Here it is… drum roll… your extensive list of cool stuff to do in Copenhagen. The places are in no particular geographical order, so I’d recommend finding them on Google maps and save them if you plan a trip to Scandinavia soon!
The Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, is an incredible multi-faceted art gallery. Tacita Dean‘s ‘Print Projects’ were my favourite because the photographs combined a tiny bit of reality with a whole universe of magical fantasy. Admission is free on Sundays, there’s a huge cafe and garden (which looks more like the outdoor space of a palace) and it’ll be easy to spend a whole afternoon checking out the different floors.
Distrikt Tonkin in Frederiksberg is beyond cool. The concept store is all made in Vietnam, with lamps that look like someone just stole them from the streets of Hanoi and is most famous for delicious sandwiches. Because the weather was freezing though, they put on a special hot menu that day and I had a delicious noodle beef soup with the most experimental spices in it. So all these plants and type writers and Vietnamese things were in an otherwise very Danish area… my brain took a while to process that…
Two other quirky hangouts you also need to check out are the Studenterhuset, a student bar between the University of Copenhagen and the famous Round Tower, with cheap drinks, board games and beautiful music (they kept on playing The National which made leaving impossible! Not that I’m complaining…) and hot soup from The Living Room, a cosy cocktail bar/lunch spot/cafe/whatever you want it to be, which feels like heaven when your coats are soaked in ehm, an unpleasant mixture of rain and snow.
Now let’s cover a bit of the usual touristy things: Be sure to visit the grand Marble Church and Copenhagen’s legendary harbour Nyhavn. Blagardsgarde is a cool street filled with quirky shops and boutiques and cafes and has an overall chilled vibe and Torvehallerne is a food hall that has everything from Danish delicatessen to flowers and wine.
My little bonus tip and personal favourite is Amager beach. It’s easily accessible by Metro (which is so clean and organised by the way… unlike others. Oh, hey London Underground!) and has been freezing cold but it was so special having the beach and its waves and sand all for ourselves. Oh the luxury of seaside air.
I’m almost certain that I forgot some bits and bobs, but, and I say this every time, exploring somewhere new is all about getting lost and finding some magic in unexpected places. So off you go!