Copenhagen

Copenhagen is not only the capital of the happiest country on Earth according to popular indexes but also probably the center of the designer goods universe. Tourist folk to this city destination to get a taste of high end danish design and fashion but also experience the coziness within the city especially around Christmas and New year. This coziness and ambiance has it own word in Danish known as “Hygge” . The flat geography and compact city center means that the best way to get around is often by bike. An early morning jog will also take you past many of the cities popular sites and attractions.

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Matilde, 30

Lives in Copenhagen. Have blogged for 9 years and loves to write about everything that we are not talking about. All that is taboo. Founder of the friendship group on facebook who has over 12,000 members and author of the book “It must be fun to be healthy”. Exercises because she loves it and because it’s a free space, and at the same time eats like an adult man.

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Sara Jin Smidt, 30, Copenhagen

Sara is the founder of Healthyskinnybitch, a blog about training, healthy lifestyle and healthy food. At the same time Sara is chief editor of the magazine Fit Living and works as a personal trainer – and she loves to go out in her city – Copenhagen. Find some cool work out spaces and great coffee and food in Saras guide.

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Mie Kristine Qvist, 29, Copenhagen

Fashionista and runner, who loves to travel. Mie has been blogging for almost 10 years, and has previously lived en Berlin and worked at a fashion magazine and as personal stylist. Now her focus is on the blog and on exploring the world. In Mies guide you can find tips to some great urban places to visit in beautiful Copenhagen.

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Den Sorte Plads

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Mie Kristine Quist 

Within the past 4-5 years it has become one of the most popular hang-out-spots in the city. Super Instagramable with it’s cool white lines and the big hill in the middle. You can basically do anything here: work out, hang out, barbecue, drink coffee while sitting on one of the many benches. While there, you could also check out the many unique “art pieces” that has been installed.

Søerne

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Mie Kristine Quist 

When looking at a map of Copenhagen, it’s impossible not to notice The Lakes. Or “søerne” as they’re called in Danish. There are six of them and they run through 4 different neighborhoods. You won’t find one single hill around any of the lakes making them the most popular running-route in the city. Running all the lakes will be around 7 km.

Arrebro

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Mie Kristine Quist 

If you’re into good coffee and small coffee shops, Copenhagen is the right destination. They are all over the place and new ones are popping up all the time. My favorite, at the moment, is Arrebro. Located on Den Sorte Plads. During the day they serve good coffee, simple breakfast and lunch. Then wine and beer during the afternoon and evening. Laptops are not welcome and that makes the vibe very social and pretty different from most cafés.

Kings Garden

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Sara Jin Smidt

Kings Garden is probably one of the most popular places to run and hang out in Copenhagen. Located in the center of Copenhagen and hosts a lot of different outdoor events and festivals. When the weather allows it’s full of people tanning and playing football during the day and having picnics and barbeques during the nighttime. The park is located 2 minutes from the gym where I used to host my bootcamps so I have spend hours running and training with my clients in Kings Garden. But now the park is one of my absolute favorite places to go for an early run or powerwalk during the weekend before it gets crowded when I need to clear my head. It’s a little oasis in the middle of the city.

The Coffee Factory

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Sara Jin Smidt

Right across from Sporting Health Club you’ll find a coffee shop called The Coffee Factory. Because of the location you could suspect it to be a tourist trap. But it’s actually a hang out spot for a lot of the local people. During the summertime they have a great sunspot outside. But I go there for there amazing cappuccino on almond milk. I’m usually a simple drip coffee with skim milk kind of girl – but there cappuccino on almond milk is so delicious it’s like a little dessert.

Restaurant Pluto

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Sara Jin Smidt

It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Copenhagen and without a doubt my absolute favorite. The food is amazing and even though I come there at least once or twice a month I never get tired of it. The staff is fantastic and you always feel welcome  The menu is a mix of smaller dishes that you can share family style if you want, the drinks are amazing and during the weekend it’s the absolute best place to have dinner before going out and go dancing all night long.

Sporting Health Club Gothersgade

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Sara Jin Smidt

I have been at Sporting Health Club since it opened a couple of years ago. When I was working as a full time personal trainer I used to train my clients there. The gym is not fancy and they actually have a quite limited range of equipment – but if you don’t need anything but dumbbells, kettlebells, rags, a bike, a rower or a treadmill it’s a nice little local gym. To me it’s special because I have worked with the owners for almost 10 years in the fitness industry and I have a lot of friends who trains there. So no matter when I decides to workout there is always someone I know. So even though I pass 2 or 3 gyms when I’m biking from my place to Sporting Health Club it’s still the place I prefer to workout. It’s where I feel at home.

The Wolfpack Gym

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Sara Jin Smidt

Only open a year and a half but the founders and trainers have been in the game for ages. To me it has a very special place in my heart because it’s one of the few places where I have never worked as a trainer – but just participated like a regular member. They offer a wide range of classes including row, suspension, mobility, yin yoga, bikram and reformer. The place is different because it’s one of the few gyms where the instructors knows your name from the very first class, the classes hosts no more than 20 people. It’s community feeling you don’t find in most regular gyms.

 

Den Originale Burgerrestaurant

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Matilde

Located in both Vesterbro and Østerbro. They have the best fries in town and have just started serving organic meat, which only makes it even more attractive to me. Since I’m a big french frie fan I eat there several times a month. At the one in Østerbro you can sit outside, watch the people passing bye, get some nice city vibe and get a really good burger. Perfect after an active day of sweating in the gym – in my world there must be room for both!

Kastellet

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Matilde

An old time favorite. I sometimes run out of here, but I mostly like to go for quiet walks walks – preferably together with one of my girlfriends. It´s beautiful all year round, there is an amazing view and especially on Sundays, there is a lot of activity, without it being stuffed with people.

Nordhavn

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Matilde 

The area has been undergoing major development and I love drinking a cup of coffee in the area after training on Konditaget. Nordhavn is a bustling district where something new pops up every single day – and I think it is an overlooked gem.

Konditaget

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Matilde

Free to use and open for the public. High up on a roof in the Copenhagen area called Nordhavn. You can see most of the city from the roof and you can get the heat, you can strengthen your muscles and there is even a running track. I love being on Konditaget, I think is a great spot in town.

Værkstedet

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Matilde

Part of Crossfit Copenhagen which has “boxes” all over Copenhagen. Værkstedet is in a part of Copenhagen called Vanløse and I spend 4-5 days a week down there. I go there to work out with my girlfriends, I love the exercise, to be pushed and at this time of year – to be able to go outside to soak up the sun after a hard training.

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