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Copenhagen, the Stylish Danish Capital

Copenhagen, the Stylish Danish Capital

Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the emerging tourist destinations today with many people from all over the world getting captivated by its dreamy design, luscious foods, and beauty. Here are some of the many reasons you should visit Copenhagen. And don’t forget to download the Copenhagen Travel Guide Offline and City Map for maximum experience. The Restaurants

Copenhagen is home to Noma, rated 2-stars by Michelin and is considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world and the pinnacle of super gourmet dining. There are also numerous other notable eateries such as:

  • Fiskebar – serves a wide variety of fish dishes
  • Kiin Kiin – a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant
  • Retour Steak – home of half kilo rumps
  • Relae – informal eatery ideal for dates
  • Bodega - a cafe-cum-bar near the city cemetery and the number one destination for brunch

Street Food

If you prefer going through food stalls and tasting as much variety of food as you can over sitting on a dining table, Copenhagen has you covered with its rapidly growing street food scene. The Paper Island houses the city’s first street food market where you can sample food from all over the globe, pull and deck chair, sit by the water, and enjoy the assortment of good food. Artists and musicians also often frequent the area to give free live performances to diners.

Yammi! Copenhagen Cinnamon Rolls
Yammi! Copenhagen Cinnamon Rolls

The Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a toasty, warm, cozy atmosphere so unique to the Danish winter the word does not have a direct English translation yet. It is all about a serene environment of good life, candles, friends and laughter, and a sheepskin blanket. Spending a few winter days in Copenhagen will be a perfect bonding activity for couples and families.

The Tivoli Gardens

The Tivoli Gardens amusement park, founded in 1843, is considered as a national treasure and a must-visit for anyone visiting Copenhagen. It is like a place from fairytales with its lush gardens, exotic architecture, and thousands of multi-colored lights that come alive during the night.

Enjoy Tivoli Gardens
Enjoy Tivoli Gardens

Cycling Culture

Bicycles are the primary mode of transport in Copenhagen which means no traffic, no noise, and no pollution. You can rent a city bike with built-in GPS or a traditional bike from one of the many ubiquitous shops and start exploring.

For easier time navigating Copenhagen or any other famous city, get a corresponding guide from eTips.

Haight-Ashbury: On San Francisco's Hippie Trail

Haight-Ashbury: On San Francisco's Hippie Trail

Fueled by either flower-power or psychedelic drugs, an estimated 100,000 tie-dye-wearing, alternative-lifestyle-advocating, Vietnam-War-protesting, rock-and-rolling youths marched to the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco.It was 1967 – the Summer of Love.

Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

If the Summer of Love had a soundtrack, Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco would be the first track. The song - along with its now famous lyrics, “be sure to wear flowers in your hair” - was used to promote the Monterey International Pop Festival.

Headlined by legends such The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Otis Redding, The Animals, and Ravi Shankar, the now iconic three-day long music festival officially kicked-off the Summer of Love.

And as the festival wound down, the thousands in attendance continued their counter-culture pilgrimage to what will soon become as the epicenter of hippie culture – Haight-Ashbury district, San Francisco.

Going on a Good Trip

Although the Haight-Ashbury district is a very different scene now, fragments of the 60s hippie culture still peeks through the high-end boutiques, private schools, and even through a Ben & Jerry’s franchise.

So, if you’re up for a very good – excuse the pun – trip, to re-live the era of free love, first, download this free app. The San Francisco Travel Guide and Offline City Maps SF has an augmented reality feature, offline metro maps, and suggested itineraries.

To get you started on following the hippie trail, here are a few suggestions of historical and groovy places to visit in the Haight-Ashbury district from eTips.

San Francisco Travel Guide and metro maps
San Francisco Travel Guide and metro maps

The Red Victorian

As one of the Haight-Ashbury originals and witness to the Summer of Love, there are plenty of reasons to stay at The Red Victorian.

But mostly, who wouldn’t want to stay in hotel that’s rumoured to have been a brothel, hosts World Peace Conversations on Sundays, and have rooms named Summer of Love, Flower Children, Earth Charter, and Peacock?

The Painted Ladies

If only Haight’s Painted Ladies can talk. These intricately-designed Victorian and Edwardian houses that line up the district’s streets, were once home to such greats as Jimi Hendrix (1524A Haight St.), The Hell’s Angels (719 Ashbury St.), Grateful Dead (710 Ashbury), Janis Joplin (122 Lyon St.), and Sid Vicious (32 Delmar St.).

Hippie Hill

Living up to its name (and history), Hippie Hill on the east end of Golden Gate Park hosts the annual 420 in the Park festival. Where thousands of visitors smoke up, listen to some drum circles, face paint, and most probably, satisfy their mid-day munchies.

The festival isn’t exactly legal, so enjoy at your own discretion. But if you want a more law abiding happening, the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of June.

Bound Together Bookstore

Nothing screams more of counter-culture symbol than a bookstore with "An Anarchist Collective" as its tag-line. The all volunteer-run, consensus-based shop sell zines and books that cover topics like feminism, queer culture, poetry, politics, drugs, spirituality, and, of course, Anarchism.

Tourism in San Francisco
Tourism in San Francisco

Amoeba Music

While it wasn’t yet around during the Summer of Love, Amoeba Music is the portal to era’s record collection. True to its name as the world’s largest independent record store, it carries everything from vintage vinyl LPs to hard-to-find CDs, even cassettes.

If you’re a music lover, better dedicate a whole day just for visiting the shop. Because with their quality stock of music and movies, you might not even make it to the new release aisle.

Jammin’ on Haight

What better souvenir from the home of the hippies than premier psychedelic fashion items? In true peace and love fashion, the boutique gives a portion of its profits to Taking It To The Streets San Francisco (TITTS), an organization that works with homeless youth.