It is said that it’s difficult to have a bad meal in Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s culinary capital. Having spent the past 2 days eating our way from site to site in the Danish city, we would resoundingly agree. From open-face smorrebrod sandwiches to the confectionary shops found on nearly every street, we loved every bite.
Nine out of every ten adults here rides a bicycle, making this walkable city also one of the most green in the world. In just two days, we saw most of the city’s notable sites. I should note Copenhagen’s famous architecture – with the contemporary settled in next to the Renaissance and Rococo. Highlights include the colorful houses along the Nyhavn quay, the late-Baroque Amalienborg Castle, and Henning Larsson’s Opera House.
Other highlights of our walking tours include seeing the Little Mermaid Statue, dining in the trendy neighborhood of Vesterbro, meandering through the controversial semi-autonomous free-zone of Christiana (photos not allowed!), strolling down Stroget – Europe’s longest pedestrian only street, and exploring Tivoli – the world’s oldest amusement park.
When to go: Summer months –the weather is at its warmest (we had beautiful 70 degree days), and the summer sun doesn’t set until nearly 10PM.
Where to stay: We used airbnb and found an amazing apartment centrally located in Vesterbro – in walking distance of all of our top destinations.
Where to eat: Madklubben Vesterbro for a trendy build-your-own meal experience, Kanal Cafeen or Hallernes Smorrebrod (in Torvehallen artisinal food market) for the best open-faced sandwiches, La Glace for decadent pastries. Oh, and Noma, the restaurant that replaced El Bulli as the S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant (reservations need to be made months in advance).
3 Types of Herring: Mustard Herring, Wasabi Herring, and Herring Salad, served on Scandinavian rye
View of the Marble Church from the Opera House
Hans Larsson’s Opera House
Exiting Christiana and re-entering the EU and all its laws…
Street art in Christiana
Christiana: No hardcore drugs, weapons, or violence…everything else is game
Our Savior’s Church
Marmokirken marble church
Late-Baroque Amalienborg Castle
Amalienborg Castle Royal Guards
the park near the Citadel