According to Monocle Magazine, Copenhagen is the most liveable city in the world 2013. "World-conquering urban quality of life requires the trickiest of balancing acts between progress and preservation, stimulation and security, global and local. Perfection is unobtainable but Copenhagen is striking one of the best deals right now."
I surely became fascinated with this cosmopolitan city on my trip there. Yes, there was a bit of rain, and let's be frank, it is not a cheap city...but Copenhagen has just about everything: eco-friendly environment, fashion, culture, attractions, natural beauty, lakes, international cuisine, beautiful people, and friendly faces. The efficiency of public transport made my trip even easier. Thanks to Visit Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Card, which came in handy on many occasions. I indulged, visited, observed and experienced my way through the Nordic hotspot. From art, to culture, to fun, the city opened itself up to me.
Like a kid, one of my first stops was the Tivoli Gardens, the renowned amusement park that sits right in the middle of the downtown area. Rides, games, and food delight every park-goer, whether you're two years old or 80 years old! Since the park is right in the center, I also enjoyed walking around the city, stopping in to little boutiques and stores.
The city is certainly a green capital, and people enjoy biking everywhere. I was impressed at the ease and safety of the bike paths spread throughout the city. I also marveled at the fact that the bike lane had its own traffic light, and that Copenhagen residents line up with their bicycle at the red light. Where else would you see such order and obedience?
The beauty of the city is also characterized by an ever-present natural element: water. Most Copenhageners enjoy swimming in the harbor, dining near the canals, and having a picnic at the lakes.
On the fashion front, the city overflows with designer shops, flagship stores, high end department stores, budget-friendly chains and small boutiques, and indie designers.
As if all this wasn't enough, Copenhagen is fast becoming one of the leading gastronomic destinations. In fact, the world's 'most popular' restaurant, NOMA, is a coveted reservation. You have to reserve at least 12 months in advance. Besides NOMA, the city has food for every palette: Danish, Thai, Vietnamese, French, Turkish, you name it.
I was surrounded by fresh ingredients and international fare, and I could not have been happier. I enjoyed learning about the gastronomic scene from Copenhagen Food Tours. This tour shows you some of the best in Copenhagen food, tasting all along the way. It meets at Torvehallerne, a food market with an array of fresh fare and lunch options.
Outside of great Nordic food, Copenhagen has some of the best Asian cuisine. I had read online that restaurant Lê Lê and its quick dining take away venues was a big hit in the city. I hung out with both the chef, Vincent Chaisy, and Ahn Le, owner of Restaurant Lê Lê. Ahn treated me to one of the best feasts and conversation of my life.
Thank you to Visit Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Card.