I can recommend you treat yourself to a hammam experience in Copenhagen’s north-western district. As locals will tell you, the area is dominated by Middle Eastern cultures, so it makes sense for the area to also offer a hammam along with the innumerable ethnic supermarkets.
Hammam is an ancient style of bathing – you start out with bathing yourself in warm water and relax in a steam room. A masseuse will then ask you to lay down and start to scrub you thoroughly until dead skin falls off. It’s a pleasant ice breaker… Next is a massage with a silky, foamy soap. You’ll be left feeling like you’re lying on a cloud.
The saunas and bath areas are nicely decorated with marble and mosaics. There’s this calming, ethereal oil smell everywhere. The staff are so welcoming and help you along the process. When you’ve soaked for a good two hours and dressed again they’ll ask you to relax on a sofa in the lounge area and serve Moroccan tea, fresh juice and biscuits. All part of the treatment!
It’s divided between men and women. Because of a lesser demand, they only treat men on Tuesdays after 16:00 by appointment. It’s possible to book a couple’s treatment on Thursdays between 15:00 and 18:00. Also, swimsuits are completely optional. You can wear whatever you want or nothing at all. So if you’re not into being nude, bear in mind that some of the other guests might be. You’ll be provided fresh loincloths, slippers and scrub gloves.