Things to do in Copenhagen to get well fed

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A friend is going to Copenhagen, what should he do? see? try?

chris (chris), Thursday, 13 November 2003 15:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Tivoli! Drink in the less salubrious bars across the river, not in central Copenhagen, visit Christiana, look at pretty girls, eat some pastries, don't bother with the little Mermaid...

@d@ml (nordicskilla), Thursday, 13 November 2003 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

but she's a pretty girl!

MarkH (MarkH), Thursday, 13 November 2003 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

go to the cemetery--Assistens Kirkegard--in Norrebro...Hans Christian Anderson and Kirkegaard are buried there. It's beautiful. Weather permitting, you can picnic or take a nap on the grounds.
The Marmorkirken (marble church) is quite impressive as well.
While I can't vouch for it, I just stumbled across a place called "Library Bar" which sound pretty fantastic.
Oh, and the women in Copenhagen really do outshine all others.

mark cunningham (robotsinlove), Thursday, 13 November 2003 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

see who's playing at loppen in christiania.
see what's playing at the dfi / cinemateket.
drink free carlesburg at the brewery by day.
drink pricey carlesburg by night at the mouse & the elephant on vestergade or less-expensive carlesburg at the studenterhuset or any bar in norrebro.
also the central art museum is very, very nice. everyone likes the louisiana, but the statens museum is definitely worth seeing.
there's a tiny museum with skagen paintings and some hammershoi's right down the street too.
i love copenhagen.

N, Thursday, 13 November 2003 16:21 (fifteen years ago) link


gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 13 November 2003 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

well it's not in copenhagen proper but not far.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 13 November 2003 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

I am going at the end of the month, for 4-5 days! Mostly planning to rent a bike and zip around looking at architecture but any "mustn't miss" recommendations will be well-received!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:37 (ten years ago) link

i'll ask my friend who visited there a couple of weeks back

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:49 (ten years ago) link


Doctor Casino, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:54 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

REVIVE because I go to there the week of X-mas, when the sun sets at 2:30 p.m.!

quincie, Friday, 11 November 2011 20:40 (seven years ago) link

- rent a bike, best way to get around
- sample some of the local micro-brews
- smorrebrod

o. nate, Friday, 11 November 2011 20:54 (seven years ago) link

hmmmm is biking do-able in December? I have not investigated what sort of weather to expect

Apparenly we will be getting to copenhage via Helsinki and ESTONIA.

If I do not get to have a drink with Tuomas I will die.

quincie, Friday, 11 November 2011 22:13 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Going for work next month. Will be there a week. I think I'll catch a couple shows at Vega, but other than that I have no plans outside of work stuff. Any recommendations?

Benjamin-, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:39 (five years ago) link

I fucking love this city and am super envious!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:55 (five years ago) link

I love Copenhagen too!

Go to a bakery and get a danish! Last time I was there, they had them alongside the river, so you could sit beside it and watch tiny boats go by while you eat. If you want to see rock n roll go to a place called Drone. It might be in Christiania, not sure. If that place is still around, definitely check it out. It's a little anarchist commune in the middle of town, but they don't allow cameras. Actually they might have shut it down a few years ago, not sure...

Just walking around the town is enough, honestly! It's such a huge place, with big, wide-opened patios, and you will see many amazing statues and giant buildings. Once I came upon a cool college-level art show housed in a church that was hundreds of years old. You never know what you will see!

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:30 (five years ago) link

Is Tivoli really cool? It sounds amazing, but when I was over there, it seemed so expensive. Is it worth it?

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:31 (five years ago) link

Christiania is still around, though personally I found it a bit more depressing than cool. The concept itself is great (a self-governing freetown in the middle of the city), and I bet in the 60s and 70s it was a cool place to live, but nowadays it seems to have become a shabby neighbourhood where tourists come to gawk at the hippies and weirdos, and score some weed... (Probably the most famous aspect of Christiania is that weed is openly sold there, even though it's illegal in Denmark, though these days the drug trade seems to be run by Eastern Europeans biker-types, so I'm not sure if it actually benefits the community in any way.)

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:26 (five years ago) link

Tivoli is your basic amusement park, nice as such, but I didn't find anything amazing about it... Though in the summer (maybe in the spring too?) they have evening concerts which are included in the admission fee, it might be worth a visit if there's some band/act you'd want to see.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:28 (five years ago) link

But yeah, if you're in Copenhagen and want to experience one of its unique features, you should definitely visit Christiania at least once, just don't expect your mind be blown by it.

I'd also recommend renting a bicycle: Copenhagen is very bike-friendly (among the European capitals I've been to, only Amsterdam has more bikes), and bicycle paths are everywhere. Copenhagen is pretty small too, so if you rent a bike, you probably don't need to use the public transport at all.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:35 (five years ago) link

I was very pleased to take a short bus ride to visit Grundtvigs Kirke:

but then I'm a proper sucker for Scandinavian Expressionism. Also it won't make you well-fed so is probably off-topic.

Tim, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:43 (five years ago) link

If want to see the whole city from a bird's view, you can climb atop this church, which is pretty close to Christiania:,_Copenhagen

In the afternoons there's also carillon music played there, which is nice. I have to warn you though, the safety on the spiral stairs is pretty low, so if you have acrophobia, it might be too much for you. When I was there, only a handful of the people who paid the admission fee actually managed to climb all the way to the top of the stairs.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:52 (five years ago) link

"the safety railing on the spiral stairs is pretty low"

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:53 (five years ago) link

Drone is at Nørrebro, not Christania, and is a pretty cool place. Lots of pretty girls. I love Tivoli, what is amazing about it is mainly that it's placed right in the center of the city - right next to city hall. Apart from that, yeah, rent a bike, ride around and see the city. Go to Louisiana north of town if you want to see art.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:00 (five years ago) link

I visited the city very briefly in January. Tivoli was closed because of (re)construction work but if I remember correctly it would re-open this month. A friend of mine recommended Radio for getting well fed, but that, too, was closed (just for holidays though)...

willem, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:41 (five years ago) link

I'm going there in a few weeks! Cant wait

kinder, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:42 (five years ago) link

I just came back from Copenhagen yesterday, and Tivoli is indeed open again.

If you like to do some shopping, a road called "Gammel Kongevej" has some nice boutiques with clothes and design, and a couple of well-stocked records stores, Sound Station and Goldmine. (The latter is located in small recess on the north side of the road.)

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:56 (five years ago) link

when we went to christiania it was about 9:30am and no-one was around. lazy bloody hippies

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:04 (five years ago) link

Also, Gamle Ole (old, smelly cheese) is an interesting food experience

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:08 (five years ago) link

Yeah, Gammel Kongevej is cool. Also, 5 min from where I live.

The well-fed thing: The places called Madklubben are quite good and cheap. Different menus. If you're going to Drone, then start the evening by eating the Quatro Funghi pizza at Leif's at Ægirsgade. Four kinds of mushroom, parmasan and mascarpone cheese, pine nuts and truffel oil. Bindia is good takeaway indian. If you're at Gammel Kongevej, take HC Ørstedsvej north and go to Vietsense for fine vietnamese food. Also: Smørrebrød. Huset ved det Grønne Træ at Gammeltorv is the best in the game right now, but Husmann's is also a classic, and the three places at Frederiksberg, called Haverne - take Gammel Kongevej west, then turn south, it'll take you right past - are quite good as well.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:12 (five years ago) link

Lots of pretty girls

This I like

A frenzied geologist (Tom D.), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:26 (five years ago) link

Hey Frederik, I might be visiting Copenhagen again this spring/summer (my gf is currently studying in Roskilde, and her sister and the sister's gf live in CPH, so we can crash at their place), since your local, would you happen to know any good clubs that play electronic/dance music (preferably not too mainstream)? I'd love to go dancing, but I haven't really checked out the clublife the previous time I've been there.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:27 (five years ago) link

Well, I don't really know that much about it, but my club-friends talk about Harvey's at Kødbyen. Or maybe Culture Box, though apparantly it's not such a great place. Or Rust at Nørrebro, they have some cool names at times, other times it's a hipster-blog hell-hole. I'd check if there is a good DJ anywhere, but I don't think Copenhagen is the best place for clubbing.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:11 (five years ago) link

If you're interested in architecture I really could go on and on. Maybe I have upthread. Denmark has had a couple of different moments of being the site of really great intense design culture, and that's made for some cool buildings. Depends how heavy you're into that kinda thing obv. Seconding the Louisiana rec - it's a small train trek to get up there but it is a wonderful setting for art, very well-scaled, very nicely integrated with the landscape, good light. I can't tell good art from a hole in the ground but if they have it, it'll look good there and you'll have the peace and quiet to look at it. They also have a sculpture garden with some big names so there may in fact be significant holes in the ground. Anyway, I wouldn't necessarily go if you only had two or three days there, but if longer, sure.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:12 (five years ago) link

And yes it is a non-stop babe fest, as has been alluded to.

▴▲ ▴TH3CR()$BY$H()W▴▲ ▴ (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:37 (five years ago) link

I don't know where you live, but if it the U.S., be prepared for major sticker shock.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:11 (five years ago) link

My favorite part of Copenhagen is all of it, by bike! A much easier place to bike in Amsterdam imo--the bike laneage is superb and you don't have as much navigating-around-pedestrians.

My life goal is to live in Copenhagen when it is not too cold and Tokyo when it is not too hot.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:13 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

What's Copenhagen likely to be like in mid-November? (Around the 18th, so possibly before Xmas events kick in).

djh, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:22 (five years ago) link

^ but mid-December, so possibly after Xmas events kick in

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:09 (five years ago) link

Cold, chilly, rainy. But beautiful and cosy.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:52 (five years ago) link

Where would you recommend as a good area to stay in? Probably doing AirBnB. Got flights booked but not accommodation.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:06 (five years ago) link

Hm, I don't know. Depends on what you want to do. But the city is kinda small, can really get anywhere on a bike. I'd say Vesterbro, Nørrebro or Frederiksberg, but some prefer to be more central or at Christianshavn.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:09 (five years ago) link

How about Amager Vest? Found a cheap place there near a metro station that looks ok.

What we want to do - not much really, see a few museums/galleries, preferably involving minimal walking. It's our first time in Denmark so I think anything and everything will be interesting tbh.

I have heard the city is beautiful in winter - is there a good place to get a good view of the city?

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:57 (five years ago) link

Amager Vest is very suburban in feel IIRC, but very close (by transit/bike) to the center of things. I could imagine that being a fine base unless you want to stay someplace that has street life right outside your door etc.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:57 (five years ago) link

Amager Vest is a very newly build area, and there really isn't much life. But yeah, it's build around the metro, which means you can be at the center of the city in 15 min, close to a lot of museums. So yeah, that's a fine area to stay. There aren't that many places with views, there aren't that many high buildings. But Christianskirken on Christianshavn is one of the best.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:17 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

We ended up staying near Amagerbro station which is probably the place I was talking about upthread. It was quite suburban as you say but easy to get around from, and we liked the building we stayed in. I did make it to the top of Christianskirken!

Anyway we liked it there enough to go again this August for my birthday. This time we are staying in Christianshavn near Christiania. I'm keeping an eye on the listings for the Loppen venue but they have nothing up for early August yet. Are there any decent record shops in that area? Last time there was a stall in the Christiania market hall which had some bootleggy looking reissues of some cool albums (I think some Throbbing Gristle stuff) but not much else.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 19 June 2016 18:25 (three years ago) link

... uh, when are you going to be there, I might be going there in August too. Haven't decided yet.

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Sunday, 19 June 2016 18:51 (three years ago) link


nakhchivan, Sunday, 19 June 2016 18:53 (three years ago) link

xp 5-8 Aug

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 19 June 2016 19:41 (three years ago) link

Oh, Amagerbro, I thought you meant somewhere completely different! Christianshavn and Amagerbro is quite close to each other, through don't tell people who live at Christianshavn :) You'll be so close to the rest of town that it should be possible to go to pretty much every record shop. I don't know if there's anything particularly at Christianshavn. There's a couple ok cheap Indian restaurants around there.

Frederik B, Sunday, 19 June 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Any new ideas?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 July 2019 05:04 (three months ago) link

Just stay away from those scooters!

Frederik B, Thursday, 11 July 2019 06:45 (three months ago) link

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