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Copenhagen on a budget

from Larissa, who visited in December 2016.

 

Scandinavia – known for its high costs of living… So how to get to know Denmark’s capital without spending a fortune and still taste some of the typical danish delicacies?

Copenhagen is not big so just explore it by foot! Because of its numerous pedestrian zones it’s also great for shopping – we liked especially one decoration store called Notre Dame. Having a look at the iconical little mermaid is for free, as well as strolling through the Freetown Christiania. The divers architectural styles like the royal residence, the picturesque face of the Nyhavn houses and all the modern buildings. Visiting the botanical garden does also not requires an entrance fee, even though it’s a bit lame during the winter period. Furthermore an affordable and different choice of transportation is the river shuttle service.

Don’t miss the varieties of danish Smørrebrød! In the tourist areas it’s usually quite overpriced, but if you walk around with open eyes south-west of the national museum, you’ll find a place called “Charcuteri” in the Vester Voldgade, where one costs 18DKK (2,40€).

When having a sweet tooth the bakery chain called Lagkagehuset is always a good stop for its collection of Wienerbrød. For something more special and local you should go on a Wednesday to the Sankt Peders Bageri and get one (or more?;)) of their yummy cinnamon rolls for 15DKK. Another breakfast option is the diversified porridge at “Grød”.

A typical choice of fast food would be a Flæskesteg sandwich – a good value for money is for example the Isted Grill. More fancy are the roofed food markets: the “Torvehallerne” is more about the ingredients that you can buy, while the “Street Food” one has a great variety of ready-to-eat dishes from around the world. If you are busy shopping and feel like Asian food, the Momo Wok Box is recommended!

Additionally some of the staff from the famous Noma restaurant opened their own businesses, so that can be a cheaper alternative for gourmet restaurants.

Not worth visiting is the special Christmas illumination in Tivoli, also referred to as Christmas market, because it’s smaller than you think, you have to pay for all the ride additionally, it’s no unique illumination and definitely not comparable to a proper Christmas market.

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