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City Guide: Copenhagen – Where to Go

CopenhagenwhereSpring and Summer are on their way and Copenhagen is AWESOME during this period! I know a lot of you want to visit the city (please do, you’ll love it!), so why not a city guide of my favorite places :) I probably will update this post whenever I come up with or find something new and cute. So when you are planning a visit to Copenhagen, bookmark this post!

Copenhagen is divided in several districts and every district has its own attitude and atmosphere. The following are the districts I visit most often: the inner city (Indrye Be or København K) hosts several tourist attractions and the main shopping street. Vesterbro (København V) is the “hipster” part of the city, where you can find the meat-packing district. Nørrebro (København N) is the multicultural district, there are heaps of cute cafees and it’s close to the lakes. Frederiksberg is a city within Copenhagen, they even have their own tax rules.

While I wanted to write only one blog, there’s so much to do and to see in Copenhagen. So this will be the first out of three post. Find Copenhagen – Where to Eat here and Copenhagen – Where to Shop here

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Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, website

My all-time favorite place to go on a sunny afternoon (or even when it’s minus 5 degrees..). It’s a market place with a bunch of local or organic speciality and delicacy stalls. Most of the things are rather expensive, but as a foodie I love just to absorb all the great ingredients and usually there’s also a lot to sample. In the summer there’s a great little square in between the two buildings, with among others a cava bar where you can also get some delicious oysters! Don’t forget to try the French duck sandwich, the humongous Danish fiskfrikadeller or some delicious Spanish tapas.

Here you can find a blog I wrote about Torvehallerne last year.

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Tivoli, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, website

Tivoli is an amusement park in the middle of the city, next to the central station. For me personally, it’s Copenhagen in a nutshell: not too big, but gorgeous in every aspect. For the Dutchies: it’s like the luxurious version of “de Efteling”. There are a bunch of exciting attractions, but there’s also a Michelin awarded restaurant. The entrance fee is 95 kr (12.50 euro), but you have to pay an additional fee (25 – 75 kr per ride) when you want to ride the attractions: this is a great option for those who only want to experience all the cool stuff from ground level. A multi-ride ticket cost 199 kr (25 euro). During the summer there is a concert every Friday, you can find the program here.

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Kødbyen, Flæsketorvet 79, 1711 København V, website

Kødbyen (meat-packing district) is another place where you can find me almost an a daily basis. During the day-time it is a place where all restaurant owners do their groceries (hence the name meat-packing district), but at night it transforms into a nice place with a lot of good restaurants and cosy bars. If you want to take it more to the extreme, you could join me to Butcher’s Lab for a Crossfit work-out!

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Christiania, Bådsmandsstræde 43, 1407 København K, website

Christiania might be the hardest place to explain. It is Disney land for adults, a free state within Copenhagen where you can find weed and hash. While I’m not interested in the latter, I think that it is such an intriguing place to be and to see. It remembers me to a modern Woodstock, where hippies still control the district. Everything is free and flowing, but most of all beautiful.

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I always have mixed feelings regarding the real tourist attractions, one the one hand I feel obliged having seen it all, but on the other hand do you really wanna be in all those overcrowded places?! Anyway, a tour over the canals can be a good compromise! The boat drops by all the important places (a.o. nyhavn, the little mermaid and the opera house) and you can hop on and off at most of them. It’s a great way to explore Copenhagen, especially when the weather is nice!

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, website

Last, but not least: Louisiana. If you are in Copenhagen for a longer visit, I can really recommend the museum of modern art. It is about an hour away from the city, but it’s one of the prettiest museums I have ever visited. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. It takes its point of departure in the period after 1945 including artists like Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, Louise

This was it for now, please stay in tune for some posts about where to shop and where to eat! If you have any questions regarding a visit to Copenhagen, you can always write me a comment or e-mail.

With love,
-Janet

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Distortion x Night Hosts

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Distortion is definitely one of my favorite things to-do in the Spring of Copenhagen. It is a free one-week festival, taking place in the streets of Copenhagen where every district competes with each other for the best party award.

Unfortunately the organization wasn’t able to raise enough funds to keep the one-week festival in its original format, so this year not all districts will compete and the party is “downsized” to a five-days festival. However, to compensate they invited some pretty cool organizations and clubs to host their own dance floor. I’m thrilled that my favorite club in Amsterdam Trouw is also organizing one of the nights!!

Distortion will be all over Copenhagen from the 29th of May till the 2nd of June. If you are thinking about a city trip to Copenhagen, this period is definitely recommended!

Here are some pictures of last year’s Distortion.

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-Janet

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Stella Polaris – Night Music Gallery

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Hi guys! Hope you all had an amazing weekend! I spend my time visiting Ikea, chilling and visiting a festival at the national museum.

Whenever people ask me what I like most about living in Copenhagen, I always answer that everything is possible here. In my opinion, a lot is prohibited in the Netherlands: you’re not allowed to bring your own beers and/or food to festivals or even just to a nice square in the city, a lot of nice concepts never come to life because they don’t get the right permits, and free festivals don’t really exist anymore (of course there is Parkpop in the Hague, but who wants to pay 5 euro’s for a beer because you weren’t allowed to bring your own?)

The spring and summer are definitely the best period here in Scandinavia and I’m absolutely in love with the fact that everything is for free. There’s a free festival at least every two weeks (to name a couple: Distortion, Stella Polaris, and Strøm) where you can bring your own drinks or even a picnic, when the sun is shining you can have a beer where ever you want (next to the water at Nyhavn, in one of the beautiful parks – Kongens Haven is my personal favorite, or go to one of the free outdoor pools in the harbour. Of course, there are higher taxes to be paid, but since the money actually visibly flows back to society it’s not too bad!

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Last Saturday the festival season officially started with Stella Polaris’ Night Music Gallery. For this event the Copenhagen national museum was open at night for everybody and some pretty nice artists performed.

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The night was sponsored by my all time favorite beverage Somersby. It’s a sweet cider, kinda girly to be honest, but without the Breezer-stigma. Of course I had to try out their new wild cactus version!

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A festival isn’t a festival without some street art 😉

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I have never visited the museum before, so I thought it was pretty nice that all their exhibitions were still open to visit. They show contemporary art from 1900 until 2013, most of the artists have a Danish background and that also results in pretty weird pieces (o.a. a half Filipino half Danish artist who created a video clip where she states that it’s not cool to be Asian anymore, but rather it is “so hip to be a nigger” – I know art is supposed to be controversial, but do you think a piece like this would ever be shown in a Dutch museum?).

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On a much lighter note, I’m head over heals with my new bomber from Zara!

With love,
-Janet

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Pastis – Oude Molstraat 57 (the Hague)

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First of all, sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures (blame it on the red wine). I only realized, when I checked the pictures at home, how unclear and dark they are (and I’m to lazy to edit them). But anyways, I still want to share them with you!

Whenever I’m back in the Netherlands, I tend to go to the same restaurants over and over again. While here in Copenhagen, as a “newbie” in town, I make a real effort of finding cute and cosy restaurants. So during the Easter holiday I was really determined to find something cute in the Hague too!

And boy did I succeed! Pastis is a cute French dinner, in the same street as ‘t Hof van Eten (told you that the Hofkwartier district was awesome!). Initially I couldn’t find the place and walked passed it, thinking “hmm, here I have to go a next time” to find out that it was actually the place I made a reservation for!

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Everything in the restaurant, from menu till interior is Paris based and it definitely feels like a holiday within a holiday! The boyfriend ordered a Steak frites sauce Béarnaise ou beurre maître d’hôtel and it was like how the French meant it to be! Juicy with a no-nonsense attitude.

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I ordered a steak tartare «spécialité maison» frites et salade verte and what is better than a piece of steak? Raw pieces of steak! Everything came already seasoned, but for the spice lovers it came with some tabasco and worcestershire sauce. The fries and mayo are also TO DIE FOR.

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I’m always a bit afraid when you order a bottle of wine, without looking at the wine card. Not because I have such a great knowledge about wine (I’m pretty much a “I like it/I don’t like it” kind of girl), but more because you don’t wanna end up spending 50% of the final bill on the wine. Luckily most bottles at Pastis cost around 20-30 euro and they are pretty decent too!

This is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Hague and I can’t wait to try out their mussels too!

With love,
-Janet

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The XX in Concert

A couple of weeks ago I saw The XX perform here in Copenhagen. I have written quite a bit about the xx. Normally I’m not really a sucker for indie, but their sound brings you to the perfect chill-out mood.

I like their 2nd album, but I LOVE their debut. Luckily they also played every song from their first album. All in all, it was a great concert. I expected a bit more Jamie XX remixes to their songs, instead of all the originals. But hey, why change a working formula, I guess.. If you can get a hold on some of the tickets for their Europe tour, it’s definitely worth it!



With love,
-Janet

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