Copenhagen has a piece of my heart. I love this city, and it was the final Europe trip I went on before moving out to Asia. In this Copenhagen travel guide you’ll find my best places to visit and eat at, situated all around this beautiful capital.
A flurry of wanderlust in the winter lead to some scrolling on skyscanner and, tempted by the cheap flights (£38 return from London Stansted!) and our love of Scandinavia, within a couple of hours we had booked our transport and airbnb for a trip Copenhagen in late May.
The time finally came around and, after delays at the airport, we arrived in the Danish capital. I’d visited once before in the cold, grey winter, but we’d timed this trip to perfection: it was the hottest couple of days of the year so far, and the sun shone from 4:30am to 9:30pm. We wandered from day to night in shorts. The array of eateries we’d been recommended prior to the trip – and planning our days around their areas – allowed us to explore the cities neighbourhoods and we saw a lot within the 50 hours we were there.
Here are some of my top things to do (and eat) in Copenhagen:
Probably the most photographed street in Copenhagen, Nyhavn’s colourful riverside buildings are often the first choice for guidebook covers. The sun brightened up the busy street and danish flags and bunting flapped in the breeze following a festival. Nyhavn is a great place to grab a drink and people watch, though it is one of the more expensive areas.
Danish pastries are famed for a reason – they are absolutely delicious. Head to Laura’s Bakery in Norreport for some quality cinnamon buns in a great food market, or grab one on-the-go from any of the 7-Elevens around the city.
You need to go here for brunch. Based in Norrebro, it was quite a walk from our apartment in Norreport, but it was worth it, and certainly made us feel like we’d earned our food! Serving up a sort of ‘tapas style’ breakfast where you pick 3ish delicious dishes each, Møller is the perfect stop for a hygge start to the day. Plus, the interior is so simply but so beautifully kitted out and the food selection was great. You just tick the dishes you want, hand in your order and enjoy. Norrebro is a popular district for a wander too.
Mother was recommended to me by at least 3 different people before heading to Copenhagen, and when posting it on my instagram story, even more people were replying and saying how much they loved it when visiting! Located in Vesterbro, the ‘hipster’ district of Copenhagen, Mother serves fluffy crust and thin based Neopolitan pizzas which are up there with the best I’ve ever tasted (and trust me, I’ve tasted a lot of pizzas in my time). It’s cool, chilled atmosphere brings in locals and tourists and its decor, again, is pretty great (this is Scandinavia, after all). We didn’t book as we went in the daytime, but I hear it gets pretty busy in the evenings. You can book here.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Tivoli, as I’m not a big fan of theme parks, but I was very pleasantly surprised and certainly recommend heading here early one evening to catch the gardens in both the light and the dark. The second oldest theme park in the world, it’s clear people go for so much more than the rides. In fact, the ticketing system lends itself to that exactly – you pay to enter the gardens, then pay for tokens for individual rides.
Tivoli has a certain uniqueness and charm and the way the rides interweave around different scenes leaves you feeling like you’ve left the city. Watch the sunset at the top of the ferris wheel, grab some food at one of the indoor stalls then watch the twinkling lights once the sky gets dark. There’s also a pretty cool light show over the ponds just before closing time.
Church of our Saviour
In all the skylines you see of Copenhagen, you’ll be able to spot the black and golden spire stretching up into the sky. Head to Christianshavn on the metro or by foot using the spire as a guide, and you’ll soon find the church. At 90m, it’s quite a climb, with over 400 steps to reach the top. The first 250 are inside, climbing narrow and steep wooden staircases surrounded by the large church bells. Following this you head outside and reach a platform around the spire. The views from this level are certainly spectacular, but climb the further 150 steps to really feel on top of the city, look over the red rooftops and spy the cute attic rooms.
Okay, so it’s a typical touristy thing to do, but why not? Especially if the weather’s good, what’s better than taking in a city from the water? There are several companies offering these from many different parts of the city’s canals. They’ll last approximately an hour.
The perfect place to while away a couple of hours, basking in the sun, with good food, drinks and atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, this bar is located right on the river front, pretty much underneath a bridge. Relax and enjoy watching people jumping from the bridge into the river and the boat tours floating past in a really chilled setting. And yes, you can rent kayaks if you want – click here for more deets.
If you have to vacate your accommodation before catching your onward flight and you have a relatively squashy backpack instead of a suitcase, you can store it for free in a locker in Magasin, near Kongens Nytorv. Head to the top floor. They’re not the biggest, but we squeezed in 60kg backpacks. You’ll need a bit of change to use the locker, but you get this back on collection. Kayak Republic is close by, so we headed there on our last evening before getting luggage and catching the metro to the airport.
I can’t wait to go back to Scandinavia in the future. Where have you been? Link any Scandi blogs or travel guides here – I’d love get inspired!
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