The Highlights: Weeks 15-17

Sunday, April 24th – Saturday, May 14th

It’s been 3 weeks since I left Copenhagen but it would be a shame to not highlight some of these incredible places that I went during my final times in Denmark. Some of my favorite bakeries and cafés were found while café hopping during finals week, and I hope by sharing them here someone else will discover them earlier on than I did!

Food

  • Andersen & Maillard
    • This bakery is ranked best bakery by numerous websites, so I decided I had to try it. I had a chocolate croissant which was stuffed with a delicious and thick chocolate mousse. This was definitely more of a dessert than a breakfast, but it was undoubtably delicious!
  • The Little Yellow Coffee Shop
    • This café is located on an adorable hidden side street right by DIS. Whether sitting upstairs or at the tables outside it is the perfect place to do work, and the iced latte was the best I’ve had in Copenhagen. All around this place is so cute and cozy, and it is definitely a must go café!
  • Norrebro Kaffebar
    • I ended up here rather randomly, but I was immediately comforted by the welcoming and kind staff. This café, located right near Andersen & Maillard, has a HUGE interior and is a perfect location in Nørrebro to do school work!
  • Skt. Peders Bageri (St. Peter’s Bakery)
    • I had passed this bakery numerous times on my way to Buzz Kaffebar, but had never stopped in. The oldest bakery in Copenhagen, Skt. Peders Bageri is notoriously known for their “Onsdagssnegl,” or “Wednesday snails.” Basically a large and fluffy cinnamon roll, the bakery sells no less than 4,000 of these delicious treats EACH WEDNESDAY. My personal favorite treat however was a pastry filled with cream and raspberries, so yummy!
  • Original Coffee
    • With numerous locations throughout the city, Original Coffee has a cozy and chic vibe. I personally really liked the København N location, as it has a ton of outdoor seating right on the lakes!
  • Sømods Bolcher
    • I cannot say enough about this adorable candy shop! When trying to find souvenirs to bring home for my family at the end of my trip, my host family recommended this location. Being around since 1891, this little candy shop makes homemade candies the traditional way, and let me tell you they are absolutely delicious. I must’ve gone at least 4 or 5 times in the 2 weeks after I discovered this place, and ended up bringing about 7 bags of candy home for my relatives as souvenirs. There are so many different flavors to choose from, but my favorite would have to be the classic rhubarb!
  • 20 Grams
    • This adorable little coffee shop is located right in Nørreport and is eccentrically decorated with all different kinds of knick knacks, which according to their website, have accumulated as gifts from tons of different customers throughout the years. The waffle here was absolutely phenomenal, and this is definitely a cozy place to do work!
  • Next Door Cafe
    • This is a DIS specialty, and they even have a discount if you show a student ID! Decorated with an eccentric edge, this café is known for having a hearty egg, bacon, and cheese sandwich, although the blueberry pancakes I had were also incredible!
  • Reffen
    • I wish I got to explore this place more! This is a street food market in Copenhagen and although it is kind of a pain to get to, it is definitely worth it. I had the tacos which were awesome, and I don’t know anyone who didn’t end up loving their food here!
  • Milans
    • This was a super cute new café that I found on TikTok. Not only do they have an incredibly cute and chic aesthetic but the panini I had was absolutely delicious!
  • Conditori La Glace
    • This is a famous patisserie located in Copenhagen with beautiful and elaborate cakes. A couple of my friends and I went on our final day in Copenhagen and had a little tea party with 5 different slices of cake and self serve tea and coffee. It was absolutely adorable and the cakes were delicious!
  • Cocks and Cows
    • We did the bottomless food and drink menu for girls night and the food completely exceeded my expectations! I’m not a big burger person but the “Zé Brazil” burger I had was great! We got a whole bunch of food to share and really enjoyed everything. If you go you have to try all of their different dipping sauces!
  • Bastard Café
    • Also known as the board game cafe, this is a super fun place to go with friends and play a bunch of different types of games, ones you’ve played before and ones you didn’t even know existed! Definitely a fun stop for a chill night or a stop before going out on a weekend!
  • Buka
    • Definitely saving the best for last here. It makes me so sad that I only discovered this incredibly place with 2 weeks left, however it was definitely for the better of my sweet tooth and bank account. Let me put it simply, Buka is hands down my favorite bakery EVER. Whether you’re trying the pastries, the pizza, or the nutella cappuccino you will be taken into a food coma, everything is just that good! My favorite pastry was undoubtedly a square pastry that was filled with banana and caramel gooey goodness. The pizza is also to die for, and that’s saying a lot considering I come from New York! Being located right near DIS and also being decently priced, Buka has my highest recommendation when it comes to food in Copenhagen!

Attractions

  • Bispebjerg Cemetery
    • Once May hit, the weather absolutely blossomed in Copenhagen, and with that came cherry blossom season! These beautiful pink flowers filled the city, and the bispebjerg cemetery was definitely one of the top locations for enjoying these beautiful flowers. This was an awesome place to go and take pictures, and thanks to my friend Adam, we got some pretty incredible ones!
  • The Little Mermaid
    • An absolute Copenhagen classic, this statue depicts the fairytale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Definitely one of the more touristy areas of the city, this spot is a must see, and I recommend going when the weather is nice as it is in an absolutely beautiful area to explore!
  • Kastrup Sea Bath
    • We came here one morning to see the sunrise, and although the clouds made any visual of the sun rising impossible, this incredible building made the trip worth it! One of my friends even jumped into the water!
  • Tivoli Gardens
    • Being around since 1843, this amusement park is one of the oldest in the world, and its classic and elegant decor makes you feel like you’re walking through a fantasy land. I could walk around the park for days and my amusement wouldn’t fade, and not to mention they have some pretty great rides as well! I highly recommend getting the unlimited ride pass, however you have to make sure to get your moneys worth by running around the park to each ride like absolute kids like my friends and I did!
  • Winter bathing
    • Winter bathing is huge in Denmark and is known to have numerous physical and mental health benefits. My friends and I decided to go one morning at a prime 5am, and although the water was VERY VERY COLD, I am so glad that I went! Not only was it a Danish tradition that I was glad to take part in, but it also gave a good laugh between my friends and I, as we all looked at each other like “what the heck are we doing?!”

My final recommendation…

The cafés, restaurants, and attractions in Copenhagen were some of the best I’ve experienced in my life and have all added to my experience over the last 4 months. However, none of these add up to the tiny little moments spent with my friends. Whether talking about our homemade pizza night, our chipotle night, or the numerous days spent sitting along the lakes, these are the moments that truly made my study abroad experience unique. If I could make one single final recommendation as a part of my “The Highlights” series, it is to use what you have. Use your communal kitchen, the beauty around your dorm, and adventure around the city with the people around you, because I promise it’s these moments that you will remember the most.

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