A Monki Girl’s Guide To Copenhagen
Girl, meet Rebecca Vera Stahnke; blogger, stylist and founder of Veras Market and Veras Copenhagen. From secret spots to shopping spots, do we love her #monkitravel tips? Bring on the spritz we say. Looking for summer? Read on!
Fave summer tune:
One Dance by Drake … makes me feel like it is summer time instantly!
Fave summer treat:
Getting a shellac pedicure so my feet have fun colorful nails and are ready for the sandal season.
Summer fashuuun tip:
The Danish summer weather changes … so always have a glittery colorful pair of socks in your bag – so when your feet are freezing you can just make your sandals look even prettier.
#best summer memory:
Festivals! Last year I was so lucky that the street party Distortion asked me to accompany Danish politician Mogens Lykketoft together with TV2 – that was a hilarious day.
Refshaleøen is a completely unspoiled part of Copenhagen, its also the location where Distortion holds their yearly electronic festival in early June. Here you’ll find the most beautiful industrial buildings, tall grass, beautiful houseboats and stunning sunny spots, and from where you can enjoy the view of Maersk headquarters, our Queen’s Castle Amalienborg and Skuespilhuset. It’s so desolated you’ll almost have the place all to yourself - so even though the bike ride is a little long, it’s so worth it!
I recently found this unpolished diamond. It’s just next to the busy Islands Brygge where locals go to tan and swim, but in contrast, Nokken is quiet, idyllic and makes you feel like you are in the countryside amongst all the fine small allotment garden houses and uncut grass. Go there in the evening with a barbecue kit and some cold rose wine, and enjoy the sun glittering in the water while you have the beautiful view of central Copenhagen on the other side.
I am a real flea market girl and one of the things I love the most about the summer is all the good flea markets that pop up around Copenhagen. In outer Nørrebro, underneath a highway, on the first Sunday of the month I arrange Veras Market; a second hand market featuring more than 50 stands of Copenhageners selling their fashionable wardrobes. If you are not in a shopping mood you can also go there just to hang out, eat from the many food trucks and chill while listing to music provided by Danish artists, Sound of Copenhagen.
Just next to Nørreport station the food market Torvehallerne is located. Here there’s always a good vibe and a huge selection of some of the best Danish food, all placed in two halls – which also makes it a place to hang out when the Danish summer weather is bad. Although it’s located in the middle of the busy city center you don’t notice it one bit. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a Danish lunch and escape from the tourist cafés of the shopping streets. It’s also the perfect place to drink bubbles after work with friends at the famous Champagne Bar where they often have live jazz bands playing.
I live two streets away from Lithuania Square, and yet I first discovered this amazing place last summer. It has become my favorite summer hangouts ever since. From spring to the late summer days the small café and bar Riga opens up for business with their very budget friendly drinks, coffee and snacks. You can enjoy the sun all day and especially their Aperol Spritz drinks in the late evening hours with good friends.