Where, What, When: Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen bikes

Dom portrait

From the way things are going at the moment, weather-wise at least, I think I’ve already had my summer. It was so gloriously warm and sunny in Copenhagen and since then it’s been dreary, rainy and cold. As has become the norm when I visit a new place, I have put together a small city guide of things to do and see, where to stay, shop and what to eat.

I made the point in my Mini visual diary of Copenhagen that it is expensive there. This could probably do with clearing up a bit, as it’s not all out extortionate, where you don’t really want to hand over your money, but everything is about £3-4 more expensive than you’re used to paying. While it didn’t hold us back from doing the things we had planned, it did throw up a few obstacles, especially when it came to dinners. It is also worth noting that it was incredibly cheap to get there (£30 return from Luton!) and we also chose a very reasonably priced Airbnb to stay in. So all in all it wasn’t as bank breaking as I always assumed Scandinavia to be. Now lets get on to the best stuff…

The Round tower, Copenhagen

The Round tower, Copenhagen

The Round tower, Copenhagen

Other than the odd tourist attraction and a few places I’d spotted on blogs and Instagram, I didn’t have a set plan of what to see and do in Copenhagen. We were more excited to just explore the city and with Copenhagen being one of the most stylish cities in the world, people watching was going to be at an all time high! A few things well worth the time are:

Nyhavn – The most iconic area of Copenhagen, surely? Sadly the colourful harbour side is now full of tourist-y restaurants and the odd erm, exotic dance club. But it’s a historic part of Copenhagen and free and you can still get a cracking photo.

The Little Mermaid – It’s been well accounted for that this monument, in honour of Hans Christian Anderson author of The Little Mermaid, is underwhelming to say the least. It’s far smaller than you would expect and if you’re staying in the centre it’s a bit of a trek out to see it. But again, it’s free (no complaints here) and is iconic to Copenhagen, so I feel it’s worth a visit.

The Design Museum – There are a number of museums in the city that took our fancy, but with a limited budget we decided just to pick one. The Design Museum is the most expensive thing we paid for but at 100 DKK (roughly £11) it was still worth the ticket. Housed in a beautiful old building, it has quite a large fashion section and huge collection of Danish design objects and furniture.

Freetown Christiania – I’m not sure how to approach this as a recommendation. It’s a really bloody odd part of Copenhagen to say the least! Established in 1971 by a group of hippies the green and car-free neighbourhood existed with it’s own set of rules for almost 40 years. Have a wander round to veiw the street art and weird-ness of the place, but it wasn’t my favourite area to hang around in.

The Round Tower – This was something I spotted on Instagram, when suddently it seemed like everyone was visiting the city. The tower used to mark the very centre of the city, which helped in the production of maps. It is a slopping tower, so it’s not stairs that you climb, but a nice gradual slope up to the top with fantastic veiws across the city.

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

Copenhagen bikes

Kaffe, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

As with things to do in Copenhagen, I wasn’t really aware of what would be on offer, food-wise, in Denmark apart from a couple of giant Danish pastries of course! We were given some great recommendations before we left and a few from our Airbnb hosts as well.

Original Coffee – I think this is my favourite of the whole bunch. Not only because they do a really good latte, but also because they do two or three set breakfasts that are both tasty and insanely cost effective, especially compared to other restaurants in Copenhagen. Think soft boiled eggs with rye bread and cheese, plus a pot of natural yogurt with berry compote and granola, all for around £5-6. Bargain!

Proviant – Another great breakfast spot. Smaller than Original Coffee, but serving equally as tasty natural yogurt and granola. Dom went for the waffles topped with yogurt and fruit and I got slight order-envy about it.

Cafe Bopa/Cafe Pixie – Since we were staying in the Osterbro borough most of my recommendations are based in that are. Cafe Bopa and Cafe Pixie are two adorable little cafes open from breakfast to dinner. I recommend going for an early evening drink in the sun, but the burgers also looked pretty fab as well.

Papirøen/ Paper Island – I have more on this coming soon, but basically this is the best street food market I have ever been to. It’s also right by the water front, so what more could you ask for?

Meatpacking District – We made a bit of a mistake here by having a giant mid-afternoon Danish pastry, so when it came to dinner time, we were still too full. What a rooky mistake, ey? We headed down to the Meatpacking market anyway and had a beer, but from the look of things it could have rivalled Paper Island.

Design Museum, Copenhagen

Design Museum, Copenhagen

Design Museum, Copenhagen

 

Of course there are for more things to do and places to eat than what’s listed here, but this post is already one of the longest in Girlglobalising history so I’ll leave it there. In terms of everything else in Copenhagen, there are a few things to be aware of:

Transport – Transport in Copenhagen is pretty good. Getting from the airport on the train was fairly easy and not too expensive. There is also a metro system but I have to say it’s not the most extensive. The easiest way to get around in the city is either by foot or by bike. For the first time in a very long time I cycled around a city! Copenhagen is so well equipped for cyclists with almost a second pavement for bikes taking you completely off the road.

Where to stay – Unfortunately I don’t have that many recommendations on where to stay. If you’re on a budget I would recommend an Airbnb. I pretty much fell in love with the apartment we were staying in and it was very reasonably priced. There a lot of typically Danish, stylish places to stay for your trip if a hotel is slightly out of your price range.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

It’s safe to say I loved Copenhagen and am already planning when I can go back to explore some more. It was such a laid back easy city that you can just enjoy your time in, without having to rush round at 100mph.

Has anyone else been to Copenhagen and have some recommendations to share? Let me know for next time! You can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin if you fancy keeping up with any new posts coming up soon.

  • Hi Becca,

    I was in Copenhagen last weekend, and had a similar experience to you, apart from the weather! How did you manage that? I got at least one torrential downpour a day!

    I agree with a lot of what you said. I went up the Round Tower: such a pleasure climbing up a broad ramp rather than a narrow staircase! However, for the best views, I’d recommend the Frederik’s Church, out towards the Little Mermaid. There are only two tours to the top a day (1 o’clock and 3 o’clock) but the views are fantastic: definitely worth making the effort for. There’s also the Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn, which has the stairs on the outside of the tower! I’d have loved to have gone up there, but I ran out of time.

    Due to the bad weather, I never did rent a bike, but one thing I did that I would heartily recommend is to go on a canal boat tour. It’s a very touristy thing to do, but it gave me a really good introduction/orientation to the city.

    I can also second your recommendation for the street food market at Papirøen/Paper Island. Great location, great good and very well priced. I also found some bargains at Torvehallerne and while I didn’t eat at the market in the Meatpacking District, it’s got some good restaurants (Kuhl, for example) and also has one of my favourite coffee shops, Prolog (next door to Kuhl).

    For all the hype as an alternative community, I found Freetown Christiania rather commercialised. That said, I wasn’t there for long and had I had more time, I would have liked to explore some more. I have a sneaking suspicion that I only saw the bit tourists usually see, so perhaps the commercialisation wasn’t that surprising!

    Finally, in case my comment ends up as long as your post, I’d say don’t be afraid of staying outside of the centre. I stayed in a lovely Airbnb in a residential district in Svanemøllen, which is about an hour’s walk north of the centre, but is only 15 minutes by S-Bahn. I took the S-Bahn in to the centre every day, then walked around and got the S-Bahn back. If you’re doing that, you can get a single there and a single back for 48Kr (about £5-£6). Alternatively, a day pass (for all public transport, and which gets you out to the airport) is a little pricey at 80Kr (about £9) but enables you to get around quickly. If you can’t get there by metro or S-Bahn, there’s always the bus!

    Many thanks,
    Brian.

  • Anoushka

    Such a great detailed guide! Definitely saving this for if I ever get to Copenhagen – all the food places sound amazing!

    Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion Blog

    • Becca

      Thanks! All the places we ate at were pretty amazing 🙂 xx

  • Agreed, it is expensive but with cheap flights and accomodation, similar to other Europe city breaks! I loved Copenhagen, the meatpacking district is so good, we had some amazing foor there!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Becca

      I definitely found things more expensive than I’m used to, but I think if you prepare for it then it’ not too bad 🙂 xx

  • The round tower sounds so cool. I’ve never heard of anything like that before!

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    • Becca

      It was definitely one of my favourite things that we did there 🙂 xx

  • Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always had Copenhagen in the back of my mind as somewhere I’d like to go for a few days, but it seems to be getting more and more attention recently, so maybe I need to seriously consider going!

    Emma / adventuresinfloral.co.uk

    • Becca

      It seems like everyone is heading there at the moment! It was lovely though, so I definitely see why 🙂 xx

  • lovely photos! Copenhagen looks amazing!

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    • Becca

      Thank you! It is a really pretty place, and everyone is so stylish there 🙂 xx