Danish Delight, How to visit Copenhagen the right way

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Nyhavn
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taking in the scenery of Nyhavn
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Travel Companion number 1, Oscar 

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phoneception
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phonception 2.0
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keep it weird, wonder and be nice. The words of Christiania

 

 

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The magical, Tivoli Gardens
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playing with shutter speeds
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follow the lights

For those of you who are eagle-eyed followers of my instagram, you’ll know that recently I was lucky enough to take a trip to Copenhagen.

The Danish capital has been a stand out city for me this year, boasting style and a rich culture. The city is like a living fairy tale, not only that but the Danish proved to be some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered.

I personally believe that whenever you visit a new place, trying to “live like a local” is very important. I find you get a much better view of what a city is about and often end up avoiding the tourist traps, so the best way you can do this is to stay in a local’s house, and that’s exactly what we did.

We used Airbnb for our time in Copenhagen, managing to score a beautiful apartment that was rented between the three of us. Our host Emma was brilliant and gave us everything we could have wanted. The apartment was situated in Nørrebro, a district about 30 minutes walk to the city centre of Copenhagen. However, if walking isn’t your thing, then there are tonnes of options to rent a bike too.

Being based in a residential area with native Danes was a brilliant experience and we got to stumble across bars and coffee shops you wouldn’t necessarily see normally. Also you needn’t worry about the language barrier, everyone in Copenhagen I’d spoken to spoke better English than half the people in the UK.

With that being said, it’s also time to bust some myths about Copenhagen, it isn’t as expensive as everyone says. Whilst we would often cook breakfast and dinner in our apartment, we found that supermarkets such as Netto were identical pricings to that of the UK. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a cheap city, alcohol is taxed more so in general is more expensive when buying in a bar, but you just have to do your research. There are plenty of places in Copenhagen that offer happy hours, 2 for 1s etc… Just do your research and don’t blindly wonder into the next pretty, well lit bar you see, as your wallet will most likely pay the price for that mistakes.

In terms of things you should consider doing in Copenhagen, there are hundreds of amazing coffee shops and strips of bars. Some recommendations include Emmerys, Joe and the Juice, coffee lab and The Coffee Collective (which was just five minutes from our flat).

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Oscar enjoying a coffee from Joe and the Juice
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coffee collective cappuccino

I would also recommend visiting the hippie town of Christiania also known as ‘freetown’, an ex army barracks which has now turned into a hippie haven of art, yoga, meditation, peace, love and all that stuff. Although it is also considered a slightly dangerous neighborhood due to the marijuana industry that plays a heavy presence in Christiania, it is still a spectacle that needs to be explored.

You should also visit the ‘Church of Our Saviour’, for a small price of around £3 you can climb to the top of the church’s spiraling staircase and get the most spectacular view of Copenhagen, and you can even see Sweden on a clear day.

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The view from the top of the ‘Church of our Saviour’

The final thing I would recommend going to, as this blog is getting too long, is Nyhavn. In case you were wondering where everybody goes to get those pretty instagramable photos of the colourful houses, it’s Nyhavn. Despite being a photographers dream, it is actually just a really nice place to be, with loads of Christmassy market stalls selling churros and other wintery goods.

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Nyhavn

To conclude, Copenhagen is an awesome city and you’d be a fool not too book your flights today.

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