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COPENHAGEN

With a canal culture to rival Amsterdam’s and catching up with Paris for Michelin stars, the Danish capital makes for a winner of a short break in one compact package. We explore one of Europe’s most stylish cities to discover design shops and funfair rides, cocktail bars and coffee shops – plus the most beautiful sandwich of all time

The Perfect Weekend

@AliceBraham • PHOTOGRAPHS SARAH COGHILL @SarahCoghill1

MAP ILLUSTRATION: NIK NEVES

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS BA, easyJet, Norwegian and SAS fly to Copenhagen from the UK (from £60, from Gatwick; norwegian.co.uk). A Copenhagen Card gives you admission to 74 museums and attractions, including Tivoli Gardens, and transport by train, bus and Metro; £35 for 24hrs, £48 for 48hrs; copenhagencard.com

The View

The sun is setting over Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s most famous canal, the bright gabled buildings gradually taking on a golden hue. The cobbled street is busy with people enjoying an alfresco drink under leaning umbrellas, and a group of students sits on the quayside, legs dangling, discussing what they’ve seen at the Denmark Design Museum, just a short stroll away. Built in the 17th century to link the harbour to the city centre, the canal was once a thriving commercial port and red-light district, but now bars and restaurants occupy the former houses, their tables and chairs spilling out onto the pedestrianised harbourfront.

A wander along the promenade reveals not one but three former homes of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen – he lived variously at numbers 20, 18 and 67. Celebrate the Hans hat-trick with a Mikkeller craft beer, best enjoyed while watching the tethered sailing boats bob gently in the canal.

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