Copenhagen guide | Intro
Bierback's guide to
It's been five wonderful years since I moved to this brilliant city, and I look forward to many more. I've had the opportunity (just a tiny bit sarcastic) to move around quite a few times in Copenhagen, and had the chance to experience most of the areas as a resident. They all have their perks, and I would like to share my favourite places in each.
- Part 1: Vesterbro
- Part 2: Frederiksberg
- Part 3: Indre By
- Part 4: Nørrebro
- Part 5: Østerbro
- Part 6: Christianshavn & Amager
But first, some good-to-knows before planning your trip.
1. INFO | GETTING AROUND
If you get here by plane, you'll land at Kastrup, Copenhagen Airport. It's one of my favourite airports and it's super easy to get into the city. Either take the Metro (that will take you to i.e Christianshavn, Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport. To get to the main station, Hovedbanegården, you can take a train.
Once you're "in", you should bike. Rent a bike, there are plenty of bike rentals around every corner, or use the city bikes to easily get from A to B. Copenhagen is beyond bike friendly, and very flat. To bike like a local, make sure you stay to the right, look behind you before taking over, make signs if you're turning (stretch hand out) or stopping (hand up).
2. INFO | MONEY
Almost all places take cards, but there's a minor amount of smaller, local places that only take "Dankort", a national Danish debit card (sometimes combined with VISA to make it a credit card to work abroad), or cash. It's always a good idea to have a few hundred kronor on your pocket, just in case.
3. INFO | OPENING HOURS
The danes love their public holidays. And their Sundays in general. Many shops are closed on these days, so make sure you check the opening hours if you have a certain place in mind. Many restaurants are closed Sunday-Tuesday, and an extended weekend therefore takes a bit of planning. This doesn't mean you won't be able to have a "hyggelig" Sunday, quite the opposite. Sunday brunch with mimosas are quite standard at many places.
4. INFO | HOSPITALITY
The danes might seem reserved sometimes, but most are very friendly and helpful when you ask for directions and such. Do bare in mind that you're in Scandinavia, and don't expect to get much of an answer when commenting on something in line to the cashier. Don't be shy to ask your bartender, the person next to you on the Metro or hotel receptionist for their favourite spots, you might find a place to recommend to us!
5. INFO | WHEN TO VISIT
I guess most cities are best visited in summer, and this includes Copenhagen. The summers here can be absolute fantastic, and it's also when most events and festivals are taking place. Distortion might not be what it once was, but it's a fun experience. Haven Festival is up for their second year and Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is a great way to experience the culinary treats the city has to offer.