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Top 10: Alternative guides to Copenhagen

Tired of the same mainstream tourist guides or commercial sites parading as student-friendly? The University Post’s guide to alternative internet sites for exploring Copenhagen

10. Practicalities: thecopenhagenbook.dk

A comprehensive guide that will stop you fearing the small troubles of life in the city. What sets this site apart from the standard Copenhagen tourist guides is its appeal to diverse budgets and interests. Even better, you can find a directory of practical information, such as babysitters, doctors and even a guide to taxation. The tax section is in English, and much more comprehensible than anything the Danish tax office can give you. A key to access everything you need to know for a functioning daily life in the city.

Visit The Copenhagen Book here.

9. Fashion: thelocals.dk

Do you feel like your style is too bland for Copenhagen? This site can provide some artsy insight. If you’re not a fashion addict, you can do a lot of hipster hating on this blog – and that can be fun too. From blue suede stilettos to 80’s-style sneakers, from business-casual on a skateboard to dazzling, multicolored heels on acid, there is no element of fashion that is foreign to photographer Søren Jepsen. He displays them all in this deliciously colorful photo-blog, a fine source for tapping into the superficial but seductive realm of fashion. Plunge in, provided you’re not allergic to try-hard trends and fashionistas.

Visit The Locals here.

8. Housing: flytteklar.dk

This site is in Danish as the only one on our top 10. Sorry guys, but it’s priceless! So find a Danish-speaker, buy them a coffee, and get them to translate. You will find a way to reach many housing offers on this site not officially on the market, or advertise a room you want to rent out. Just watch out for dirty scams where you have to pay high deposit money, and always insist on a contract with your landlord.

Visit Flytteklar here.

7. Concerts: songkick.com

It sucks to miss a concert by your favorite band, when it finally deigns to make a European tour and stop by Copenhagen. Songkick not only provides concert info and ticket sales to gigs every day of the year – it can also track your favorite artists, so you’re never the last to know when they are coming to town. The music scene is a big deal with most Copenhageners, and this site makes it an easy and enjoyable to be part of the action. You can join communities with other fans and share concert experiences. Maybe even re-connect with the cute indie guy you were drunkenly trying to woo at Arcade Fire.

Visit Songkick’s Danish section here.

6. Transport: intl.m.dk

Had enough of being scared of Danish-speaking stressed out ticket salesmen at the central stations. Tune in to the city’s best mode of transport. Never late, rarely malfunctioning, the metro is a staple of city life. Who doesn’t love it after a really long night out? It certainly beats falling asleep drunk on a night bus and missing the stop. The real pearl of the oyster is the website’s guide to tickets in the city area, all in English, very clear and concise. That should settle a lot of the confusion, with minimal communication difficulty.

Visit the Metro’s international site here.

5. Guide: spottedbylocals.com

Whether taking a stroll in the inner city, or planning an outing with friends, this insider guide points to the lesser-known venues on the many smaller side streets. Want to pamper your date? Indulge their sweet tooth at the Dragon cake café, or treat them to the best coffee in town; take them to a park or an artsy neighborhood – these Copenhagener bloggers show you where and what to do. With these tips, kroner will fly right and left when you go out and you can’t help but try the places recommended. This reporter is glad to have tried a healthy salmon sandwich at a recommended café. Her bank is less happy.

Visit Spotted by the Locals’ Danish section here.

4. Gay scene: copenhagen-gay-life.dk

This website is bread and butter for those interested in the gay and lesbian scene of Copenhagen, and it is not on top of Google search results (yet!). A highly practical and minimalistic layout makes it effortless to navigate your way to the city’s best offers in accommodation, nightlife, events and other relevant ventures. From cafes to travel, sex clubs to saunas – this guide can spice up your stay, or help you pick out something just a tad calmer, from the many options on offer.

Visit Copenhagen Gay Life here.

3. Bikes: copenhagenize.com

A good thing to know as you ride your new bike through the city, is where exactly to stop to get air in your tyres for free and your chain oiled. This site offers all you want to know, and never knew you wanted to know, about the two-wheel experience. Good for biking tips, or if you simply want to look at photos of tough old ladies in expensive furs biking through a snowstorm, learn more about the city’s bicycle culture.

Visit Copenhagenize here.

2. Photography: copenhagenphotofestival.com

The Copenhagen photo festival is a big deal to anyone remotely interested in photography, or just the city looking pretty. Amateur and professional photographers alike get to compete for a spot in many of the city’s exhibition areas, some of them so public they are literally displayed outside on the main shopping streets. This website informs you about the festival, as well as other photography-related events throughout the year. Not a website for daily entertainment purposes, but surely a good inspiration for one of those random photography-related outings Copenhageners seem to love.

Visit Copenhagen Photo Festival here.

1. Books: bookstoreguide.org

An English-language guide to books and book shopping in Copenhagen. Helpful links aplenty, background facts and practical information about bookstores. There are also included general introductions to what one might expect of the atmosphere and selection of books in English. The information is bite-size, and you might want to know more than the website offers – but it’s a good start before you set out to hit the books in town.

Visit the Book Store Guide’s Danish section here.

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