Why go: Copenhagen is clean, safe and burgeoning with restaurants, bars and the beautiful people who frequent them. Canals and cobblestone streets add to the Danish capital's already plentiful charms.
Where to stay: Persian carpets and Balinese furnishings decorate the sleek but cozy rooms of Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden; a complimentary Scandinavian breakfast sweetens the deal. Rooms from around $170; hotelguldsmeden.com.
Where to eat: At Herman, chef Thomas Herman reinvents traditional Danish dishes: Here, liver pâté becomes seared foie gras with cherries, endive and nougatine.