Hygge, Scandi and Style, three words that sum up the Danish Capital. Copenhagen oozes coolness and beats to its own drum, every time I visit I find something different and new corners to be explored. A Copenhagen city break is quite possibly one of the most relaxing weekends away in Europe due to it's laid back atmosphere.
I have compiled a thorough Copenhagen Travel Guide with a 3 day downloadable Itinerary to take with you, so you don't have to lift a finger. Handy! Let's dive in.
Copenhagen Currency: Danish Krone
Transport from the airport is simple. Get the train heading for Copenhagen Central Station, it costs £4 and takes around 15 minutes.
Getting around the city: Bycklen is a great service to use. Cycling is a must in Copenhagen as there are designated bike lanes. Top Tip: Download the Bycyklen App or visit their website. You can hire Bikes from different bike stations all over the city. The bikes have GPS so you can either map out your own Route before you go or input addresses as you go. £3.50 per hour or £35 for 10 hours.
You can walk, weather permitted of course, but Copenhagen is mostly flat and easy to navigate around. With lots of stops to be made on your routes, strolling around this city is a cinch and definitely advised. I have stumbled upon so many cool streets, shops and stores by walking.
Copenhagen is expensive, yes all those rumours are true. But no more so than what you would expect in London and New York, however, what you do get is absolute quality. Danes don't do things by half so expect to get more for your money here which is a refreshing change this day and age.
A side note, the Danish are the nicest people you will probably come across on your worldly travels. I think that's why I felt happy, safe and content in Copenhagen, people are happy to chat, one lady spent 20 minutes writing her must-see list to Copenhagen. Needless to say, many of those are on this list. Thank you whoever you are!
Places to Stay in Copenhagen
I prefer to stay in the neighbourhood of Vesterbro, formerly The Meatpacking Dsitrict. The hotels are more affordable but do not compromise on luxury, plus you are in the coolest area within walking distance to town.
I've had my eye on Absalon Hotel for some time, it's in the ideal location, a few minutes walk from the train station and within a 10 minute walk to Indre By (shopping area). What more do you need. Another hotel, I've stayed at is The Comfort Hotel, in Vesterbro.
Want to stay in town I have heard brilliant reviews for The Hotel Kong Arthur or if you want a touch of luxury go for 71 Nyhavn Hotel, located in Nyhavn with stunning views, this hotel gets all the thumbs up.
Things to Do in Copenhagen
There aren't as many things to do in the way of Attractions compared to other European cities, which means you can spend a lot of time wandering the streets, chilling in a cafe and stumbling upon hidden gems.
A whimsical, fairy-tale amusement park near the city centre. So Beautiful, that Walt Disney took inspiration from Tivoli for his Walt Disney Resort. Home to one of the oldest Rollercoasters in the world, spend the day thrill seeking, eating at one of the many restaurants and enjoy the enchantment of Tivoli. I would advise you get the unlimited ride ticket on top of the entrance ticket, there are some cool rides there and you will have to pay at least £5 per ride per person, if not more for others.
Be aware: Tivoli closes from 1st January - 6th April every year, avoid these dates. Go in the winter, it is the most festive place I have ever been too.
Cycle the City
Nothing beats hiring a bike and pedalling your way through a city and it's various neighbourhoods. Copenhagen's bike lanes are so efficient and easy to navigate that it is the best way to see this beautiful place. Download the Bycyklen App or visit their website.
Of course Nyhavn is on our list! It is the most photographed and touristy area of the city and for good reason; it dates back to the 17th Century. No.9 is the oldest house dating back to 1681 and even Hans Christian Anderson lived here in three different properties! Moving day must have been easy.
Spend an afternoon, people watching and sipping a cold beer or glass of wine. All the bars lining the canal have blankets in the winter and for those cooler nights, so no excuses. You can also book a canal tour that departs from Nyhavn, check the different tour options here.
Hands down the coolest area of the city, it's home to the old Meatpacking District of Copenhagen and it's thriving. From stylish Cocktail bars, cool Microbrewery hangouts, the tastiest food around and cute boutique shops.
I love strolling down Værnedamsvej street and down to the Meatpacking warehouses where you'll find some of the coolest haunts to eat and while away the hours. I have included some of my faves below.
Assistens Cemetery and Norrebro
It sounds a bit morbid to visit a cemetery but this place is bewitching and charming so much so Hans Christian Anderson's is buried here. It's a peaceful and quaint stroll up to Norrebro, where you will find in Jaegersborggade street one of the hippest spots in the entire city. You will find Coffee Collective, Istrid, Michelin-star Relae and Tu a Tu.
Check out my free printable map to Jaegersborggade Street.
If you are wanting to be touristy, then you can check out The little Mermaid, Palace, and Cristiana. I did visit but I didn't think too much of any of them so hence why I haven't featured them. I believe Copenhagen is a a city that you chill, eat, drink, and shop; which I absolutely love.
Places to Eat in Copenhagen
Breakfast & Brunch
Granola | Værnedamsvej 5 | $$
French inspired breakfast in one of the cutest streets in Copenhagen in Vesterbro. The breakfast is small but packs a punch and surprisingly fills you up. You won't be able to resist taking a picture. It's a little pricey but I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance.
Kalaset | Vendersgade 16 | £
This place does great breakfast and brunch and in big portions swell.. A good spot if you are doing a day's shopping in and around Stroget. The interiors are funky, with cassette machines and random vintage pieces on the walls.
Torvehallerne Food Hall | Frederiksborggade 21 | £
A must for sampling local delicacies, this food hall is buy go to for a midday snack, or a quick caffeine hit at Coffee Collective before hitting the shops! In the Spring/Summer months it's lovely to sit outside and people watch, in the winter grab a blanket and a Glogg.
Sliders | Nørrebrogade 1 ££
Fancy a burger, or maybe three? Sliders is the answer. Located in the hip district of Norrebro, it's a perfect lunch time option. Choose from 3 mini burgers and a side of fries for the reasonable price of £15.
Grod | Jægersborggade 50 | ££
Porridge, porridge and more porridge! Yes, that's right it's all they serve, however, with a huge array of choices, sweet and savoury, it would be rude not to fuel your day the right way.
Tommi's Burger Joint | Høkerboderne 21 | £
I have to admit, this place does my all time favourite burgers in the world. I always compare burgers to Tommi and for good reason. Don't be put off by the queue or the tiny interiors, because it's quick, delicious and a meal deal is £11.
Mother | Høkerboderne 9 | ££
Pizza with attitude! Another solid choice in the Meatpacking District. It get's full here on the weekends so make sure you book in advance. You can takeaway though, so if you fancy an early night at your hotel, grab to go.
Kiin Kiin | Guldbergsgade 21 | £££
Michelin star Thai, the first of it's kind worldwide! I'll let you in on a little secret, the owner had no seats so told us to go next door to Aroii as it's run by the same kitchen.
Karamalleriet | Jægersborggade 36
Gorgeous caramel in Norrebro. Not only is it super tasty, but you can even watch them making it before your very eyes. I was lucky enough to be offer some fresh Caramel, it was mouth watering. Take these little treats home as a present or gobble them up like I did.
Iskid | Jægersborggade 13
Liquid Nitrogen helps create Iskid's soft and fresh ice cream. Get your camera ready for a cool video as they make it fresh for you. Thank me later.
Places to Drink in Copenhagen
Coffee & Tea
The Coffee Collective | Jægersborggade 57 & Torvellhane
The best coffee in town, without a doubt! I love caffeine, if there is one place you visit, go here. The coffee speaks for itself.
The Royal Smushi Cafe | Amagertorv 6
You may have to fight for a seat and then you have to share with strangers, but it is worth it. It's super cute inside, with a huge array of tea's to choose from and gorgeous cakes to eat. The perfect afternoon pit stop.
Falernum | Værnedamsvej 16
In the heart of Vesterbro, this wine bar is perfect for an afternoon pit stop, especially if it's sunny as you can take a seat outside and watch the world go by.
Always packed when I go which is only a positive sign in my eyes. The locals love it here due to the sheer volume of wine on offer. Every Wednesday you can pay £16 and try 4-6 wines.
Lidkoeb | Vesterbrogade 72B
Lidkoeb could be my fave cocktail bar in the world (so far)! Authentic Cocktails, knowledgable bartenders, cosy interiors and reasonably priced drinks...what more do you want?
Ruby | Nybrogade 10
Sophisticated and smooth springs to mind at this swanky cocktail bar. With lots of nooks and cranny to get snuggled up with a tasty cocktail, it should be added to your list.
Where Scandinavia meets Southern America. A brain child of Mikkeller and 3 Floyds, this Meatpacking institution tops most beer lovers' lists. Order the Flight sampler of 6 beers.
Taphouse | Lavendelstræde 15
With 61 beers on tap, it's pretty obvious why this joint is named Taphouse. Happy hour until 18:00; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Shopping in Copenhagen
A pedestrianised shopping street in the heart of the city centre that stretches for over a km. A haven for shoppers with Danish brands such as Hay Homeware, Wood Wood, Samsoe & Samsoe and my personal favourite Moss Copenhagen.
If you like Department stores then Sephora has all your Health and beauty needs covered or if you are wanting a high end experience enjoy Illum.
Pilestraede street is just off of Stroget and has lots of cute boutique stores. A must is Swedish brand Acne Studios with that effortless Scandi style we all know and love. Check out Norse Projects another Danish brand that I love.
Top Tip: Most Shops are closed on Sunday and close early on Saturdays
As mentioned, Jaegersborggade street is a great street that hits all your shopping needs. If you are on a budget but would like branded women's clothing, go to Tu a Tu resellers store; I always buy a few items here and the shop owner is lovely (bonus points, she has an adorable dog that sits outside). Looking for dainty handmade jewellery go to Ladyfingers, and Scandi homeware store Hoj will help kit your house out.
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