Do you also usually skip the places near your home when you go out?
I've never been to any of the pubs or restaurants in the street in Prague I lived on, not even in the theatre 100m away from our apartment (what a shame!). And the situation is not too much different for me while living in CPH. But as long as I bike everywhere, I don't really mind -- because biking to visit an awesome place is like having two awesome things together!
I prepared this short guide for you guys who are planning to visit Copenhagen. I always take my guests here, and as my friends keep coming since I've moved here, these places have really proven themselves in the past year.
WHERE TO GO
It's pretty clear to me that places such as Little Mermaid or Nyhavn belong to any tourist's starter pack, but let's just have a look at something you might not find in a paperback tourist guide.
to the Amager Strand - I've fallen in love with Copenhagen beach and it doesn't matter whether it's summer and I can sunbathe or just walk by the quayside and admire the winter wonderland. I even like the overall grayness of the area in winter months - gray sea, gray sky and the modern functional architecture bringing nature closer to the people and vice versa. Benches, paths for roller skaters and cyclists, piers looking at the sea, outlooks - all these things look gorgeous and make me happy.
to Copenhagen parks - it may sound weird, but the best way how to deeply indulge in the Danish atmosphere is to take a picnic basket, a blanket and go to a park and enjoy the sun. Whenever it's more than 10 degrees outside, Danes put on their short sleeves, grab a sixpack of Carlsberg and occupy every single free piece of a lawn. And you know what? -- Maybe there is really something to it. Me and my bf love to go to some of cph parks after work, take a pizza and beer with us and enjoy the nice weather (while it lasts!).
You can also sit by the canal at the library (The Black Diamond), around Islands Brygge, Kalvebod Bølge or near the Opera and there are plenty of free deck chairs all over the length of the canal where you can just chill out, or even swim in the canal if you want.
check out some culture - I would really recommend visiting Lousiana gallery located just 40 km away from CPH for sure (you can get a combined train+gallery ticket in the central station). If you don't have much time and wanna save some money, go to SMK - National Gallery of Denmark - with the largest collection of art in DK. Except for current exhibitions, the entrance is free. I'd also recommend Arken - Museum of Modern Art, located in Ishøj Strandpark 20km south of Copenhagen, but maybe I have enjoyed the bike trip to the museum and the artsy shop more than the actual museum itself, I guess :) The entrance is around 110 DKK.
to Malmö - I must say that except the airport, I have not been to Malmö, yet. However at least for half of our guests, Malmö was the highlight of their stay in my place (which is kinda sad), so I think I can recommend Malmö with a clear conscience. You can either take a bus or buy a ticket at the CPH central train station for approx. 100 DKK and the journey takes approx. an hour one way.
to Superkilen and Red Square - photogenic stripes on the ground, red walls, pink paths for pedestrians make this place a superb location for outfit photoshoots (in case some blogger is reading this). This place's got a lot more--it offers many functional designer pieces from world designers, such as a Czech bench, a Marrocan chess tables, Dutch bike stands and a bike pump, grills ready for preparing food - just bring your own coal, meat and a sixpack and chill out with your friends.
WHERE TO EAT:
Serenity Cupcakes - the best and cutest cupcakes you've ever eaten! And so is the interior reminding me of a doll house. This place is also great for those who don't like sweets that much - thanks to the delicious coffee they serve! But check out the opening hours - they're closed on Mondays, and during the week they're open only from 12.00 til 18.00.
Streetfood on Papirøen (Paper Island) - an old industrial hall full of food stands with huge variety of meals, music, deck chairs outside to enjoy your meal and sun at the same time. Many people, many bikes. Perfect place by the canal with a true Danish atmosphere to relish good weather after work with friends. Be sure to try the pizza slices, egg wraps (if your prefer a gluten-free option) or if you eat meat, definitely go for Pølse Kompagniet hotdogs!
Meatpacking district - the summer weekend market with similar concept to Streetfood, but smaller and closer to the center of a town, in Vesterbro. A former slaughterhouses area is being rebuilt into a popular spot to hang out for young (and hungry) Danes. I'd recommend vaggie pancakes 'Crêpes', they cost around 60 DKK. You can also find a nice selection of permanent restaurants here from organic BioMio, to Mother's pizza, Mikkeller's brewpub Warpigs, burgers, cocktails and some upmarket venues.
Joe and the Juice - if you don't know where to grab a quick sandwich or coffee in the city, Joe is the place you need. They've got a few branches around the city and except for snacks and coffee they also offer great smoothies. The only con I see about Joe is that it's a bit pricy - e.g. my fav avocado sandwich costs 54 DKK.
Torvehallerne - Danes love this concept of food market and hanging out with friends, eating, drinking or just chillin'. Torvehallerne are two big halls full of stands with food, where you can either eat something or buy some international goods and cook them at home. My bf recommends Ma Poule's duck confit sandwich - a big French baguette with soft duck meat, which costs almost the same as my beloved avocado sandwich at Joe's.
Neighbourhood Organic Pizza and Cocktails - super crunchy organic pizza with unusual ingredients. My fav one is Potato Brie (since it's the only veggie one on their menu), but these crunchy cuties are a bit pricy--they go for 145 DKK.
The Coffee Collective - a transparent coffee place / roastery, whose dream is for a coffee farmer in Kenya to obtain the same status and living conditions as a wine grower in France. You can find them in Torvehallerne mentioned above, or in Frederiksberg on Godthåbsvej, in a very nicely furnished branch, with wifi and a nice view of roaster machines.
Grød - my beloved place in Nørrebro, near to Superkilen. I love their seasonal risotto, porridges, lemonade and all those breakfast goodies. The prices are quite average for Denmark and the only problem with this place is that it might be overcrowded, all the places occupied and porridges sold out, so hurry up! They offer brunch until 3pm. but the dinner is served only from 5pm.
All in all, there are plenty of awesome places where to go or eat in Copenhagen, and it doesn't have to be the traditional ones like the Little mermaid, Christiania or Nyhavn. Next time I might prepare a shopping guide to CPH or where to go to see some interesting architecture n CPH if you want.
Just let me know in comments below.
dress and cardigan: H&M // jeans: Mango // shoes: Vagabond // belt: COS