This weekend, my best friend from Kenyon came to visit me, and I had such a good time sharing all my favorite places in Copenhagen with her! My friend Caroline is studying abroad at Exeter University in England for the year, and I was so excited that she was able to find a weekend to come visit me.
When we were both planning for our time abroad back last spring, I think we both assumed that–since we would both be in Europe–it would be so easy to see each other throughout the semester. However, with busy and conflicting academic schedules, it was almost impossible to find even this one weekend! I’m bummed that I won’t be able to see where she is studying, but it was so nice to spend time together no matter the location. I’ve been really missing Kenyon recently–it’s so beautiful there in the fall–but having a piece of Kenyon here in Copenhagen has helped me to feel a bit less homesick.
This was the coldest weekend I’ve experienced in Denmark so far, so it was a bit of a challenge to find warm activities to do with Caroline. However, we really got an authentic hygge (the Danish word for cozy) experience–everywhere we went we were bundled up in sweaters and scarves, drinking warm beverages, and huddled up together under heat lamps! The Danish have really mastered the art of making winter less miserable–it’s all about the hygge.
Here are some of my favorite hygge hotspots in the city–
1. Nyhavn. This one is a classic. The old port is lined with beautifully renovated and colorful buildings. The sidewalks are crowded with cafes and restaurants–the perfect place to snuggle up on a rainy afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine and take in the scenery.
2. The Living Room. The Living Room is my favorite coffee shop in the city. It has such a fun/funky/hipster vibe and the comfiest sofas and chairs. The basement area is especially hygge–it has its own fireplace and lots of little nooks and crannies where you can study or chat with your friends. In the evening, the coffee shop turns into a laid back bar.
3. Tivoli. Another Copenhagen classic. Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, right in the heart of downtown Copenhagen. I went with my friend Caroline this weekend and got to see all of their Halloween decorations. Since Denmark only started celebrating Halloween in the past decade, I wasn’t expecting too much, but Tivoli goes all out for the holiday. It felt like stepping into Disney’s Halloweentown. Even though it was chilly walking around the park, we kept warm drinking hot chocolate under some heat lamps in a Tivoli cafe.
4. Bastard Cafe. This hidden gem is one my very favorite places to pass an afternoon in Copenhagen. The Bastard Cafe is unlike any cafe I’ve ever visited–the walls are lined with just about every board game imaginable. You can order coffee, beers, and snacks, then settle down at a table to play a game with friends. Some of the games are pay-to-play, but most of them are free! The cafe has such a warm and homey vibe, and you spend a couple of hours getting lost in a game with friends.