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One of the best views in town
A view over the fortification canal running through Christiania
Christiania  is a self-governing "free town" established in 1971, a city within the city, on the site of a military barracks as an alternative to mainstream culture. The government has recently cracked down on long-standing activities such as the open use of soft drugs (hard drugs, firearms, and automobiles are among the items prohibited though). Nonetheless it's quite safe and popular as a tourist site. Keep in mind that it's a residential area, not commercial. Photography of the central "Pusher Street" will not be tolerated by the dealers.
Christiana is car free, and parking conditions outside can be hellish on good weather, so do what everyone else does and jump on a bike, if that doesn't cut it, take public transit; there are two options: Take the metro to Christianshavn station, from there it's about a 6 minute walk (500m), when you exit the metro station continue straight ahead (south) until the 2nd intersection (there is a furniture store on the corner) turn left down (east) Prinsessegade and walk a couple of hundred meters, you won't miss it, if you have any sort of idea what you are looking for.
You can also bus opt for bus 66, which stops right outside the entrance, it leaves from both Vesterport and the central station, it leaves about every 10 minutes for most of the day.
Christiania is something of a powerhouse in Copenhagen's cultural life, especially on the alternative scene, and there will almost always be something going on, in one of the many club and venues dotted around the central part near Pusher street, or the open air scene on Café Nemoland (listed under drink)
- Christiania Jazzclub, (firstname.lastname@example.org), . W&F:9PM-late. This Jazz club, housed in Christiania's childrens theatre, has an amazing atmosphere - and often you can go to stage and jam away at the late hours of the night.
- Den grå hal (The grey hall). Den grå hal is something of an authority on the Danish music scene, and despite it's somewhat modest appearance , has hosted some of the biggest stars in music, like Metallica and Rage Against the Machine. But there is often something else than music going on here, like markets or theatre. Price varies.
- Loppen, Sydområdet 4B, ☎ +45 32 57 84 22 (email@example.com), . Is a cool rock club in Christiania where various alternative bands play live.
- The Opera, Gaden, ☎ +45 32 57 29 09, . The Opera on Christiania (not to be mistaken by the more conventional Operahouse nearby, is combined music venue and eatery, with a wide variety of bands playing. Hosts an awesome blues night on Sundays, and doubles as a watering hole.
One of the many colorful murals on Christiana
Christiania offers some truly unique shopping, apart from it's (in)famous major export item; Cannabis. If you want to bring home a really unique souvenir from Copenhagen, there are a bunch of interesting options here. In addition to stores listed below, there is also a Bazaar at the entrance to Pusher street where you can buy everything from Cannabis posters, to bongs and Jamaican clothing.
Despite the best efforts by the police to shut down the Cannabis trade here, the selling is still going on - relatively openly. But potential buyers should be aware that police occasionally patrol the area, and you could potentially be fined if you are caught possessing hashish. Visitors should also take note that harder drugs are frowned upon on Christiania, and no attempts should be made to buy, or even ask for, harder drugs.
- CA Butikken (The Christiania store), (Corner of Prinsessegade & Bådmandsstræde), . F-Su:noon-5PM. Sells handicrafts, clothing and Christiania merchandice. And also doubles as an information point and café.
- Christiania Bikes, Mælkevejen 83A, ☎ +45 32 54 87 48, . M-F:9AM-5PM,Sa:10AM-2PM. Produces some unique handcrafted bikes, their signature bike - famous throughout Denmark, has a boot in the front for goods, kids or groceries.
- Indkøbscentralen, ☎ +45 32 96 15 51, . 8AM-8PM, Tu:noon-8PM. This store sells mostly organic groceries, some produced locally in Christiania, e.g. organic cosmetics
- Qsmedien (The woman ironworks), Mælkevejen 83 E, ☎ +45 32 57 76 58, . M-F:9AM-5PM,Sa:11AM-3PM. An iron workshop run by 3 women, mostly selling creative interior decorations and furniture cast of iron and glass.
- Tata shoes, Langgaden, ☎ +45 41 60 11 13, . M-F:10AM-5PM,Sa:noon-3PM. A Christiania outfit that makes handcrafted orthopaedic shoes, uniquely made to measure. 1300-2000 EUR.
With some of the best vegetarian food you'll find anywhere in town, the residents love for everything organic, and the social responsibly (and socialism) so enshrined in the fabric of Christiana culture, that prices are kept at quite reasonable levels - especially considering the quality, Christiania is an excellent place for lunch and dinner. Often there is an open barbecue up on Pusher street dishing some yummy burgers and hot dogs.
- Månefiskeren (Moonfisher), (Just behind Pusher street in Christiania), ☎ +45 3257 1456, . 10.00 - 24.00. Relaxed café with room for both Christianites and people just dropping by for a cup of coffee, a game of Table football or billiards. Has some descent sandwiches and good cakes from time to time, but doesn't serve alcohol (joints are welcome though).
- Morgenstedet, Fabriksområdet 134, . Tu-Su:noon-9PM. Morgenstedet is a vegetarian eatery, and all the food here is made from organic and fresh vegetables from a Danish farm. Nice outdoor seating along benches in the garden, and nice rustic interiors inside. The service is can be really laid back, and the place is mostly self-service, but the open kitchen and talkative chefs make up for it, Mains from 70 Kr.
- Spiseloppen, ☎ +45 32 57 95 58, . Tu-Su 5PM-10PM. A nice restaurant where the menu changes daily, and according to what fresh foods are available during the different seasons. There is always a fish and a vegetarian dish on the menu, and the ethnic mix in the kitchen usually ensures an amazing variety throughout the week Mains from 165 Kr.
- Sunshine Bakery, Pusher street. 24H. A kiosk and bakery hybrid with bread, cakes and sandwiches, coffee, tea, dairy products, soft drinks, cigarettes etc., both for take away, or enjoying at the outdoor benches in front of the bakery.
- Café Nemoland, Fabriksområde 52 (by the end of Pusher street), ☎ +45 3295 8931, . 10.00 - 02.00 (Weekends until 3.00). This lovely place is part outdoor beer garden, part concert venue, part indoor café. Creative decoration, and the most varied crowd you are likely to see anywhere in Copenhagen.
- Woodstock, Pusher Street. 9AM-05AM. A Public house with occasional live music. Breakfast, sandwiches, beer, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee and tea.
There is no public option for sleeping, unless you bump into someone willing to lend you a couch. The nearest hotels are in Amager or Downtown
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