To experience Copenhagen’s free-spirited ethos at its purest, head to Christiania—an 85-acre former military base turned hippie colony on the eastern side of the city’s primary waterway, Christianshavn. The community's 1,000 residents live unencumbered by rent or taxes in a car-free quarter dotted with green spaces and lakes. After peeking into a few of the numerous carpenter and blacksmith shops, stop for a bite at Spiseloppen, where organic dishes like reindeer with gooseberries are served in an airy warehouse. Afterward, hop to Loppen, a down-home bar that hosts nightly jam sessions during the week and a roster of international D.J.'s on weekends. Or just book a guided tour of the commune’s more elusive corners by calling 45-32-57-60-05.
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