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My gay Copenhagen: Lasse Skole Hansen on Denmark’s edgiest city

My gay Copenhagen: Lasse Skole Hansen on Denmark’s edgiest city

Lasse Skole Hansen

I’ve lived here since… November 2005.

I’ve stayed because… Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

My favourite queer bar has to be… Masken, for kicking off the night with drinks, then on to Cosy Bar for the first dance and finally Never Mind, for dancing until my feet ache. If I had to pick one of the above, Never Mind takes the crown, for its DJ perching on an actual pulpit.

Here in Copenhagen, we always look forward to… Spring. In Copenhagen we have really long and dark winters, so as soon as springtime arrives everyone flocks to the parks and cafes in their shorts even though it’s still technically freezing – this has always been such an endearing habit that Copenhageners have.

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For culture, you can’t miss… any of our summer music festivals, be it Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July, Distortion’s four-day street clubbing in June or Roskilde Festival in July, there’s always some way to experience culture outdoors and usually for free in Copenhagen during summertime

I shop at… For jeans I always choose Acne for their simple and elegant Scandinavian look. Danish brand Mads Nørgaard is classical Danish casual workwear with a nicely-located shop in central Copenhagen close to the momondo offices.

I’d take a Copenhagen virgin to… rent bikes and tour the entire city. The Brokvarterer (neighbourhoods) are less crowded than central Copenhagen and are all charmingly relaxed on the weekend – particularly Vesterbro.

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For a day trip, I head to… Tisvildeleje, which is the most picturesque little tranquil beach town north of Copenhagen, an hour and a half away on the train. It’s one of few places outside the Danish cities where you can get really fantastic food and hit the beach – in my book that’s a very strong combination!

Copenhagen ‘s best-kept secret is… Papirøen (the paper island), an old paper warehouse on the waterfront which houses Copenhagen Street Food, home to 25 street kitchen outlets from all over the world. This is a perfect place to grab a cheap bite and lounge in the outside deck chairs in the evening sun which doesn’t set before 9pm in Copenhagen in the summertime.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Dronning Louises Bro, AKA “Hipster Bridge” which is the most bicycle-trafficked place in Copenhagen – a beautiful bridge over Copenhagen’s lakes. In Summer, this place is swarming with beautiful people soaking up the sun and sipping beer in the afternoon sun.

For a cheap eat I head to… Café Taxa near my home in Nørrebro. It’s a hip little place that serves great food outdoors on Nørrebro’s cosiest square and the ambiance is really unique in this part of town.

Photographs: // Jacob Schjørring & Simon Lau, Instagram