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Through Swedish eyes

by Christopher

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Copenhagen on two wheels

As a Swedish newcomer, it is the relaxed, culinary Copenhagen that I appreciate most. I enjoy that side of things often, but I also love the bicycle-friendly streets throughout the city. So I always recommend renting a bicycle because you can quickly get around and see so much as you go.

Personally, I'm not really into shopping, so I'd rather go around and about, checking out what's going on in the capital when I have a day off in Copenhagen.

Food with a view in the city centre

My first stop might be Torvehallerne on Israels Plads near Nørreport Station. If I have time, I can spend hours just walking around, soaking in the atmosphere and tasting the local specialities. From here, I like to cycle to Rundetårn (the round tower), which is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, with a history dating right back to 1642. You can go all the way up to the top and enjoy the view over Copenhagen, and on your way up or down, you can visit the free museum in the tower.

Open sandwiches – a must

The famous Danish open sandwiches are a culinary delight, and Café Sorgenfri on Knabrostræde serves delicious open sandwiches in cosy surroundings. And no open sandwich is complete without a small schnapps to wash it down.

Experience Christiania

Blissfully sated, I cycle to Christianshavn and Christiania. This unique haven is like nothing else, and it is wonderful to walk around the water and enjoy the nature and tranquillity. You should also take the opportunity to go into the small shops and cafés where there's always fun to be had.

Scandinavian cuisine

The trip involves a fair bit of walking and cycling, so after Christiania, I head for the hotel, where I can put my feet up and think back on the day, before going out for dinner. I would book a table at Restaurant Høst, which is situated on Nørre Farimagsgade. It has received two international awards for its design, and you get modern Scandinavian food, without having to fork out a fortune.

A world of beer

Before making my way back to the hotel at the end of a long day, I pop into Ørsted Ølbar, just 300 metres from the restaurant – on the way to the hotel. With 13 different beers from microbreweries on tap and a vast selection of 185 different bottled beers, there is something for everyone. You feel the Danish hospitality when the bartender helps you find a beer to suit you, and you get to taste the beer until you find the right one. It is also an opportunity for you to socialise in the bar or play table football, if you're more into that.

So that's my idea of a perfect day in Copenhagen. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.