Copenhagen, Denmark!

I lived and worked in Copenhagen from 1998-2000 and then again from 2001-2006. I regularly visit Copenhagen to visit my family-in-law and friends there!  Copenhagen is a lovely city and a great place to settle down in. It is a very bicycle friendly place and with a very good network of public transportation. The inner city – the old parts still very much intact where you can walk and enjoy the city parks while popping into the many “hyggelige*” cafes and bakeries dotted all around! They are all quite good!
* cosy

mermaid

Things to do in Copenhagen :

i) City parks (Kongenshave/Rosenborg Have, Frederiksberg Have),
ii) Amusement parks (Tivoli & Bakken),
iii) Old inner city& shopping street (on/around Stroeget),
iv) Little Mermaid, Langlinie,
v)  The Opera House at Holmen,
vi) Christianshavn,
vii) Nyhavn
viii) Kongens Nytorv (the famous square in front of the posh Hotel D’Angleterre)
ix) Amalienborg Castle

Shopping in Copenhagen, besides the downtown area, check out the suburbs like Frederiksberg and Vesterbro. You can see more tips on this site http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/

Highlights of Denmark : fishing villages around the country and the coast line. Rebild bakke, Raaberg Mile, Skaagen and Ebeltoft. Check out Odense, Fynen (HC Andersen’s birthplace) too.  If you have the time, I highly recommend to travel to Bornholm (a Danish island close to Sweden). It is a fishing island, so their speciality consists of smoked fish like herrings and eel, warm smoked salmon, Christiansoe’s sild (pickled herring) and fiske frikadeller (fried fish patties) with remoulade (mayonnaise blended with gherkins, capers).

Bornholm- Gudhjem
Bornholm - Gudhjem

Best time to visit : summer or late spring (May-Sept)

Where to stay: There are numerous hotels in Copenhagen and B&B which you can look up on the internet. To enjoy a typical Danish countryside, the ultimate way is to rent a ‘summer cottage’. I have no particular recommendations. But do check out their official tourist site http://www.visitdenmark.com/siteforside.htm

If you are more into a wild night life, constant activity and heaps of shopping you are probably better off in the traditional big cities like Paris, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai or NYC!

A good site for what is going on in Copenhagen is AOK – however the english version is not as complete as the danish one. However you are able to sort of figure it out if you are only searching for events or restaurants on a general level! 

Eating – here are some of the well known establishments in Copenhagen. Just click on the name of the establishment to get to their website for some are with links attached.

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Danish Smorrebrod

Delicious open sandwiches. Various toppings ranging from seafood like pickled herring, smoked fish to roast beef on top of rye bread or white bread. To be had with snaps (akvavit) or cold  beer.

Ida Davidsen
Store Kongensgade 70 København K.

Cafe Toldbolden
Amaliegade 41, 1256 København K

Aaman’s
Øster Farimagsgade 10, 2100 København Ø.

Cafe Petersborg
Bredgade 76 København K

Allegade 10
Allegade 10, 2000 Frederiksberg.        

Det Lille Apotek
Store Kannikestræde 15 København K.

Restaurant Amalie
Amaliegade 11, 1256 København K.         

Hvidehest (Bakken)
Dyrehavsbakken Telt 98, 2930 Klampenborg.

Restaurant M
Store Kongensgade 56, 1264 København K.

Groften (Tivoli)
Vesterbrogade 3, København K.

Noma
Strandgade 93, 1401 Kobenhavn K.

Bakery /Chocolatier/ Deli

Summerbird (chocolatier)

Peter Beier’s Chocolate Shop

Lagkagehuset (Bakery)
Torvegade 45, 1400 Kobenhavn K

La Glace (cake shop)
Skoubogade 3, 1158 Kobenhavn K
(along Stroeget)

Meyer’s Deli (Cafe)
Gl. Kongevej 107, 1850 Frederiksberg.

In addition, here are some of my all time favourite restaurants:
 
Le Trois Cochons (for rustic french cooking)
Værnedamsvej 10, 1619 København V
 
La Galette (for crepes)
Larsbjørnsstræde 9, Baghuset, 1454 København K
 
Thai Pan (for Thai food)
Korsgade 1, 2200 Kbh N
 
Last but not least, the ultimate food experience  – you have to grab a danish ‘poelser’ – hotdog at the stands around the streets – have it with crushed fried onions , mustard and ketchup while washing it down with a cold chocolate drink  ‘cocio’ !

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