Simbi, who has blogged on our site this winter and spring is almost done with her semester in Denmark. During her stay here she’s given an American perspective on many things Danish. This time she discusses some of her personal favorite spots in Denmark. It’s an interesting mix of classic Danish, global influences, and a healthy dose of U.S.A. in DK. The views expressed are the author’s personal views and should not be construed as endorsements.
Living in Denmark for five months now has created a sort of whirlwind effect on me. I mean this in the sense that I’m constantly doing new things and experiencing a lot of what this country has to offer before my time is up. Through the adventures and singular experiences that I’ve had I have been able to determine some of my favorite spots in Denmark. I thought that I’d share a few of my favorite spots. Many of these places are ones I’ve gotten to experience with my new friends. Even more have been the result of me wandering around the city trying to see as much as I can before my time is up. My motto is always to stop waiting for other people to go out and do the things you’ve only dreamed of.
Favorite Spots For Food
Eating my way through Denmark has been a goal of mine since I’ve gotten here – and while I may not have done that fully because I also enjoy having money in my bank, I think I’ve managed to do a pretty good job.
My Top Spot: Momo Wok Box
This is one of the first restaurants I tried during my time in Copenhagen. It is located down the street from the hostel I originally stayed at and I happened to be looking for food one night and stopped in. Chinese food has been and always will be one of my favorite foods. So it was no surprise that I immediately liked this place. I’ve been here more times than I care to say and enjoy their food so much that I know I’ll visit here many more times before I leave
Honorable Mention: Gasoline Grill
Best burgers I have eaten in Copenhagen, and the wait is well worth it. My friend who is a vegan has even said their veggie burgers are the best she’s ever had. So there really is no reason to not taste the best burger you’ll have
For Drink & Thoughts
These are places I not only go to enjoy coffee and hangout. These are also places I go to when I want to journal and just reflect on my experiences here so far.
My Top Spot: Next Door Cafe
I’ve been here a few times and the decor of the cafe might be my favorite part about the place. The tables are clear glass and they allow customers and travelers to put whatever they want into the tables, and that’s how it’s decorated. It’s honestly one of the coolest places I’ve been to. The baristas are just genuinely great people with really good personalities that make you want to go back there, which is no surprise being in Denmark.
Honorable Mention: The Living Room
This cafe is the definition of Hygge. It’s full of big couches, small couches and average sized couches. You’re essentially just working on homework or relaxing in your very own ‘living room’. It’s a very comfortable place to be in and the food is pretty great.
Favorite Spots For Art
I’m constantly surrounded by art here whether it be in museums, the colorful buildings or the street art, I feel like I’m never short on beauty.
Boy oh boy do I not have enough great things to say about this museum. I am a big fan of modern art and cultural art and this museum was the hub of both of those. The exhibits amazed me and I know it’s somewhere I’ll visit again when some new ones open before I leave. I liked it for its art but also for the amazing scenery it allowed to be seen by just stepping outside.
Honorable Mention: Arken Museum
I won’t lie; I didn’t know what to expect from this museum when I first saw advertisements for an exhibit they had. When I went there I was in love with what I saw. As i stated before I’m really into modern and contemporary art and this did not cease to amaze me with the cool light room, surreal sculptures and beach steps away from it.
Favorite Spots For Dessert
I’m a big fan of sweets and I hope I always will be. There’s no shortage of sweets here and I have not been disappointed taste-wise at all. I had a minor fear that everything here was just going to be ten times healthier than in America. Even if the desserts are healthier I can’t complain because they’re just as tasty.
You will never ever ask me for a dessert recommendation place without immediately hearing the words ‘Royal Smushi’ coming out of my mouth. This place serves the best carrot cake I have ever had in my life that it made me realize I even liked carrot cake– I’m not kidding. My brother’s favorite cake growing up was carrot cake and for birthdays or whenever my mom was feeling nice she would buy him carrot cake. I would never eat it because I didn’t like it all that much. This cake has me wanting to eat carrot cake for pre-breakfast, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. It is my worth it dessert for Copenhagen.
Honorable mention: The Donut Shop, American Pie Co.
Both of these places have stolen my heart, which is why I’m adding two to my honorable mentions. I’m hardcore obsessed with donuts. The Donut Shop is the only donut shop in Copenhagen I’ve seen so I’m immediately drawn to it. As far as The American Pie company goes—I happened to be walking around the city a few days after my friend from home who was also studying abroad visited me. I was feeling a little homesick so I went in and it did not disappoint. You can have warm pie with ice-cream and if that doesn’t remind you of Thanksgiving I don’t know what else would.
Favorite Spots For Visit
Wandering around and finding a random park bench or garden is one of my favorite things to do, but it’s nice to be able to go places where events are going on, which leads me to having specific favorite places I like visiting.
Admittedly, I’ve only been here once but it was one of my favorite days in Copenhagen. Bakken is the oldest amusement park in the world. I would be lying if I said going on the wooden ride didn’t scare the living daylights out of me, but it ended up being okay and I’m here to tell the tale. With Bakken being full of rides, drinks, food and junk food you really can’t go wrong. It may not be like amusement parks back home like Six Flags but I think the small scale vibe really fits with Copenhagen and I appreciate it just for that.
Honorable Mention: Botanical Gardens
A nature lover’s true calling. The botanical gardens are free for enjoyment and it’s able to be viewed during all weathered months. I loved just gazing at the plants and walking through the nature it had to offer.
All in all there are countless places in and around Denmark that I’ve learned to love. I’ve had endless travel opportunities and have my own little favorites with each new country I’ve been able to visit as well but it’s always nice to come back to your home favorites and visit them. I love that I’ve been able to walk around Denmark and try new things all the time. But it’s great to always be able to have my go-to things that I know I can always lean back on and enjoy. As ‘touristy’ as a few of these places may seem I always go by the motto to never be afraid to like the things that I like in fear of judgment. So being free to enjoy all these things from the angle of an exchange student but also sort of a tourist has been great and I know none of these places will be forgotten anytime soon.