Best Christmas Markets in Europe: how to get there and where to stay
While there are countless options around Europe for a dreamy Christmas weekender, our pick is the wonderfully festive Copenhagen. Even without the plethora of pop up Christmas markets scattered across town and the scent of sweet glØgg (mulled wine) drifting through the cool air, Copenhagen is a dream destination. A foodie hub that truly understands flavour and good quality produce, an aesthetically stunning city with happy, kind natured people all around fully embracing the new trending phrase – hygge. The capital of Denmark has allure all year round but the famous Tivoli Christmas garden makes this a December trip worth taking.
What to see
Tivoli Gardens: https://www.tivoli.dk/en/
Tivoli is undeniably one of the biggest draw cards of Copenhagen at Christmas. They take Christmas markets to a whole new level. Incredibly entertaining rides and amusements aside, the set up itself is truly magical. Glittering lights, towering pine trees, scents of mulled wine and hot chocolate throughout and an atmosphere that will impress even the grumpiest scrooge. Go once, twice, three times if you have to – it’s worth every whimsical minute.
Join the locals and skate through the Frederiksberg Gardens from noon to night. Skating is free, you just need to BYO skates or rent them cheap on site. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, especially with little ones. Let’s hope you’re lucky enough to pirouette as the snow is falling down.
Where to Eat
Amass (http://amassrestaurant.com/) is one of Copenhagen’s top dining experiences. They are passionate about adopting a holistic approach to food, ensuring their menu is 90% – 100% organic and free of pesticides, earning them a gold organic certification. Created by previous Noma chef, Matt Orlando, who has worked in several esteemed establishments around the world, Amass is certainly a culinary sensation and one worth visiting on your trip to Copenhagen. Booking in advance is a must.
Baest (http://baest.dk/en/) is a more local, neighbourhood favourite but a tremendously fresh and tasty option for dinner. Serving up charcuterie, cheese and pizza of an incredibly high quality. Their house-made artisanal cheeses are made of raw jersey milk from a nearby farm and their insanely good mozzarella is hand-stretched daily and served only a few hours after it’s been made. Their pizzas are creative, the cocktails are perfect and the atmosphere is exactly what you’d want for a neighbourhood restaurant. If only it was at the end of our street…
Moller Kaffe and Kitchen (http://www.kaffeogkoekken.dk/galleri/): Need to cure the glogg headache with a hearty breakfast? Moller Kaffe and Kitchen is the perfect place to do so. Beautiful interiors, fantastic food and located in one of Copenhagen’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Among their offerings are homemade sourdough with whipped butter, homemade free range chicken nuggets, pepper spiced pork rolls and eggs every which way. Yum.
Where to Stay
If you desire a luxurious stay in an ideal area, Nimb Hotel is for you. Perfectly situated in the beautiful Tivoli Gardens, with park views, four poster beds and a fireplace in every room. Stay in the Suite Louise and get your very own Nimb Butler. Footsteps from one of the best Christmas Markets in the world and central to everywhere else. A perfect hotel in a perfect city.
Copenhagen at Christmas is literally what dreams are made of. You won’t regret it – trust us.