Last Saturday was one of the warmest, sunniest, loveliest days I’ve had thus far in Copenhagen.
We’re talking ice cream, sunbathing, and waterfront dining. Oh, la la.
The day started out at Papirøen (Paper Island), in Copenhagen’s cute, quaint Christianhavn neighborhood. I met up with my friend, Nadja, and we spent the afternoon eating falafel along the harbor and getting sunburns. A+ in my book.
Hungry? Come to Papirøen.
It’s essentially a huge warehouse filled with food vendor after food vendor, all selling home cooked, authentic, delectable meals. Indian food, Turkish, Korean, Danish, Chinese, Paleo, Vegan…you name it, they probably have it.
We got falafel pitas, with a side of French fries. (Cause you always get French fries.)
Which we then ate outside, along the water.
Watching all the boats go by…
Afterwards we decided to walk our bikes along the Christianhavn canals, which remind me a lot of Amsterdam. Only with way more sailboats (hello, Denmark = windy AF) and way less houseboats.
Fun fact: biking on cobblestones is the worst (hello, discomfort). So we mostly walked it.
Destination: Islands Brygge Havnebadet. Copenhagen’s iconic harbor pool.
Like, an actual pool in the marina. Smack dab in the middle of the harbor. Literally the coolest concept ever, and a very neat place to people-watch.
And by people-watch I mean belly-flop-watch, obviously.
All these guys had the same idea.
A bit further down, we stumbled upon some guys playing a strange looking kayak-water polo hybrid. Absolutely ridiculous, but hilarious to watch.
And then we found sort of Asian festival that was happening too. 20kr to get in, though, and we were feeling cheap. So we just oggled from outside.
Then it was time to find ice cream. As is de rigueur for any successful summertime outing.
This was a scoop of pistachio and coffee, which I then proceeded to drip all down my shirt. #classy
We took our ice creams back along the water to work on that sunburn. But then these epic looking clouds rolled in and it started to rain.
So we walked about 800 meters further down, and voila! No rain here. Just some kayakers (jealous), the Dome of Visions (which they’re permanently removing, sadface), and the Black Diamond library.
This strange looking beauty is the Cirkelbroen, or Circle Bridge, designed by Olaf Eliassen.
The bridge is entirely functional, all the while inspiring another one of those “Damn, Copenhagen, you fine” moments.
AKA, the entire city in a nut shell.
It was the breathtaking day, the kind you wish you could replay over and over. So much sun and smiles; truly makes me sad to be leaving this place.