Copenhagen guide | Part 5
Bierback's guide to
I honestly had to move to Østerbro, to give it a proper chance. Before that, I thought it was too far away (from everything) and not very exciting. But four months as a resident and several visits later, I now have a list of places that really makes Østerbro worth a visit.
Starting with a nice walk along the lakes, you can reach Østerbro after your Nørrebro visit. The lakes are the artificial basins in the city that now serves as a popular recreational area and breathing spot in Copenhagen. Østerbro starts at the eastern lake, Sortedams sø. Even if we can't see why you'd be tempted to jump in (you'll understand when visting them), we highly recommend not to.
1. EAT | IZUMI+
Strandvejen 59, 2100 Copenhagen. Now don't let the words "all you can eat" put you off. This is seriously the best place in Copenhagen for sushi, based on value for money. Take a seat by the bar, order a good mix to share, and watch the chefs prepare your sushi while waiting. It's a treat both for the eyes and your tummy.
2. EAT | BOPA PLADS
Bopa Plads, 2100 Copenhagen. In our opinion it doesn't really matter if you chose Bopa or Pixie, both cafés are located at the Paris-like square where you also find a few local, small shops. Have a drink and enjoy spending an evening with the locals.
3. EAT | ENIGMA KANTINA
Øster Allé 1, 2100 Copenhagen. Claus Meyer, a well known and appreciated entrepreneur within Danish food culture, has turned an old post office into Enigma - a place for activities and experiences, with a design store and a restaurant, Enigma Kantina. The atmosphere is very low key and the restaurant practically self-service. But the food is good, the coffee better and a great place for both friends and families.
4. ICE CREAM | ISOTEKET
Bopa Plads, 2100 Copenhagen. Two words. Cinnamon caramel. Combine it with two more. Ice cream. I honestly teared up a little as this is the best ice cream I've ever had. Yes, I have a few other favourites. But seriously. You have. To. Try. It.
5. SHOP | NORDRE FRIHAVNSGADE
Nordre Frihavnsgade, 2100 Copenhagen. Cute design shops, second hand stores and beautiful flowers. Nordre Frihavnsgade is well worth a stroll down, even if many stores mostly allow us to window shop. Still worth it though, as new gems keep popping up. Like our favourite second hand and organic lifestyle store, The Organic Club.
6. SWIM | SVANEMØLLEN
Strandpromenaden 36, 2100 Copenhagen. If you're lucky, you'll be visiting Copenhagen on a warm summer day. Then why not go for a swim in the ocean? At Svanemøllen you can chose between the busy pier, the kids friendly beach or the relaxed harbour. We're fans of the harbour, as there's a little wooden pier with stairs you can get into the water from. Bring playing cards, some snacks and a bottle of your best bubbles. Just make sure you bring your trash with you when you leave.