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Fancy half an avocado with chilli oil and baked almonds, or lactose-free yoghurt with homemade berry compote? It’s known locally as the “kissing bridge” as, before its two halves were joined in the middle from each bank of the harbour, it looked like two lovers reaching for a kiss.Then wend your way to Christiana (20) – a commune established in 1971 when a group of hippies took over an abandoned military barracks.The 5A bus takes 30-35 minutes to the city centre; a taxi takes about 20 minutes to downtown and costs approximately DKK250-DKK300 (from about £30). If you’re pushing the boat out, one of Copenhagen’s oldest hotels, D'Angleterre (27) (dangleterre.com), which dominates Kongens Nytorv square, oozes quality with its beautifully decorated rooms (in muted colours, of course) and the staff’s quiet but old-fashioned courtesies. Staying there The Square (25) (thesquarecopenhagen.com) overlooks City Hall Square (1) so couldn’t be more central, and the minimalist rooms are compact but comfortable. The generous serving of beef tartare (DKK100, about £11.50) is a bargain.
The area is a colourful collection of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries and cheap organic cafés.
LEGO (6), Denmark’s most famous export, has its flagship store here and children of all ages can assemble toys and buy box sets that aren’t available elsewhere.
Most Stroget shops are open 10am-8pm daily (11am-6pm Sunday).
Back in the square, notice the statue of its most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen.
With City Hall to your right, turn right into Regnbuepladsen and then left on Longangstraede, which leads into Magstraede (8) and Snaregade (9), two of Copenhagen’s oldest streets.