It’s picnic-time! My favorite spot for a picnic in Copenhagen is a very small beach called Svanemøllen Strand. If you go there on a sunny day, there are people everywhere. However, I’ve been there on not so sunny days as well, and it was great.

Two years ago, before the music festival Roskilde started, I went there with the Danish Film Critic-guy. I was going to the music festival, and he was not, so for the first time since we met, we should spend a week apart. An entire week! That called for a nice romantic picnic. The weather forcast promised us rain, but we decided to ignore it and packed food, a blanket and swim wear in a bag, and biked away.

We were the only ones at the beach. We went for a swim and barbequed, and I felt like we owned the beach (until a dog came and ate one of our sausages directly from one of our plates – but I guess that’s just bad luck).

Copenhagen has several really sweet spots – for hanging out and drinking beer with your friends, for a coffee in the sun and for romantic picnics. Here are my favorite places.

Svanemøllen Strand
This is a tiny beach. Tiny, and fantastic. If you want to swim, there is the beach as well as a small pier from where you can jump directly in the water. On a sunny day, the beach is totally packed. It’s perfect for sun bathing, swimming and for a small barbeque with an one-time grill.

Assistens Kirkegård
Going here for a picnic might seem a little bit creepy at first – since it’s an old grave yard. However, this is not a quiet and creepy place – this is where lots of people in the local neighborhood go for their daily walk. The high walls between the park and the streets outside remove the noise, and it’s perfect for a picnic (however – you shouldn’t bbq here).

If you prefer a small forest instead of a park, this is the place to go. Lots of people in Copenhagen know about Frederiksberg Have, which is a small park next to Søndermarken. However, a lot of people have no idea that there is one more park hidden behind it.

If Søndermarken looks like a small forest, Korsgadehallen is kind of the opposite. Korsgadehallen is actually a sport center, which might seem like an odd location for a picnic. However, on the roof of the center, there’s grass, and that’s great for a central picnic.

Østre Anlæg
In the middle of town, behind the museum “Statens Museum for Kunst”, you’ll find Østre Anlæg. If you stand behind the museum and look, it might look like a tiny piece of grass. Well, that’s wrong. This is actually a big park, which is perfect for picnic and hanging out.

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Linn Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food photography. She also writes the Danish food blog Frk. Kræsen.