Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark, and it’s no wonder a quarter of the population live here. It’s such a compact city, incredibly easy to walk around with loads of different neighbourhoods scattered with trendy bars and restaurants. I’ve never visited anywhere in Scandinavia so was really excited to see a new country and region that so many people rave about. Me and Scott adored our couple of days in Copenhagen, and here my 5 tops thing to do:
It’s Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District and a great neighbourhood for foodies. The former slaughterhouses are now home to cool galleries, restaurants and bars. We ended up going here a couple of times on our hunt for dinner.
Mother – A pizzeria with sourdough bases. An incredible place for backpackers as you can get a pizza for as little as 75kr. Make sure you head to the little bar at the end of the restaurant to have a pre-dinner cocktail if you have to wait for a table. If you’re travelling on your own, or as a couple, Mother is a great place to come. They have have family tables which allows you to get to know your fellow dinners and you can walk away with new best friends. I went for the Prosciutto pizza which is topped with mozzarella, rocket, homemade pesto, and of course prosciutto. It was simply incredible and really hit the spot. I’ve heard that they also do an amazing brunch, but unfortunately didn’t have time to check it out.
Tommi’s Burger Joint – An Icelandic Burger Bar. Again, an incredibly cheap place as you can get a burger, fries, and a drink for 95kr. We worked out that over the course of 5 days Scott had 8 burgers – I think it’s fair to say he has abit of an addiction. He rated it as the best burger of the trip, so you’d be silly not to to go.
NOHO – A combined cafe and cocktail bar, a great place to go to after dinner. They really embrace the areas old industrial surroundings from the animal heads, to the plant-wall, and troughs in the toilets.
Drink Slow Beer
If you fancy a throw back to what Denmark was like 50-odd years ago, you need to head to Vinstue 90. It’s something of a local legend and is famous for its slow beer. It takes around 10-15 minutes to pour a pint, so order a ‘normal’ beer whilst you wait. It’s made by pouring the beer very slowly for an unpressurised keg, and produces an incredibly smooth taste. I’m no expert – but it was well worth the wait.
The beer on tap at Vinstue 90 is Carlsberg pilsner, and whilst you’re in Copenhagen you should definitely visit the Carlsberg Brewhouse. Walk around with a beer in hand and learn about the history of beer and the brewing process used at Carlsberg. It’s one of the cheaper places to get a beer in Copenhagen – so it’s worth a visit for that if nothing else. Make sure you download their app and try The Brewer’s Challenge as on every hour the top scorer will receive a free beer. It’s fair to say me and Scott got a little competitive and enjoyed our beer on the house.
Run around Kastellet
As I’m a keen runner I believe the best way to see a city is by foot. I laced up my trainers and headed towards Kastellet. It’s one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe and was built in 1662. I stopped at The National Monument of Remembrance – a monument to help remember all the Danish soldiers who have lost their lives in war. They are remembered with an eternal flame and with the inscription of ‘En Tid, Et Sted, Et Menneske’ which is translated to ‘One Time, One Pace, One Human Being’
I ended my run at Langalinje Pier where I met up with Scott at The Little Mermaid. It’s one of Copenhagen’s iconic sculptors and probably the most photographed site in Copenhagen. It’s inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale and is over 100 years old. It’s a little over rated, but still worth a visit.
It’s Copenhagen’s ‘free’ neighbourhood, and was set up in the 1970s and is comprised of a former military barracks and makeshift houses. It reminded me very much of Amsterdam in regards to its open-mindedness. It’s well worth a trip even if this isn’t your type of thing as it’s great for people watching and seeing cool wall memorials.
Eat at Trovehallerne
This was probably my favourite spot in the city. It’s a undercover glass food market, which has a huge selection of Danish delicacies as well as international foods. If you find yourself in this area in the morning, I’d highly recommend going to Grød, they serve porridge and pride themselves on using local seasonal fresh produce.
This is where we had our first taste of smørrebrød at Hallernes. As a lover of rye bread, I simply adored it. Smørrebrød is a Scandinavian delicacy and is an open sandwich with all sorts piled on top of a piece of rye bread. We went for one with avocado and prawns; smoked salmon; and a chicken and bacon one. They were simply amazing and I can’t wait to try and recreate these in London.
We also tried Flødeboller from Summerbird which have a base of marzipan, topped with meringue and dipped in chocolate – A Scandinavian version of a walnut whip. I had a passion fruit one and Scott had a dark chocolate one.
We reluctantly caught our flight home after an amazing couple of days. Copenhagen is an amazing city, and is definitely worth visiting if you haven’t already!