A Week in Copenhagen: From One City to the Solar System
Inside the Copenhagen Museum
Welcome to København! Often recognized as being one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in Europe with the best quality of life, Copenhagen is no-brainer. Sure it may be a tad expensive, but there's reason after reason for that. This week and last, Lilit Marcus will be sharing the must-hit spots, whether you have three days or over a week.
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If you want to feel more like a local than a tourist, spending a day on the less crowded south side of Copenhagen is the way to go. Start heading west on Vesterbrogade, and you’ll soon find yourself mingling with the locals...although you still won’t have trouble finding English speakers.
At Vesterbrogade 59 you'll hit the Copenhagen Museum. This institution devotes itself to the history of the city, and since you’ve already spent a few days here you’ll recognize names of common places and famous former residents. The museum itself is fun and even zany at times, an eclectic mix of old paintings, re-created rooms from different time periods, plenty of subtle burns on the Swedes, and art made out of recycled trash.
The museum has a great sense of humor about Copenhagen’s past and present, but it also makes you quite enthusiastic for the future. Plus, you can make your own trash art, which is really cool (and kinda Portlandia-ish).
Although Asian food is now super popular in Copenhagen, a few decades ago things like Drunken Chicken, Pad Thai and Yakitori were pretty foreign concepts. Tokyo Restaurant, at Vesterbrogade 77, was the very first Asian restaurant in town and continues serving top-notch sushi, udon, and soba. You can choose between Japanese-style and Western-style seating, but the one where you get to kick off your shoes should always win out.
Dessert is a necessity, and there’s always Paradis ice cream at Vesterbrogade 47, which happens to be right next to the pretty and not-overrun-by-tourists Elias Kirken (Elias Church).
At night, the best show is at the Tyco Brahe planetarium, located at Kongevej 10 and named for Denmark’s most noted astronomer. It's here where, if you've got a nice long visit to Copenhagen, you can enjoy IMAX movies, an exhibit about the mysteries of space, or simply a beautiful and romantic look at the stars, which ought to set the stage for your walk back home.
[Photos: a.currell & rowanofrovara]