Copenhagen: The Colourful Capital

I spent four days in Copenhagen and I've never felt more inspired. If you're looking for an unconventional European city filled with art, creativity and uniqueness, then Copenhagen is for you.

 Nyhaven, Køpenhagen.

Nyhaven, Køpenhagen.

We stayed at the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, which I highly recommend. It was centrally located, clean and cute. What more do you really need when traveling Europe? 

My first official day in Denmark happened to be St. Patrick's Day, so we decided to begin our day by heading to the Carlsberg Brewery.

 Carlsberg Brewery. 

Carlsberg Brewery. 

 World's largest beer bottle collection.

World's largest beer bottle collection.

Later, we dressed up in green and headed to the Dubliner, an Irish Pub. Spending St. Patrick's Day in a European Irish Pub surrounded by authentic Irish music/dancers was quite incredible.

It's a completely different experience to go from celebrating it with a bunch of university students in Waterloo, Ontario to celebrating it in the heart of a historic city with people that are built up of real Irish pride. 


We spent our second day crossing off many things on our to-do list. We started the day by visiting the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Museum. There were only two exhibits open as the third one was under renovation but I absolutely loved them both. My favourite was Sarah Sze's "Timekeeper" piece.

The entire exhibit is a representation of how time is continuous. It was fascinating to watch in silence as each piece of paper had a projection on it and the timezones of different countries were showing live. You can read more about the exhibit and CC here. 

Outside CC, there was a Yoko Wish Tree. 

 Copenhagen Contemporary. 

Copenhagen Contemporary. 

Of course we wrote down our wishes and tied them to the tree. Reading the wishes from people around the world was enjoyable. 

Although it was gloomy, cold and rainy, we headed to Freetown Christiana, which is exactly what it sounds like... a free town. Christiana is not considered part of the EU as it has it's own laws. There is no photography allowed inside and a few other rules that you must follow if you plan to visit here. 

We took a few photos before actually entering and I snuck one or two while inside. If you plan to go, make sure you do research on what to expect and how to behave. It's very interesting to walk through. There is tons of graffiti, small shop stalls, food stations, etc. If the whole grungy and hipster vibe isn't your thing, then you may not enjoy Christiana, however, I still think it's worth checking out even if it's not your scene. 

The next day, we contemplated which museum to go to. We decided on Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which is an art museum that is made up of Carl Jacobsen's personal collection.

 Glyptotek.

Glyptotek.

I was extremely impressed by what we saw. I have to say that this is one of my favourite art museums to date. The variety of pieces was wide ranging and I could've spent days inside there.

We wandered towards Nyhaven for the afternoon, where we spent some time admiring the beauty of colour. 

 Nyhaven, Køpenhagen.

Nyhaven, Køpenhagen.

For dinner we visited my favourite part of the whole trip: Copenhagen Street Food. This is high up on my list of best things in Copenhagen. If you know me, then you know I love food. Not only did this indoor market contain endless amounts of multicultural food and drink stalls, but there were also racks of second hand clothing and shoes. It was the most random but amazing mix. It was a great way to spend the ending of our day. 

 Copenhagen Street Food.

Copenhagen Street Food.

Our final morning was used as an unwinding day. The weather and long walking tours had us exhausted so we slept in and got brunch at Next Door Café. This place was filled with charm and a welcoming local touch. Each table in the café was covered in paper slips from various train rides, receipts, plane tickets, cinemas and more provided by customers. People from around the world write on whatever is left in their wallet and slide it under the glass tables. 

Many of the customers were artists and students, working away on their laptops or sketchbooks. The staff were very kind and asked about my hometown as well as my travel plans. The food is all freshly made and affordable. Have breakfast/brunch at this place out if you're ever nearby!

Before heading to the airport, we had a few hours to kill so we spent the morning in Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets. It is also known as the shopping area as it is the location of everything from Louis Vuitton to Vero Moda. 

Copenhagen was unlike anywhere else I've seen in Europe. It never crossed my mind to explore the streets of Denmark but I'm so glad I took this trip. I can't wait to return!

- S.