Friday, December 27, 2013

Coffee in Christianshavn

I had coffee in Baresso - one of a Danish chain of coffee and espresso bars - in the part of Copenhagen with the most nautical atmosphere: Christianshavn. R90 a cuppa. Without a crumb of Danish pastry. 

This neighbourhood of Copenhagen was founded in the early 17th century by Christian IV as part of his extension of the fortifications of Copenhagen. 

Originally, it was laid out as an independent privileged merchant's town, but it was soon incorporated into Copenhagen proper. 

For much of the 20th century a working-class neighbourhood, dominated by canals, developed a bohemian reputation in the 1970s. It is now a fashionable, diverse and lively part of the city with its own distinctive personality, and a feel of Venice. Residents tending to see themselves first as Christianshavners and then as Copenhageners.

Businessmen, students, artists, hippies and traditional families with children live side-by-side.