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WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed in an up and coming area of Copenhagen, Norrebro, just north west of the city centre. It has a young, vibrant, multicultural atmosphere with many cafes, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. We stayed in an apartment, as always via Airbnb.

BREAKFAST
The Danes love breakfasts. Fact. My Reasoning? The choices on offer are absolutely cracking, the best one being is the breakfast platter. A bit full English, a bit Continental, these usually include eggs, bacon, sausage, pancake, croissant, jams, fried potatoes, yoghurt and fresh fruit – all on one plate! And it tastes incredibly yummy. And all for the same price you would pay for a limp croissant, small yoghurt and a coffee in Paris. Breakfast is not my usual favourite meal of the day – I’m a crawl out of bed, have a bowl of cereal kind of guy but the Danes get a great start to the day. It must definitely explain why they seem to be so happy! A lot of the eateries offer these for breakfasts/brunch. We scoffed ours down at the Laundromat Cafe and Cafe Stella.

LAUNDROMAT CAFÈ Just around the corner from where we were staying in Norrebro, Laundromat Café is exactly that – a laundrette with a cafe. Simples. We went a couple of times and it was definitely a thumbs up on the food front and it certainly exudes a laid back, happy atmosphere that is typical of the neighbourhood. Prices are on the average side for Copenhagen. Especially of note was the mint, mango and elderflower Smoothie. Probably one of the nicest drinks I have ever had. They now have 3 of these cafes in Denmark and one in Iceland.

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INDEPENDANTS
After a couple of days of walking around Copenhagen, I just realised something incredible. I didn’t notice at first but when I thought about it, I was right. I had not seen a McDonalds or Starbucks in my entire time in Copenhagen apart from the airport! This is so incredibly refreshing. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not want to lead a revolt against the big companies. Despite the way I look, I am no hippy. But to be able to go inside an eatery or coffee shop and explore the menu from new, taste new flavours each and every single time is a very different experience from ordering the same burger with the same coffee no matter where you are in the world. I am in Denmark – I want to sample what they have to offer, something that may be a little bit different from back home. I applaud the Danes approach. Of course it means you do not necessarily have excess to products that you get at home (and it does come at a price in regards to tax) but I am in another country. I’m trying to get away for a reason!

FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA
Shhhh…Don’t tell anyone but they openly sell marijuana here. Actually it is probably Copenhagen’s and Europe’s worst kept secret. It may still be illegal to sell weed in Denmark but the Christiania hippy ideals still continue. But the open market stalls are now gone replaced with high tables and camouflage coverings and the hippies are no longer in charge. A rather unscrupulous crowd now runs this particular trade but do not be afraid for it still feels like a good area to chill and relax. Instead, the commune and community that live here have now turned their attention to cafes and eateries to cover their costs of living. Even if you are a non-smoker of the dreaded weed it is still worth going on a sunny day, take a walk through the little town and grab a tea and pastry and sit beside the lake. If you do go, remember no taking pictures and no running through the market!

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MERMAIDS Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the Little Mermaid, there is a statue of a mermaid. That’s it. Not very impressive but like the equally unimpressive Manneken Pis in Brussels, it seems to have become rather iconic. Only go to say you have been there and seen it just to stop anyone from questioning you in disbelief on how you could go all the way to Copenhagen and not see it!

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CASTLES
Denmark has castles, lots of them. And some are just blooming awesome. A quick train ride away from Copenhagen is the 17th century Frederiksborg Castle. We initially went there as the girlfriend is a Bob Dylan obsessive and they were hosting a collection of his artwork and photography. However, we were both extremely impressed with the castle itself and the accessibility you would have to its interior and grounds. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a rush to make our return flight home so we couldn’t make the most of it but we will definitely go next time we return.

TIVOLI GARDENS Originally opened in 1843, one of the world’s oldest theme parks sits in central Copenhagen in Tivoli Gardens. I had previously read reviews to suggest it was a bit of a tourist trap but to be honest we were both really surprised by just how lovely it was in there, not your typical theme park at all. There is an initial entrance fee of 99 DKK and you then pay for each ride separately. There are a couple of big rides which you may find in some of the more newer theme parks but this place is all about old school and it is home to the worlds oldest running wooden roller coaster. Tivoli Gardens is definitely best visited when the sun goes down as the whole place is wonderfully lit with over 100,000 custom built lights and certainly makes for great viewing and is worthy of the entrance fee alone.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Clean, efficient and widespread. Just very confusing on how many times you need to click your ticket for it cover the fee of your journey.

OVERALL
We both loved Copenhagen. It was my better half choice to go here. I was not really too bothered to be honest. But I am glad I did. It is not the biggest city in the world and it sure has hell can be expensive but I also found it to be one of the most relaxing cities I have visited. I enjoyed the lifestyle, the culture, and the absence of the same old fast food chain to be found on every high street. I even did not mind nearly being run over every 5 minutes by a cyclist. A visit to Copenhagen really did feel like a proper break away from the usual and we will definitely be returning.

COPENHAGEN FACT
It is Danish law for each individual Dane to drink at least one Smoothie a day. This explains why there is a Joe and The Juice on every single street in Copenhagen.


By STEVEN PARKER

 

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