Copenhagen is filled with colourful neighbourhoods, the best cardamon buns and beautiful architecture mixed with contemporary Scandi design. The locals are super friendly and ranked amongst the happiest people on earth. It’s not surprising that Denmark is high on everyone’s European travel list.
It’s such a walkable city because of its flat terrain, we averaged over 20,000 steps per day. The train to and from the airport is convenient and super quick into Copenhagen Central (only 12 minutes) so you’ll be exploring in no time.
Good to know
Currency: Danish krone DKK
Weather: Summer sees temperatures of 18°C-24°C making it a great time to visit but expect crowds. Winters are mostly cloudy and rainy with temperatures ranging from 1°C-12°C.
Getting Around: The easiest way to get around the city is by foot. Bicycles are very popular here, which you can rent from many of the hotels or on the street as well. You’ll also find scooters like Lime and Bird available everywhere. Taxis are pricey and there is no Uber in Copenhagen.
Tipping: Service charge is included in the bill so it’s not necessary to tip but if you get amazing service, add 10%.
Opening times: If you’re planning on visiting places like the Rosenborg Castle, make sure you check the opening times online, as it closes at 3pm and not open on Mondays.
Explore Torvehallerne Market
A buzzing marketplace slash food hall with local produce, gourmet food, florists with the most amazing selection of dried flowers and treats from chocolates to speciality teas.
Snap a picture at the iconic Nyhavn waterfront
Probably the most photographed place in Copenhagen, this 17th-century waterfront spot is lined with brightly coloured townhouses filled with cafes, bars and restaurants. Since it’s so popular, the establishments are quite touristy so I would skip eating here and just enjoy the walk along the canal.
Grab a pastry or two
Skip the chain bakeries you see on every corner and head to the smaller independent bakeries/cafés like:
Juno The Bakery
You’ll find a queue outside this bakery, but the line goes quite quickly. I’d recommend going there early as they sell out of things. They are most well known for their Kardamomme Snurre, it was so good I lined up again for a second one.
At The Counter
A cute cosy café owned by Juno the Bakery just 2 minutes walk away. Go there for coffee and their Morning Plate which consists of a boiled egg, local cheese, bread, butter and jam. Sounds simple, but really tasty!
From sourdough loaves to pastries, you’ll find a good selection here. Make sure to try their cardamon croissant.
Take a stroll down the oldest streets in Copenhagen
Admire the colourful facades of two of the oldest streets in Copenhagen, Magstræde and Snaregade. The charming streets are situated just off the canal that encircles Christiansborg Castle.
Check out Nørrebro
Just northwest of the city, Nørrebro is a multicultural neighbourhood with lots of cafés and shops. For a quick lunch in the area, Falafel Factory has really tasty falafel sandwiches and salads full of fresh ingredients.
For a mid-afternoon pint, head to BRUS brewery for craft beers, tonics and cocktails. If you’re not a fan of beer like me, try the grapefruit spritzer with juniper bitters.
Stay at the Coco Hotel
I found the newly opened boutique Coco Hotel on Booking.com and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s located in the heart of Vesterbro, within walking distance to everything from cafes, shops and restaurants. Its super chic and cosy vibes make you want to hang out there all afternoon especially their lush courtyard area.
Tip: Check their website for seasonal discounts and take advantage of their free wine hour every evening.