The second destination of our European experience was Copenhagen. Landing in Copenhagen was a pleasant breeze. Annika and I were greeted at the airport by the world’s friendliest passport security guard who was delighted that we were from Canada and chatted with us about the places we had to visit during our stay. The airport was beautiful. Everyone was friendly. The airport staff gladly helped us in choosing our metro passes. Machines for metro tickets are everywhere in the airport and so is currency exchange.
After we had our metro tickets and some Danish Krones, we caught the metro to Nørreport Station. Copenhagen has the easiest transportation system ever! For the metro, there is the M1 or the M2 and if you get on the wrong one its very simple to just hop off and get on the right metro (this only happened once). Also, there are signed all over the metro of stops, which is great because Danish was almost impossible for us to understand. The airport is only a 20 minute metro ride to Nørreport and you are in the heart of Copenhagen. We walked 5 minutes to our Airbnb and were overwhelmed by the number of pastry shops we saw.
We were staying in a fantastic Airbnb, which our host told us was an old embassy. It was huge! The most interesting part was the bathroom, which was also the shower. When you wanted to shower you would pull the shower curtain across the door and pull the handle on the sink tap to turn on the shower handle. Don’t forget to remove the toilet paper ;).
After a much needed nap to conquer our jet lag, we left our cozy bedroom to explore the town. We were aiming to find a pub to eat and drink at but quickly discovered that Europe is not like Canada. The streets were lined with pubs that only served alcohol. You need to go to an actual restaurant if you want food! We ended up finding an amazing Gastropub called Hot Buns.
Eating out in Copenhagen is not cheap…especially with our Canadian dollar and student salaries. We each ordered a burger, beer, shared a side of fries, and rejected the offer for side sauces. The food was great though! The menu said something along the lines of “we cook our burgers medium rare. You must leave after 2 hours.” Basically, F you, we have good burgers and we know it. It was awesome.
We wondered into a familiar setting at the Dubliner and had a beer. We quickly made some fantastic Danish friends who taught us a dice game called Mya. One of our new friends explained to us the mystery of the Danish language – you say the world as it is spelt but as if you have a piece of bread in your mouth. It’s so true!
We started off the next day with pastries and coffee. We met up with a couple of our good friends living in Sweden and played tourists. There is a lot to see in Copenhagen! Some of the highlights were:
Right by the canal, this area is lined by bright colourful buildings with restaurants. There were boats in the canal offering tours and lots of people walking and cycling around. The bikes outnumber the cars in Copenhagen for sure! It is such a walkable city with beautiful cobble stone roads.
The Little Mermaid statue:
There were some very beautiful statues in Copenhagen but the Little Mermaid was the most recommended by far. The Little Mermaid is seen as a Copenhagen icon.
This is a must see. Christiania is in Christianshavn and is easily accessible (like most places in Copenhagen) by Metro. It is a self-proclaimed neighbourhood that was originally a military camp now transformed by squatters and regulated by special laws. Freetown basically describes it the best. All the buildings/structures in Christiania are covered in amazing graffiti and the entire community has a calm and chilled out vibe. Probably because people freely sell and buy weed along the Green Light District, an area where you aren’t allowed to take any pictures.
Paludan Bog & Café:
A great place for food and drinks! This café really has a library feel with two stories of bookshelves. It was super cozy and had big portions for food.
The Little Mermaid: