We discovered this first Danish city for a few days and tried to sort out few things for you to enjoy Slow Traveling in Copenhagen.
A short overview of Copenhagen
The city is not big, and public transport is efficient. It’s up to you to see if you prefer the charm of the older building downtown, the 19th-century buildings of the larger belt, or the very modern buildings in the new neighbourhoods. Everything is within short distance walking or by public transportation.
Where to eat in Copenhagen
The fact that food is very expensive in Scandinavia is no big secret. But to experience, it is, all the same, a little shock. If you are not extremely careful, you can end-up eating almost nothing and spending 100$ a day for 4 people. And this is only buying food in convenience stores; I am even not considering restaurants here… Because we obviously don’t have an unlimited budget when travelling, we tried to keep to the minimum possible. When we found some, we shopped in grocery stores, even if we know these are not the best way to support the local economy. Nevertheless, it happened to be the only way to follow our family budget!
Netto is a Scandinavian grocery store, as are Spar, Matas or Irma. This last one is focusing on high quality and organics products. In these shops, you will be amazed to see the size of the candies shelves. Danish people apparently love sugar. They eat an average of almost 80 pounds of sugar per year and capita, and more than 16 pounds of candies per year and capita! Another thing that I particularly noticed is the little choice of products. We are not used to it from living in France, Canada or England. But that’s an interesting concept when thinking about it… Apparently more and more Scandinavian brands display a fewer choice of products to reduce the costs.
We also tried some “Bageri”, bakeries, where we tried the famous Danish pastries and had some excellent fresh sandwiches, especially the ones with smoked salmon. Bakeries are a great place to eat in Copenhagen. You can have a seat, meaning a rest, a good coffee or hot chocolate, it’s also an exciting place to stay and observe the locals when enjoying freshly prepared food!
How to wander in Copenhagen
You can walk of course! You certainly know we were going to say that! We also enjoyed the “Harbour Bus” transportation. It was a comfortable, reasonable and relaxing way to visit the city. Adding to this, it’s part of the public transports of Copenhagen. After a day walking in the streets of the town, you will undoubtedly love following the water flow, slowly balancing when enjoying some more of the city skylines.
If you find yourself in a less welcoming weather, you may enjoy the “Hop-on Hop-off” bus tour. Anyway, public transportation in Copenhagen is efficient and safe, but like everything else, not cheap. It’s the most expensive transportation rate we have seen until now.
What to visit and see in Copenhagen
Apart from the most beautiful and diversified architecture, you can enjoy along the street of this city, Copenhagen has many gems to offer.
I know it’s a classic, but I wanted to see The Little Mermaid. It’s a little girl memory I have, so it’s it was a “must-see” for us!
We visited the Design Museum amongst another museum in Copenhagen and were delighted with it. Design, especially in furniture, is an essential matter for Scandinavian people. It’s part of the “Hygge” culture in Denmark. In this museum, you will learn about everything the Danish have invented or created.
We also loved the different gardens Copenhagen has to offer. You will hear some free public concert here and there, enjoy a large number of flowers and many benches or simply soft grass to have lunch or rest.
The Botanical Garden is part of the University of Copenhagen eventually. It’s a fantastic place to visit. The greenhouse and the gardens are beautiful. We had a great time there discovering a little bit more about nature and enjoying the quiet alleys, inside and outside.
In the end.
We enjoyed Copenhagen, but now it’s time to head up to some more adventures!
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