5 Things to do in Copenhagen
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Copenhagen is home to a number of Michelin starred restaurants, but it is also known for its many food courts and markets. There are 2 spots in particular that should not be missed.
First, Torvehallerne. Torvehallerne is a shopping and eating extravaganza. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and diversity of cuisine, one can shop for gourmet and hard to find ingredients, but also stop to eat at one of the many food stands. With over 60 stands you are sure to find something to please everyone in your group.
The second food market not to be missed is Reffen. So very Scandinavian in its approach and atmosphere, Reffen, has a focus on sustainability and visitors can experience a myriad of gastronomical experiences. The Market Square is comprised of 70 street food stalls, bars, and a space for food workshops. The Minefield is an outdoor space utilized for events and offers an area to just sit, chill out, and enjoy some fresh air and Danish sea views.
4-Drink Beer With Elephants
A visit to the Carlsberg beer factory is both informative and you get to drink beer and take photos with the Carlserg elephants. While the official tour is closed for renovations, one can still visit the restaurant and store which sells items representing Carlsberg, Tuborg and Jacobsen beers. The store sells everything from clothing, bags and barware. It also sells beer and cider as well as some history of the factory. If you are in Instagrammer, the best part is the photos with the famous carved elephants.
3-Visit the Danish Paris
Værnedamsvej is one of Copenhagen’s hidden gems. This charming street is located between the Vesterbro and Frederiksberg neighborhoods and the locals refer to it as Little Paris. Known for its French atmosphere, it is overflowing with cafés, restaurants, and specialty shops dedicated to French products. One shop not to be missed is Le Gourmand, a luxury grocery store selling French goods imported from France, including charcuterie, foie gras, and French cheese and wines. You can also begin your day with a French coffee and breakfast at Le Gourmand every day until noon. Finally, to complete your day in Copenhagen’s Paris, if you happen to be visiting on a Monday, head over to the Grand Teatret cinema which plays French films every Monday evening.
2-Get High On Life
Freetown Christiania is unlike any other neighborhood in Copenhagen. Situated on a former abandoned military base, a group of free thinking people began squatting in the empty buildings back in the 1970’s. The people formed a collective and declared themselves free from Denmark. In fact, there are signs at the entrance indicating you are leaving the EU. What grew over the years is a community that adheres to its own set of mores, rules and regulations independent of the Danish government, including the sale of cannabis. While many visit Christiania simply because of the cannabis trade, there is so much more to this unique neighborhood. Today Christiania offers, restaurants, art galleries, music venues, a skate park, and a glimpse of communal living. It is recommended that one refrain from taking photos inside Pusher Street where cannabis is sold.
1-Sun, Sea and Art
Just outside of Copenhagen lies one of the best museums you will ever visit, The Louisiana Museum. Sitting on what was once a private estate overlooking the sea, the museum boasts an inspired international collection, incredible exhibits and grounds that are ideal for exploration, picnics and simply relaxing. This is the spot to go and experience the true meaning of Danish hygge – the feeling of coziness and comfort. Grab some French picnic supplies on Værnedamsvej and enjoy sun, sea and art in this glorious setting.
TRAVEL TIP: A Copenhagen Card include admission to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art as well as 80 other attractions and free public transportation throughout the capital region.
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