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My Copenhagen – Part IV

Copenhagen has so much to offer in terms of gastronomy, culture and shopping – but where to start? We have teamed up with a handful of locals who all have one thing in common; they love their city! For the fourth and last edition of ‘My Copenhagen’ we have teamed up with the International Press Officer of Wonderful Copenhagen. He knows a thing or two about the city, so sharpen your pen and get ready to explore.

 

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Henrik Thierlein

 

Tell us about yourself?

I work as the International Press Officer of Wonderful Copenhagen and I have so for nearly 18 years. My finest task is to promote Copenhagen to the international press, and to show them our beautiful city so they have the best tools to explore and experience the city.

 

What is your relationship with Copenhagen?

I am crazy in love with Copenhagen! It has been a love affair, which started ever since my first visit. I was 9 years old and traveling together with my parents. We stayed at the Admiral Hotel, and when I looked at the view over the harbor I simply bursted out: “I want to live here!” Years later I moved here and haven’t moved away ever since.

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Admiral Hotel

 

Which part of the city is your favorite and why?

I think all of the neighborhoods in Copenhagen have their own charm, but if I have to choose I have to say Nørrebro. The evolvement and creativity the neighborhood has gone through is very fascinating to me. Jægersborggade is a good example too; it used to be an empty street with no activity, and now it’s flourishing!
Another neighborhood I really like is Vesterbro, especially around Værnedamsvej with Tullinsgade that houses the world’s smallest hotel: The Central Hotel.

The Meat Packing District is another one of my favorites. During the day there is a lot of cool galleries and restaurants to check out, and if you go for a walk you can still see the butchers working. During the nighttime there is another kind of activity going on and another kind of meat on the plate, which isn’t less fun.

Any recommendations for these areas? 

When it comes to the world’s best, Nørrebro knows a thing or two. I would recommend going to Fælledvejen for the world best burger at Burger and Buns which is owned by Henrik Yde, who is also the man behind the world’s only Michelin restaurant with Thai food, Kiin Kiin.

Its location on Guldbergsgade is a quite cool area of Nørrebro with many different nationalities living side by side. The Jewish Cemetery is located on a side street and right in the middle is Kiin Kiin; a Buddhist food temple. The restaurant and the location is an ethnic melting pot, which is quite cool and unique.

When it comes to Vesterbro, the fish restaurant at the Meatpacking District is one of my favorites. The atmosphere is vibrant, the food is fresh and a funny fact is, that the entire room is made of recycled materials.

KUL is another favorite in the Meatpacking District and the complete opposite of the above-mentioned. KUL is dark, masculine, sexy, international and definitely worth a visit (read our review of the restaurant here).

 

Kiin Kiin

Kiin Kiin. Photo credit: heatherontravels.com

 

Which places are your favorites when it comes to cocktails and nightlife?

I have a weak spot for Lidkoeb, which is a cocktailbar at Vesterbro, located in a historical back building. It is the little brother of another bar in Copenhagen; the world renowned Ruby’s, which figures on Condé Nast’ list over the worlds 50 best bars. The vibe here is amazing and the punch something worth trying out.

 

Where can one find the best party?

The cocktail environment in Copenhagen is sublime and with the opening hours, parties are not hard to find. However, since Copenhagen is all about the contrasts, I enjoy going to ‘Bakken’ in the Meatpacking District, which is the complete opposite of the trendy cocktail scene. There are no fancy drinks, but plenty of canned beer and cool kids.

I have lived in the more quiet Frederiksberg are for 21 years, and an absolute must to visit here is Copenhagen’s only pianobar; Cafe Intime. The vibe here is very informal and the crowd is a mix of homosexuals, people from the nearby theaters and locals from all over area. The music comes from the piano except from Sunday’s, where jazz can be found on the program.

When the party closes at 2 AM sharp, you can continue across the street to Allénberg or “The Psychopath” as it’s called by locals. The vibe here is unrestrained; “dancing on the tables” really happens!

Cafe Intime

Café Intime. Photo credit: yelp.dk.

 

What is a must-see for tourists?

The canal tours are Copenhagen’s answer to “Hop-on-and-off busses” and a great way to see the city from the waterside. If you want to be a real “Copenhagener” you should rent a bike to go around in the city. You should try the new bike bridge and go to Islands Brygge, bike through Christiania and out to Copenhagen street food at Papirøen to have lunch. The food stalls here offer great international food for very reasonable prices.

If you have a couple of days or more, a good idea is to take the train to Helsingør and see Kronborg, then take bus 388 to Louisiana to see the beautiful museum and eat lunch. Afterwards you can hop on bus 388 again to The Karen Blixen Museum to have some Kenyan coffee just like in “My Africa”. Finish the tour with a dip in the sea near Klampenborg, where Arne Jacobsen’s iconic towers can be found. If you buy a “Copenhagen Card” you’ll have admittance to all of these museums plus transportation free of charge.

 

What is the best about Copenhagen?

It must be the waters and the parks. We have some of the most beautiful parks and cemeteries, which are now used as recreational areas. I love all the opportunities we have to enjoy the life outside such as barbecues by the beach, bathing in the harbor, and the feeling of freedom that comes along with it.

 

 

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