My favourite area which used to be a bit rough but now is very trendy and bohemian.
The many canals and cobbled streets adds to the atmosphere and the houses are very old here as most avoided the fire of Copenhagen.
This area also holds the famous Christiania, the semi autonomous community of used-to-be hippies on the former army territory.
In the old days most of Christianshavn was army or navy base and navy ship yards and still to this day holds the Danish navy headquarters.
Many bars and restaurants have recently opened here and some of the old places have gone up-market.
My favourite places in this area are:
Christianshavn was part of the original fortress of Copenhagen hence it is having fortifications and moats from the north-east down to the south of the area identified by the zig-zag pattern on the map:
Some typical views:
Had to make this post, not that this area is unknown but to confirm my support to what they are doing in this alternative community.
Since it’s establishment in the early 70’s as a hippie community is has been troubled by controversy.
However it also managed to give many troubled young people a home; values and living that got them away from the streets and away from the crime.
For foreigners it is most known for it’s selling of hash in Pusher Street but but lesser known for also banning all hard drugs from the territory efficiently enforced by the local residents as the police is mostly undesired in this place.
When you do visit – it is free to get in but please do not forget to buy a Christiania Share! I bought one for 50Kr and it supports the community there!
Home of the Christiania Bikes:
Be sure to have a longer walk outside the main areas to see some gems of alternative housing:
This is a lovely wine bar in the middle of Christianshavn.
They serve the best wines by the glass and also produces some great meat and cheese platters.
A little bar on the river having great beers and some food.
They also rents out boats.
But main feature is just to site and enjoy all the boats passing by…
This is the one of the most prominent areas of Copenhagen; full of great restaurants and bars most with all-year outside seating provided by heaters and blankets.
As expected of a area like this, prices are not cheap but the food is mostly excellent especially if you stick to Danish food.
Still a couple of places indicate the original spirit of the area, which once was a rough sailors quarter but now most places have been done-up and re-branded. If you want to know more about the history then try this link.
My favourite places here are:
- 5: Nyhavns Færgekro – great restaurant where they serve al what you-can-eat homemade herring for about DKK125. Also try their homemade snaps and their a-la-carte menu
- 17: Nyhavn 17 – great bar and nice beers on tap. Expect to pay DKK 70-100 for a half a litre beer from tap
- 49: Vaffelbageren – the best ice cream in freshly baked waffles, which you can watch being made while you wait
But again if you stick to Danish food it should be great in this area…
Look up at the buildings to discover great decorations:
One of the original places – top tip – don’t go unless you like go-go dancers: