Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Culture, Expat life, Travel, Vesterbro, Vesterbro

Absalon, Vesterbro

Absalon is a community center/hall in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. It’s one of the more unique venues around the city – it’s a little quirkier for Copenhagen standards, hosting all sorts of events like bingo, yoga, Lino printing, life drawing, and so on, with an affordable community dinner taking place every night. During the day, it’s a kind of cafe/study lounge/canteen, and you’ll see plenty of students working away on their laptops or families with their little ones grabbing a quick drink. The place is, of course, still as pristine and aesthetic as the other buildings and projects around the city. But I’ve yet to see a place as playful as this around Copenhagen, catering to people of all ages and interests. I’ve even come here to study myself on a couple of occasions – it’s a rather popular place that gets easily crowded, so it’s best to come early in the morning.

These shots were taken pre-lockdown. I look forward to visiting again sometime.

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Operaen (Copenhagen Opera House)

The Copenhagen Opera House is currently closed to visitors, but it stands as an impressive feat of architecture just across from Nyhavn. It looks great across the water, but it’s even more impressive up close. Again I am amazed by how many buildings there are to “sight see” around Copenhagen without so much as stepping indoors. I hope you enjoy these sunset shots at Operaen.

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Nørrebro, Copenhagen

Nørrebro is the one area in Copenhagen that is constantly lively, even during the quiet hours – there’s always something going on, and there’s plenty to see. It’s the more interesting place to visit if you’re craving a little more than the typical tourist-attraction museums, parks, and older architecture you see all over European cities – and want to see where the young Copenhageners actually go to hang out. So if you’re all about cool vintage shops, street art, people-watching, skate parks, and bars, restaurants & cafes…this is the neighbourhood for you. And if you like taking photos like I do, there are lots of interesting little details on the streets worthy of a snapshot, as you’ll see below!

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CopenHill, Copenhagen

Happy New Year! Hope you had a good one, and that 2021 is off to a decent start (given the circumstances…)

I’m back with some images to share with you, of the coolest places around Copenhagen. There’s no better place to start than CopenHill, in my opinion!

CopenHill is an artificial ski slope/climbing center/hill build atop a waste management plant. It is located on Refshaleøen and is part of Copenhagen’s waste-to-energy initiatives. This project is truly, quintessentially ‘Copenhagen’ – it’s recreational, creative, architectural, “eco-friendly”, offers some of the city’s best views, and is a mainstay silhouette in the capital’s skyline. You can find out more about this amazing place here. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of what CopenHill has to offer, from the perspective of my camera lens…

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CopenHill by night

Please stay tuned for my next post on CopenHill, which will tell you what this recreational space is all about, with some incredible views from up top. For now I will show you what CopenHill looks like from a distance, around various spots in Refshaleøen. I must say these are some pretty surreal views – CopenHill makes for an amazing backdrop to some of the city’s most incredible spots.

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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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Islands Brygge by night

Wow, is it New Years eve already? Did 2020 really just come and go like that? So much has happened this year – I moved to Denmark after almost 10 years in the UK, started a job that I love, and found a one-in-a-lifetime kind of partner. I am eternally grateful for the fortune and privilege that has led me to where I am now after all the blood, sweat, and tears, and the faith I put in myself to get through the challenges. I don’t take any of the positive changes that have happened in my life for granted! I will always remember and be thankful for 2020. I’ve learned and grown so much.

Also, this month my blog had the highest number of views ever, I guess you all really enjoyed by Christmas-themed posts, I’m glad! 🙂

Now you’ll have to forgive me for the quality of these photos, as I have no tripod and they are all hand-held pictures. They’re really not the best photos. But I thought these reflective, sparkly night shots were a good note to end the wild year of 2020…They were taken in Islands Brygge, which is a hugely popular area for outdoor swimming (especially in the summer, of course) close to Glyptoteket and Tivoli. Out of all the public places I’ve been over summer, this area was probably the most crowded (hello Corona). When it’s a little colder and quieter like it is nowadays, it is a wonderful place to have a quiet walk, admire the lights, and collect your thoughts in the evening.

Hope you are all safe and well, and happy New Years eve!

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