Both pictures shot by me. Second one was shot yesterday from Dronning Louises Bro and I haven't edited it in any way - beautiful, right?
Picture of garden borrowed from wsimag.com
Picture of hall borrowed from Glyptoteket.com
1# Picture of Istedgade borrowed from Politiken2# Picture of café Kaffe borrowed from Tinenedbo.wordpress.com
Picture borrowed from oplevbyen.dk
Did Istedgade not have enough diversity, then Nørrebrogade will satisfy your needs. Going back to Droning Louises Bro, we now take a left turn down Nørrebrogade. Here you can find anything from the most hip restaurants, to a cheap kebab shop, trendy fashion shops and cocktail bars, to second hand shops and smokey bodegas. So whatever style you like, you will most likely find a place for you at Nørrebrogade. Now, before you get too far down the long street, going all the way from the inner city to the Nordvest area (North-west), a long yellow wall will appear on your left. One of the most popular parks is hidden behind this yellow wall. This park is also a cemetery, especially know for housing the graves of the danish writers and poets H. C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard.
Now, don't get scared away by the idea of a park and cemetery all in one. Assistens cemetery has a cozy atmosphere, and especially in the summertime, you will find a lot of Copenhageners jogging through the place or even having picnics there. So even though crucifixes and dead people might not sound like a cozy day in Copenhagen, Assistens Cemetery is definitely not just a weird Halloween attraction.
Picture borrowed from hdtimelapse.net
If you know any tourist attractions in Copenhagen, or even just in Denmark, chances are Nyhavn is one of them (right after the Little Mermaid, of course). With its colourful houses and even more cafés by the water, it's no wonder Nyhavn has gotten so attractive for tourists. Though, if you ask a Copenhagener what they think of the place, they will most likely tell you it's too touristy. With almost more tourists than actual citizens in the area, I also tend to feel like Nyhavn doesn't really have that "Copenhagen feeling" to it. Luckily Nyhavn is not the only beautiful place by the canals, 'cause even though our canals might not be as majestic as the ones in Amsterdam, we still have a few other areas to flee to, if the touristy Nyhavn get's a little too overwhelming.
If you take the Metro to Christianshavn station, you will find a nice little area right next to it, where colourful houses and cozy cafés are to be found - just like at Nyhavn. Here the atmosphere is a little more relaxed and the café tables aren't as filled with city maps and cameras.
If you find this to be a bit too little to do, you can always take the 12 min. walk down to the two-Michelin-star restaurant, Noma, which is located just before Copenhagen streetfood.
If you're planning to dine at Noma, you will have to book a table 6 months in advance. The prices are, as the number of Michelin stars probably indicates, very high. Now I can't speak from personal experience, but if you do choose to dine here, I'm sure the food is absolutely fantastic - and the experience as nordic as it gets.
Picture borrowed from minby.dk
Copenhagen is not just a city of fancy cafés and hipster shops. Feeling like taking a stroll down memory lane and go back to the hippies of the 70’s? No problem. If you take the metro to Christianshavn station, you will stumble over a small village of old hippies and alternative lifestyles. The Free Town of Christiania is the official name of the district, and is a good indicator of what it feels like, when you enter the district. Christiania has been known as its own little hippie-society with their own rules and codexes (though they still have to follow danish law). The area has also been know for being the place where marijuana and drugs is sold openly on the streets, even though it is illegal in Denmark. This too contributes to the feeling of entering a place that could almost be another country - the citizens even have their own name: Christianitterne.
7. The Latin Quarter
The latin quarter, also locally known as “Pisserenden” (directly translated “the piss gutter”) is another nice little village to visit. The area got its not so charming nickname due to a significant amount of brothels and bodegas located in the area a century ago. Today however, the area is instead known for its student-friendly environment (the Law faculty of Copenhagen University is located here) and its hip shops. You will be able to find alternative fashion shops, raw food restaurants and hip bars all around this area (most of the gay bars are also to be found here).
With mostly three-story tall buildings, narrow sidewalks and streets, and old signs hanging from most of the shops, you almost get a 1700’s feeling walking around here.
In the middle of this area you will find my personal favourite Inner City café - The Living Room. Here the basement is filled with old armchairs and small coffee tables. Upstairs the sweet young staff is waiting to take your order. The place is perfect for an afternoon coffee or an early cocktail, before heading out to dinner. With the deemed light in the basement and the rustic walls, you can easily get cozy and relax with some friends or a date.
8. The Christianborg Tower
Picture borrowed from fdel.dk
Did you like the first picture in this article? Then Christiansborg Tower is your place, ‘cause this is where I took that picture last week.
While a tour through the Danish parliament building Christiansborg truly is a noteworthy visit, Christiansborg palace has another place with way more “Copenhagen spirit” to it. When you stand at the Christiansborg square right in front of the building, you will see a huge tower in the middle. This tower hides its own viewing point, where you can get a panorama view over the entire city. At these viewing points there’s also placed some plastic boards giving you can overview of the most significant buildings you can spot from there (they even have arrows pointing down at a picture of the skyline, if you’re in doubt of which building to look at).
Oh, and do you want to hear the best part? There’s no admission fees for getting up there.
So, feeling like a trip to Copenhagen now? Come join me in my city!