The Danish capital is a slow burner of a city but if you get on your bike, says the Nordic noir writer, its best bookshops, cafes and shops will reveal themselves
I moved to Copenhagen when I left Aarhus to study biology at the university. It’s not a city you immediately fall for, unlike Berlin or Paris; it’s more of a Pandora’s box. The longer you spend there, the more corners you get to know, and the more you realise how much it offers.
In winter, Copenhagen can be spectacular, especially when the big lakes in the middle of the city are frozen and the sun has risen. In the past the lakes were there to prevent disaster: they were “fire stoppers” and known as branddamme (fire ponds).