It was hard to narrow down six months of my life into a blog post and just a few pictures. It’s been almost three months since I left Denmark and every day I miss it. My friends who are still there have told me I’m not missing much, apparently, they have been having a horrible summer… lots of rain. But, compared to the fact that I am living in New Zealand winter at the moment, the weather updates have been to no avail, it is not curing my Denmark blues.
I have a million things I could recommend to anyone about Copenhagen, throughout all my travels thus far, it has been one of my favorite places on this Earth. I met people I will never forget and literally, hate to say it, I lived my best life. It wasn’t just studying abroad that changed my life, but Denmark did. I can’t write a post about Denmark without mentioning the culture, especially Hygge, a bit hard to explain, pretty much means that Danes do what they need to do to lead a happy life. The entire country puts such a strong importance on gender equality I was blown away by the progressiveness. Also, a final note, all the Scandinavian design… I was in design heaven. All things I am planning bring back to the states and incorporate into my everyday life. Very cliche, but I actually did become the best version of myself. I learned to enjoy and love everything I do in life, even the things I don’t agree with or don’t understand. I learned to let go of the small stuff, forgive and move on. Travel taught me patience and understanding, of myself and others.
Enough about that, back to all the amazing stuff about the city. Copenhagen is clean, the people are always nice and laid-back. Everyone bikes everywhere, and basks in the sunshine when the sun peaks out. Copenhagen really isn’t that big, it almost feels like a town, but it has the life and vibrant culture and lifestyle of a huge city. Biking around, even in the rain or the snow, soon became one of my favorite things. Seriously, why don’t more cities introduce biking like Europe has?
I can’t write this blog without putting in an honorary shout out to my favorite place in the entire world, Godthåb & Kaffe, I spent hours of my time here almost every day for three months straight. Hanna, the owner, is one of the most amazing people to exist on this planet and I miss her and Godthåb every day. Whenever I can finally get myself back to Copenhagen, this will be my first stop.
I feel like I could go on and on about my love for this city and how amazing life was there, every day was magical. But, I will go on no longer and instead give recommendations from a bit of an insider’s perspective…
Some of the best places to visit during your time in Copenhagen:
Nothing screams Copenhagen like the colorful houses of Nyhavn.
If you’re in Copenhagen for the warm months, Tivoli is beautiful.
One of my favorite things to do was to take a picnic to the Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have) or Islands Brygge Harbor Park (Havneparken). And if it is extra warm when you are there, rent a GOBOAT at Islands Brygge and sail your way around the harbor.
The Freetown of Christiania is obviously a must. What is more interesting than a self-lawed neighborhood in the middle of a huge city?
If you’re in Copenhagen during the winter months, attend God Goes Deep, I can’t even explain what this is. It’s a huge church called Vor Frue Kirk. They bring in a DJ every Friday night and you lay on bean bags and just listen to music.
If you’re in town for the music/street festival, Distortion, it’s kind of a must go in my opinion.
If you would like to see an amazing view of the city, climb up the Round Tower (Rundetårn).
If you’re into castles, there are definitely a few, but the most well known are the Rosenborg Castle and the Amalienborg Castle, Amalienborg even has a changing of the guard ceremony!
Wanna taste some of Denmark’s most famous beer? Carlsberg has an amazing tour.
Copenhagen has so many amazing museums, here were a few of my favorites:
Statens Museum for Kunst
Arken Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Danish Museum of Art & Design
Delicious (all gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly) food options in Copenhagen:
Papirøen (Street food/food market)
Torvehallerne (Street food/food market)
Grød (please get the risotto)
The Union Kitchen (brunch)
Llama (upscale dinner)
Hija de Sanchez (the best tacos I have had since leaving the states, one location in the meatpacking district and one location in Torvehallerne)
Joe & the Juice
Here are some great places to get a cup of coffee or a small snack in Copenhagen:
I can’t write this blog without putting in a shout out to my favorite place in the entire world, Godthåb & Kaffe.
Ispen & co, they have an AMAZING salad, still trying to recreate it, but I haven’t been able to get it just right, it just doesn’t taste the same yet.
Retro Nørrebro, it may not have the best coffee, but it’s a non-profit cafe and everyone who works there is a volunteer, and they have a ton of board games! It’s a great place to hang out with friends!
Coffee Collective, kind of expensive, but everyone in Copenhagen knows this place.
Cub Coffee Bar
If there is anything Denmark knows how to do, it’s how to have a good night out:
If you’re looking for a clubby night out:
Bakken KBH (meatpacking district)
Francis Pony (2 for 1 drinks on Tuesdays)
LA Tequila Bar
KB3 (meatpacking district)
Jolene Bar (meatpacking district)
If you’re looking to just have a few drinks at a cool bar:
Kind of Blue
The Barking Dog
Mikkeller & Friends