With its colorful neighborhoods, high-quality food, impressive architecture
Meet the Female Blacksmiths of Copenhagen
Located in famous free-town, Christiania—a former army base that was abandoned and taken over by hippies in the seventies—is now home to three generations of outcasts and liberals. Kvindesmedien is a workshop run entirely by women. Led by three female blacksmiths since it was established in 1997, the workshop is known for its high-quality craftsmanship, designing unique pieces, sculptures, and furniture for both commercial interiors and private homes. Visit their showroom for some Danish design inspiration, and feel good knowing you’re supporting some talented women.
Visit the Worker’s Museum
The class struggle is an intrinsic element of the feminist movement, which is why the Worker’s Museum (Arbejdermuseet) is an important place for traveling feminists to visit during their stay in Copenhagen. Housed in the Worker’s Assembly, a building raised by the labor movement in 1879, the museum documents the cultural heritage of the worker’s movement in Denmark along with the history of the nation’s working conditions and way of life. Home to one of the biggest private archives on the political left’s parties, organization, and personalities, this state-recognized museum aims to encourage an equal and just society by documenting the cultural heritage of the worker’s movement and the history of working conditions in Denmark.
Europe’s First Women’s Mosque
Established in 2016, the Mariam Mosque is Europe’s first women’s mosque challenging manmade patriarchal interpretations of Islam, offering support through divorce, abortions, interfaith marriages, and more. Since opening, the mosque has spurred controversial debates in the Muslim community and, more broadly, across national politics, inspiring a movement to reconcile faith and feminism, led by Denmark’s first female imam, Sherin Khankan. Khankan outlines her vision of Islamic feminism in her recently published book, Women Are the Future of Islam.
Celebrating Inclusivity at The Youth House
Formerly located on Jagtvej 69 in Nørrebro, Ungdomshuset or ‘The Youth House’ is an inclusive and politically significant music venue and meeting space, providing a safe place for autonomist and leftist groups to debate democratically through house meetings and share community through underground events.
The old location was torn down in 2007 after a prolonged conflict between the Copenhagen Municipality and the activists occupying the premises, attracting international media attention and public debate from the mid-90s to 2008. The new Ungdomshuset opened on July 1st, 2008 after more than 16 months of weekly demonstrations. Given its values,
Ishtar, a Deli with a Mission
De Etniske Rødstrømper—which literally translates to ‘the ethnic red stockings’ referring to the socialist feminist movement in the 70s—is an organization on a mission to provide opportunities for women with ethnic backgrounds to fight against social isolation. Operating a delicious deli in Nørrebro named Ishtar in addition to catering services, its founding principle is to facilitate relationships between immigrants and Danes to promote inclusion, tolerance, and understanding of difference, all the while combatting prejudice and discrimination.
Dine with Locals at Folkekøkken
Eat with the locals for less than $10 USD (55kr) at Copenhagen’s community kitchens, the Folkekøkken, with different locations serving affordable home-style social dinners every night of the week. Aiming to promote connection amongst diners, food is usually served on long tables and you will be seated in between other people, a great way to socialize with locals as you share a meal. If that’s not enough to get your stomach growling, perhaps this VICE Munchies article on the experience will wet your appetite.
A Veggie Option at Morgenstedet
Literally translating to ‘The Morning Place’, Morgenstedet epitomizes hygge, serving vegetarian home-style food in a quaint little nook near the lake in Christiania. All the businesses in Christiania are independent and local, aiding residents to sustain their independent community that they consider separate from the EU, and has been dubbed near Utopian by anthropologists, thanks to its self-contained democratic governance.
Budget: Copenhagen Downtown Hostel
An award-winning hostel located in the heart of central Copenhagen, offering female-only rooms and 24–hour security, plus a cool bar in the lobby frequented by locals and travelers alike. In addition to its affordability, Copenhagen Downtown Hostel also offers lots of freebies, from walking tours twice a day around different parts of the city, to live music and social events.
Splurge: Hotel Copenhagen Strand
Aptly named Hotel Strand (beach), this stylish new-build sits right on Copenhagen’s harbor promenade, offering canal-side views, lush four-star Scandinavian interiors and bikes for hire to make like a local. Not only will the décor make you feel spoiled with Danish design, but its location also keeps you within walking distance of colorful Nyhavn and the royal family at Amalienborg, plus the city’s largest pedestrian shopping street.