Founder of Mad About Copenhagen - Hazel Evans @madaboutcopenhagen:
Copenhagen is as close as you’ll get to urban utopia, all bikeable, clean ocean to swim in, fruit to be picked, happy, beautiful, humble people and a life-work balance unheard of anywhere else. Here, family, friends, and love come first!
It’s a small world - everyone knows everyone. Despite being a capital city, even after only living here 2-and-a-bit years, I’m always bumping into people I know. We trust people, we’ll leave babies outside cafés, and happily let customers come back another day to pay if they’ve forgotten their wallet. Oh, and barely anyone uses cash - it’s all card and mobile phone! Don’t feel bad about speaking English; most Copenhageners don’t even consider English a “second language” - they speak it as naturally as they speak Danish!
The Danish way of collaborating, not competing, makes for such an amazing food community here, with the city’s best chefs doing pop-ups together, and involving all us regular folk as well. I’ve never seen that anywhere else.
Copenhagen doesn’t have many “tourist” things to do - don’t waste your time with guidebooks. Try instead to live like a Copenhagener, picnic in the parks, drink wine on the harbourside, bike everywhere, attend free yoga sessions at the park, etc. You’ll see a lot more of the city life and connect with it that way!
We (aka @madaboutcopenhagen) are all about food in Copenhagen, and there's nothing we love more than the food that actually grows here in the city! Right now it's prime foraging time for blackberries, mirabelle (little plums) and apples. I'm still so in awe that I live in a capital city and I only have to bike 20 minutes to find myself surrounded by fruit for the taking! The word in Danish is "byhøst" meaning "urban foraging" - there's even an app for it! 🍇#madaboutcopenhagentakeover #madaboutcopenhagen #outwithlocals #localxCopenhagen
Mahalle's famous lebanese halloumi salad is one we'll never tire of - it frequently makes a cameo appearance on @madaboutcopenhagen! Flatbread topped with the best hummus, fried halloumi, avocado, pomegranate, sesame seeds, fresh mint leaves and sumac. Hits the spot! 🎯
Despite the (often) cold climate here, almost every café and restaurant has outdoor pavement seating akin to the streets of Paris. I took this photo from one such table, lunching with my @madaboutcopenhagen mates at TORO in the sunshine.
When I'm not eating or foraging or drinking wine, you'll find me at Svanemøllen Strand, my local beach, where I've been determinedly swimming since February (yes it's cold). Nowadays it's a lot warmer and you'll see lots of bikini-clad swimmers, but here's a snap of me and my friend Bettina going for a splashy winter swim (aka. paddling desperately towards the step ladder after jumping in to the ice cold water). 🌊
What I now refer to as the "fully booked rooftop", @stedsans_cleansimplelocal is a restaurant on a rooftop, surrounded by a little urban farm - plants to fill the plates of the restaurant. Along with all the other journalists in the world, @madaboutcopenhagen have visited and captured this beautiful scene a few times! Even if you don't manage to get a seat at the restaurant (it's popular - because it's amazing) you can still go up to the rooftop to hang with the plants! 🌱
Tårnet, or "the tower" in Danish, is free to go up, and offers some of the best views of the city. It's actually quite odd to see how Copenhagen looks from above; to see all the turquoise spires, and red roofs, that are barely noticeable from ground level.
Despite the thousands of elaborate brunches on offer in Copenhagen, I keep coming back for this dish of buttery vinegar potatoes, slightly poached crab, fried egg, cress purée, fresh watercress and sea salt. It's a @madaboutcopenhagen "must-eat"! @muslingkbh is all about plants and fish and sourcing locally, and I LOVE that they're bringing that ethos not just to evening dining, but also to breakfast! 🦀🌱
In the past two years I've been lucky enough to live in 4 different districts of Copenhagen. Despite it being a pain to move around all the time, I love the change in perspective and community with each place. My previous apartment was in Christianshavn, overlooking the beautiful canal. You could hardly find a more picturesque location anywhere. 🚤
We interviewed @vinhanen for a @madaboutcopenhagen story (on our website if you're curious) and fell entirely in love. A winery on a mission to make wine drinking as casual as beer drinking, wine is on tap, from the huge 900 litre tanks. You fill your glass or (returnable) bottle - to go or to stay. With all that packaging saved, you're able to drink really good wine, at a good price. 🍷
Veggie food cooperative in beautiful Christiania is where I take my hippy family to eat when they visit. It's run by volunteers and the food changes every day - but it's always organic, local, and generous servings!
This guy is somewhat of a local hero. Michele moved here from Italy and built a pizza oven on a bike. He bikes around the city, and pops up at almost every event. He was kind enough to visit us recently and make pizza for the @madaboutcopenhagen team and friends! 🍕🚴🏻
I used to live practically next door to this place - a congregation of street food trucks with offerings from all over the world. In winter it's all cosy inside with fires and blankets. In summer, you can barely see the ground for all the sun-seekers eating and drinking in the harbour breeze. They have to move location soon, and @madaboutcopenhagen have been invited to take part in planning the future of this incredible food community!
I discovered the "Espresso-Martini-on-Sexy-Slush-Ice-Machine-with-Bacon-Salt" and proclaimed it the best thing in the world. We posted about it so much on @madaboutcopenhagen that @balderdashcph had to keep it on the menu permanently because people kept asking for it. 😂 By far my favourite bar in the city, it's a silly, badass place, that don't take themselves too seriously - yet their cocktails are world class.