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The time has finally come when it’s DOABLE to sit outside and eat. Oh, how we’ve missed it. Let’s celebrate the warm winds of spring with a list of three fabulous food markets in Copenhagen you don’t want to miss during your vacation.
Copenhagen Street Food @ Papirøen
It’s been referred to as the first “genuine” food market of Copenhagen. Located on the island of Papirøen (Paper Island), it’s a great place to relax and enjoy yummy food. On sunny days you can sit in the deck chairs on the pier and have a view of the whole city, and when it’s raining you can eat inside the big hall that makes the food market. At Copenhagen Street Food you can buy food from all over the world from the food trucks, and of course sip on some coffee or beer. Often they have events and activities in the market, if you’re lucky you can combine your meal with a show. To go to Copenhagen Street Food, cross the bridge Inderhavnsbron to Christianshavn and then cross the smaller bridge to Papirøen.
Torvehallerne in Nørreport
In the city district of Nørreport lies the market place Torvehallerne, a popular food market since 2011. Spread on 60 stalls, you’ll find everything from Italian to French delicacies, a store completely dedicated to The Stone Age-diet to regular street food. In Torvehallerne, you’ll find a place that’s always alive, with locals enjoying a glass of wine in the middle of the day or the family buying food for dinner. Enjoy a festive lunch or just take a sandwich to go – everything works! To go to Torvehallerne, go to Nørreport Station and walk to Frederiksborggade 21.
Westmarket – Vesterbro
It’s the newest and largest addition to the city of Copenhagen, Westmarket opened in 2017 and has since then been a great success to the neighborhood of Vesterbro. Located on Vesterbrogade 97, it’s centrally located and with it’s generous opening hours 08.00 – 22.00 – they’ve gotten popular quickly. Here you’ll find everything from smaller pubs to flower shops. Either sit down and have lunch or dinner at one of the many street food restaurants offer here, or take away to the park on a sunny day.
Three favourites in Copenhagen when it comes to food markets, enjoy!
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Finally the trees are blooming at Langelinie Park in Copenhagen! Take the chance to celebrate the pink trees during the Copenhagen Sakura Festival.
It’s one of the most beloved events in all spring if you ask the residents of Copenhagen, from the 29th to the 30th of April the Sakura Festival takes place at Langelinie Park, in central Copenhagen. It’s the Japanese tradition to celebrate the cherry blossom trees blooming. By the end of April, 200 trees are expected to be blooming and bursting in pink flowers. It’s the 10th year in a row that the festival’s been hold.
At the Sakura Festival, you can dive into the Japanese culture and watch drum shows, material arts and folk dance, or just sit down for a picnic! You can see the full program at Copenhagen Sakura Festival’s website.
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Copenhagen is a city very surrounded by water, perfect it you want to go for a swim on a hot day. The water in Copenhagen is fresh and clean, so why not? However, you can’t just go in everywhere (well, we don’t recommend it), so here’s three places where you can (read: are allowed) to go for a refreshing swim in Copenhagen.
Island Brygge, Islands Brygge
Just a few minutes from the City Hall Square lies Islands Brygge. Here locals go for a swim and for sunbathing on the lawns and docks. There are four different deep pools with sea water.
It’s open daily and for free. Does it get more easy than that?
Amager strand, Amager Strandvej 110
If you prefer beaches over docks, it might be worth it to go the 5 kilometers from the city center to Amager. Amager is known as the riviera of Copenhagen and is accessible by bus or bike. Here you’ll find a 2 kilometer long beach in the shape of a lagoon on one side, and sand dunes on the other. If you get bored, they also offer kayaks and surfing.
One of the newest addition to the city is Korallbadet (translation: The Coral Bath). It’s located in the south harbour, and is built on floating pontoons which creates a protected lagoon. There is a total of three pools: one of playing, one for bigger kids and a 25-meter pool with a jump tower.
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As the temperature rises we are getting excited to start hanging out in parks and gardens again. All you need is a picnic blanket, some food and friends – et voilà! – best day ever. We gathered our top three best green parks and gardens in Copenhagen, where you can kick back and relax in the sun!
1. Frederiksbergs Gardens
Frederiksbergs Gardens, located in Frederiksberg city district, is one of the largest parks in Copenhagen. Together with Søndermarken it takes up 64 hectares of green spaces. The park is designed in English style and makes a romantic landscape garden. If you go for a stroll in the big garden you’ll find a waterfall, buildings in Chinese and Swiss-style and an apsis temple. There’s much to see, so take your time!
2. Kongens Have
Located by the picturesque little castle of Rosenborg lies The King’s Gardens (Kongens Have). This park is big enough for locals and tourists to chill out in, springtime, summertime and even during the autumn. The closeness to the city center is perfect if you want to rest after exploring.
3. Botanical Gardens
Combine your picnic with a stroll among flowers and plants! The Botanical Gardens of Copenhagen is on our general top list of things to do in Copenhagen overall; this gigantic botanical gardens is way too cool with it’s 13,000+ species. The fact that it’s 1. for free and 2. has lots of places to sit down and relax is what makes it do great. Here you can relax surrounded by flowers and gardeners. Mmmm-hmm!
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Short on budget but excited to explore what the Danish capital has to offer? You can do it! Here’s three tips on cheap attractions in Copenhagen that all are more than amazing.
1. The Round Tower – Rundetaarn
For only DKK 25 you can be a part of 1. amazing history 2. stunning architecture and 3. get a great view of Copenhagen. The Round Tower, located in the middle of the city center, is the oldest functioning astronomy observatory in Europe. It was built by Christian IV from 1637 – 1646, as part of the Trinitatis Complex (a combined church, observatory and library in one building). What’s so special about this building is that it, despite it’s 209 long spiral ramp, doesn’t have an elevator. In other words, you need to climb the winding corridors to the top of the tower. Once you’re up there, you’ll see why it’s worth it. The observatory is still used by amateur astronomers, and everyone else who has an interest to explore the skies. The Round Tower is open every day from 10.00 – 20.00 from May til’ September.
2. The Cisterns (Cisternerne)
Whilst The Round Tower takes you to wuthering heights, The Cisterns takes you down to the basement instead. The Cisterns is an exhibition space, located in a former water reservoir, under the park Søndermarken in Frederiksberg. It’s always completely dark here, since daylight never reaches the facility. The feeling down here will most likely make you think of catacombs. The cisterns are open Tuesday to Sunday between 11.00 – 17.00. The entrance fee is DKK 50 for adults, children under 18 years go for free.
3. The Tower by Christiansborg Palace
For a couple of years The Tower by Christiansborg Palace has been open to the public, after housing the Danish parliament for some time. The Tower is the highest tower in Copenhagen (with it’s 106 metres) and offers fabulous views. The most amazing thing of all? It costs absolutely nothing to enter. After you’ve captured the stunning view on your Instagram, head down to the restaurant located in the same building – the fika here is a amazing! The tower is open Tuesday to Sunday between 11.00 – 21.00.
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Do you prefer hipster people over fancy stores? Cute, quirky cafés over touristy stuff? Check out this list of the five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen!
Vesterbro – Istedgade
Istedgade is a street in the city district of Vesterbro, which in many ways presents a different Copenhagen. Here you’ll find student and hipsters over business people, families with children over fashion. It used to be a street filled with drugs and prostitutes, but is now filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and fun bars (even though it’s hard to learn an old dog to sit, don’t be surprised if you see something strange). Istedgade stretches from the central station in Copenhagen to Enghave Plads. Examples on fun stuff to do hear? Have a glass of wine at Malbeck Vinbar, a cocktail at Neighbourhood, have a coffee and botanise vintage at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl.
City district Christianshavn
Christianshavn is perhaps a bit big of an area to call bohemian, but the feeling to it really is. It’s the island separated from the rest of the city, connected via the bridge Inderhavnsbroen. With it’s canals flowing through the city, it resembles to Amsterdam. If you like art, check out North Atlantic House, thirsty music-lovers should head to bar Sofiekælderen located just by the canals and if you’re hungry for some food, head to Wildersgade and the surrounding streets, here there are plenty of amazing restaurants. If you really want to go deep into the bohemian way of life, visit the free-town Christiania.
Nørrebro – Jaegersborgsgade
Whilst Christianshavn is huge, the street Jægersborggade is not very long, it will only take you a few minutes to walk up and down. Despite it’s smallness, it’s filled with cool bars, cafés, many vintage shops and galleries. Two of our favourites are the awarded restaurant Relæ and wine bar Terroiristen. If you’re in the mood for some delicious vegetarian food, restaurant Astrid och Apornas Spiseri is located here. This quirky street even has it’s own website, you can check it out here.
Latin Quarter – Studiestræde
In the Latin Quarters, which on it’s own is a bohemian area on it’s own, you’ll find the street Studiestræde. Even though Studiestræde is just a few minutes from the touristy shopping street Strøget, it’s relaxed in a very pleasant way. It’s the perfect place to relax with a coffee on one of the many cafés, after you’ve gone bargain hunting in one of the many vintage shops located here, for example Wasteland. Enjoy a dinner at restaurant Krebsegaarden or take a cocktail at the bar named after the street, Studiestraede Bar & Spirits.
Vesterbro – Meatpacking District (Kødbyen)
Once upon a time it was the home to the meat industry business of Copenhagen (as you might have guessed), nowadays it is a food mecka. It still has three areas; White, Grey and Brown, referring to the colour of the buildings. Here, it’s hard to keep track on what restaurants are open since it’s so blooming. The feeling that something open’s up here once a week doesn’t feel that far off from the truth. Halmtorvet is a public square in Kødbyen that’s lined with cafés and restaurants, you just have to pick what you’re in the mood for. Try breakfast at Dyrehaven, look at the current exhibition at the venue Øksnehallen and have a drink on the outdoor seating of Karriere.