Copenhagen has been on my travel wish list for a long time, so when we found a last minute deal over the long weekend in July, we jumped at it. Other than an interest in the design culture and proximity to Sweden (and oodles of other reasons!) I was keen to see why it has continued to rank highly as one of the most liveable cities in the world - most recently number one in this years Annual Quality Survey by Monocle, Issue 75.
Since we prefer the less touristy ways of travelling and with little understanding of the areas of Copenhagen it was easy to let Airbnb pretty much drive our itinerary. The opportunity to experience a city whilst living like a local means we felt right home in the light and spacious one bedroom apartment we stayed in, and our hosts gave us some great tips for exploring Copenhagen. Nørrebro, where our apartment was located was highly rated for it's lively cafe and bar culture and turned out to be a great place to base ourselves. It was also within easy reach to the city with a 10-15 minute walk through cobbled streets or along the river and crossing over the Dronning Louise's Bro (Queen Louise's Bridge. This made it perfect to access Nørreport Station for metro links and regional trains to the Airport and Sweden. The bicycle culture is inspiring and one of the largest in the world. The bike lanes are extensive and most locals opt to cycle to work or school instead of using public transport, making it their most preferred way to get around the city.
We had three full days to explore which was enough time to get around and see quite a bit of the city (quite reachable on foot) with even a day trip across to Malmö, Sweden. However, given another opportunity, I'd love to go back with more time to soak up other areas of the city and explore the country side. I found it to be such a lively, colourful city, with some of the friendliest and happiest people going around. It was the first time I had ever felt so at home in a city over such a short space of time.
I hope you get the chance to visit - if so below are a few links to some of our favourite places in and around Nørrebro.
+ for really strong delicious coffee head to The Coffee Collective, now available all over Copenhagen but we visited their shop and roastery on Jægersborggade, a very small space but great if you can nab a seat inside, or better yet out the front in the sunshine
+ if you visit The Coffee Collective on Jægersborggade, wander both sides of the street for some great boutiques and antique stores
+ for the most amazing Thai in Nørrebro, try Restaurant Kiin Kiin. We opted for takeaway but would definitely go back for dinner in their cosy lounge area (casual dining) or their more formal restaurant next door
+ nice for a wander through, Assistens Kirkegård which is large green space with huge trees that line a path that runs through the middle of it. It is also a cemetery where many well known Danes have been buried, like Hans Christian Andersen, however the gardens are quite peaceful and well maintained making it a popular spot for running, cycling and picnicking
+ lastly, the Torvehallerne Market located across the bridge near Nørreport Station can be a great starting/stopping point for a day of exploring. We had the most amazing steak sandwich at one of the stalls outside, but there is also a large undercover area with about 60 stalls selling everything from fresh food, to flowers, wine and coffee.
We also ventured to Nyhaven, Tivoli Gardens and Malmö, Sweden which I hope to share with you soon.