28 Hours in Copenhagen

I had to take a quick work trip to Copenhagen– a city I hadn’t been to in nearly 17 years– and as you might expect, it’s changed a lot! I didn’t go back to too many touristy spots that I visited before (like the mermaid statue), but I understand there are some new ones, like a creepy genetically-modified mermaid statue.

Uber is apparently not allowed in Copenhagen, but fortunately, the city is so biker friendly, I just rented a Lime scooter and zipped around town. Even in January it was warmer than expected, and the scooter was a perfect way to get around!

My first stop was the Mikkeller Baghaven, which was in an industrial area on the outskirts of town. It was a bit of a hike, but they had a great craft brew selection and it was a cozy / low-key atmosphere.

You know the old saying… “when in Copenhagen, go get BBQ.” I made my way to the Meat Packing District, which was a warren of amazing looking restaurants, packed with people and serving a diverse range of fare. I choose War Pigs, which is a collab brewpub with Three Floyds (out of Munster, Indiana), and was hands down the best BBQ I’ve had in Europe. Legit smoked brisket and pulled pork shoulder, which comes with a variety of sauces (and you can add as much as you want — an important thing for a sauce fiend like me!) I also got a spicy sausage with a huge cup of Carolina Reaper sauce — delicious but insanely hot!

The next day I only had a bit of time to explore the town. The parliament used to be the royal seat before Denmark became a democracy– it’s an impressive building and you’re free to go walk around it, while Parliamentarians go about their business. The waterfront is gorgeous, as well, and great to wander around.

Before heading out, I went to a large, covered fresh food market called Torvehallerne, with several food stalls. I was able to grab some obligatory herring– and forced myself to eat a bite– before heading back to Brussels!

Freetown Christiania

I’d be remiss to not mention Freetown Christiania — an abandoned military camp that was taken over by nearby Copenhagen residents in 1971 and turned into a hippie commune. The commune is filled with unique housing — in military barracks, tree houses, etc. It also features elaborate graffiti art and some cafes. The (in)famous Pusher Street is where cannabis was openly sold until a crackdown in 2004. There’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth with authorities over the cannabis trade (as it’s illegal in Denmark), but Christiania remains a major tourist attraction in Copenhagen. I went there in 2003 and wasn’t able to stop in during my most recent trip — so I would check out another site — like this one — for the latest travel tips. (Note– I don’t include Freetown Christiania in my country count : )

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