1. Check out the #HappyWall at the large cobblestone square near Nyhavn docks. The structure is 100 feet wide and is made out of 2,000 wooden boards that can be flipped to change colours. Go wild and express your creativity – make patterns and statements.
2. Cycling. Copenhagen is definitely one of the most cycle friendly cities in the world. So friendly that we decided to challenge ourselves to a 45km cycle ride outside the city, starting at Hillerod and ending at Gilleleje. Never mind that we lost our way at one point but we were rewarded with views of blooming meadows, the Baltic coastline and quiet back alleys.
3. While at Hillerod, check out the Frederiksborg Castle, a royal residence for King Christian IV in the 17th century. An impressive work of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. We didn’t go inside but even the gardens were beautifully sculpted.
4. Walk along Nyhavn, a pedestrian strip along the harbour front full of brightly coloured houses, cafes, bars and restaurants. Have a drink or eat an ice cream (as we did). Chill out. Relax. Get a sense of why the Danes are consistently ranked as the happiest people in the world.
5. Climb the Church of Our Saviour for a far reaching view of Copenhagen. Unlike many other viewing towers we’ve been to, this one is unique in that the spiralling staircase winds around the outside of the building instead of the inside. Get a kick out of scaring your partner.
No trip is complete without a taste of the local food. Our best experiences were:
1. Eat smørrebrød at Schønnemann’s. Established in 1877, this is a perfect lunch place to try the traditional smørrebrød, a piece of rye bread topped with ingredients like herring, smoked eel with scrambled eggs. Finish it off with two shots of Danish schnapps. Ensure you book ahead because this place is popular! Says Rene Redzepi himself. This is true for most decent restaurants, otherwise you may end up like us, being turned away three times before we are able to score a table outdoors, eating our pizza in the shivering cold.
2. We like to check out the coffee scene wherever we are and hands down The Coffee Collective in Jægersborggade was a winner. We particularly liked the fact that it works directly with farmers in developing countries to ensure a sustainable supply chain. The place is tiny so don’t expect to hang around for long – you’re better off grabbing a freshly baked pastry from the bakery a few doors down!
3. For a lovely seafood dinner in an intimate setting, try Fishmarket. Its menus are filled with delicious items such as bouillabaisse, baked cod, turbot and a variety of ceviche.
I guess the famous Noma will have to wait until we’re rich!