A list of the 30 things I love most about Copenhagen – my list could even give you a brief starting point or guide on what to do in Copenhagen 🙂
- The bread. It’s really everything you could dream of, especially Rugbrød which is super dark, grainy, and bitter. For some reason I really like it toasted w/ jam.
- Hygge. This is a concept that explains that contentful, bubbly feeling you get in the winter. Danes embrace Hygge by cozying up with their family, lighting candles, snuggling up in blankets and Hyggesokken (fuzzy socks), and chatting.
- Super-wide bike lanes. When it snows, the city actually shovels the bike lanes before the car lanes. This just shows how much the city depends on biking. Biking is super easy + safe in Cope and really a must-do when you come here.
- Nyhavn. The harbor in Copenhagen has got to be one of the most beautiful and photogenic places ever.
- Danish people. My experience are that the Danes are generally very open minded, friendly, and respectful people.
- English. Danes speak amazing English and switch seamlessly from Danish.
- The cafes. Two that are close to my school which I LOVE are The Living Room, and The Next Door Cafe.
- Independent children. Kids in Denmark are taught independence and responsibility at a young age. I don’t want to overgeneralize, but for the most part, kids just do their duties and complain far less than American kids in my opinion.
- Copenhageners are conscious about sustainability. I saw one woman picking up a stray piece of trash on the street. They also make sure to turn the lights off when they leave a room, a concept many Americans struggle with.
- S-tog. The S train is so easy and simple to use and there’s even a big carriage for bike storage.
- Student life. There are so many students and people are really friendly. There are also tons of discounts if you search for them, one notably at Studenterhuset.
- Getting to Sweden. It takes just 40 minutes to get to Mälmo by train so if you get bored of Copenhagen (very unlikely!) you can come here.
- Traveling to Norway. Although it takes longer, you can take a beautiful ferry to Oslo
- High standard of living. So far I have noticed Copenhagen is a pretty livable city. Although expensive, rent is definitely less than NYC and if you just opt to eat at home, it really isn’t terribly expensive.
- Torvehallerne. This glass market is home to tons of stalls selling fresh product, Danish food, high quality wine, and all other sorts of exotic items. It’s really fun to walk around here and check out some of the vendors.
- People are active. I often see mass amounts of people either biking or cycling whereas in Houston everyone would drive. On the weekends and after work I see may people jogging throughout the streets, even in the dead of January.
- Chai lattes. Just order one in Copenhagen, enough said.
- Running routes. I have only run a few times in Copenhagen but there are countless areas to explore. “The lakes” is popular, alongside Frederiksberg Gardens. Honestly though, all will suffice for a beautiful run in nature.
- Fælledparken. I spent lots of time getting lost in this huge park. It is so nice to bike, run, or walk around 🙂 There is also an amazing bakery called Brødkunsten not too far.
- Equality. There are many themes of equality in Danish culture. Even if a Dane is older than you, they tend to see you as an equal and value your opinion.
- Work life balance. I have talked to my host mom about this and I really admire this about Danish work culture. There is no “faking sick”, you just tell your manager you need to take time off to be with your family because there is no expectation that you work like a dog. As long as you are efficient, you can be home well before dinnertime.
- University of Copenhagen. I’m taking one philosophy class here and the building is so modern and absolutely stunning. I would definitely recommend walking around here someday.
- Smørrebrød. These open-faced sandwiches can have every topping from fried fish to liver pate. I tried my first one at Aamanns Deli which was incredible. You have to try the homemade schnapps with it 😉
- Danish pickles. Yes I love these pickles! Pick some up at a grocery store in Copenhagen and you will be in heaven.
- Copenhagen Airport. Not only are there cheap flights to other major European hubs, the airport is a really pleasant place. It is really clean + efficient… nothing like JFK so there is no stress when traveling out of CPH.
- The Metro. It is super cool that the metro is self-operating without a conductor and you can even see out of the front. It’s a pretty neat experience and yes I know it’s weird i’m impressed by a metro but it’s pretty modern.
- Danish design. I have a hidden passion for minimalistic design and the Scandinavian way of decorating really inspires me. I really admire the look of a clutterless room with white walls, lots of shrubbery, cozy lights, and modern furniture. It’s really appealing look to me and I’m looking forward to checking out the Design Museum in Copenhagen.
- Nørrebro. This is a really trendy area with lots of cute eateries and shops. I like biking around here since it’s not directly in the city center but still accessible. I really want to check out the wine bar Vinhanen in that area since I heard it’s pretty affordable since the wine is in containers, not bottles.
- Svanemølle Beach. There is a really quaint beach here with a nice pier walking out over the water. I can imagine it’s an extremely popular place to come in the summer, but also very calm to hangout at during the wintertime.
- Meatpacking District. This area is packed with classy restaurants and established bars, and is popping during the weekend. It is definitely a fun experience to come here and perhaps visit the reputable Mikkeller Bar or Fiskebaren which is where I’ll be going for my birthday dinner!
Here are a few pictures of beautiful Copenhagen and what it has to offer 🙂
Honestly, the only “complaints” I have are that Danish is a tough language and Copenhagen is super expensive (expect to pay 35 DKK, or around $6 for a coffee).
Otherwise, I’m loving every second of my semester in Copenhagen so far and I can’t wait to share more with you about my experiences here and exploring more of Scandinavia.