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My perfect day in Odense

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Sanne Brigsted lives and works in Odense. We picked her brains on the best things to see and do in her city, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.

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Where to drink: Sirup’s Coffee Wine Bar

This is my absolute favourite bar, right in the city centre. The atmosphere is great, and the staff are so lovely. Everyone is welcome regardless of sexuality, ethnicity or status. You will no doubt feel at home on your first visit. 

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Where to eat: Storms Pakhus

This is Odense's urban street food venue. A beautiful building with plenty of food trucks all serving high quality food and drinks in a sustainable setting. Another place is Arkaden Food Hall, where locals meet for “hygge”, bingo, quiz, music or to enjoy authentic food from around the world.

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What to do: Odense River Sailing

Jump on a pedalo or book a themed boat trip  take your pick from fairy tales to history. Better still, you can even do drinks tastings with everything from rosé and gin to port.

 

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Where to explore: Odense Harbour and the islands of Ærø and Langeland

Odense Harbour has it all: food, swimming spots, cultural experiences and markets. Langeland offers wild nature, where you feel the buzz of the island’s history, and at the same time feel at ease. Ærø is almost perfect. Indescribable, spacious and a real adventure. It should be on everyone’s bucket list!

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A couple stroll the streets of Odense in summer
Photo: Johan Tobias Joensen - VisitOdense

Where to hygge: Odense city

The whole island of Fyn is an attraction, but if I must choose a favourite place it would be Odense city which oozes true Danish “hygge”. The city centre offers a great atmosphere with shopping, cafes, Munke Mose Gardens, the King’s Garden and brims with the city’s magnificent history. Despite its size Odense has a local vibe, where people greet and smile at each other, regardless of who you are.

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Women walking in old town of Odense on Fyn
Photo: Johan Joensen

Hot tip: Casino Odense

It is perhaps the world’s smallest but best casino and place to hang out, whether you want to play the games or just be there for the atmosphere and good drinks. The energy and smiles experienced at Casino Odense is a must.

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Sanne Brigsted in Odense
Photo: Sanne Brigsted

My best travel advice

Remember to bring a good pair of sneakers, an open heart and your smile. My best tip is not to plan too much. Let yourself be led by narrow roads and paths, and when you see a small sign that says farm shop, beach or nature attraction, follow them. No matter where you go you will find small hidden gems such as Nybro Fruit Plantation just north of Odense or the beautiful and unique nature by Assens.

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