The number one oddball event of your trip to Copenhagen will be without a doubt a visit to Freetown Christiania [Prinsessegade, 1440 Copenhagen, Denmark].
Just be polite and don’t photograph people doing things that aren’t legal, even though it is the ‘green light district.’ Although hash is extremely prevalent in Christiania, it is still illegal in Denmark. A walk down Pusher St. will be full of fragrant smells, but whether you choose to participate in the hash smoking is your own prerogative. There are tons of other fun things to do in Christiania, shops to look in restaurants to eat at. Christiania is a community with a hairdresser and a post office, bars and even a jazz club.
Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus
Whether you’re a Bond Girl in Copenhagen or just out for a good time, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus [Sankt Hans Torv 30, 2200 København, Denmark] is a casual café any time of day.
The joint is relatively small, and not nearly as weird as I thought it might be. We came in for snacks, dessert, and drinks in a jetlagged purgatory and we were accepted. Service is very relaxed. That is being polite, but since we had no other future plans it was fine in our book. We were seated far in the back next to a peculiar painting of a slightly eerie, possibly evil man.
This intimate and hygge dimly lit venue, the Jazzhus Montmartre [Store Regnegade 19A, Copenhagen 1110, Denmark], will make you feel like a total beat. Dean Moriarty himself would be sweating and saying, “Yes! Yes! They know time!” Grab yourself a cup of wine and hope you get a totally kooky, off the wall, outstanding experimental jazz set like we did, and it was free to boot.
I loved every minute of the insanity. The crazy sounds. The interesting people. The velvet red curtain. This was my first jazz show and I know it won’t be my last. I don’t know if it was the venue, the artists, or just Copenhagen, but I hope this opulent ordeal hasn’t ruined me for future jazz shows!