Where I Go: Copenhagen, Denmark

A few Vanity Fair articles about travel tips keep showing up on my social media feeds, so I decided to create one about Copenhagen, Denmark! I will follow the same question format as the Vanity Fair articles:

To get away from it all, I go to… Frederiksberg Have (Park) in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Copenhagen. 

The best way to travel there is … Flying into Københavns Lufthavn, the busiest airport in Scandinavia. Once you arrive, hop on the newly renovated metro, which can take you anywhere you want to go in the city. The metro is actually quite beautiful and clean, incorporating modern Danish architecture.

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My favorite place to stay is … I have only ever stayed at my apartment in Frederiksberg, but there are some nice hotels in the neighborhood, including the Radison Blue. If are looking for something a little more hygge (cozy), check out The World’s Smallest Hotel.

My ideal travel companions are … My best friend, Blake. We both love to explore, find good food, and geek out in art museums - all of which are good activities to do in Copenhagen!

My favorite foods to indulge in are … Pastries. Denmark is famous for their konditoris (bakeries), which have an incredible variety of treats. My personal favorites are Lagkagehuset and Bodenhoff’s.

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To stay in shape, my on-the-go fitness regime is … A run in the park with some hill sprints and a core workout! Frederiksberg Park has fitness stations with pull-up bars and other exercise aids, which makes it easy to add some variety to your run. 

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My suitcase absolutely must contain … A good raincoat and a button up shirt. The Danes are intimidatingly stylish, so it is always smart to bring some nicer clothes. You can always count on some light rain if you are there for more than a day, so a good Barbour jacket is a must. 

My best-kept secret about Copenhagen is … Probably the Nørrebro or Vesterbro neighborhoods. Both areas have seen massive improvements over the past few decades, and are hotspots for great cafes, boutiques, bars, bike shops, and more. You can spend every weekend walking around the city and still find something new!

When I’m in the mood for some retail therapy, I must visit … Copenhagen’s Strøget is a very popular pedestrian shopping street in the middle of the historic city. It is a little too crowded for my tastes, so I like to head over by the lake district in Nørrebro and check out the farmer’s market instead. 

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When I’m in the mood to paint the town red, I hit … Mikkeller Bar! The Danes love their beer, and their is no better place to get your fill than from the world famous “gypsy brewers” at Mikkeller. They have been at the forefront of the Danish craft brew scene since 2006. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

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My favorite travel pastime is … Visiting the plethora of royal castles in the capital region. Take a short train ride north to Kronborg Castle in Elsinor, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Or check out the Versailles of Denmark, Frederiksborg Castle.

Upon arrival in Copenhagen, I look forward to … Taking a stroll along the canal in downtown Copenhagen. Nyhavn is the historic waterfront, complete with colorful buildings, wooden ships, and even a few ice cream shops. It is a great place to unwind and act like a tourist!

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Upon departing, I am most happy to leave behind … The xenophobic attitudes of some conservative Danes. They are consistently ranked the happiest country in the world, but there is definitely some room for improvement regarding their attitude towards other cultures. That being said, the majority of Danes are very kind, welcoming people. As soon as I leave, I am ready to come back again!

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