10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

May 11, 2015

This post is a sequel to my original post, 10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen. Here are ten more non-touristy things to do. By the time you’re done seeing all of these places, people may start mistaking you for a Dane (but first, you have to master the art of biking). 

1. Visit BaNanna Park

There is a large banana sculpture in this park, which is located in the Nørrebro section of Copenhagen. This park also boasts beautiful graffiti artwork, a rock climbing wall, and a beautiful story. It was constructed to preserve one of the only green spaces in the area, to prevent investors from building there. If you’re into rock climbing, then bring your sneakers and your gear!

The artwork on the main wall in the park depicts “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” colorful buildings, nature, insects, and paintings of happy, inviting animals. 

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

2. Take a Pedal Boat on The Lakes

For around 80-90 Krone, you can take a pedal boat ride along the canals, called The Lakes, that stretch from Østerbro to Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Vesterbro in the spring and summertime. Float around on these boats blasting music, relaxing, drinking beer, and soaking in the sun. Pedal under the bridge and observe the city from a different point of view.

This is where I stole a boat and fell madly in love with Copenhagen. 

For those of you who are looking for a wonderful place to run, there is also a running and biking path along The Lakes, which are called Sortedam, Peblinge, and St. Jørgen’s. You’ll find the peddle boats at Peblinge Lake. 

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

3. Walk the Old Red Light District

The old RLD of Copenhagen isn’t anything like the famous one in Amsterdam, but it’s full of hotels, sex shops, and history. It’s located in Vesterbro, a less touristy area of Copenhagen, and even boasts its own Meatpacking District. 

There are tiny cafes, restaurants, and unique shopping stores in this area. The bars in the Meatpacking District bring a more unique and local crowd than the bars in the main area of Copenhagen. 

4. Culture Box

This club is one of the strangest I’ve ever been in. The music is odd and funky, and it’s a more alternative side of Copenhagen where you will find locals hanging out until the early hours of the morning.

It’s on the cheaper side when compared to some of the other top clubs in Copenhagen. 

5. Eat at Grillen Nørrebro 

Don’t eat your burger with your hands, the Danes eat them with a fork and knife! For around 60 Krone, you choose your burger, your fries, and your mayonnaise, and you’ll leave the restaurant feeling like you’ve just eaten enough for three people. 

6. Visit Frederik’s Church

Frederik’s Church is also known as “The Marble Church,” and has the largest church dome in all of Scandinavia. For nearly 150 years following 1770, the church stood as ruins until it was sold in 1874, where it was completed in the years to come. 

This dome is one of the characteristic landmarks in Copenhagen’s city skyline. There is free admittance to this church, as well as to the dome, where you will see breathtaking views of Copenhagen. 

The artwork in this church is so beautifully intricate, and is located in the spectacular arch of the dome. 

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

7. Go to a Concert in Christiania

Christiania is a hippie commune park in Copenhagen, famous for selling marijuana. However, the park is full of bars, restaurants, art galleries, and even a concert hall.

There are concerts quite often in Christiania. Enjoy the funky beats and relaxed vibes as you listen to local bands perform and play music in this peculiar park.

8. Visit the Cisternerne Museum 

This is a dripstone cave in Copenhagen that was converted into an art museum. This exhibition was created by artist Ingvar Cronhammar; accompanied by Danish musical composer Martin Hall. 

Why a musician and an artist, you ask? You’ll find reflecting and dripping water in the cisterns, which creates both a visual and musical experience for those who are walking through. Adult admission is 50 Krone, seniors and students are 40 Krone. 

9. Eat a Duck Sandwich at the Glass Market

The Glass Market alone offers a wide variety of different types of food and drink. My favorite, however, was the stall that offered the duck sandwich. The stall is called Ma Poule, and is, by far, the best sandwich in Copenhagen. 

It was tender and flavorful, and served on a large sub with mustard. Take this sandwich and eat it outside in the warm weather. 

10 Non-Touristy Things to do in Copenhagen (Part II)

10. Drink a Beer at the Studenterhuset

A lot of young locals hang around here, especially in the late afternoon when they get out of work and class. They offer discounts for students. It’s located in the center of Copenhagen. 


  1. Comment by J.R. Duren

    J.R. Duren May 14, 2015 at 4:34 am

    That duck sandwich looks amazing! I’ve munched on duck confit, but never a duck sandwich. I’ll take two of those, please.

    • Comment by Globe Trottica

      Globe Trottica May 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

      It was delicious!! I wish I wasn’t so far away, I would have it all the time (though it’s probably a good thing that I live far away, haha!).

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