Copenhagen by night

What to do in Copenhagen at night: rollercoasters, opera and more

Written by on 4th August 2020
Category: City guides

When on a business trip to Copenhagen, we know you’ll have a busy corporate schedule but will still want to make the most of your business destination. Fear not: the Danish capital truly comes alive at night as the picturesque canal glistens in the moonlight, bars and restaurants fill with locals and visitors and streets are abuzz with culture. If your days are sorted but you’re wondering what to do in Copenhagen at night, read on and make note of our handpicked recommendations.

Tivoli Gardens

What to do in Copenhagen at night? Look no further than Tivoli Gardens
Live your fairy-tale fantasy at the magical Tivoli Gardens

Ever wondered where Walt Disney gained inspiration for his world-renowned Disneyland? Always wanted to visit one of Hans Christian Andersen‘s magical worlds? Look no further than Tivoli Gardens. Both visited this classic amusement park many times during their lifetime and it’s clear to see why they kept coming back. Whether you’re a solo business traveller needing somewhere to escape and let your hair down, or you’ve relocated to Copenhagen with your family and want to treat your kids to a day at the fair, this is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen at night or during the day.

Historic architecture, lush gardens and nostalgic rides await you at Tivoli, but the fairy tale atmosphere is well and truly made after dark as coloured lights illuminate the grounds. Theatre performances, fireworks, guards’ parades and even gourmet dining can all be enjoyed so you can easily get lost in the magic of Tivoli for an entire day and we recommend that would be a day well spent.

Nearby Copenhagen apartment: Less than a ten minute walk away from Tivoli Gardens, Nygade 3 Apartment offers two-bedroom serviced accommodation perfect for a family stay.

Vester Vov Vov

If you’re looking for a unique spot to show off your local knowledge to business associates, Vester Vov Vov is the perfect place. As the numbers of chain cinemas grow year-on-year, a classic, independent picture house like this is a breath of fresh air. Showing niche films that you may not otherwise get to see, Vester Vov Vov is what to do in Copenhagen at night to expand your cinematic repertoire. Treat colleagues to a drink in the café and enjoy the gorgeously eclectic, vintage French décor before you head into the theatre for the showing.  We can assure you won’t come across such a charming city spot as this and knowing you’re helping a small, local business makes the trip even more enjoyable.

Nearby Copenhagen apartments: With one, two, three and five-bedroom apartments available, STAY Kastellet Apartments are ideal for any type of trip. Modern, spacious and chic, these apartments are the epitome of Scandinavian interior design.

The Copenhagen Opera House

The Copenhagen Opera House comes alive at night
Coming alive after dark: The Copenhagen Opera House is a treat for all the senses

A world away from the traditional, vintage design of Vester Vov Vov, The Copenhagen Opera House is one of the most modern of its kind in the world. Costing a pretty penny, Operaen (in Danish) is one of the most expensive ever built and resembles the futuristic façade of Amsterdam’s Bimhuis as mentioned in our Amsterdam by night blog. With fourteen storeys, five of which are subterranean, The Opera House is an architectural triumph. The auditorium is decorated with over 100,000 sheets of 24-carat gold leaf, the foyer is lit by three magnificent light sculptures, and the orchestral pit houses the most musicians of any opera house so even if you don’t manage to get tickets to a performance, a guided tour is mesmerising enough.

What to do in Copenhagen at night to get cultural
There’s nothing more cultural than a night at the opera

During a busy business trip it’s important to take time to relax, really get to know your business partners and soak up some Danish culture, so a night at the opera is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen at night. Every detail of the auditorium has been designed with sound in mind; from the patterns in the balcony faces, to the smoked oak flooring so get dressed up, admire the view and lose yourself in real operatic experience.

Nearby Copenhagen apartments: Charlottehaven Apartments are located near Copenhagen Harbour and feature an on-site restaurant, café and bar, fitness centre, swimming pool and sauna.

Jazzhus Montmarte

If you’re wondering where to go in Copenhagen at night for a business meeting over dinner or to celebrate the closure of an important deal, Jazzhus Montmarte is the perfect spot. An intimate setting, this cosy club offers an affordable menu of good food and wine to be enjoyed while appreciating world-class jazz. World-renowned jazz artists have graced Jazzhus over the years making this club an important part of the history of jazz and a favourite of locals and visitors alike. The café hosts top jazz performances every Thursday to Saturday, but the musical calendar is still full the rest of the week with folk or upcoming artists: there truly is something for everyone.

Ruby Cocktail Bar

One of the most talked-about watering holes in the city, Ruby has no flashy ads, signs or garish entrance but has simply relied on word of mouth to build a world-class reputation. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or a nightcap newbie, Ruby has a unique concoction for you. Don’t be fooled by its prime canal location and luxurious décor, the atmosphere is far from pretentious: the bartenders are able to whip up anything you fancy from their exhaustive repertoire and every drink is to die for. As for what to do in Copenhagen at night, paying a visit to one of the top 50 best bars in the world must make it onto your itinerary.

Nearby Copenhagen apartments: Located harbourside, Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen feature studio, one and two-bedroom apartments with private balconies and an on-site gym, pool and sauna.


Eating at Noma should definitely be added to your list of what to do in Copenhagen at night if you’re a real foodie and want to experience Michelin-star gourmet cuisine. It’s easy to see why Noma has been named the world’s best restaurant on four separate occasions: reimagined Nordic classics that change with the seasons to reflect ingredients of the moment. Expect seafood in the early spring months, a vegetable focus in summer and a game and forest season in winter, but always remember to book far in advance to avoid disappointment. If you’re planning an important business meeting or convention with top associates, consider pulling out all the stops and booking a private room to talk business over exquisite food. Otherwise, this is the perfect place to congratulate a colleague or treat a loved one when they come to visit.

Now that your schedule is packed full of all the best things to do in Copenhagen at night, it’s time to decide on which serviced apartment to enjoy them from. Other than the recommendations in this blog, Charles recently handpicked five of the best apartments in the city for business travel to choose from. Enquire now to book and for more local knowledge from our team.