Quick stopover in Lego land. Love, love, love the functional minimalism that’s typically Danish. Everything’s so well thought out and beautifully designed.
Copenhagen Kongens Nytorv station
Public transport in Copenhagen runs 24-7. The city is clean and safe with lots of open and green spaces. Education and healthcare is free. With so much going for them, no wonder Danes are one of the happiest in the world.
Left: Lime trees - Kongens Have park. Right: The Little Mermaid – overrated, overfondled and over-photographed symbol of Copenhagen, according to Rick Steves but I had to check it out.
St.Ansgar’s Cathedral Copenhagen
Barracks at Kastellet
And to boot, food in Copenhagen is awesome.
I had an amazing meal at Amass, which I wrote about in an earlier post.
Cod, burnt birch, radishes & black lime – Amass
Besides Amass, I’ve bookmarked a list of restaurants to check out.
With barely two days in Copenhagen, I decided to save those for next trip and hit the streets for some local, everyday food.
Torvehallerne market is a great place for light meals. I had a scrumptious herring and egg smørrebrød (open-sandwiches) at Hallernes.
For more rustic and pocket-friendly smørrebrød, head over to Domhusets Smørrebrød. A selection of two sandwiches will set you back DKR 36, relatively cheap in an expensive city like Copenhagen.
Awesome organic hot dog – DOP
Sweets in Denmark are a must. Since I was short of time and stomach space, I went for the two that are distinguishably Danish – snegle (snail pastry) and flødeboller – marshmallow ball with marzipan / wafer base covered in chocolate.
Lagkagehuset has a few outlets around the city and is a great place to grab some pastries. They also make very good bread.
I liked it so much that I went there twice in a row.
snegle (snail pastry) - Lagkagehuset
Getting around the city centre is easy and best done by bike or on foot.
Danes speak effortlessly good English, are civic conscious and helpful. They may seem slightly reserved but that’s not something a smile can’t fix.