COPENHAGEN CITY GUIDE
Harness racing is popular in Denmark and this racetrack was the first to be built in Europe. The Harness Racing Derby, held here every August, is the biggest date in the calendar and attracts thousands of spectators and gamblers alike. If you enjoy a flutter or some people watching, this is a great place to visit.
The Danish have an odd tendency to jump into the icy sea in the winter. There are several Sea Baths dotted along Copenhagen’s coastline but Kastrup Baths is easily the most striking and most fun. It looks like something out of Waterworld, with a long wooden walkway out to a high-walled island.
We only had to walk past the window of this shop, full of old film cameras, to know we were going to include it in the City Guide. With helpful employees this excellent camera shop sells everything from old Leica’s to brand new 5D’s. They also have a film development service.
If you are after a quick yet substantial dinner late at night, then this kebab shop is a good choice. With few options for food later than 10pm in Copenhagen, this place could just save the day (particularly after a couple of beers). Go for the mixed grill for a real bargain.
This sweet (no pun intended) little bakery was stumbled across after we had visited the Wrench Monkees work shop. Their amazing selection of traditional pastries drew us in and their cinnamon danish was incredible.
This comic book store, located just off one of the main shopping districts, is huge and has a range of comic books and graphic novels, as well as platform toys and action figures. They also have a dedicated gaming area for Warhammer, if you’re into that.
SANKT HANS GADES ANTIK
In the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen, where apparently Mads Mikkelson and other famous Danish actors like to hang out, there is a thrift store that sells mainly antiques but pretty much anything. The owner has had the shop for over 20 years and clearly has been filling it consistently throughout with lamps, old radios and various brick-a-brack.
Torvehallerne is a covered food market with stalls selling wholesale chunks of meat and coffee shops selling artisan coffee. It is a nice place to hang out but if you go when its busy you will struggle to find somewhere to lock up your bike.
CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR
The best view of Copenhagen we found was from the top of The Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn. There are 400 steps to the very top so if you aren’t that fit and don’t like heights, don’t bother. Its an amazing view, though, and as it is so central you can see most of the city from there.
This theme park is centrally located, found right next door to the main train station. One of the oldest theme parks in the world, Tivoli has a 100 year old rollercoaster and much more to enjoy than just the rides. In the summer you can enjoy their impressive fireworks display that lights up the lake.
Christiania used to be a hippy commune, a freetown that was a state unto itself. Now, it is more of a tourist attraction with tour guides and even school tours wandering around the perfumed streets. If you find your way through the popular areas and reach the lake, there are some beautiful places to sit and relax.
MEAT PACKING DISTRICT
The Meat Packing District has some great restaurants including Pate Pate, Bio Mio, and Mother. Although being told it was a hipster hang out, we found a great variety of people. The restaurants are mostly in old meat packing buildings, but you’ll also find a fully functioning meat packing block right next to an old one.