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How to experience a day in Copenhagen from your home

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Copenhagen, colourful buildings
Any colour you can imagine, there’s probably a house in Copenhagen that looks a bit like it. The city is full of whimsical, brightly coloured buildings, most of them old and cute, which give Copenhagen a nostalgic, fairytale atmosphere – Copenhagen Media Center
Copenhagen’s canal – © Kim Wyon

I’ve wanted to visit Denmark and more specifically Copenhagen, for some time now. In fact, I was thinking of traveling there this very spring. But, unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic happened and we all got stuck at home instead.

Good news though! You can now experience all the joys of Denmark’s delightful capital city from your home, thanks to this handy guide by VisitDenmark:

09:00 – Wake up and smell the coffee

Coffee at Original Coffee Illum Rooftop – © Robin Skjoldborg

But first, coffee! For the residents of Copenhagen, coffee is not a matter to be taken lightly. In Denmark it is serious people! In fact, many of the city’s most popular coffee shops treat coffee-making as a science. One could say that it is their passion for the craft of brewing coffee that makes them so endearing.

So if you want to learn how brew coffee, the Danish way, the brew guides of Danish coffee monger Coffee Collective are a good place to start. They won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the recent Danish barista championship.

Here’s how to make the make the perfect Espresso, according to the Coffee Collective:

10:00 – Discover Danish architecture

Time at home is the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about Danish architecture. More specifically, to discover the architects at the forefront of the innovation. Namely, BIG. Indeed, that’s the firm’s name!

Axel Towers was designed by the talented Lene Tranberg, from the award winning Danish architect firm Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter. Axel Towers represents the new Danish architecture, which aims to bring together the people who live and work in the city. Photo by @asteryx, 2018.

Recently, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) did a grand exhibition on the firm’s work, which now you can visit from home. The virtual tour will take you to BIG’s world where you can learn more about their projects and design philosophy. 

Take the virtual tour of the Danish Architecture Centre here.

The Playhouse in Copenhagen is the national centre of dramatic art. With this in mind, it was designed in every detail for top-level theatre productions. Moreover, the views across the inner city harbour are a delight!

11:00 Take the metro without leaving your sofa

Last year, the Copenhagen locals celebrated as the long-awaited City Circle Line of the metro was opened. After that, earlier this year, a new extension to the area of Nordhavn followed. 

As a result, you can now take a (virtual) ride on each of these lines and get a taste of the daily commute in Copenhagen.

12:00 Make open-faced sandwiches with Danish chef Adam Aamann

Few things are as intrinsically Danish as the open-faced sandwich. In Copenhagen, one of the most famous is Aamanns’ restaurants. So much so that Mr Aamann himself has taken to the internet to teach us how to make traditional open-faced sandwiches at home and more.

Learn how to make tartare sandwich here (video is in Danish but has subtitles in English)

Danish open-faced sandwiches

13:00 Get royally creative

Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe II is an avid lover of arts and crafts. She has made beautiful costumes for the Royal Danish ballet and illustrations for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. These days she inspires us to get crafty with paint and paper. Her dachshund hat has become a bit of a signature project.

Get creative with the queen here.

15:00 Cosy up with an exciting crime story

Hygge is the Danes’ primary defence mechanism against the challenges of the current situation. Oe anything challenging really!

If you are totally new to hygge, you can do a 101 course with “The Little Book of Hygge”. Also, you can try adding a bit of uhygge to your day (i.e. the opposite of hygge) by watching a Danish crime series

18:00 Dine like a Dane

Certainly, the need for comfort food is real at the moment and the Danish cuisine is filled with good options

For example, “burning love” is a poetically named dish featuring lots of potatoes, butter and bacon – all the Danish staple ingredients.

A table at restaurant Undici in the neighbourhood Christianshavn. © Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner

Afterwards, for dessert, you can test your Danish pronunciation skills with the dish rødgrød med fløde. Fortunately, it is easier to eat than it is to pronounce.

Click here for tasty Danish recipes to try at home!

20:00 Dress up for a night at the theatre

A night at the opera is always a highlight in the life! While Copenhagen’s physical theatres are closed at the moment due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the Royal Theatre has brought its shows online.

The Royal Danish Opera interiors. © Christian Geisnæs

More specifically, you can now stream many classical concerts, operas and ballets. To make the occasion more special, you can still dress to the nines, dust off your binoculars and have a glass of bubbly. Even the royal family are fans, while also stuck at home!

You can get a taste of Danish theatre and opera here (site is in Danish, but worth a click)

To sum things up…

Although we can’t visit Copenhagen in person at the moment, but we can still get to experience a day in this delightful city. Learn how to make Danish open-faced sandwiches, make your morning coffee like a Dane, take (virtually) the metro to explore the city and finish your day with a traditional Danish dinner and a night at the opera, theatre or concert (on video).

Cover image by E_Scott from Pixabay

About Author

Eleanna is the founder of Miss Travelist. Part Greek and part East European, she speaks five languages and loves discovering new cultures and cuisines. When she is not travelling, you can find her watching Netflix, playing video games and having coffee with her friends.

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