A Rough Guide to Copenhagen
By Maha Khan of 10/10/17
I’d already been to Copenhagen twice before I knew I was going to do an Erasmus exchange for a semester.
But like any city, being a tourist can sometimes just offer a superficial view of a place, you only start to get to know the people and to find the cool/cheap/free things to once you start living there. I also feel a certain pressure to make the most of my time here in my new country and although Copenhagen is not the most affordable city there are still many ways to have fun.
Check out these cool places.
Superkilen in Nørrebro is a cool public park, its colourful and great Instagram material!
The Botanical Gardens near Nørreport Station is beautiful and huge, worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Copenhagen is interesting, because the government supports community spaces such as Huset KBH (once a hippy commune) and the Studenterhuset. Huset KBH is comprised of 4 levels (a boardgame café, a cinema, a live music area, and a theatre). The Studenterhuset hosts all sorts of free events such as flea markets, language cafes, and karaoke nights.
If you’re into improv comedy, check out the ICC (Improv Comedy Copenhagen) for a chill evening or take a class yourself!
Vintage shops around Nørreport. Down the bridge from the station there are loads of fun vintage shops, either for a new piece of clothing or just to have fun with some friends!
Food places (nothing much in Copenhagen is that student budget friendly, but these places are still pretty good if you feel like treating yourself!)
Copenhagen Street Food, also known as Paper Island, is close to Nyhavn on the harbour. It features a delightful range of different cuisines as well as some clothing and art stalls.
The Meat Packing District is another great place for food, with some great restaurants as well as some cool bars, like Jolene.
Gorm’s Pizza is close to the centre, and was recommended to me by a Dane for its potato pizza.
Jægersborggade is hipster street where you’ll find an array of artisan shops from coffee to sweets
Torvehallerne is a lovely marketplace where you can find fresh produce, bakeries, tea shops, and lots of delicious food.
Some extra tips:
1) Sort out all of your documents as soon as you can! (EU residence permit, CPR number, SU funding) There are allotted student days so take advantage of this.
2) It’s easy to get yourself a bike, either rent one or preferably buy a bike, so at least you can sell it when you leave. Plus, it’s great exercise built into your routine and I promise you will get addicted to being so mobile (or at least I have!) Also get yourself some waterproof trousers! I assure you these will save you.
3) Volunteer! There’s so many places to volunteer in Copenhagen. Not only will you benefit from meeting new people but you’ll get to learn things you’d never expect to learn. Check out ESN, Huset KBH, or Studenterhuset for opportunities.
4) Some museums are free or at reduced prices on Tuesdays.
5) Lastly, take advantage of the free Danish lessons! Or at least learn some useful phrases to get to impress some Danes and everyone back home.