Exploring new places is exciting.
Going back to a place where you have been to many years ago can be even more enriching. You get to discover things you never noticed the first time.
Last March, I happily went back to Copenhagen (or København) in Denmark for the second time.
Copenhagen is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I still can’t get enough of Nyhavn and its colorful houses, friendly Danes or trendy architecture buildings.
First time in Copenhagen?
One can say he/she has been to Denmark’s capital only after going to these spots:
The one and only Nyhavn
With its wooden ships, touristy cafés & bars and colored townhouses.
It felt totally different from the first time I went there 5 years ago. During the summer.
Strøget, the main shopping district of Copenhagen
You can find iconic department stores such as Illum Bolighus and Magasin du Nord, but also famous local stores (Lego, ecco, Flying Tiger, Normal, Samsøe & Samsøe, …). There is also a beautiful Stork Fountain on Amagertorv worth checking out.On Købmagergad, you can go up the Round Tower (Rundetårn) to have a nice panoramic view on the city. From there, you might see the world-renowned Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)’s power plant.
Have a little walk in Kastellet
Kastellet is a start-shaped fortress/Citadel with a view on both the sea and the top of Frederik’s Church (Frederiks Kirske), located near the home of the Danish Royal family, Amalienborg Palace. The red-walled buildings used to be barracks for soldiers based in Copenhagen.
Ofelia Plads near the Royal Danish Playhouse (Skuespilhuset)
If you have more time…
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Located by the sea, 40 minutes away by public transportation from the city center, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is definitely worth it. The modern architecture of the building is simply breathtaking and I was particularly lucky to attend to the exhibition of the Chinese architect Wangshu 王澍.
Located across the Royal Danish Playhouse, in the district of Christianshavn. You can check out the giant trendy street food hall, grab a falafel and a carrot-ginger-strawberry juice on-the-go and eat it outside. It was especially crowded the day I went there, so I had a hard time finding an empty spot to eat.
Torvehallerne Food Market
Pretty nice place, where you can have some smørbrød and healthy drinks. It is near the park Kongens Have and Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot).
Chill, observe and shop in Nørrebro
You will definitely not be disappointed with all the local and Nordic designer brands. Menswear or womenswear, you can find it all. Here are a few names I have in mind: Norse Projects, Libertine Libertine, Wood Wood, Native North.
The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue)
Might be smaller than what you had in mind. 🙂
I’m sure I forgot to mention many other beautiful places in Copenhagen and I will definitely go back to explore Denmark.
Feel free to share your cool spots too!