Meet the female blacksmiths of Copenhagen

Kvindesmedien

Courtesy of Kvindesmedien's Facebook Page

Courtesy of Kvindesmedien's Facebook Page

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.

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Learn about Class Struggle and Feminism

The Worker's Museum

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Courtesy of the Worker's Museum Facebook Page

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.

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Visit Europe's First Female Mosque

The Mariam Mosque

Sherin Khankah, founder of Mariam Moskeen © | Linda Kastrup/Berlingski

Sherin Khankah, founder of Mariam Moskeen © | Linda Kastrup/Berlingski

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.

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Celebrate Inclusivity in the City

The Youth House

Courtesy of the Youth House (Ungdomshuset)

Courtesy of the Youth House (Ungdomshuset)

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, the space is a popular venue for live music and entertainment, offering an inclusive program of underground events open to the public. Other inclusive venues in Copenhagen include nightclub Kimia, Bolsjefabrikken, Warehouse9 and Hotel Cecil. Vega, Vesterbro’s femme LGBTQ+ bar, is also well worth a visit, and actually welcomed the likes of Crown Princess Mary at its annual International Women’s Day party last year.

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A Deli with a Mission

De Etniske Rødstrømper

Courtesy of Ishtar - De Etniske Rødstrømper Facebook Page

Courtesy of Ishtar - De Etniske Rødstrømper Facebook Page

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.

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Dine with locals over home-style meals

Folkekøkken

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Courtesy of Folkekøkken Facebook Group

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.

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A Vegetarian restaurant that is the epitome of hygge

Morgenstedet

Morgenstedet © | Vegans with Appetites

Morgenstedet © | Vegans with Appetites

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.

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A budget stay in an award-winning hostel

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Courtesy of Copenhagen Downtown Hostel's Facebook Page

Courtesy of Copenhagen Downtown Hostel's Facebook Page

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.

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Enjoy canal views at this elegant hotel

Hotel Strand

Hotel Copenhagen Strand © | Anbieter/Holiday Check

Hotel Copenhagen Strand © | Anbieter/Holiday Check

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.

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