Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. The happiest city in the world. Thanks to a level of satisfaction of its citizen of about 90%, Copenhagen is definitely the ultimate place for millennials, young people born between the 80s and 2000.
Indeed, Copenhagen is where the word hygge comes from, an untranslatable term referring to a state of mind or to a lifestyle, linked to the concept of happiness and coziness. Young people here are fully satisfied with their everyday life or just in occasion of a journey in the pursuit of fun.
While riding a bike (Copenhagen is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, thanks to its many kilometres of cycle lanes) and discovering the essential Danish design, millennials may choose among many different places where to spend their time. Drinking a coffee or a good beer, tasting a typical dish or international street food, having an after-dinner cocktail or dancing all night long: thanks to its large offer of restaurants, pubs or cafés, Copenhagen is certainly for the young people the perfect place where to plan their next journey.
Here are some proposals on the best places for drinking, eating or having fun with friends in Denmark’s capital city.
Drinking a good coffee
A really strong and rich coffee can be found at The Coffee Collective, a Danish coffee shop where coffee specialists will brew your cup while explaining the typologies of beans used. There are three coffee shops in Copenhagen, and among them, we recommend the one in Jeaggersborggade, one of the most culturally energetic roads of the city, with its fashion innovative boutiques and its workshops, in the Norrebro area.
The Coffee Collective
Jægersborggade 57, Copenhagen N
Reading a book, washing the laundry, having a hot drink or eating something
In the Norrebro district, The Laundromat Café – a laundromat, bookstore and café – is well-known in Copenhagen. Very popular among Danish young people, especially at brunch time, it is worth a visit to wash the laundry together or to eat a “clean” dish (a vegetarian dish – but you may choose also some tasty meat plates).
The Laundromat Café
Elmegade 15, Copenhagen N
Taking a sweet break
A famous Danish chain of stores, Lagkagehuset, easy to find all around Copenhagen, is the right place where to taste patisserie specialities made in Danemark. A sort of bakery where, in addition to the baked goods, you may order a hot or cold drink. The most greedy people must absolutely try the Danish floedeboller, that are bon-bons covered with chocolate and stuffed with meringue, available here also in banana or caramel flavour. A real local exquisiteness.
The street food
On the Papiroen island, linked to the Christianshavn district through a bridge, you’ll find the Copenhagen Street Food, where kiosks, vans and stands sell local and international street foods. Opening from 12 pm to 10 pm, it’s the perfect place at every moment of the day, with its smells and flavours, music and yells.
Here you may choose among Brazilian churrasco, Italian cheese and ham platter, Japaneese sushi or Danish smoerrebroed (a ryed bread slice covered with traditional ingredients).
Copenhagen Street Food
Paper Island 14 Trangravsvej, Copenhagen
In the central area of Norreport, there is also the Torvehallerne KBH, the food market of the city. Here you may buy fresh foods and products such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables or aromatic herbs. While doing shopping you may also take a seat and have some express-made dishes such as the frikadeller, the famous Danish meatballs, or just drink a coffee at The Coffee Collective or a Mikkeller craft beer in a colourful and lively environment.
Frederiksborggade 21, Copenhagen K
Drinking a craft beer
The Danish Mikkeller brewery beers may be tasted in some different locations in Copenhagen; but the Mikkeller Bar in Vesterbro, the city’s trendy district, is a cult place. Low lights, green floors, simple design and 20 draught beers: you may choose between the own produced ones or the many international beers. They have a good choice of bottled beers too.
Viktoriagrade No. 8 B-C, Copenhagen
A must place in the city, the little Norrebro Bryghus brewery, in the heart of Norrebro, sells a large selection of good craft beers, draught or bottled beers, all own-produced. On two floors, with production implants in view and a restaurant, during the happy hour time between 4 and 6 pm, the bar gets full of young people, all attracted by the convenient prices.
Ryesgade 3, Copenhagen N
For lunch or for dinner
Maybe the best hamburgers in Copenhagen are those of the Grillen Burgerbar, a Danish chain of restaurants with an American style.
At the Grillen Burger Bar, every sandwich tells a story, from the John Doe to the Treat Me Good. For the fries, you may choose among the ziggy, curly or groove option. For dessert, one of the legendary Ben & Jerry’s milkshakes is a must have.
An after-dinner drink
Not so easy to find, hidden in a little road in the Vesterbro area, the Lidkoeb is a bar on three floors and a dehors, in an 1886 building. The design and the atmosphere are different on every floor.
On the ground floor, there is a bar with low lights and a large selection of cocktails, from the classic ones or the typical Danish ones to the homemade cocktails and a good choice of draught beers. Going up, on the second floor, opening during the weekend, there is an events hall with sofas and a fireplace. Finally, on the third floor, a sort of attic, there is the pearl of the Lidkoeb: a little whiskey bar with a large selection of whiskeys from all over the world.
Vesterbrogade 72B, Copenhagen V
Dancing until dawn
One of the most fashionable discos in Copenhagen, the Rust in Norrebro is a club on three levels with three different dancing floors. On the ground floor, there is the main dance hall and the most commercial one, while the second floor includes two areas, a dance floor with a stage and a sitting hall. Finally, on the third level, you’ll find a lounge environment with a bar and a smoking area. The music goes from the indie rock to the pop, reggae and funk. The Rust is also a concert place and many famous or emerging artists have performed here.
Guldbergsgade 8, Copenhagen N
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