A place made up of friendly people on bikes, an incomprehensible language and a great sense of style, whether that be people, interiors or architecture. Copenhagen, Denmark, has so much to offer, and what better way to learn about the best places to visit than from a former Copenhagen exchange student? We spoke to Tessa (21), a Dutch student from Rotterdam, who completed the Erasmus exchange program from September 2015 to January 2016. Living and studying in Copenhagen, she discovered all the hotspots of the Danish capital and fell in love with the city. Read more about the best places to eat, markets to visit, ways of transport and touristic hotspots not to be missed.
Papirøen (Copenhagen Street Food): an old warehouse which was tranformed into a food hall; fresh food is being cooked for you on the spot. There are many types of food here: from mouthwatering burgers to spicy Asian dishes and colourful cheesecakes.
Adress: Trangravsvej 14
Torvehallerne (Markethall): While Papirøen offers more ready-to-eat dishes, the Toryehallerne is a great place to shop ingredients for your own cooking or small bites to eat. Many biological options available.
Adress: Frederiksborggade 21
Money to spend? Visit the Sticks ’n Sushi restaurant in the Tivoli hotel – according to Tessa “the best sushi in the world” with stunning views over the city and river.
Adress: Arni Magnussons Gade 2
Cock’s and Cows offers tasty burgers for relatively friendly prices. Quality burgers that have been awarded “Copenhagen’s best burger” twice in three years – need we say more?
Address: Gammel Strand 34
A fan of the Italian kitchen? Enjoy freshly oven-baked pizza’s at Mother in Kodbyen, the meatpacking district.
Adress: Høkerboderne 9
When looking for a cute vegetarian & vegan place to have lunch, visit Big Apple ApS. “Freshly squeezed juices, healthy wholegrain sandwiches and damn good coffee”.
Adress: Kronprinsessegade 2.
Sweet tooth? Eat your heart out (or just every single slice of pie avalaible) at Bertels Salon, which offers out-of-this-world cheesecakes.
Adress: Kompagnistræde 5
Coffee addicts pay attention: the Coffee Collective offers delicious coffees (they have their own coffee-roasting factory).
Address: Godthåbsvej 34B
In for cocktails? Noho (Flæsketorvet 28) is the place to be. Kodbyen, the Meatpacking District, is one of the best places for a night out – Backen, Jolene, KB3 and Culture box are also popular going out hotspots located in this neighbourhood.
Beer bar Mikkeller is a great place to get acquainted with specialty beers. They serve small glasses to make sure you can taste as many different types as possible!
Address: Viktoriagade 8 B-C
Touristy things to do:
The Free Walking Tour: the best way to get to know the city! Young, enthusiastic locals take you to the city’s most famous parts and tell interesting facts and stories. Tours are given every day, three times a day. For more information, visit http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/
Tivoli: Copenhagen’s very own amusement park, in the middle of the city! During Halloween and Christmas the place looks magical due to the lovely light decorations.
Amalienborg: the palace which offers stunning views over the water tot he new Opera house. Another place with amazing city-views is Christiansborg Palace (free entrance). You reach the top by elevator, so no tiresome stair-climbing required.
Nyhavn: THE postcard hotspot of Copenhagen. You can’t leave the city without taking a photo of this picturesque part in the Danish capital.
Christiania: a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of Copenhagen, and the only place in the country where cannabis was tolerated until 2004. Now, it is still a place of (illegal) cannabis trade but also one of street-art and community. It’s a safe place to visit, but make sure not to take any photos as the residents are weary of getting outed.
The best way to explore the city is by bike. Hostels often have their own bike rental, but there are many other organisations throughout the city where you can find yourself a bike.
Tired of walking/cycling? Take the waterbus or rent an electric dinghy. Copenhagen is a great place to explore on water! For around 2 euros you can take your bike with you on the waterbus.