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Things that are good to know about Copenhagen:
-Tips are not really used here. Most places will have tip jars, but your server won't get them - usually the tips are collected and used for a christmas party or something like that. So don't worry about it.
-Danish people generally speak pretty fluent english; don't feel bad about asking people for help, most people will be super friendly and help you out with any questions you might have.
-Taxis are crazy expensive, but there are busses and trains going everywhere. You can find a map at bigger train stations. You can opt for renting a bike pretty cheaply or just walk - I like walking around here, and the city is small enough that it's actually doable.
-The city is filled with awesome vintage stores and it is VERY easy to spend a lot of money while walking around, so be careful :)
-Take good care of your wallet/phone when you're walking around in the inner city. It can be crowded and things can get lost. Mostly Copenhagen is an almost crime free and super safe city, but the inner city has a lot of pickpockets!
-Copenhagen has A LOT of cultural institutions compared to it's size!
-A lot of museums have free days, so check it out. For art, I recommend Glyptoteket (free on sundays), Statens Museum for Kunst (the state collection, always free and very amazing) and if you want to take a day trip, one of the most amazing places in the world, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located just and hour from Copenhagen by train. Davids Samling has one of the biggest collections of islamic art in Europe (maybe the world?) and it's always free.
If you're into science or history, there are A LOT of awesome museums as well; Geologisk Museum, Arbejdermuseet, Zoologisk Museum, Botanisk Have..
-Copenhagen has a lot of parks and during the summer, people spend a lot of time in the parks hanging out, playing games, drinking beer.. You are allowed to drink almost anywhere and danes come outside AS SOON as the weather allows it.
-Almost all places are smoke free, but you can either stand outside and smoke, or just sit at an outside table.
-The boat ride [url=http://www.yelp.dk/biz/netto-bådene-københavn-k#query:kanalrundfart]Natto-Bådene[/url] is a pretty cheap and amazing way of exploring the city: you get to spend an hour on a boat, touring the city from the channels. Copenhagen has a lot of water, and the city is really charming like that.
-If you're into theater, ballet, opera etc. Check out Det Kgl. Teater.
-[url=http://www.yelp.com/biz/cinemateket-københavn-k]Cinemateket[/url] is one of my favorite places. They have all sorts of obscure and geeky films, and they even have sundays where they show danish films with english subtitles! (Denmark has a pretty special film culture and there are made a lot of brilliant danish movies!)
-Mikkeller Beer Bar is really awesome if you're into beer! And it's located right next to where I live, which is a pretty awesome place with plenty of thai and sushi food options.
-There are SO many small, cozy cafés and restaurants and shops in Copenhagen. Copenhageners like hanging out with their friends and drinking coffee and beer - you will probably notice that most cafés feel kind of like a living room filled with people.
-The legal drinking age is 18 here.
-AirBnB is really popular here; I recommend looking for a room/apartment there! It will be cheaper than any hotel and way more awesome. The area Nørrebro, and the streets around Jægersborggade, Elmegade, Blågårdsgade etc. are really nice.
Here are my suggestions for food:
Brunch can be had at either Kalaset
or Café N
. Both are delicious, but I definitely like Café N more - it's a mostly vegan place, and they serve brunch and different menus and make pretty decent burgers. It's kind of whole-foody and very very delicious. You get your burger menu with a fresh squeezed juice!
For lunch/dinner, I can recommend: Green Sushi
who has a vegan menu!Morgenstedet
located in Christiania - it's very hippie micro macro-ish, but they usually have a really excellent noodle salad!Thai Asien
located in the inner city harbor called "Nyhavn", a gorgeous (but very touristy) area. Most things can be made vegetarian - just ask for it, ask them to hold the eggs and add some extra tofu. Their Pad Thai is DELICIOUS. Riz Raz
- a middle easter buffet, pretty cheap, decent food, ask the staff what things are vegan.
[url=http://www.yelp.dk/biz/ahaaa-det-arabiske-madhus-københavn]Ahaaa Det Arabiske Madhus[/url] (the arabian food court) - serves THE BEST falafel in town (and Copenhagen is the city of falafels!) - The only place I've ever had a similar falafel was at L'as du Falafel in Paris, which is world known. Ask for hummus instead of dressing, and have them add some aubergine. You won't regret it! It's located on the same street as Café N. Halifax Burger Restaurant
has delicious vegan options, with a pea burger patty. There are several located around the city. It's a high end burger place.Wagamama
is a delicious noodle bar, located both inside and just outside Tivoli in the center of the city. They have several vegan options - just ask for rice noodles instead of wholegrain noodles! I love love love the "yasai chili men" with rice noodles. The seaweed salad is a mix of three kinds of seaweed salad, and it's delicious! The raw salad is really good as well!
[url]Atlas Bar[/url] are always happy to help you out, their servings are big and the food is really tasty! It's located in the inner city, in what is locally known as "Pisserenden" (I think it's called "the latin district" in most english guide books, for no reason I can comprehend!)
[url=http://www.yelp.com/biz/haps-københavn]Haps[/url], located right next to Nørreport has this menu for 50 kroner, where you get a HUGE baked samosa (the vegetarian one is vegan) + a bunch of different salads. It's very cheap and super delicious.
Recently, there has been an addition to the city's vegan options:
[url=http://www.krak.dk/f/öz-urfa:66019414/2200-københavn-n]öz Urfa[/url], a regular junk food place now has a vegan junkfood burger option!
[url=http://www.yelp.com/biz/silans-pizzeria-københavn]Silan's Pizzeria[/url] now has the option of vegan meat and vegan cheese on your pizza.
(I haven't tried these two yet, but they're getting great reviews!)HappyCow Copenhagen
seems to know a lot more restaurants than I do.
One thing I will recommend, though, is to not give up just because there is no mention of vegan food on the menu. There are almost no places that label things as vegan, even if they have tons.
You can get the most delicious vegan rice milk ice cream at Is à Bella
- there are several locations, I recommend the one located in Torvehallerne
right next to Nørreport Station. Torvehallerne is this really neat place filled with small stalls of gourmet foods. One side is mostly vegetables, bread, spices, candy etc. The other one is mostly meat and fish and poultry - so avoid that one.
As for non-restaurant/café eating, here are my tips:
-Vegan bread is EASY to get a hold of, and danes are serious about bread: Lagkagehuset has several types of bread without milk, same with Emmery's and the bakery in Torvehallerne. Supermarkets will have a lot of vegan bread options as well (although, not as exciting!).
-Most health food stores will have several types of vegan spreads: Streich is a delicious sunflower seed spread, Tartex is pretty widely available, a lot of places you can get stuff like smoked tofu spread.. The best place for food shopping is Spidsroden
in Nørrebro (close to Ahaaa and Café N) - they have A LOT of vegan things.
-A lot of regular supermarkets will have vegan products as well: Irma is the most gourmet and expensive, but they have things like soy icecream (called "Tofuline"), Alpro soy yogurt, vegan "meat slices" (at some locations), hummus, and of course veggies, fruits, soy milk etc. SuperBrugsen will have the same vegan ice cream, and alpro yogurt. Rema1000 has the alpro yogurt. A lot of the discount supermarkets often have accidentally vegan things: Fakta has this "bruschetta" in a glass jar, which is delicious and really cheap. In most parts of the city (besides from the inner city) there are plenty of green grocers - in Nørrebro you can get vegetarian samosa's EVERYWHERE and they're usually vegan.
-Naturbageriet and Det Rene Brød are two bakeries with vegan pastry options. I totally don't think they're worth the trouble, but I know other people love their stuff!
I think that's what I have to offer for now.. But just email me if you guys have questions!