Narrow, gabled waterfront houses, a stream of boats along the canal, cobbled streets and cosy cafés – for a minute I thought I’d been transported to Amsterdam. But this is Christianshavn, Copenhagen’s canalside district. It was founded in the 17th century by Christian VI (yes him again, he was a busy boy) as part of his plan to fortify Copenhagen. And it does have an Amsterdam connection as its architecture was inspired by Dutch cities, with wide canals surrounded by warehouses and wealthy merchants houses. Today the warehouses are architects’ studios or art schools and the canals are full of yachts and houseboats. It’s one of Copenhagen’s most desirable neighbourhoods, mixing high-end and hippy style – both Michelin-starred Noma restaurant and the alternative community of Christiana are within a few hundred metres of each other. It’s the sort of place I could easily picture myself living, but for now I’ll make do with a taste of canal life with a drink on board a floating bar and window-shopping for my perfect canalside house.