Ready for a gay Copenhagen tour?
Here is the interview of Dan, a local from the City.
Hello Dan, you are from Copenhagen. Can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m an American expatriate living in Copenhagen for 20 years with my Danish husband. I love Copenhagen and showing it off whenever I can — no wonder I decided to make tour guiding a large part of my life.
Why do you love Copenhagen that much?
I have lived in other major cities and traveled widely. Copenhagen has it all, while still a manageable size—and there is so much to see and do.
It is incredibly safe and secure to get around whether on foot, bicycle or public transportation.
The fantastic waterfront is in the center of town. People are friendly, and most speak English as well. There are so many food choices at all price levels: food markets, fast food, cafes, and Michelin stars.
My favorite local places
I love wandering the small windy streets in the town center and being surprised by perhaps a hidden passageway I’d never noticed before a new café, or an unexpected fest, market or pop-up.
The harbor with its new 13 km. The walking-bicycling path is fantastic. The pedestrian streets— Strøget, Købmagergade, and Nyhavn— are always full of people.
And finally, Tivoli with its beautiful gardens, restaurants, drinking establishments, entertainment and more people watching.
Copenhagen is world-famous for new Nordic food – Geist and Kadeau are two favorites.
Torvehaller food halls offer great and reasonably priced options – the seafood tapas and the fiskedeller (Danish fish burgers) at Boutique Fisk, the salad options at Smag and the tacos at Hijo de Sancez.
For traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches, I like Det Lille Apotek, Skindbuksen, Gammel Torv Café and Café Karla.
In the hipster Meat District, Warpigs has fantastic barbecue, and Kødbyens Fiskebar has excellent fish and vibes.
Which are the main spots you like to show to gay travelers in Copenhagen?
The latest celebration of rainbow awareness in Copenhagen is Rainbow Square, a space dedicated to the diversity of sexual and gender minorities. It was inaugurated in 2014; its flagpole which flies the rainbow flag 24-7 was opened in 2017.
Favorite café-bar Oscar’s is on the square, and several other gay venues are just around the corner.
Next stop must be Copenhagen’s beautiful city hall where the world’s first domestic partnership took place in 1989.
The square is alive with celebrations year-round including the annual, week-long Gay Pride celebration in August. The square is conveniently located at the start of the shopping street and near the Main Train Station, Tivoli Gardens and most of the gay nightlife of Copenhagen.
We will take a tour of the central city, taking in the many and varied sites— gay and otherwise, while recounting exciting stories of the city’s history and gay culture.
Before returning to Rainbow Square, or other agreed ending point, we visit beautiful Ørsted Park, the most famous cruising park in the city.
What about gay local life in Copenhagen?
There are gay meeting spots for all tastes in the city regardless if you’re looking to relax in a café with friends, drink beers or cocktails while listening (and singing to) Danish and international hits, dancing the night away or engaging in kinky fun.
Gay Copenhagen bars and venues
is THE place to hang out with friends. They have a café menu with daily lunch and dinner specials and lots of drink options. Thursdays are a cocktail night.
My Fair Ladies
is where video clips from musicals play non-stop, and the atmosphere is always festive.
which just celebrated its 100th birthday, is an old Danish bar not to be missed. It is sumptuously decorated seasonally and year-round. People come from all around to see it. Music and merriment rule, and (except for summer) live entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays.
More gay bars and clubs in Copenhagen
World Pride 2021 Copenhagen
Denmark is known as the most welcoming and caring country for the LGBT community. For instance, in 2014, Copenhagen was even named the most gay-friendly city on the planet by Lonely Planet.
The fact that the capital was chosen by the InterPride association to host the World Pride 2021 only reinforces this. And in addition to WorldPride, Copenhagen is also one of the candidate cities for the EuroGames in 2021.
The goal is then to merge the two events into one huge celebration called Copenhagen 2021. Sports events will punctuate the gay pride parade that will take place on Sunday, August 17. It will also be possible to attend conferences on inclusiveness.
Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize registered same-sex partnerships in 1989. And this policy of inclusion is one of the country’s fundamental values: Copenhagen is one of the most tolerant and open communities in Europe. All of this has made Copenhagen the ideal place for an event like WorldPride.
According to Lars Christian Østergreen, the managing director at Happy Copenhagen: “WorldPride 2021 will put human rights, diversity and inclusivity to promote equality around the world.”