These are the 20 things I love most about 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.
- 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.
- 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 winter in January.
- Chai lattes. Just order one in Copenhagen, enough said.
- 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.
- 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 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!
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.