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…
Hidden gem of an old pub slightly off the beaten path.
You can also sit outside around the corner and look at the boats in the canal.
The interior is traditional and very cosy and the landlord on the left is a great guy (and very entertaining!):
The food is traditional Danish of the very best quality:
In addition to a good selection of beers and wines they specialize in homemade snaps:
Some snaps’s are still in the making: