Street smart: Stroget, Copenhagen

THE longest pedestrian street in Europe is packed with cool design shops, historic monuments, cosy cafes and effortlessly stylish Scandinavians. Begin your walk at Radhuspladsen and don't stop until you reach the postcard-pretty waterways of Nyhavn. Although Stroget is one long stretch, the street name changes every few blocks. Don't worry, it's pretty hard to get lost if you follow the path.

CAFE EUROPA 1989

ON THE Amagertorv stretch of the Stroget (said to be the hub of the universe, according to Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard) this trendy cafe evokes the grand traditions of the best Parisian bistros, Roman coffee houses and Spanish tapas bars to create a Copenhagen classic. Drop by in the evening to warm your cockles over a steaming bowl of delectable hot chocolate but try not to be too psyched out by the inherent gorgeousness of your fellow cafe-goers. In the land of the Vikings, statuesque blonde beauty simply comes as part of the DNA package.

Amagertorv 1; +45 33 14 28 89; europa1989.dk.

JORCKS PASSAGE

PART Alice in Wonderland, part Harry Potter and yet thoroughly Danish, this enchanting historic shopping arcade looks like it was designed by a family of hobbits. There's not a chrome-and-glass shopfront in sight and what a sweet relief that is. Instead you'll find antique brass lamp fittings, stone cherubs and perfect acoustics should you feel compelled to break into a rendition of Wonderful Copenhagen in between shopping for old books, designer threads and delicious handmade chocolate truffles. A fantasy world apart.

ILLUM

HERE in the cosmopolitan heart of Copenhagen it would be easier to find a needle in a haystack than a daggy local. Danish people — especially those in the capital — pride themselves on decking out their bodies and homes in the finest Danish design and global goodies. At chic department store Illum, browse for fashion and homeware souvenirs while keeping an eye out for Prince Frederik and Princess Mary and other members of the royal family, who are known to pop in for a wee spot of retail therapy in between ship-christening duties.

Ostergade 52; +45 33 14 40 02; illum.eu.

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THE ROUND TOWER

BEST Kodak moment: from the top of the historic Round Tower (pictured above) take in the panoramic view across the yellow-stone rooftops of old Copenhagen. Said to be the oldest working observatory in Europe, the tower is heaven for amateur astronomers and the scene of more than one declaration of star-crossed love. Built in the 17th century, the tower is famous for its bottom-to-top spiral ramp in place of stairs. It's also the venue for classical music concerts and even an annual unicycle race.

Koebmagergade 52A; +45 33 73 03 73; rundetaarn.dk.

KONGENS NYTORV FLEA MARKET

IF IT'S Saturday morning, head to the Kongens Nytorv square on the Stroget for some flea-market haggling. Second-hand porcelain and estate jewellery are the pick of the bunch here. The best time to visit is in December, when the yuletide spirit takes over and otherwise sane grown-ups lay down fistfuls of kroner to buy Christmas tree decorations in the likeness of the Little Mermaid. Happy holidays.

Kongens Nytorv Square; see visitcopenhagen.com for more details.

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