Copenhagen guide | Part 6
Bierback's guide to
CHRISTIANSHAVN & AMAGER
I loved living at Prinsessegade on Christianshavn. The charming little apartment didn't have bathroom, instead the shower was placed in the bedroom. But the living room overlooking Christiania, the free town that is on many visitor's to-do list and having the canals around the corner made up for that.
Amager is actually an island, on where the airport also lies. The metro stops at Christianshavn as well as on several places on Amager, so there's really no reason not to visit, even if some might consider it being a bit "off".
1. EAT | BINGO 156
Amagerbrogade 156, 2300 Copenhagen. This is our favourite place for brunch. No but really. If we only got to chose one place, this would be it. Fair prices, super friendly staff, solid and good good. Start with an orange juice, followed by a flat white with oat milk, a "morgentallerken", half an avodaco and a grape. Et voila, you just got the best start to your day.
2. DO | CHRISTIANIA
Prinsessegade 43, 1440 Copenhagen. Before you visit Christiania, remember two things: people live here and call it their home. Even if it's one of Denmarks' most visited places, you're a visitor and should act accordingly. Also, it's not all about the drugs.
Christiania is located on Christianshavn and it all started in 1971 where the former military base was taken over by free minded squatters. Christiania is a thriving free town, where you'll find extraordinary architecture, restaurants, bars, shops and music venues.
Take a long walk and enjoy the green and colourful surroundings, stop for a Christiania beer at Nemoland and check out Kvindesmedien for interior design pieces for your home. If you're visiting in December you should visit their Christmas market, and during the summer months there are free concerts at Nemoland each Sunday.
3. EAT | THE ORGANIC BOHO
Prinsessegade 23, 1422 Copenhagen. This is where you get the best, prettiest, divinely tasting salads. As the name might reveal, The Organic Boho is 100% organic but it's also 100% vegan. The concept was developed in Ibiza by the Danish entrepreneur Karina and she has managed to bring the vibe all the way back to Copenhagen.
4. SWIM | BABY BABY
Refshalevej 151, 1432 Copenhagen. When you're reading this the cool factor of Copenhagen's (currently) most vibrant watering hole might already have worn off. But let's hope the weather is still warm enough for them to stay open and you to take a ride down the waterslide to then sip on a Holmes Galore; an Underberg bottle placed in a can of San Pellegrino Limone e menta. Get there early to take a seat in one of the deck chairs, kick back your feet and enjoy the careless vibe. Their vegan piadina is a great snack but remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen; the sun can be deceiving when being close to the water and there's a light breeze. Speaking of experience...
5. SWEET | LILLE BAKERY
Refshalevej 213A, 1432 Copenhagen. This crowdfunded bakery opened up their doors to the public in May earlier this year and quickly turned into a must-visit for sourdough loving Copenhageners. We already apologise for the long queue in the morning but can vouch for the wait being worth it. Also, if you don't try their ice cream filled doughnut that's your mistake.
6. SWIM | AMAGER STRANDPARK
Amager Strand Promenaden 1, 2300 Copenhagen. Visit "Copenhagen's Riviera", the four kilometer long and up to 250 meter wide beach in southern Copenhagen. Take a dip overlooking Kattegatt and the Øresund bridge. It's easy accessible with the Metro and throughout the summer months there are loads of activities for the whole family.