The highlight of our trip to Copenhagen was being able to ride bikes EVERYWHERE. We rented bikes on the afternoon of our first day in town and kept them for the next 3 days. The bike lanes are super roomy and all over town making it very convenient and safe to get places. Being so active every day made me feel quite energized. I think it was a combo of the exercise, the breeze in my hair, the unpredictability of when we might get rained on and the thrill of exploring a new city. Read below for my adventures cycling around Copenhagen.
On our second day, we made the excellent decision of getting an early-ish start. We set out on our bikes around 8:30 which was perfect because the bike commuters had already cycled to work and the tourists weren’t our yet, so we had the bike lanes mostly to ourselves. We rode over to the Christianshavn neighborhood again for coffee and Danish pastries at 108, the brand new venture from the NOMA team. The 108 restaurant and separate coffee shop (called The Corner) had only opened a few days earlier and my cortado and ceps mushroom birch syrup pastry were wonderful. If you can’t get a reservation at either NOMA or 108, at least stop by the coffee shop and lounge on the picnic benches with a good cup of coffee and an interesting danish (or a glass of wine if it’s after midday).
All hopped up on our coffee and sugar, we rode past the cheery buildings of the Nyhavn area again. Unlike the previous day, we had it mostly to ourselves which was really nice. Another perk of exploring early! Plus, the early morning reflections were great!
Our next stop was the Rosenborg Castle and, again, there was virtually nobody there. We admired the architecture and enjoyed strolling around the gardens smelling the roses.
For lunch, we beelined it to the meat packing area again to try the tacos at Hija de Sanchez. The owner is the former NOMA pastry chef Rosio Sanchez, a Mexican-American 30-something originally from Chicago. I was completely enamored with the bright table coverings and fresh dahlias on each table. Plus, amazing tacos and fresh homemade tortillas always make this California girl’s heart happy. If you’re curious to know more about Rosio and her taqueria, check out her website or this write-up in Vogue.
To burn off our tacos, we rode 7 km out to Amager Strandpark beach. One of the perks of riding a bike is you cover much more ground and see a lot more “local-ish” neighborhoods than you might if you’re on foot or taking public transport everywhere. I wouldn’t say the neighborhoods we saw on the way to this beach were particularly nice or pretty but it was interesting to see the less touristy side of CPH nonetheless.
On our way to dinner that night, we happened upon some interesting buildings and a pretty church – perfect photo op! I’m so happy about this outfit for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s super comfy yet I feel chic; 2) the skirt, blouse and shoes are all ethically made which fits right in with my Thoughtful Shopping Series. In case you’re wondering, I did NOT ride my bike in my white skirt. Instead, we took a cab to dinner. Also, the Pretty Ballerinas were perfect for traversing the serious cobblestones. I saw several women who were clearly braver than me teetering around in heels on the cobbles but that’s just not for me.
Outfit 3 – Long Elegant Legs Chambray Shirt; Long Tall Sally tank; Banana Republic Skinny Jeans; Madewell Belt
Our last full day in town was pretty laid back. We went back to Hija de Sanchez for lunch (because I can never have enough tacos), explored some interesting neighborhoods and wandered around the main shopping area. I call this my “summer blues” outfit.
And I’ll leave you with one last random picture of me feeling like a local on my bike with some pastries from 108 and another bakery in my shopping bag.
What makes you feel energized when you travel? Have you ever visited a cycle friendly city?