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…
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.
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.
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.
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.