Itinerary

Make Like the Locals and Explore Copenhagen By Bike

by Ashley Wolfgang

posted on February 17, 2019

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If you want to experience Copenhagen like a true local, you must do it by bike; this mode of transportation is an essential part of Danish life, and is an easy and economical way to get around. With 233 miles of bike lanes and designated traffic lights for cyclists, the infrastructure of Copenhagen supports a staggering statistic: nine out of 10 Danes own a bike. Join in by stopping at one of the many rental shops located throughout the city, get fitted for a bike, and queue up this itinerary that’ll take you to some of the capital’s best budget-friendly stops.

Snails are the specialty at this small bakery—not the slimy molluscs, but the buttery snegl, also known as a cinnamon roll. Line up for the larger onsdags snegl sold only on Wednesdays, or content yourself other days with the smaller direktør snegl.

Checkout: Snegl, wienerbrød (Danish pastry), frøsnapper (poppy and sesame seed twist), hot apple tart

Photo courtesy: teodorally

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Walking Distance

0.29 miles

Located in the heart of the Jewish quarter, this quirky, casual coffee shop is a favorite among local students. A basement book store sells second hand books, while the coffee shop serves everything from breakfast dishes to cakes to full hot meals.

Checkout: Cheesecake, chili con carne, Tiger shrimp, coffee, cakes

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Walking Distance

0.18 miles

A spiral walkway leads to the top of Europe's oldest functioning observatory. Legend says that Catharine the Great rode up in her horse-drawn carriage. Today, you pay a small fee just to hoof it, but the views from ten stories up are worth the trek.

Photo courtesy: theroundtower

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Walking Distance

0.96 miles

This was once the naughty side of Nyhavn, where sailors and ladies of pleasure packed the pubs. Today, sail boats and colorful row houses are the backdrop for bustling restaurants. Snag a table near no. 18, Hans Christian Andersen's former address.

Photo courtesy: Aleksandar Georgiev

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Walking Distance

1.91 miles

Street food fans love this outdoor market for its Asian organic vegan offerings such as spring rolls, and fried bananas with chocolate. Waterfront seating is perfect for sipping melon drinks in the summer while watching Copenhagen's harbor activity.

Checkout: Vegan spring rolls with noodles, ice cold melon drinks, fried banana with chocolate and ice

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Walking Distance

2.01 miles

Have a leisurely time walking the grounds of a 17th-century castle, home to pristine lawns, tree-lined paths and rows of stunning flowerbeds. Seasonal shows attract a crowd, and you can kill time at the children's playground or spotting statues.

Photo courtesy: fredbcyr

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Walking Distance

0.66 miles

Stroll along the bright, open corridors at Torvehallerne to browse over 60 stands, offering the freshest produce, meats and seafood plus prepared food to eat on site or take outside for a waterfront view. A bustling energy provides a holiday feel.

Checkout: Fresh fish caught daily, locally roasted coffee, ethnic street food, wine shops, flower stalls

Photo courtesy: T

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Walking Distance

2.06 miles

Skip the divey sports bar and nurse signature craft beers in a chic environment. Bright turquoise walls bring a welcoming touch to the custom-made wooden bar and tables to help you wind down with your choice of up to 40 tap beers.

Checkout: Rotating 40 tap beers, Mikkeller Spirits, gourmet cheese

Photo courtesy: MF

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