For a romantic couple’s weekend, Copenhagen has a lot to offer: Less crowded than Venice, cleaner and quieter than Paris, it has old world charm, pretty bridges over historic canals, and restaurants to lose yourselves in. Here are three contrasting options for a Valentine’s city break that allow you to choose a classic, old-fashioned stay, an offbeat, quirky weekend or the chance to snuggle up in a luxury seaside hotel.
1. Classic weekend
Feel part of Copenhagen’s fairytale heritage by staying at Hotel Opera, decorated in an old-fashioned, English manner and hidden under the famous arches of Det Kongelige Teater, where Hans Christian Andersen once tried to find his fortune.
Continue the theme by booking tickets to see the Royal Danish Ballet perform August Bournonville’s ‘A Folk Tale’ at The Royal Danish Opera House (Operaen) that plays throughout February. It’s the one with the bridal waltz, and has it all: Graceful nymphs, a demonic underworld and a fairytale set design.
Dine in seclusion at nearby restaurant 1 t.h. (the name means first floor on the right). This gourmet private dining experience should be booked well in advance, however, as your personal invitation to the ten-course culinary adventure is posted to you—and paid for—beforehand.
2. Offbeat romance
Romantic lodging doesn’t have to mean staying at the most expensive hotel in town: Try instead the unique floating hotel CPHLIVING, whose 12 maritime rooms are located on board a canal boat, and remain close to the water.
Before you depart, remember to make reservations at gourmet Thai restaurant Kiin Kiin’s special ‘Table 9’; this private table allows for a more private dining experience, in the luxurious surroundings of the world’s only Thai restaurant to possess a Michelin star.
3. Hole up in a country inn
If your perfect Valentines weekend means never leaving the hotel, book a romantic suite (pictured) at Skovshoved Hotel – a 17th-century coaching inn that has been impeccably renovated to a four-star hotel with 22 individually-decorated rooms, most with sea views. The hotel is particularly proud of its gourmet restaurant, which regularly receives favorable mentions from both Condé Nast and the Michelin guide. It’s located just north of Charlottenlund, an affluent suburb of Copenhagen; a cab ride into the city will take less than 30 minutes.
Image of romantic suite courtesy of Skovshoved Hotel.