Whistle Stop Tour: Copenhagen
It seems that Scandimania is here to stay, inspiring everything from furniture to food & even ways to live your life! Famous for pastries, Hans Christian Andersen, and all things ‘hygge’, Copenhagen is arguably one of the chicest destinations you can visit. Regularly voted the ‘happiest city in the world’, Copenhagen’s Instagrammable streets and sights are best explored by foot or bike. Here’s our top picks for things to see, do & eat!
The freetown of Christiania is a society within a society, located in an abandoned military barracks, and began as a squat in the early 1970’s. It is a green and car-free neighbourhood known for its autonomous way of life. You’ll find a mix of organic eateries, homemade houses, and art galleries which are all open to the public. For your own safety, visitors are advised not to film or photograph within Christiania, and you’ll find a list of things to avoid at the entrance.
Tivoli gardens is a enchanting amusement park and was first founded in 1843. As well as rides, you can enjoy open air music shows (summer only), games and firework displays. It’s traditional looks will win you over before you’ve even got to the carousel. Amusement ride tickets cost 25kr (around £3), with some rides costing 3 tickets. You can also purchase a unlimited-ride wristband for 230kr (around £27).
Nyhavn canal was originally built to connect Kongens Nytorv to the harbour and was frequented by many sailors & writers including Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. Whilst living at number 20 he wrote many stories, including the well-known Princess & the Pea. Houses along the canal date back to its construction in 1681, and you can see these brightly painted townhouses whilst taking a boat trip down the canal.
SMK - Danish National Gallery
Explore over 700 years worth of Danish & International art at SMK - The National Gallery of Denmark. You can experience guided tours, performances, art talk, concerts, workshops and exhibitions - there is something to suit everyone. Feel free to wander and see where your feet take you, and afterwards take a picturesque walk in the beautiful Østre Anlæg park.
This bright basement restaurant in the heart of Vesterbro offers contrasts of the rustic and the elegant in both its food and decor. Starting with great Danish ingredients, meals are prepared with inspiration from across the globe. Dishes are served on small plates meaning you can taste more!
Torvehallerne is a huge market where you can pick up local produce & groceries, or get a bite to eat and have a coffee. You’ll find sushi, tapas, pizza and even grød (porridge!) There’s over 60 stalls for you to experience a wealth of delicious local food, getting to know Copenhagen in the best way possible - through your stomach!
Built in 2005, Kastrup Sea Bath, a.k.a ‘The Snail’ is an incredible construction made for outdoor swimming in Copenhagen. It is made from Azobe, an African wood that is harder than steel and never rots. It’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing and has stunning views of the Øresund bridge, which connects Copenhagen to the swedish city of Malmö. The sea bath is free to use and comes complete with changing rooms, toilets and freshwater showers - one for the summer perhaps!