First Impressions in Copenhagen

I’ve been lucky enough during my first year living in London, to have visited a few European cities. I have always been fascinated by the Nordic countries, from their progressive political policies to the concept of Hygge, and that fascination was the drive behind putting Copenhagen at the top of my “must do” list for 2018. In this post, I have listed the usual must-knows, but also included some of my observations and first impressions of this clean, polite and cosy city!

Accommodation

We stayed in this Airbnb, which is in the centre of town. It was perfectly positioned for everything we needed and allowed us to walk everywhere. Cute and cosy and great for a short stay!

Food

Copenhagen is very vegetarian-friendly, some of our favourite spots for raw and healthy food were; simpleRAW, Yellow Rose, and WOK in Christianshavn. But be sure to also grab a classic “Danish” pastry from any bakery to really immerse yourself in the culture.

Things to do

  • Visit Nyhavn, the quintessential postcard scene that makes you think of Copenhagen!
  • Climb Rundetaarn tower for glorious views of the city
  • Wander around Hørsholm Palace Garden for pristine lawns and a breath of fresh air
  • Check out the Museum
  • Take a trip out to Christianshavn, a local anarchist community which is technically not part of any country (or so I’ve heard). Here you’ll find an overgrown oasis of locally sourced cafes, artist studios and of course, a lot of weed. Visitors are welcome, as long as you behave respectively and don’t take any photos.
  • Sample a pastry at a local bakery
  • Visit Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks
  • Simply wander around, my favourite way to soak in a city is by walking around and slowing down to observe, grab a coffee and people watch

What I loved

There are some places that you visit and you just know that you could live there, there is something about Copenhagen that allowed me to see myself packing up and heading out for some permanent Nordic bliss. Here are but a few:

  • Bikes, they are everywhere. Majority of the people going somewhere in Copenhagen are going there on a bike. Not only is this environmentally fabulous but also results in an aesthetically pleasing scene.
  • Got a kid? No worries! On top of the fact that all the Danes are cycling everywhere, they’re also strapping buggies on the back with one or two sprogs in tow. No nonsense here.
  • The architecture in Copenhagen is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g. Major gingerbread vibes.
  • No one seems to be in a rush. Everyone was polite, everyone sits in to have a coffee, no one pushes past you with a stare so dark as if to say “how dare you to get in the way of my obviously very important life” (looking at you London)
  • The FASHUN. Walking down the town centre is like walking in a real-life Pinterest board, Scandi style incarnate. I went home and immediately ordered an oversize coat, blue jeans, and white sneakers.
  • Enforced downtime, sort of. On the weekends, nothing opens until about 10 am at the earliest. I relished in the mandatory sleep-ins.
  • Possibly the best this about Copenhagen, I didn’t see ONE homeless person. Praise this little trooper of a country.

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