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Things to do and see in Copenhagen!

Hello everyone and happy 2021! To kick off the new year I thought I would collate and highlight some of the places I’ve seen and photographed in the past half year that I’ve been living in Copenhagen. I’ve organised my posts by neighbourhood – please do have a look at some of my favourite places around the city, and hopefully for any of you planning to visit Copenhagen you can use this post as a reference point for things to do!

The numbered areas are marked on the map below, to give you a rough idea of the locations:

  1. Vesterbro

    Halmtorvet
    Enghave Plads
    Istedgade
    Tivoli (1, 2, 3)

2. Nørrebro

Blårgårdsgade
Assistens Kirkegård

3. Østerbro

Nordhavn (1, 2)

4. Indre By (City Center)

Indre By (Street Snaps) – Christmas version here
Nyhavn
Rundetaarn
Den Konglige Biblioteks Have
Danish Architecture Centre
ILLUM
The Black Diamond
The Playhouse
Marmorkirken
Amalienborg

5. Refshaleøen

Reffen
Broens Gadekøkken
Bridge by Nyhavn
Copenhagen Contemporary

6. Sydhavn

Teglholmen
Harbourside

7. Christianshavn

Christianshavn

8. The Lakes

The Lakes (1, 2)

Museums

Louisiana
Arken (1, 2)
SMK
Glyptoteket
Copenhagen Contemporary
Danish Architecture Centre

Parks

Valbyparken
Botanical Garden (KU)
Frederiksberg Have
Kongens Have
Ørstedsparken

University of Copenhagen

Panum (1, 2)
South Campus
Botanical Garden

Day trips from Copenhagen

Frederiksborg Slot (1, 2, 3)
Louisiana
Arken (1, 2)
Bakken

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7 Months in Copenhagen (Life Update)

I’m back with another life update – 7 months into my life in Copenhagen. Time is really going like that, and I already feel like my time in Denmark is ticking down… But other than that, I don’t have much else to report. I’m isolating at home with my partner so we can see his family for Christmas. I’m lucky to have a Danish Christmas this year!

I’m also still absolutely loving the city, I’m still totally obsessed with my neighbourhood (Vesterbro), I’m still having a great time at work (despite working at home of course), I’m very happy with the steps I am taking to progress my career, and I’m happier than ever in my relationship. Of course there is a lockdown in place, but things could be much worse and I am privileged to feel safe and to have a comfortable place to be.

In this post I’ll share some photos of pre-lockdown memories from around the city during autumn, before the disappearance of the sun for wintertime…

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Christmas in Tivoli (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen Part 1 of this post, take a look here 🙂 This post, I’ll continue sharing images from Tivoli and show you how they decorated the place!

(photos taken before lockdown – Tivoli is now unfortunately closed)

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Christmas at Tivoli (Part 1)

Tivoli does it again! You’ve seen my posts on Tivoli in the summer (here and here) and for Halloween. Now December in Copenhagen could not be complete without some amazing Christmas themed decorations at Tivoli. Today I’ll share with you some of the delightful images I captured when I visited. In fact, I’ve got so many images I want to share that I’ve split this into two posts – so stay tuned for Part 2!

(photos taken before lockdown – Tivoli is now unfortunately closed)

Lots of cute Christmas ornaments to see…
This has got to be the most dazzling, glittering tree I’ve seen in my life, ha.
Cosy outdoor seating with blankets – you’ll find a surprising amount of Danes sitting outdoors even in the chilly November weather – though of course not now with new restrictions in place.
Golden reflections of all the Christmas lights in the mini lake…
…and more.
I’m not sure how they hooked up so many lights to all these trees, but they looked stunning in person.
The light beams in the background were projecting a heart into the sky.
This was taken inside a lovely cafe that myself and my partner frequent when we go to Tivoli usually…they make some incredible treats!
This tree had some moving lights making it look like dripping icicles. Absolutely magical.
A Christmas light waterfall?! They really thought of everything!
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The Lakes, Copenhagen

It’s been a while since I’ve posted photos of the Lakes, so here are some I took in the past month or two 🙂 It’s a lovely walk to take during sundown as the golden light hits all the right places on the water and reflects off the buildings. Enjoy!

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Tivoli, Copenhagen (Part 2)

If you haven’t seen my first post on Tivoli, I suggest you have a look here 🙂 In this post I will share another set of pictures from Tivoli, with captures of the marching band, arcades, restaurants, and funny little items I saw in the cute shops dotted around the place.

Isn’t everything absolutely adorable?

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Halmtorvet, Vesterbro

I’m back with another Vesterbro post 🙂 This time I’ll share some images from Halmtorvet, which is adjacent to Istedgade. You’ll see below it’s got much more of a chill and relaxed atmosphere compared to Istedgade.

It’s actually the first big street I walked on when I first arrived in Copenhagen, thanks to its vicinity to the Central Train Station which is where I got off from the airport train. I was completely dazzled because I had just arrived from the UK which, at the time, was very much locked down (like, you weren’t even allowed to meet your friends). So I step out here from the station with my suitcases and it’s sunny and people are enjoying drinks in outdoor bars/cafes – what?! I almost felt like the ‘normalcy’ of it all was too surreal for me to handle in one day, especially after such a smooth journey flying during travel restrictions.

Anyway – enjoy these sunny photos 🙂

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Enghave Plads, Vesterbro

Enghave Plads is at one end of Istedgade and it’s a nice busy spot (plaza?) to hang out on a sunny day. There’s a metro station in the square and the area leads on to a very nice little park at the end of the street, with picnic areas and a fountain. It’s a nice spot to start exploring Vesterbro. I didn’t have a ton of pictures here, but because I did take a picture of my ice cream (of course) I’ll take this opportunity to mention that Nicecream, a vegan ice cream shop by Enghave Plads, is really good! The shop always has a queue so that attests to how popular the place is.

I find that Denmark actually seems ahead of the UK when it comes to vegan/vegetarian food options. It’s easy to dine out as a vegan here, I think (similar to the UK), but it’s even easier to buy vegan at the supermarket. Despite my very limited knowledge of Danish, it’s easy to spot the ‘vegan’ shelves/freezers, which stock plenty of plant-based alternatives. I would say the meat replacement products especially are surprisingly good compared to the UK – you get a big variety of brands and types of ‘mock meats’ that don’t taste like crap (I normally dislike mock meat because they tend to be rubbery and taste terrible). On top of that, I get the sense that a lot of supermarkets (excluding the “discount” types like Lidl) stock mostly “healthy” (and veggie-friendly) items anyway. It’s not so often that greasy/junk food catches my eye (unlike in UK supermarkets).

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Istedgade, Vesterbro

I just love living around Vesterbro. I didn’t know anything about this neighbourhood when I visited Copenhagen as a tourist a few years ago, so I hadn’t seen any of it before moving here from Bristol, UK. When I was planning my move to Copenhagen from the UK, Vesterbro was the one central-ish neighbourhood that I happened to find available accommodation. As soon as I found the place I put down a deposit and signed the lease before even entering the country (you have to be really careful with scammers though apparently). Accommodation is notoriously difficult to secure in Copenhagen so I didn’t want to risk waiting around searching for something else.

Well, thank goodness it turned out to be the most perfect place I could possibly live as a newcomer to Copenhagen! I find the location to be just perfect – it’s close to the city centre, it’s got buzz, there’s also decent green spaces, hip venues, quirky shops, and so on. I feel like I’m at the heart of all the action, though I’ve been more or less a homebody since moving thanks to not having a real social circle here and being busy with work, ha (and of course corona). The fact that it’s only a 10 minute bike ride to my workplace is also a plus.

There are quite a few streets in the neighbourhood with their very own ‘character’. Istedgade is one of them and is definitely a street that warrants its own post – it stretches out a kilometre and it stands out in the neighbourhood as particularly fun for people-watching. The mood and vibe of the street changes as you walk up and down – you’ll see what I mean from my pictures below.

Outdoor seating ready for summer!
I thought it was rather mysterious how that prism-like shape floats about that spot. I won’t question it though, ha
More brickwork.
Pretty sure this weird statue is stood at the entrance to a hotel on the street.
Loving the bright colours of the buildings here.
And more colours to entice people like me!
I’m rather fond of these pink walls.
This photo pretty much sums up ‘Danish cool’.
Spotted a neon shop on the street.
Any bar with a fluorescent cactus sign gets points in my book.
A more vintage vibe…
Compared to where I lived in Bristol, there isn’t as much ‘grunge’ or street art but you’ll notice big wall murals and pops of colour around Vesterbro.
It sure seems like the Danes know how to maintain plant life 🙂

Hope you enjoyed these pictures, have a good day!

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