Meet Me in Copenhagen this Summer
One of our regular contributors Celeste Peterson, spent some time in Copenhagen (aka København) earlier this summer, and put together this list of things to do for Cliktrips. See below for lots of recommendations on where to eat, drink, dance, stroll around and enjoy a strong cup of Danish coffee.
If you are visiting Copenhagen for the first time, there are definitely a few things you should know before you arrive. First, you should do a canal tour. If I could start exploring Copenhagen again for the first time, I would have started with the canal tour. For a total of about one hour and around $12, you'll see a lot of sights from a wide open-air boat. You'll get some history, but you'll also gain some perspective and interesting views of some neighborhoods. I still recommend going to the sites that pique your interest, but the canal tour doesn't take a lot of energy, so it's a perfect activity while you're still jetlagging. Catch the one across from Condesa (http://www.condesa.dk/) on Ved Stranden.
Second, the bicycle is king. Everyone yields to bikes, including pedestrians, cars, and public transport... everyone but the unknowing tourist. If you want to fit in, you can rent bikes many, many different places throughout the city. I’d recommend trying to find a 24 hour place, because many places close early in Denmark. There are trains, but the train stations are few and far between in the city center, but if bikes aren't your thing, you can easily walk or take a taxi. You can hail taxis or download the MyTaxi App. (Note, thanks to new taxi laws as of March 2017, Uber no longer exists in Denmark.)
Third, don’t forget that summer in Copenhagen means the sun may not set! It might just skim the horizon and then rise again. If you're not into eye masks, practice now.
Where to Eat:
- Copenhagen Street Food http://copenhagenstreetfood.dk/en/ - On the waterfront, chill vibes, a wide variety of food, communal eating. If you choose to BYOB, be sneaky about it because the food stalls prefer if you get your vino from them.
- Jægersborggade is basically the northside's "eat-street" and here are some of my faves:
- Other places of interest:
Where to get Coffee:
- Ray's Kaffebar (no website) - A newly opened coffee bar committed to affordable gourmet caffeinated beverages, includes a spacious area to hang out, and baked goods made on-site. Try the avocado toast with pomegranate - delicious and attractive!
- Other places of interest:
Where to Drink:
- Ved Stranden http://www.vedstranden10.dk/ - This place has the same owners as Admiralgade 26. It’s a wine bar and shop, and if you don’t want to drink, they also make delicious grape juice. Have a glass outside by the canal or cozy up inside the bar.
- Other places of interest:
- Gaarden & Gaden http://gaaga.dk
- Mikropolis http://mikkeller.dk/location/mikropolis/
- Mikkeller & Friends http://mikkeller.dk/location/mikkeller-friends/
- Mikeller Bar http://mikkeller.dk/location/mikkeller-bar-viktoriagade-copenhagen/
- Apollo Bar http://apollobar.dk/
Where to Party:
- Condesa http://www.condesa.dk/
- Danger http://www.gefahrlich.dk/
- Culture Box http://www.culture-box.com/
- Chateau Motel http://chateaumotel.dk/
- Barcelona http://restaurantbarcelona.dk/natklub/
- Telia Parken http://teliaparken.dk/ - Lot of big concerts happen here (think Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones) and it also doubles as a soccer stadium
- Pumpehuset http://pumpehuset.dk/english/
- Jazzhus Montmartre http://www.jazzhusmontmartre.dk/
- Koncertkirken http://www.koncertkirken.dk/english/
Where to Shop:
- Acne Archive http://acnearchive.com/ - One of three Acne Studios archive stores on the planet. It’s not dirt cheap, but you'll find good samples and seriously marked down wares.
- Illum http://illum.dk/ - Multi-level department store that is meticulously arranged. On the top floor, they serve food, and it’s worth having a coffee on the balcony and checking out the iconic view http://illum.dk/food/illumrooftop/
- Flying Tiger https://flyingtiger.com/ - From housewares to stationary, this place has lots of things you never knew you needed in the cutest and sassiest design and packaging
Cool Things to Check Out:
- Christiania http://www.christiania.org/ - This is the world famous neighborhood hippie commune, a place to get weird.
- Church of Our Saviour http://www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/ - Famous for its steep spiral staircase. Tours are closed during services, naturally.
- Tivoli Gardens https://www.tivoli.dk/en/ - This is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world and is said to have inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland.
- Assistens Cemetery http://assistens.dk/kirkegarden/ - Not just for the goth in you, residents of Copenhagen use this graveyard as a park. Wonderfully multi-use, picnics and group hangs happen here just like they do in LA's Griffith Park or Brooklyn's McCarren. Fun fact, famed Fairy Tale author Hans Christian Andersen is buried here.
- Den lille Havfrue http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/little-mermaid - You have to visit The Little Mermaid statue!
- Botanical Gardens http://botanik.snm.ku.dk/
- Rosenborg Castle and the King's Garden http://www.kongernessamling.dk/rosenborg/
- Gruntsvig's Church http://www.grundtvigskirke.dk/
- Den Blå Planet https://denblaaplanet.dk/en/ The national aquarium has breathtaking architecture. Note, it is right by the airport, so stop by on your way in and out of town!
- Jægersborg Dyrehave http://www.visitcopenhagen.dk/da/copenhagen/dyrehaven Bring your bike and go for a leisurely ride through the park and hang out with thousands of deer roaming the grounds.
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art http://www.louisiana.dk/
Check out these places and more with this handy Google map.
All photos by Celeste Peterson
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