The second half of our long weekend in Copenhagen started with some delicious Kanelsnegles (the Danish take on cinnamon rolls) and a shared mango smoothie at The Living Room. With our bellies full we marched on to the Round Tower, a 17th century astronomical observatory right in the center of the city. Most curious about the tower is that is was built with a spiraling ramp to the top as opposed to steps which allowed horse-drawn carriages to make the climb, both for transporting equipment and books and also to bring important visitors to the top in style! While the view from the open top was nice, we really savored our time inside the tower and honestly could have stayed there for even longer. The interior design is very minimalist, but beautiful in its simplicity, with great lighting from the outside, natural colors, and interesting textures between the bricked ramp and white-washed walls.
We walked through Orstedsparken, another pleasant park in the middle of the city, on our way to Jaegersborggade, which we had heard was full of quirky shops. Though a lot of the stores were closed on the day we were there, we did poke our heads in some of the other ones which offered a nice change of pace. At the end of the street we wandered into Assistens Cemetery, a very well-manicured space that serves as the resting place for many noteworthy Danes, which was not originally on our list.
At this point we were feeling hungry so we stopped into Aamanns Smørrebrødsdeli on the recommendation of a friend. We were not disappointed as we indulged in chicken, steak, and avocado open faced sandwiches—this was easily one of our best meals of the trip! After some recharging in our apartment, we headed out to explore Torvehallerne, a large indoor/outdoor Danish food and flower market. We were not to be deterred by the difficulty of navigating menus in Danish, which was also compounded by the breadth of choices available… where should we start!? We made it out with a potato, prosciutto and pesto pizza from Gorm’s and assorted chocolates and tiramisu from Sweet Valentine. Needless to say, we had an enjoyable dinner that night!
We started our last day with the same meal at The Living Room (yes, it was that good) and then hopped on a bus to see Copenhagen’s freetown Christiania. Christiania was first squatted on in the early 1970s on land that was previously utilized by the military. The commune grew quickly and has been criticized for its open sale of soft drugs on the main drag Pusher Street. Though the community draws criticism in some regards, it doesn’t deserve the negative reputation it has in some peoples’ eyes. Seeing it for ourselves, we could instantly see the sense of community and the area has a cool “hippie” vibe throughout.
The Church of Our Savior, a 17th century baroque church with a spiraling spire, is located right outside of Christiania and we heard that the views from the top were some of the best views in all of the city. Unfortunately the climb to the top was closed due to inclement weather (it had been rainy and windy on and off throughout the morning), so we appreciated the architecture of the building from afar while wandering the surrounding neighborhood of Christianshavn. As our time of departure was approaching, we walked back in the direction of our apartment, stopping along Laederstraede for a second time. This time we took it slow and went into more shops; for our patience we were rewarded with our souvenirs for the trip (small cloth Danish flags and a postcard print of the city)! Before getting to our apartment to pack and say goodbye, we grabbed chorizo and avocado sandwiches and a brownie at Kompa'9.
With that, we grabbed one of the city trains to the airport and were back on our way to London after an adventurous four days in beautiful Copenhagen. Farvel!