An Introvert's Guide to Copenhagen

Copenhagen Harbor Bus |©Stig Nygaard/Wikimedia Commons
Copenhagen Harbor Bus |©Stig Nygaard/Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Aliki Seferou
30 July 2017

Copenhagen is the perfect destination for those who want to spend their holidays in a relaxed city with a laid-back atmosphere. It’s a small town with approximately two million inhabitants so you’ll never get stuck in traffic jam or find yourself in overcrowded places, unless you want to. However, if you want to explore locals’ favorite corners for moments of pure calm, this introvert’s guide is for you.

Art lover

Chances are that no matter which museum you decide to visit, you won’t be bothered by the crowd – especially during the week. Copenhagen is a small city and even though it attracts a great number of tourists it never feels overcrowded. So, even if you want to explore the city’s most renowned museums and learn about the Danish Golden Age at The National Gallery of Denmark, or look at the modern art paintings at Louisiana Museum, don’t hesitate to book a ticket.

Literary enthusiast

A great way to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, and at the same time discover one of Copenhagen’s most renowned architectural masterpieces, is to visit the Royal Library also known as Black Diamond. The black cube-shaped building comprise of several reading rooms and its interior design is equally impressive to the exterior. Its shelves are packed with thousands of books, including Danish and international literature, manuscripts, newspaper articles, a great collection of photographs and much more. If you’re visiting Black Diamond on a sunny day make sure to stop by the Royal Library Garden. It’s just a stone throw away and a great spot to finish your book.

The Royal Library | ©Jens Cederskjold/Wikimedia Commons

Music lover

Jazzhouse is one of the most popular music venues for Copenhagen’s music enthusiasts. Several concerts held by Danish and international artists take place at its two stages throughout the year. The big stage at the basement seats 230 people while the small one at the ground floor has a capacity of 90 people. If you aren’t in the mood for a boisterous crowd, the small stage is ideal for you. Relax by the bar with a delicious cocktail and enjoy some quality music.

Architecture aficionados

The best way to discover the city’s architectural masterpieces is to rent a bike and start pedalling around. Not only will you have visited most of them – if not all – by the end of day, but you’ll have done it totally alone. If you’re an architecture lover but not so much of a fitness enthusiast take the harbor bus. It’s not as crowded as the touristic boat tours and it doesn’t require an extra ticket if you have a 24-hour ticket, FlexCard or Copenhagen card.

Jazzhouse | ©Kim Matthäi Leland/Wikimedia Commons


There are many restaurants around Copenhagen ideal for a bite away from the city’s noise. But Christiania’s vegan restaurants, Morgenstedet and Grønsagen, are an introvert’s paradise. Their small size and colorful decoration create a cozy atmosphere that will instantly make you feel at home. Plus, they’re super cheap. If however, you prefer a juicy burger to an organic soup check out Sporvejen. It’s one of Copenhagen’s most famous burger restaurants but worry not, you’re never gonna see this place crowded. That’s because it’s decorated like an old tram and it can’t fit more than 15 people at the time.

For a night owl

Night owls who want to indulge in a cold beer – but the thought of squeezing through a (drunk) crowd in order to get their favorite drink gives them the shivers – should check out the city’s bodegas. You’ll find plenty of them all over Copenhagen as long as you keep your eyes open at neighborhoods’ narrow alleys for buildings with neon beer signs. Kafe Falken, close to Freetown Christiania, is a good choice for those who don’t mind. For something less smoky and more classy, head to The Barking Dog at Sankt Hans Gade, one of Nørrebro‘s most picturesque neighborhoods.

Freetown Christiania © Aliki Seferou | © Aliki Seferou

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