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SEE: Time could be running out to see the 85-acre hippy commune of Christiania as government pressure mounts to close the anti-establishment village that rejected Danish laws in 1970. Although it has had problems with a flourishing drug trade, the commune remains a safe and colorful place to visit. Copenhagen's Tivoli is on a more solid footing, having been around since 1843. The gardens's mix of chocolate box architecture and amusements are said to have inspired Walt Disney's fun parks. A stroll through the city's Botanic Garden leads to one of the city's finest regal buildings, the 17th Century Rosenborg Palace, home to the Danish crown jewels. From there head through the King's Garden to the Amalienborg Palace, and the chance to glimpse Denmark's laid-back royal family or the midday changing of the guard. For more royal heritage, and a break from the city, head to Dyrehaven, a deer-filled park to the north of the city. The former red lights district and meat packing area of Versterbro still has its seedier elements, but is fast gaining a reputation as Copenhagen's Soho. For a less edgy experience, try Hans Christian Andersen's old stomping ground, the Nyhavn canal district. Join the crowds snapping a photo of the Little Mermaid statue that continues to commemorate his fairy tales despite two decapitations. Though Denmark is not renowned for bargains, Copenhagen's Stroeget, the world's longest pedestrianized shopping street is the place for souvenirs. To sample Copenhagen's cultural side, try a visit to the Royal Danish Ballet or Royal Opera. Jazz is also a major attraction, particularly during July or November when the city's numerous music clubs host the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. If you work up a thirst, head out west for a tour of the city's legendary Carlsberg brewery.

BE SEEN: Beer and bacon may be Denmark's best-known exports, but Scandinavia's smallest country also does a swish sideline in style. Being brought up in the birthplace of Lego -- the funky children's building bricks -- clearly helps develop design skills at an early age, nurturing a sleek modernist theme that makes for killer nightspots. While, Copenhagen clubbers complete the image with their own minimalist love of dark clothing, the city isn't as dour as this suggests, thanks to a steady flow of beer, schnapps and cocktails and the weekend influx of revellers from all over Denmark. Try Rust on Guldbergsgade, no longer Copenhagen's hippest hangout, but continuing to draw the crowds thanks to it simplistic décor and basement dance floor. The surrounding streets of Nørrebro are a focal point for young people and the city's immigrant population, creating a lively atmosphere that's home to a number of hotspots, including Stengade 30 -- predictably, located on Stengade -- a low-key venue where there's a nightly mix of bands and DJs. Also worth a look in is the Nørrebro Bryghaus, on Ryesgade, one of a number of emerging micro-breweries, reclaiming Copenhagen's crown as probably the best lager producer in the world! For another exercise in ultra-cool minimalism, try Barstaten, on Kapelvej, or Bang and Jensen, for a more loungey atmosphere in the boho Vesterbro district, and while you're there, drop in on the opulent Library Bar in the 92-year-old Hotel Plaza, once named by luxury listings founder Michael Forbes as one of the world's best watering holes.

EAT: The dominance of open sandwiches may be drawing to a close in Copenhagen, with the arrival of bagel bars and burger joints, nevertheless, Danish cuisine continues to flourish in the capital. For a classic taste cold Matjes herring or frikadelle meatballs, try the 18th century Café Petersborg, on Bredgade, reputedly Hilary Clinton's favorite Copenhagen restaurant. Det Lille Apotek, on Store Kannikestraede, is a slightly cheaper traditional alternative with a fish-dominated menu from a kitchen that once kept Hans Christian Andersen coming back for more. Another old-fashioned setting popular with members of Denmark's parliament is the Kanal Caféen on Frederiksholms Kanal. One of Copenhagen's top dining experiences is the Michelin starred The Paul¸ prestigiously located in the Tivoli gardens, with a menu that blends Danish fare with International ingredients. Another upmarket option, although somewhat bizarrely decked out like a submarine, is the Restaurant Godt on Gotersgade. Budget diners could try Jensen's Bøfhaus, a chain outfit with several outlets across the city, although vegetarians will be disappointed by the meat-dominated menu.



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