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Malmø – worth a visit!

If you’re looking for a nice destination for a short city break, Malmø is a great choice.

Only 30 minutes from central Copenhagen and for less than 200 DKK return on the train, Malmø is a beautiful city with lots of things to see and do. There is the beautiful old city with its cobbled streets and timbered houses, in which you can find lovely bars and restaurants. Also the architecture in many of the new buildings is impressive: take a look at the Turning Torso for example.

The shopping opportunities are absolutely fantastic (and cheaper than in Denmark!). They have shops for absolutely everything: for example if you are into hard rock you MUST go to ‘Shock’. This store has typical rock outfits, accessories and shoes. And even if you’re not into that kind of stuff, the store itself with its music and extreme atmosphere is worth a visit. See: http://shock.se

You can also take a ‘pedalo trip’ on the lake that runs through Malmø and go for a trip to Folkets Park which is free and offers many fun activities for kids and adults. You can picnic here, bathe in the summer and ice skate in the winter. There are also cafés, a terrarium, flea markets and much more. Take a look here: http://www.malmofolketspark.se .

In terms of gastronomy Malmø also has a lot to offer, and prices in restaurants and cafés are generally lower than in Copenhagen (except for alcohol). There are so many cosy coffee shops in Malmø, and they all have excellent WiFi and cinnamon rolls (a typical Swedish cake). Some of the best are:

http://sockerbit.se

http://www.lillakafferosteriet.se

A slightly different café where they also sell music (it’s basically a music store which also has a café) is: http://folkarock.se/wp/. A great atmosphere and again, just slightly different than what you find in Copenhagen.

For vegetarians and vegans, there are also many options, such as:

http://satoricafe.se

http://www.rawfoodhouse.se

https://www.facebook.com/Kaos-226869627327411/

They are all super cosy, very affordable and with great food.

Things you absolutely have to do in Malmø:

  • Buy cheap candy (‘godis’). Candy in Sweden is half the price of candy in Denmark, due to the lack of fees/charges on sugar in Sweden.
  • Have a cinnamon roll at a bakery store (Kanelbulla!)
  • Walk around the old city and small town square (Lilla Torg). It is extremely ‘hygge’!
  • Go shopping in the city centre. You can really get some bargains here, compared to shopping in Denmark.

The trip alone, over Øresundsbroen, is worth a lot – especially for kids. So! We recommend taking a trip over the bridge for a weekend, next time you feel like getting away for a bit.

 

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The birth of Charlie’s Roof

I started Charlie’s Roof (formerly called Copenhagen Housing) in February 2016. For those of you interested in how and why I did that, read on …

The first seed was planted:

After working at the Danish Technical University (DTU) for a number of years, helping professors, PhD students and guests to get a roof over their heads, I had experienced first hand how expensive and impersonal some relocation agencies in Copenhagen seemed. Once in a while we did not have enough manpower in the DTU housing department to help all of the DTU guests with their house-hunt – and in these cases we hired external housing agents. This was always very expensive for the university and the individual could never afford to buy the help themselves. I thought that someone should be able to do this job better and cheaper. This was the first seed of the idea for Charlie’s Roof.

The seed blossoms:

The seed grew quickly when I had my daughter Alberte, who is now 5 years old. When coming back from maternity leave I could not juggle family life and working at the university – a workplace that I indeed appreciated very much! – especially because my husband works long hours and is away from home a lot. So I made a hard decision to quit my job and say goodbye to my fantastic DTU colleagues to start my own little adventure. Living out a dream in a flexible environment where working from home all week if necessary is OK: this adventure resulted in Charlie’s Roof.

Why this road in life?

For me it’s not about apartments and houses: it’s about people. And for everyone, getting a roof over your head is at the core of being happy. And it may sound cheesy but I really like to make people happy. Having a home is at the very bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and not having a home can create stress and depression. I have seen many sad people over the years, desperate to find an apartment or a room – and the best feeling in the world, is when I or one of my colleagues can help them. By total coincidence I am a trained Real Estate Agent (long story short, something about a student job that evolved into serious business and working in London with an investment realtor) – and this actually enables me to help these people. I have the network (which I have now shared with my colleagues as well), the education, the knowledge and the experience in how to handle the market and the landlords. So I can actually perform a job that I love, by helping people out. How fantastic is that! 

What is so special about Charlie’s Roof?

We treat every client like our friend. We are honest and we try to help as many people as possible, also students and low-income house-hunters. We have absolutely no preferences based on religion, nationality, political views or income: we do our best to help everyone who comes to us, with absolute devotion to the client. We would love to do the work we do for free, because for us it is a passion. Unfortunately, that is not possible, having our own rents to pay and families to support, but we do, and always will, keep the cost to our clients at an absolute minimum.

 

If you have any questions about me, the company or you would like to know more about our services, please feel free to contact us on info@charliesroof.com. We are here for you!