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5 secret places in Copenhagen you cannot find in the travel guides

While most people know the colorful houses of Nyhavn, Amalienborg, the Queen’s castle and Tivoli, Copenhagen has way more than the traditional sights to offer. They might not be as well-known and popular, but that doesn’t make them any less wonderful. 

In this post, you’re guided to five secret, different and magical places in Copenhagen that you definitely won’t find on the first page of the traditional travel guides. Have fun while exploring them!

Bibliotekshaven (The royal library garden)

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Located between the Christiansborg Palace where the Danish government resides and the Royal Library, this little garden is the perfect break from the busy city. The garden resembles an oasis as it is perfectly peaceful and quiet and very well-manicured by talented gardeners. 

The garden was established in 1920 and features a reservoir with a fountain and wonderful flowerbeds. The garden has a tiny cafe that lets you purchase coffee and snacks. It’s the perfect place to take a small break to relax from exploring Copenhagen.

Kahyt og kaffe

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South of the center of Copenhagen, in the neighborhood called Sydhavn (South Harbour), you’ll find this very untraditional cafe. It’s a cafe on the water located in a former tiny ferry! The cafe is located inside the former pilothouse. From here, the owners serve beer, coffee, flaky croissants, burgers, and sandwiches – everything tastes yummy – and the guests can enjoy their food on deck if the weather allows it or inside the cabins.

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The Cisterns

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Get ready to dive deep underground. Under Søndermarken, a park in Copenhagen, you’ll find the cisterns, a former water reservoir that was built in 1859. The purpose of the cisterns was to provide the citizens of Copenhagen with fresh, clean drinking water. 

Today, the cisterns have a different purpose. Come watch the underground cisterns and enjoy temporary art exhibitions.

Gasoline Grill

Vesterport Station

According to Bloomberg, Gasoline Grill serves one of the 27 best burgers in the world. And not only are the burgers next-level delicious, but Gasoline Grill also serves them from some funky locations. Their first burger spot is located within a former gas station – hence the name. 

Another one of their more secret locations is directly on the central train station Gasoline Grill. Another benefit of this location is that you might be lucky and beat the lines since this location isn’t the most crowded one of the Gasoline Grill locations.

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Brumleby & Olufsvej

In the middle of the 1800s, citizens of Copenhagen suffered from diseases as a result of bad living and housing conditions. A team of doctors planned out a new form of housing concept that would include more space, more light, and more nature. Brumleby, a tiny community in the Northern part of Copenhagen, is an example of that development. 

Take a walk around the little community of cute, yellow houses where citizens still live today and make sure to pass Olufsvej right next to Brumleby that features townhouses in the colors of the rainbow. A perfect photo opt location.

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Fingers crossed that these five secret spots will let you explore a different side of Copenhagen.

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk

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5 amazing hidden bars in Copenhagen only locals know about

Although Copenhagen isn’t the biggest city in the world–with its almost 1 million inhabitants, it’s quite the contrary–it still has it all. Amazing restaurants (actually the second-best in the world!), sights for sore eyes, shopping–and most importantly, bars. Here, you can try unique drinks, have fun with friends and explore the Danish nightlife.    

Here are five amazing bars in Copenhagen that you won’t find on the first page of the traditional (and boring) guides.

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Balderdash – with a spritz of bacon

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Originally from NYC, owner Geoffrey Canilao is the Noma chef of cocktails. Fancy a spritz of bacon on your drink? At Balderdash, it’s possible. It might sound weird, but trust us, whatever Geoffrey creates turns into magic served as a cocktail. A favorite is the infamous Balderdash grasshopper milkshake (beware! It tastes like a dream and it has absinthe – a dangerous combination).

The bar is located in a historic house that’s more than a hundred years old, and the crowd is a mix of young and old, Danes and expats looking for a cocktail masterpiece.

1656 – fancy speakeasy

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While 1656 isn’t exactly a speakeasy, as you just enter the cocktail bar through the door, it’s hard to see that this place is a bar when looking from the outside. The facade is dark, there are no logos or signs and only a small window lets you see the bar inside. The location is perfect if you’re looking to drink incognito style.

The interior is dark and gorgeous, and the menu is innovative and changes with the seasons. Ask the expert bartender for what you should get.

Lidkøb – fun with friends

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This is the spot for the hip crowd of Copenhagen. With colorful string lights, this bar is located in a back alley behind a big supermarket. If you don’t know it’s there, you don’t notice it. Lidkøb spreads over two floors, the second floor being the whiskey bar. If whiskey is your thing, go to the second floor. If not, stay downstairs and do yourself a favor and try the frozen banana walnut daiquiri.

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Vinhanen – wine on tap

Baggesensgade 13 & Enghavevej 24

The concept of this wine bar is quite interesting. For sustainability, quality and financial reasons, Vinhanen imports tanks of wine around the world. This way, no bottles are needed, and the bartender can serve wine fresh from the tap. This also keeps their prices low. Ultimately, wine-loving guests can enjoy great wine without breaking the bank. What’s not to like?

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Hviids Vinstue – 300 years old

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This old school bar is an OG legendary spot – it’s been here for almost 300 years (since 1723). If you’re in Copenhagen during the Christmas holiday, this is the place to go for authentic Danish gløgg (mulled wine with almonds and raisins). If Christmas isn’t around, go for authentic Danish beer or anything of your preference. Hviids Vinstue is a place to remember. 

Have fun exploring some of the best, most fun and unique bars that Copenhagen has to offer and have an extra drink for us!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk