I went to Christiania not because I am the biggest fan of weed but because I was in Copenhagen and to miss the chance to see a community of squatting outlaws fighting capitalism was out of the question. This is what I learned…
1) You can’t photograph drug dealers
Lame! All sellers have their shit in a drawstring bag ready to pull and run in case of a raid – welcome to chill town.
2) There’s A LOT of dogs
Is there such thing as too many dogs running around freely? No fucking way, in fact, they are the happiest residents in Cristiania because they don’t have to worry about dog police sniffing their butts.
3) They have tacos
The one thing that I never expected to find was freaking awesome fucking tacos. Homemade tortillas and 2 types of salsas. This little cart has beaten a bunch of fancy Mexican restaurants I’ve tried in shitty London.
4) It’s a real town.
When I was first told about Christiania I pictured a bunch of teepees and people chilling by a firepit sharing a blunt with whoever wanted one, but it is much more than that. It’s an actual town with many businesses.
4) They have rules
Simple, however, once you step in deeper you find a bunch of other ‘odd’ rules (see our translation below):
NO James Bond
NO reusing syringes
NO O’ clan?
NO uneven vest patterns
NO Bizzaro Santa
5) It’s not cheap
You would think that weed-brothers-peace-and-love-reggae-Bob-Saget-sunsets-and-bongos-freetown would sell a beer for a fair price, after all, they don’t pay rent or taxes. Well, you are wrong. Not only is it not cheap, but the bar staff was also angrier than an English dude behind an English pub.
6) It’s kinda scary.
I don’t want to sound like a pussy but the vibe there can get a tad confrontational. No photos, no running, no electronic music, a funeral in progress, two guys playing checkers like they are betting their wives. I wouldn’t go there at night, that’s for sure.
8) Kids shouldn’t be allowed there.
9 Brownies are strong.
Unless your plan for the day is listening to your thoughts with a 5-second delay and be afraid of bridges don’t do a whole brownie.
10) Residents hate the drug stands.
Last year a shooting happened in the centre of Christiania where 3 people were injured including 2 police officers. The residents were not amused by this, they forcibly removed the drug stands to make a very clear point to the drug gangs running them. Since then, residents even agreed to have CCTV in the main dealing areas.
Christiania is a great day date. Bring your own beer, have a spliff, bike around and take loads of photos. Get the munchies, eat a butt-load of tacos, or if you’re visiting before December ’17 walk 10 minutes to Copenhagen’s food market and stuff your face.