Stepping into Copenhagen is like magically stepping into a children’s coloring book – the buildings are colorfully painted, the streets perfectly clean, and the atmosphere bright and cheerful.
The popular canal area of Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. No. 9 on this street is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. Today, the Nyhavn area is a popular destination for dining, bars, water excursions, and scenic strolls.
Another spot definitely worth checking out in Copenhagen is the Church of our Savior. The Church of our Saviour is one of Denmark’s most famous churches. Ever since the serpentine spire was inaugurated in 1752, it has become quite a popular attraction to climb the 400 steps to the top.
More staircases to climb in Copenhagen include those in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which contains over 13,000 species and is free for the public to visit.
While you’re in Copenhagen, also check out Superkilen, an urban park in the Nørrebro district. This park was designed by the arts group Superflex in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group and Topotek1, a German landscape architecture firm. It’s really different from public parks in other cities.
The downside to Copenhagen, however, is the high cost of living. In fact, most cheap eats recommended on sites such as TripAdvisor start at a minimum of $10 CAD, and a regular coffee at any coffee shop will set you back $7 CAD. Nonetheless, the food in Copenhagen is quite unique and really tasty. Below is a Kartoffelmad Smørrebrød, an open-faced sandwich topped with sliced soft-boiled potatoes, buttered mayonaise, Spanish onions, and crispy onion straws. The toppings were great, and the toast itself was really good – made of different grains, giving it a good hearty flavor and texture.
Across the bridge from Nyhaven is also Paper Island, home to the Copenhagen Street Food Market, which is located in an old warehouse. I was pleasantly overwhelmed when I first entered this market, as there are tons and tons of different types of food to choose from. The market showcases street grub from all over the world, from Morocco to Korea. In the end, I caved into Thai food, and it ended up being one of the best Thai curries I’ve ever had.
On our last day, we celebrated our good time in Copenhagen with some street waffles dipped in dark chocolate and coconut flakes. They were so delicious, and served piping hot off the grill.
Copenhagen has been one of the loveliest and most beautiful European cities I’ve visited yet. Despite the high prices, this city is highly worth checking out, even if just for a few days.