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Miriam Gradel

Miriam Gradel

Contributor, Copenhagen

Based in Copenhagen, Miriam is an international multimedia journalist writing about culture, design, science, technology and exceptional people. As a former bartender and avid traveller, she’s a walking Wikipedia of spirits knowledge and cocktail bar recommendations.

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The 20 best things to do in Copenhagen

The 20 best things to do in Copenhagen

You could spend a week in Copenhagen and never run out of things to do, but even three days is enough to take in much of the city’s culture. The best way to do it? Hire a bike. The attractions here are close together enough to walk, but a bike is the done thing here. Trust us.  Once you’ve got your two wheels, you’re good to go. Start with some of Copenhagen’s world-leading museums and galleries, before getting lunch at one of its fabulous food markets. Have afternoon drinks by the river, book dinner at one of its best restaurants, and spend the evening exploring its ever-expanding nightlife scene. And we’ve got everything you need right here on our itinerary. Here are the best things to do in Copenhagen.  RECOMMENDED:📍 How to spend a perfect weekend in Copenhagen🍸 The best bars in Copenhagen🏘️ Where to stay in Copenhagen🛌 The best Airbnbs in Copenhagen This guide was last updated by Miriam Gradel, a writer based in Copenhagen. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The best bars in Copenhagen right now

The best bars in Copenhagen right now

Here for beer, wine, cocktails or spirits, Copenhagen will pack a punch. As a former professional bartender, I’ve sipped my way through some of Europe’s biggest cocktail capitals, and I’m continuously baffled by how many cool, independently owned and genuinely brilliant bars this small city has to offer. Luckily, with fairly lenient alcohol rules and good support for entrepreneurship, more are popping up all the time. For cocktails, Copenhagen is a frontrunner, with bars like K-Bar and Ruby pushing it onto the global map, but you’ll find some seriously innovative craft beer and natural wines getting slung out here too. Copenhagen can be expensive, owing to the high tax rate, but it all gets fed back into society, so the quality of life (and drinks) stays high. The venues on this list are bars I keep returning to – some have inspired me to think differently as a bartender, others have helped me beat midnight deadlines, and more than a few have welcomed me as a regular. Here are the best bars in Copenhagen right now.  RECOMMENDED:🍽️ The best restaurants in Copenhagen📍 The best things to do in Copenhagen🏛️ The best museums in Copenhagen💃 The best nightlife spots in Copenhagen🛌 The best Airbnbs in Copenhagen This article was written by Miriam Gradel, a journalist and bartender based in Copenhagen. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

These three women are redefining what solo travel looks like in 2023

These three women are redefining what solo travel looks like in 2023

The life-changing magic of seeing the world solo is well-documented. Travel bloggers and influencers reel off its virtues as an empowering and life-affirming act; one that opens our eyes to the world’s dizzyingly diverse cultures. But, despite travel’s power to widen our worldview, there’s a distinct lack of diversity in the voices that dominate the discourse around solo travel. Scroll through posts tagged ‘solo travel’ on TikTok and Instagram and it seems the majority of artfully framed sunset shots and travel tips videos tend to feature a certain type of traveller: young white women.  But, as these three inspiring women prove, solo travel is for everyone. Dorothee Hildebrandt is a 72-year-old grandmother cycling from Sweden to Egypt to influence people to travel sustainably. Kiyonah Mya Buckhalter is a Muslim Niqabi woman carving a space out for herself in the predominantly white world of travel influencing. And Jessica Nabongo is the first Black woman on record to travel to every country on the planet – all before she reached 36. For International Women’s Day 2023, we spoke to them all about their experiences of seeing the world solo. Photograph: Courtesy of Dorothee Hildebrandt/Time Out Dorothee At the age of 65, Dorothee Hildebrandt decided to devote her retirement years to travelling the world and fighting for the environment. In 2022, aged 72, she successfully cycled from her home in Sweden to COP27 in Egypt. She’s now on her return journey. ‘I grew up in Germany a