Copenhagen – the first stop on our world-tour! We had a short 2 days in this popular city.
We landed around 2pm (see this post about our flight experience) and needed to train to our Airbnb. Buying train tickets in the airport was our first challenge; we realized we had no clue where we were going. Luckily, I had taken a screenshot of our Airbnb’s location on google maps; I showed this to the attendant who informed us we should head to the city center. Armed with this information, we bought the tickets & got our first taste of the usefulness of Pete’s Barclay’s card (details here: Chip & Pin).
Man, this city has a crazy amount of bikers! Bikes engulfed the train station and the only traffic jams were of people on bikes; we’ve never seen anything like it. Also, the weather was fantastic – sunny and low 70s. Smiling from ear-to-ear, we had a short walk to our Airbnb, where we saw many cute restaurants and gorgeous people along the way. We were already glad that we only brought one backpack each and no roller-bags; however, the weight on our backs made us aware that we had made the classic beginner’s mistake of over-packing, despite countless warnings.
Our Airbnb was perfect for our needs – a compact 1-bedroom with a living room, kitchen and bathroom w/linens in a cute neighborhood close to downtown.
We set our stuff down and set off to explore the city.
Dinner Night 1
After working up an appetite, we came back to the apartment to find a place to eat. Our Airbnb host gave us great recommendations for restaurants (including Bevi Bevi and Osteria 16), although they were generally out of a backpacker’s price-range. After reading the reviews of Osteria 16 and realizing its close proximity to our Airbnb, we couldn’t resist. We had 8 courses each for 250 kroner, and 2 glasses of rose each. The wine was amaaazing; I wasn’t too enthralled with the food, which was a little too fancy for my taste, but Pete loved it. Some of the dishes included: octopus, raw fish similar to ceviche, ground chicken parts (that he listed, to my disgust, as chicken heart, liver, and throat) over cheesy grits, and veal with a tuna cream. We really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and the friendly service; however, we quickly regretted our delusional decision to spend so much money, but chalked it up to our first night celebration & promised not to do it again! We fell asleep before the sun set.
Day 2: Exploring the City
We woke up pretty jet-lagged the next morning, but excited to explore. We were blessed with fantastic weather again. We walked around Tivoli gardens, but decided not to pay to enter.
After hearing & reading about Freetown Christiania, we wanted to check it out. After we explored a bit, however, we didn’t want to stay. The place had weird vibes; it reminded me of Nimbin, Australia, and was more depressing than fun to us. We don’t think it’s worth a visit.
Our walk around the park near it, however, was quite serene.
We loved the canals of the city:
When we began bickering over silly things, we thought it would be a good idea to take a mid-afternoon break. Kayak bar was the perfect respite; we realized we were both tense from traveling and from the quiet, background pressure of our year ahead together. This bar was fantastic; the drinks were reasonably priced (I recommend the cider), the french fries were ahhhmazing, and the atmosphere was lovely.
We spent the rest of the day exploring this picturesque city.
- the weather
- Kayak bar, particularly the fries & cider
Things we missed:
- Michelin-star restaurant(s) (Noma in particular)
- waffles on a stick (praised by my friends)
- dinner at Paper Island – a large room w/street food carts & music (also praised by my friends)
- Tivoli Gardens
- Carlsberg brewery
- Glass markets
- Walk down the Stroget
- Climb rundetaarn (round tower) for good views of the city
Have you always wanted to visit Copenhagen? If so, where would you like to go there? If you’ve been, what were your favorite experiences? Do you disagree about Freetown Christiania? We’d love to know your thoughts!