I love doing guides and to reveal the beauty of cities to others. So, as promised on the “Why the World needs our blog”-page, I’m going to write you a guide for Copenhagen.
Day 1 starts with a walking tour around Nørrebro, as this is the place I live and love the most.
A) Start on Nørrebrogade, close to the Stefans-church and walk down Stefansgade, the new upcoming Street with Riccos, the obligatory record store, a nice flower shop, Stefanos and a cheap second-hand dealers.
B) Arrive at Jægersborggade and notice all the nice shops. My favourites are the record store, Trykker Tøsen, CMYK, the various second-hand dealers, the caramel store (Karamelleriet), Lyst (newly opened café) and first and foremost The Coffee Collective.
C) Take a rest at The Coffee Collective. Get yourself a café latte and a croissant and do some people watching or read in the good collection of newspapers (Weekendavisen and Politiken –well, good in my opinion 😉 ) and magazines like Vize, Dazed and all kind of artsy fartsy stuff (If your into that of course).
D) Cross Jagtvej and get lost in the fantastic churchyard Assistens kirkegård.
To see: H.C. Andersens, topless chicks taking sunbathes and all kinds of other people enjoying the atmosphere, which is much closer to a park’s than a churchyard’s.
E) Follow Nørrebrogade down to Elmegade and discover all kinds of shops with homemade clothes, Danish brands and in case you didn’t get a coffee before or are much more into rye bread than croissants, you should go into Kaffe Bar and get yourself a coffee (ask for the Darterra bean in your coffee) and some rye bread with a boiled and organic egg (my favourite) or some other more regular breakfast or cake stuff.
F) I’m all about food, so the next stop is Sankt Hans Torv where you can either get yourself some Paradis ice-cream (terribly good chocolate taste and this years’ best vanilla ice-cream, with very few calories), some Frost factory ice-cream ( a bit like Coldstone, but with less calories too), or the best durum falafel in town from Torvets Kebab. If you’ve had enough of food, buy a Sommersby in the 7eleven –NO MATTER WHAT you buy, you have to sit down on the torv and do some more people watching while consuming whatever you bought. Well, ok, in case it rains – you can go into Soupanatural as well (LOVE this place too), or into Kaffeplantagen (not for the sake of the coffee, but the view) or into Plenum (for the sake of the view or the quotes on the walls).
G) Now go down Sankt Hans Gade and notice all the tiny shops and the galleries in the cellars. (L.) There is a fantastic new café called Kind of Blue (don’t drink the Gingerbeer!!) on Ravnsborggade and loads of nice antique shops, so take a stroll down that street too.
H) Walk along the lakes and notice all the people running, all the mummies with their strollers and all the metrosexual guys having coffee together on benches (we’re talking about summertime here, minor detail).
Walk up Baggesensgade up to Blågårdsgade and take a good look at the happy mix of art stores, galleries, café’s, bars and restaurants. FYI there are real good jazz-jam-sessions at Blågårds-apotek on Mondays (and they have nice beer here too).
I) Now walk back to Nørrebrogade and up to Møllegade (notice Dadhra Foodstore on the way and on your right hand side, as mentioned earlier).
On Møllegade there is a place called Litteraturhaus, which is an institution with lots of cultural and literary events. Quite cool, though maybe too much for some.
J) This is quite an insider, but I love this place SO much and only discovered it when I live in the neighbourhood. It is called Sabotøren and it is an organic Winebar that also sells vegetables. Try the tasty prosecco for only 25dkk (NB: AFTERNOON SUN!).
If Sabotøren is closed, Wascator is also around the corner. It is a really, really cozy place too and the food is also really, really good here. Don’t take the grumpy but hearty bartender personally, that’s Copenhagen-charm ;).
K) Finally you have to go to Café Viking and Leifs Pizza Bar. Here you get the BEST pizza in town (Leifs) and the best Beer (Viking) on Nørrebro, for fair prices.
Now rest your feet and recall the charm of Nørrebro, with all its graffiti, skin colours, contrasts and passions for arts and crafts.
PS: I forgot to mention Underwood (close to Ravnsborggade G. & L.), a great book cafe with loads of afternoon sun, book receptions and fantastic tapas and wine! (Ryesgade 30A, 2200 Copenhagen N).
PPS: Oh yes, and also forgot the Route 66 – a great, great record store close to Sankt Hans Torv (F) Fælledvej 3, 200 Copenhagen N.
AND Empire Bio a really cozy cinema on Guldbergsgade on the way from Sankt Hans torv (F) to Sabotøren (K).
Pictures: my own and from good old google.com