plads
This pleasant playground is located close to Strøget. In the summer, restaurants next to the playground offer outdoor seating.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Nikolaj Plads, 1067 Copenhagen K
kk.dk/legeplads

12. The King’s Garden
The King’s Gardens, known as Kongens Have in Danish, is home to a small natural playground. A little vegetable garden was also recently established here and the free puppet theatre Marionetteatret performs twice daily during the summer. Not far from the playground is a little cafe that sells ice cream.

Nørreport Station and Kongens Nytorv Station
Entrances from Gothersgade, Sølvgade and Kronprinsessegade.
parkmuseerne.dk/kongens-have/
marionetteatret.dk

Where to eat 

13. Torvehallerne
Since 2011, the food market Torvehallerne has offered an array of gastronomic experiences in the city centre. The market is teeming with local foodies with their families and tourists in search of a delicious refreshment. The market’s two halls have more than 60 stands.

Nørreport Station
Frederiksborggade 21,
1360 Copenhagen K
torvehallernekbh.dk

14. Boulebar
Boulebar is a little piece of France in the city centre. Here you can play petanque (known as boules in French) at the pits in the bar’s basement. Upstairs you can enjoy southern French bistro cuisine and a southern French brunch is served on the weekends. If you would like to learn more about playing petanque, you can book a guide at the bar to assist you.

Nørreport Station
Nørregade 18,
1165 Copenhagen K
boulebar.dk

15. Copenhagen Street Food
The approximately 40 stands located at Papirøen (Paper Island) serve food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere.
Opened just a few years ago, it has already become a hit among locals and tourists. If the sun is shining, enjoy your meal with a view to the canals and the busy city. Papirøen will be permanently closing on 31 December 2017.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14 hal 7 and 8,
1436 Copenhagen.
You can walk from Nyhavn to Papirøen over the new bridge.
copenhagenstreetfood.dk 
16. Sporvejen
Sporvejen is a restaurant decorated as a replica of a historic Copenhagen tram. The menu includes homemade burger and omelettes.

Nørreport Station and Kongens Nytorv Station
Gråbrødretorv 17,
1154 Copenhagen K
sporvejen.dk

17. A.C. Perchs Thehandel
This small tea shop opened its doors back in 1835 and today offers more than 150 varieties of tea. The shop also has a tea room that serves afternoon tea with traditional English tea sandwiches, scones and cakes.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Kronprinsensgade 5, 1st floor
1114 Copenhagen K

perchstearoom.dk

18. Mormors café
Mormors (Grandmother’s), located on Bredgade close to Amalienborg Palace, serves sandwiches, smoothies and bakery products. You can also purchase food to-go here.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Bredgade 45,
1260 Copenhagen K
mormors.dk

Where to shop

19. Magasin du Nord
Magasin du Nord offers a wide-ranging selection of products that spreads over seven floors. If you’re on the lookout for children’s clothes, you’ll find this department on the fourth floor. Right next to the children’s clothing department is a toy store with its own carousel. You can enter Magasin directly from the metro station.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Kongens Nytorv 13,
1095 Copenhagen K
magasin.dk

20. Illum
A landmark Copenhagen department store for more than 120-years, Illum has a large children’s clothing department featuring Danish and international brands. Illum is also home to the British toy store Hamley’s.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Østergade 52,
1100 Copenhagen K

illum.dk

21. Sømods Bolcher
This historic sweets shop churns out more than 50 tons of hard candy every year. The sweets are made by hand – just as they have been since the shop opened in 1932.

Nørreport Station
Nørregade 36,
1165 Copenhagen K
soemods-bolcher.dk

22. Børnenes Boghandel
With more than 40 years in business, Børnenes Boghandel is the oldest children’s bookshop in Denmark. Here you’ll find a wide selection of books for children of all ages.

Nørreport Station
Købmagergade 50,
1150 Copenhagen K
facebook.com/boernenesboghandel 


23. Astas
Astas is a small children’s shop where you will find toys and children’s clothes inspired by past eras.

Kongens Nytorv Station
Nikolaj Plads 11,
1067 Copenhagen K
astas.dk