The first word that came to my mind while walking the streets of Copenhagen is Balance. As you probably know, the city won the title of happiest place in the world in the past.
The streets are clean and there are thousands of bicycles leaning on walls or polls without a padlock. This detail clearly shows that there is no need to steal because people seem to have enough money to afford a satisfactory lifestyle. Wealth seems equally spread, there are just few homeless hanging out in front of shops.
In the eyes of a tourist, this picture conveys a sense of safety and peace. When we travel we try to stay away from touristy spots, but it’s undeniable that when we visit a city for the first time, we will hit the landmarks.
We stayed in a hostel close to downtown, a bit removed from the busiest area. We chose a hostel because Copenhagen is quite expensive, a double in a hotel is around $150, not the best option for backpackers.
The name is Hostel Globalhagen and it is situated within walking distance from the metro stop Norreport. It is fairly clean and has a friendly atmosphere. We shared the room with six other people. No need to worry, if you’re not used to stay in hostels, the cost of living in the city sets the bar for the type of tourists. Poor people that want to steal don’t go to Copenhagen.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food. It’s flavorful and delicious.
Here are a couple of restaurants that we loved during our stay:
Dinner: Gavlen. If you want to try something typical order the farm hyldeblomst (warm drink made with the elderberry flower).
Dinner: Spitestedet Feed
After our experience with the the Danish kitchen I can say that the best is certainly fish, meat, crispy delicious fries and creative dips (eggs, mustard and spices).
The must-see attractions are:
Canals: Copenhagen is surrounded by water so make sure you take your time to wander around the canals without a specific plan. Just open your senses and let them guide you.
The Little Mermaid: you will find hoards of tourists. It’s hard to find a spot to take a good close up but you can take a nice photo from the balcony above the statue.
The Round Tower: the view is spectacular but get ready, the stairs to reach the top are steep and there are a ton of people going up and down. Take your time to walk and watch your step.
Christiania: an independent city inside a park. It’s the hippies area. As you enter you feel in another world: food trucks, loud music, graffiti and smoke. Yes, you can smoke marijuana because it’s a self-proclaimed neighborhood with independent rules. They kindly ask you not to take photos. Have fun but keep it for yourself. The government clearly knows what happens in Christiania, but you should respect their privacy.
The non super touristy attraction that we enjoyed the most is the Design Museum. Not everybody is interested in design so you can definitely find less people. We went because my husband is a designer and it was worth it. We discovered that the Danish art has been profoundly influenced by Japan. Danes took the Japanese minimalist approach and combined it with classicism. The result is a unique art that is recognized and appreciated internationally, especially in industrial design.
The nice coincidence is that our next stop of this round the world trip is Japan. Who knew that Denmark and Japan had a special connection? Small world!
Travel tip shared by Chiara B. Townley