Summertime is the time to hit the road, near or far! A few summers ago we were fortunate to visit Copenhagen and thought we'd once again share our five reasons to love the city. Bon voyage!
REASON #1 Bikes are god. Finally, a place where bikes are given the respect they deserve. Bikes lanes are given new meaning in Copenhagen. They are the size of Toronto's streets. Biking in Copenhagen is far from the feeling of a Torontonian death sentence, it's a social thing (they bike side by side here and have conversations) and it's the best way to get around.
REASON #2 The food. Like everybody else, we tried to score a table at Noma and failed. But amazing quality, locally sourced food with a focus on traditional Danish produce can be found everywhere in Copenhagen. From Torvehallerne (an urban food market) to Bocuse d’Or winning Geranium (located on the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium) to Aamanns' open faced sandwiches (a Danish thing).
REASON #3 The city's architecture and public spaces. Everywhere you look in Copenhagen, you will witness good design. Superkilen is an urban park divided into three areas, red, green and black (captured above). Part of an urban improvement plan coordinated by the City of Copenhagen in a partnership with Realdania, the objective was to upgrade the Nørrebro neighbourhood to a high standard of urban development liable to inspire other cities and districts. The park was built by Superflex and the famous BIG architects.
REASON #4 Minimalism. When you're short of time, Illums Bolighus is the one-stop international flagship of Danish modern living, design and furnishings for generations. The best of Danish and Scandinavian Design.
REASON #5 And finally, our final reason to love Copenhagen...THERE IS A FUCKING amusement park in the middle of the city! Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and pleasure garden in the city centre of Copenhagen. You literally step off the train, exit the train station, cross the street and start riding the turn of the century rides! Best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, which was built in 1914, it is one of world's oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today. An operator controls the ride by braking down the hills so it won't gain too much speed. The roller coaster is an American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) classic. Tivoli Gardens opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. The park provided inspiration for Walt Disney. Disney was so impressed with the Danish amusement park, he immediately decided Disneyland should try to emulate Tivoli's "happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun."