The forest is our tot’s beat day in and day out, but she passes for a pretty good city girl on the weekends or evenings when we go into town. She doesn’t often make that much of an appearance on this blog, but we had such a good time in the city this particular day that it felt funny to me to show the photos but not include her. Copenhagen can be a pretty charming town when you get right down to it, and also, when you find the little pockets of quiet that show off all the best parts of the city: the bicycles propped up here and there, the charming cobblestone streets, the pigment colored houses dating so far back that the glass panes are just ever so askew.
Living here, we see these parts of the city quite often, but sometimes it’s hard to get them all in one place, all in one go. Or at least, all in one place without thousands of people, a construction barrier or two, and who knows what else. Copenhagen is a pretty small city but it can feel quite full rather quickly, especially when the weather holds.
That’s what makes Magstraede in the center city so special. It has all the qualities people associate with postcards of Copenhagen (well, minus the boats and water, but they are both just around the corner), but not as much of the hassle, as the street is closed to vehicle traffic. So if you ever want to snap a picture or two, especially if you have little ones in tow, this is a great place to do it. The colors are beautiful, but you can take your time as the littles stand in the middle of the street for the shot or explore in the little courtyards. And if you go in less peak hours, chances are you can have the place all to yourself.
There isn’t any commerce on the street really, other than a Gorms’s Pizza, but you can’t help but wonder what’s behind all those closed doors. The street isn’t too long itself, but what it lacks in length it makes up for several fold in charm. Perfect for a little stroll, and a little souvenir.
(Full disclosure: that last shot is techinically not Magstraede from from a neighboring street around the corner but I still love it so I included it !)