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The One when I loved Christmas in Copenhagen (II)

MOBILITY

To go from the airport to the central station we took the train. It is the fastest (in less than 20 minutes you are in the city centre) and the cheapest option (36 DKK, a little less than 5€).

To move around the city we just walked, as we were staying in a quite central hostel and the city center is not very big, so you can visit it just walking.

Another advisable option is renting a bike. We rented it for a day and we regret not having done it earlier and having them all the time. The city is an example of sustainable transport, so moving by bike is very easy. There are cycle lanes everywhere, drivers are respectful, and due to this mobility culture you don’t feel as if you were in danger at any moment.

However, you have to take into account that the citizens of Copenhagen use the bike for their everyday shifts. If you are riding slow, you should stick to the right side and try not to disturb them as you are riding. You may think it is silly, but there are people who are crazy when they ride a bike. It seems that being late to pick up the kids at school is not only a Spanish habit.

ACCOMMODATION

Our accommodation was Woodah Hostel in Vesterbro, next to the train station. It is a small hostel, but it was clean, well located and breakfast was really nice. There are also several supermarkets next to it, and Tivoli and the City Hall Square are very near. Maybe the only improvable thing were the restrooms: there were only two showers and two WC, so at first light they were a little bit busy. But for the rest, it is a very recommendable accommodation.

As a curiosity, the beds were big drawers, I guess to give privacy to the guests. Although it may seem claustrophobic, it wasn’t at all.

Beds in Woodah Hostel. Picture from Booking.com.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Papirøen

This is the most interesting place we ate in. It is a food truck market, located in a warehouse in the port. As it was an indoor place, it was  climate-controlled, which is something very positive in Copenhagen in December. The decoration was very cool and the prices were reasonable in comparison to the rest of restaurants and bars of the city.

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Decoration in Papirøen Market.

Here you can taste food from almost all around the world. We chose a pulled pork burger and just in case there was any gap to fill, we tried a piece of red berries pie. We needed calories for the cold and the walk.

I have recently read that it is not located there anymore, it seems that it is now in another area less accesible to build in its place, such a pity.

Joe & the juice

To us, who are crazy about natural juices and enemies of traditional fast-foods restaurants, it was a great discovery. It is a restaurant chain founded in Copenhagen, it is everywhere. Coffee, a great variety of natural juices, sandwiches, yogurt with granola… It is perfect to take something and recharge batteries in a fast and not so expensive way.

Mikkeller Bar

It turned out to be that our hostel was just in front of the original Mikkeller Bar in Viktoriagrade, one of the pioneers of selling craft beers. Famous all over the world, he has bars in many countries (in Spain there is one in Barcelona). The variety of beers and ciders is very wide.

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Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen.

I ordered the Christmas Special (I really felt the Christmas spirit, as you can see), and it was really nice. We just took one, as it costs 10€, so it is not the place to get drunk. But if you like beer and craft beer, this is your place. It is worth it a visit to toast in Danish: “Skåll!”.

SHOPPING

Apart from the Christmas Markets, as a good nordic city, Copenhagen has a large number of shops with nordic-designed items. One that you already know for sure is Tiger, which also comes from Copenhagen, and of course there is almost one in every corner. As it is a franchise there were nothing different from here.

But don’t worry, there are many more, with very different things, a pity that I couldn’t buy them all! As you walk by Strøget, the longest commercial street of Europe with more than one kilometer, you will find many of them.

You can already guess the variety of firms that we can find in this and in the surrounding streets. What caught my attention the most, were the shop windows. From live performances, to the brave ones of the Illum department store.

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Window shop of Illum. ♥

Here you will also find the famous LEGO shop, in which there are every single piece, sets and LEGO collections. It is worth it entering just to see the displayed constructions.

THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

Currency

Even though they are part of the European Union, in Denmark they didn’t join the Euro, so the currency is the Danish Crown (DKK). Here cash is not essential, because you can pay almost everything by credit card. But you have to take into account that in general you have to pay a 3% to your bank when you pay by credit card in a different currency to yours (at least the main Spanish banks), as well as drawing money in a cash machine that it is not your bank.

Weather and schedule

When we went there it was December and it was quite cold. But nothing that a good coat and a stop to recharge batteries can’t solve.

As in other nordic cities winter days are short: it begins to get dark at about 4 p.m. The schedules of shops, places of interest, and so on, are very reduced compared to ours, so my recommendation is waking up early in the morning to make the most out of the day.

BONUS TRACK: MALMÖ

Copenhagen is connected to Malmö by the Øresund bridge, the longest bridge in Europe with capacity for train and highway. We went by train from the main station in Copenhagen to the central station in Malmö. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and the round-trip ticket costs about 20€. Malmö, despite of being the third city in number of citizens in Sweeden, is a little city, so one day is enough to visit it. It is curious that although both cities are separated only by 16 kilometers, but Malmö was clearly colder.

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Malmö.

We had a luxurious personal guide, as our friend Manwell has been living there for several years. We were walking in the city centre, where there were also Christmas Markets and activities for the kids. The Christmas decoration caught my attention, since every tree was decorated in a different way, I loved it! He also took us to see the Turning Torso, the building designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and a symbol of the city.

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Chocolate factory in Malmö.

He also took us to the market where he buys three avocados for 1€ and to the Chocolate factory. Without any doubt, he knew where to take us…

THE WORST

Maybe the cold and the rain were the worst part in some moments, but we were very lucky taking into account the date, and we could enjoy the city almost 100% of the time. Besides, what is Christmas about without cold and snow? It snowed the day that we came back and it was a great spectacle.

THE BEST

I couldn’t outline just one thing about Copenhagen because it is a city that charmed me from the beginning: the Christmas environment; the nordic style applied to design, items or decoration; how nice are locals (despite of what you can think that they are cold and boring), specially the boys (wink, wink); how accesible it is in all the aspects. A very friendly city to which I will come back for sure!

If you haven’t already visited Copenhagen, you’re late!

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