I now understand why they say Copenhagen is the happiest city on earth. Cobbled, bike-friendly streets, colourful town houses, art galleries, flea and food markets coupled with cozy cafes and vintage stores make up a pretty cool back drop. All conveniently within its compact size the Danes boast of the city’s “hygge” experience – which generally means cozines.
Scandic Copenhagen Hotel was a reasonable choice. Rooms were cozy and comfortable, breakfast was a generous spread, service was impressive considering its commercial size and the location was good.
The Bustling Scene Along Stroget.
Nyhavn (New Port) – was established by King Christian V (1646-1699 – ruled Denmark and Norway 1670-1699) – as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city – and at that time the canal area reached right up to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings Square) established around 1670 – where the ships unloaded and loaded their cargo – and the fishermen their daily catch. The trade and shipping activities around Nyhavn provided a strong growth of Copenhagen – and the many colourful houses and exclusive buildings surrounding the Nyhavn canal on the “shady side” and “sunny side” along the two historical quays – are nearly 350 years old. It’s funny that the shady side was where the mansions were located while the sunny side – which is today’s quintessential view – were for the poor / common residents.
Crossing over to Papiroen – Paper Island, a prominent place in Copenhagen Harbour with a handful of creative buildings featuring everything from art to showrooms and street food.
Close to the Opera and opposite the Royal Danish Playhouse. It used to store the paper for the Danish Press Association, which gave it its more familiar name, but it is properly known as Christiansholm.
Copenhagen Street Food is a collective of 60+ colourful food stalls and street food vendors, in a Bohemian setting, under one roof in one of the warehouse buildings facing the harbour. The selection of food stalls represent many countries and regions of the world including, American, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Chinese, Colombian, Danish, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Morrocan, South Korean, Thai and Turkish. There are also themes, such as root vegetables, vegetarian, falafel, burgers, pig, beef, fish, seafood, desserts, sausages, salads and a stall for everything with a spoon! As well as the Street Food vendors, there are many vendors offering a wide variety of drinks, from teas, coffees, cocktails, juices, shakes, wines, spirits and beers, including micro brewery and specialist beers.
As Copenhagen is a maritime city, taking a boat tour is an ideal way of exploring attractions while cruising through its charming canals.
The city’s good looks are also intrinsically linked to the famed Danish flair for design, with its industrial-chic bar, fashion scenes and culinary revolution. Copenhagen has no less than 13 Michelin-starred restaurants! That puts them on the map as the food capital of Scandinavia. But even without Michelin-stars there is a great variety of other fine restaurants with remarkable and delicious food awaiting to be discovered.
Rosenberg Castle & King’s Garden was postcard perfect from all angles.
Yet Copenhagen is more than just the city buzz and gastronomy; a bounty of beautiful castles, wooded parks and elegant lakes also await just minutes away.
Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.
Part of Tivoli Gardens’ secret is that there is something for everyone. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens.
While it may look like just another quaint Danish city, Christiania is an autonomous “free town” within Copenhagen — a hippie commune, if you will.
In Christiania, cannabis shops operate 24 hours a day and sell 30–40 types of hashish. Pretty cool.
The town is full of art galleries, restaurants, cafés, and historic buildings. There are also plenty of museums, music venues, and cultural centers, like the Gay House, a popular destination for events for the gay, lesbian, and transgender community. And fun, colourful events to attend.
It’s a bucket-list destination for sure — with an atmosphere and a spirit that pictures simply don’t do justice.