I recently was able to scratch Copenhagen off my travel list and oh, was it a great city! Great beer, expertly laid out cycling infrastructure and loooong summer days made for a really enjoyable weekend away.
My very favorite brewery in the world is based in Copenhagen, so of course, my eating and drinking revolved around hitting as many of their restaurants/bars as possible. I chose my Airbnb specifically because it was conveniently located near one of their bars, which meant I stayed in Vesterbro, a great neighborhood to play local for the weekend.
I managed to visit Mikkeller Bar, the aforementioned bar conveniently located near my Airbnb, on my first night in Copenhagen. It was happily everything I had hoped it would be - super friendly service, delicious beers and not an ounce of pretension.
I also made it over to Warpigs for afternoon beers and dinner. Warpigs is a collaboration between Mikkeller and Three Floyds, a brewery based in Indiana, where I grew up. A slew of picnic tables provide tons of seating. Twenty-two different constantly rotating taps and Texas barbecue provide the sustenance. Oh, and the mac and cheese was maybe the best I've ever had.
The final stop on my personal Mikkeller tour was Ramen to Bíiru. The "ramen" beer perfectly paired with the spicy miso ramen, all ordered from a kitschy machine at the front of the restaurant. While I was visiting Torvehallerne, Copenhagen's fancy market, I made one more stop at Mikkeller's bottle shop and picked up an old Chicago favorite, Half Acre's Pony pilsner, to enjoy outside in the sunshine.
Cycling in Copenhagen is seriously enjoyable thanks to the incredible cycling infrastructure and culture surrounding it. When everyone in a city cycles, it makes the ride much easier. Drivers are aware, separate raised bike lanes are everywhere and people respect the rules of the road. I rented a city bike to ride to Tivoli from Vesterbro and highly recommend it as a way to get around the city. You can sign up on the spot as each bicycle is equipped with a touch screen GPS system. Additionally, every bike has electric assist, which makes the city bikes a fun way to zip around the city without breaking a sweat!
Renting a boat was a really fun way to see the city, though a bit frustrating at first. GoBoats are solar-powered boats available for rent and perfect for an afternoon picnic. Even though their website says they offer picnic baskets, there is no food available from GoBoat, but we found a great smørrebrød place right across the street and picked up some sandwiches. The boating wasn't as easy as was promised, but as it turned out, there was something wrong with our first boat! Once we got a new properly functioning boat and got the hang of driving it, we hit the canals and had a fun time on the water.
I also managed to do something truly terrifying while in Copenhagen - I rode the Star Flyer at Tivoli, one of the world's tallest swing rides! If you can manage to keep your eyes open, you'll be treated to some really fantastic city views from way up there.
Until next time, Copenhagen!