Copenhagen. The city of bikes, pretty canals and incredibly well-dressed people. Man was our to-do list as long as our arms! We had figured we wanted to see Christiansborg Palace, Sankt Peder’s Bakery, get to the top of Round Tower, visit Rosenborg Castle, go on a canal cruise, visit the Tivoli, obviously go to Nyhavn and if possible make it across to Malmø (Sweden) for dinner.
Throw in a sick person (me), two restless people due to a large German school group of children running up and down the hostel corridor knocking on all the doors and yelling wunderbar a lot (nope, not joking), and you have to just change your plans. Which is okay, because that’s travel for you! Also Tivoli was closed which was a real shame but maybe next time!
We decided to walk to the Central Station and head across to Malmo (an excellent way to avoid making decisions about Copenhagen with a limited amount of time, is of course to leave a Copenhagen). The train trip was less than 40 minutes, it took us across the ocean and there we were, in a new country! It was really cold and really windy so we legged it around the town for about an hour, grabbed some coffee and then headed back to Copenhagen. Having the ability to add another country to the list was a bit of fun and Malmo is really pretty!
Once we were back in Copenhagen we decided to try out the delicious bakery across from the station, Lagkagehuset which was amazing! Hot chocolates, sandwiches and muffins. Yes thanks!
We then decided to walk and check out the free village Christiania, which is an intentional community and commune in Copenhagen. As interesting as this place is, if you do visit – just be mindful with your camera. Being a free village and with marijuana and the like being sold on the street, it would be unwise to get too snap-happy. We found the bar, had a beer and then we were off again. We walked to Nyhavn and decided to do the hour-long canal tour. We are all for walking but it was raining and it was windy and we decided to make it a little easier on ourselves but still see all of the sights.
I had no idea of the rich history of Copenhagen, particularly the naval history. The canal tour was really interesting and I definitely don’t regret it. After our walk back to the hotel it was getting pretty late in the afternoon so we went for a bit of an afternoon rest, because, well we can and that is kind of what holidays are all about.
Before we made it back to our hostel, we stopped at Forloren Espresso (another excellent find of G’s), which is down a little alleyway and produced the best (and I mean best) hand-drip coffee I have ever had! Forloren takes pride in its coffee, they kindly ask you not to ask for milk & sugar before at least trying the coffee on its own, and if you are after a coffee with milk and sugar they are only too happy to let you know which items on their menu suits this. Even G got amongst the hand-trip and my man is a Cap-kinda guy for as long as I’ve known him. What makes this place different is the pride they put into their coffee, they explain the coffee to you, they take their time to ensure that you are receiving quality and the wait-time can be passed in their cosy nook or reading one of the books on offer. I loved it there and would go back in a heartbeat.
G had found some information about an eat-street style market, Rafen which seemed much more us rather than eating in a restaurant. The bus out there was around half an hour but I have to tell you, I was not convinced G had intentions for dinner. Where we were walking, I was convinced we were going to be Dexter’ed! Sure enough the beacon of hope (fairy lights and the smell of cooking food) welcomes us with warm Danish hospitality and it was eating time!
We stared with blue tacos, then we tried peanut African curry, we had a fried mackerel wrap, several ciders and then a big ol’ crepe as well. I’m under no illusion that we experienced the gastronomical delight which Copenhagen is known for, but I was full and content so that’s enough for me! I also bought some delicious home made soap from a lovely vendor there, who initially asked if we were from Melbourne once she heard our accent. She explained that she had lived in Melbourne and thought that Queensland accents were more “twangy”, so I said cow for her and then she believed me haha.
Our bus back to town was waiting for us once we were full and it was another quick trip home. We saw ticket collectors chase a free-loader down whilst on our bus and that provided a bit of excitement for most of the passengers. I have to take my hat off to this woman though. She went from being completely unapologetic, to clearly blaming her partner and then pulling the help-me card. The collector ended up ripping her ticket up and letting her off, and I think of you can get away with that several times a week you’ve got yourself a nice little scam going.
The boring things like laundry and again tackling our gigantic backpacks happened and then sweet, beautiful sleep with only minimal door-knocks and wunderbar’s occurred during the night, so you know, small wins!
We didn’t nearly see as much of Copenhagen as we would have liked, but with only a short stop-over I’m pretty happy with what we did get done!
Have you been to Copenhagen? What are your tips?
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