Wish You Were Here: Nyhavn Waterfront, Copenhagen
This week, Jaunted contributor Heidi Atwal will guide you through a series of food and shopping-rich travels through Copenhagen, a quaint European city trafficked by bikes mounted by arty hipsters. Stay tuned for suggestions on where to eat, hang, drink and what to see in the city.
Copenhagen's picturesque waterfront is the stuff postcards are made of. Lining the Nyhavn canal are buildings painted in bright hues, along with a string of tourist-clogged restaurants with umbrella awnings, beer-supping customers and a constant flow of seafood dishes streaming from their kitchens. It is often Stop Number One for out-of-towners, listed as a "Must See" in many a guidebook and affording a romantic photo op for the snap-happy.
Though far smaller in scale and decidedly subdued in comparison, Nyhavn might be called the Scandinavian version of Barceloneta, Barcelona's own bustling water-side neighborhood. Like Barceloneta, it is undeniably pretty on its exterior, but ultimately more suited for a quick drink and photo session before moving on to the heart of the city and its more interesting sightseeing offerings. The historic area merely scratches the surface of what Copenhagen represents today; stay tuned throughout the week for more missives from my local-led romp through the charming European city.
[Photo: Heidi Atwal]