My boyfriend and I spent a windy weekend in Copenhagen staying just across from the opera house with some friends, tripping over bicycles, huddled inside cute cafes, checking out fantastic stores, eating interesting Danish meals, and taking lots of photos.
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO -
Here's where the tourists go because it's simply postcard pretty. Stop off for a smorrebrod (open sandwich) and ogle the colourful buildings. Here's where you can catch a boat and take a cruise down the canal.
Kobenhavn K or downtown Copenhagen:
Lovely and totally walkable, and has about a trillion incredible design shops that I couldn't even scratch the surface if I tried. Some great spots for furniture and furnishings are Illums Bolighus, Casa Shop, Kirk og Skov and for clothing and accessories, designer boutiques such as Henrik Vibskov and Wood Wood.
In this neighbourhood, north of the city centre, you'll find local stores dedicated to every craft and cool cafes, bakeries and bars. You'll find vintage shops on Ravnsborggade. Across from hip Jægersborggade is Assistens cemetery, it's a very scenic walk and where the godfather of fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen is buried.
Superkilen is an awesome public space where architecture meets design and art. It reflects the diversity of Norrebro, one of Denmark’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods and has three interesting colour coded zones filled with interactive furniture and artefacts.
This self governing hippie enclave was founded in '71 in the middle of the city and little has changed since. Visit for a view into the alternative society within a society. It has eco restaurants, workshops, interesting art installations, colourful murals and architecture unlike the rest of the city. Oh and you won't be able to take photos in the "green light district" for good reason.
Copenhagen is made for cyclists - it's flat, easy to navigate and rather picturesque.
EATING AND DRINKING -
Lanterne Rouge: Cute new spot with great lighting and gorgeous flowers and has a gallery upstairs that put on an interesting exhibition. / Bla time: Awesome artworks painted directly on the walls and really good coffee. / The Laundromat Cafe: Wash your clothes, sip on chokolade, read a book from their colour coded library that is a bar counter. / Cafe Charlottenborg: A real taste of Danish design, Wegner chairs et al and a great little bookshop to access. / Joe and the Juice: Popular Danish chain with pumping tunes, fresh blended juices and sandwiches.
Peder Oxe: Classic bistro with white linens and a call light, delicious brown crab and steak plus hearty barrel wine by the centilitre. Pop down to the fantastic bar downstairs while you wait for your table to be readied. / Manfreds og Vin: Order the seven courses of homely Danish food mainly vegetable based small plates with a selection of natural wines. Cute, cosy, and something rather different.
The Bird and The Churchkey: Great gin and beer focused bar. / Ruby: Delicious cocktails. / Cafe Retro: Comfortable seating and retro tapestry, not for profit (!) and it has a foosball table. / Nyhavn is also lined with bars and they're a little touristy but quite fun. Wrap up in blankets and drink shots of minty Fisk.
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