Copenhagen Travel Guide


Copenhagen, a.k.a. the world capital of hygge, has long been on my list of European places to visit, so when my best friend and I decided to travel around Scandinavia, we made sure to stop by and make the most of what the city had to offer, which is a lot in case you were wondering. There is a reason why the Danes are the happiest people on earth.

And because sharing is caring, I'm now letting you in on my favourite things we saw, did, ate and bought during that trip. Yes, bought. That's right, your homegirl did some serious damage in Copenhagen. So let's get started, shall we?



WHERE TO STAY


My friend and I once again opted for an AirBnB, which was the perfect base for our week of exploring. Copenhagen has quite the reputation for being an expensive city so this meant we could keep the costs down and really enjoy our time there. After all, why spend a fortune on accommodation when you could be buying Acne boots instead? But if you're budget allows it, definitely look into staying at the Hotel SP34, the AC Bella Hotel or the Scandic Palace. I've heard amazing things and would love to stay there myself, one day.

WHAT TO SEE & DO



NYHAVN
1051 København K

One of Copenhagen's most well-known landmarks, Nyhavn is a must-see. It's also hard to miss with its beautiful coloured townhouses and bustling crowds. It's hard to believe such a charming little harbor could be right in the middle of the city centre, but it is! Mingle with the locals and nab yourself a table outside for a real Danish experience.




RUNDETÅRN
Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København

Also known as "the round tower," the Rundetårn boasts one of the most incredible view of Copenhagen and its city rooftops. For only a few krones, it'd be a real shame to pass this one up, especially on a clear, sunny day.



LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk

Although not technically in Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a museum I would recommend to anyone in the area. Only a short train ride away from the city centre, Louisiana is well worth going to if you like modern art and beautiful sceneries. Just be warned that the museum doesn't have a permanent collection, so it might be worth checking what's on before you go. We personally  missed the Yayoi Kusama exhibition because of poor planning so better be safe than sorry. And if nothing tickles your fancy there that day, you could always go to the ARKEN instead.



FREDERIKSBERG CHURCH
Frederiksberg Allé 71, 1820 Frederiksberg C

Unlike most churches, Frederiksberg Church is filled with light and the quintessentially Scandinavian, minimalistic design is definitely worth checking out. For 35DKK, you can even book an official tour, which will take your around the church and its copper dome. I hear the view is pretty incredible from up there too.

ROSENBORG CASTLE
Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 København

Built in the early 17th century by Christian IV, one of Scandinavia's most famous kings, Rosenborg Castle has been kept in absolutely pristine condition all these years. It now hosts the Danish crown jewels - amongst many other fascinating artefacts. If you're a bit of a history buff, you will not regret stopping by. And if not, the grounds surrounding the palace are also well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.


CHRISTIANA

With its own set of rules and customs, this self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood is a must-see. As a matter of fact, exploring this little hippie commune in the city centre is quite the experience and nothing like I had ever seen or done before. The whole atmosphere feels a lot like a never-ending festival, with music blasting out at every corner and the air thick with thick smoke.  And remember, what happens in Christiana stays in Christiana so you will probably want to leave your camera at home for this one. There is a reason why most travel guides refer to the area as the "Green Light District." Just saying...



THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Bredgade 68, 1260 København

Although a bit random, the Design Museum is definitely something I'd recommend to any design lovers out there. Not everything there is Danish and you may end up wondering why that super cool clear phone you had in your room as a kid (you know the one) is there and if it means you're officially ancient, but you will not regret stopping by. The Danish furniture section is incredible and is well worth the entrance fee, especially considering the museum is free for anyone 25 and under.



THE LITTLE MERMAID
Langelinie, 2100 København Ø

Going to Copenhagen and not pay the Little Mermaid a visit would be pretty rude, don't you think? I would personally never miss an opportunity to burst out singing Part of your World - or Partir là-bas should I say since I really don't have a clue how the English version goes. It is also a great landmark to hit if, like me, you've read and loved the original Andersen story, in all its tragic glory. Just be prepared for it to be A LOT smaller than you first expected. Really, it is tiny.



JÆGERSBORGGADE 

This street would be pretty hard to miss since it hosts some of the city's most incredible cafés and coolest shops. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I thought it deserved its own little section on this guide. The whole area has a very Shoreditch-meets-Scandi-cool kind of vibe and it is definitely worth strolling through, if only to grab some delicious cinnamon buns from Meyers Bageri or a coffee from The Coffee Collective.  If  you have the time, I'd also highly recommend you keep on walking towards the Assisters Cemetery, which is only down the road. It might sound like a bit of an odd suggestion, but trust me when I say that this place feels a lot more like a park than a cemetery and is not at all dark or depressing.



THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Øster Farimagsgade 2B, 1353 København K

Botanical Gardens are some of my favourite things to explore on holiday and Copenhagen's didn't disappoint. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that these are some of the prettiest botanical gardens I've ever seen. The old Palm House is a must see with its narrow, cast-iron spiral stairs leading to a special passageway with the best views over the extensive selection of exotic plants. It will be unbearably hot and your glasses / camera lens will fog up, but the view will 100% be worth it. It's also a great place to grab a drink, read a book or do a spot of people watching.




SUPERKILEN PARK
Nørrebrogade 210, 2200 København N

This multicolour urban park is every Instagram-lover's dream come true. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side when we decided to visit and the whole thing ended up being a little underwhelming. It's still something I really enjoyed seeing and I can't wait to go back and get the full experience one day - weather permitting, of course. All wasn't lost since we ended up stumbling upon a great sample sale and meet a bunch of really cool local people there, who all assured us the park really came to life in the summertime. 


And if you're in town for a little bit longer, here are some more things I would highly recommend seeing and doing : the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, Latinerkvarteret (a.k.a. the Latin Quarter) and last, but not least, the University of Copenhagen. You could even take a day trip to Malmö, Sweden if you wanted to.


WHERE TO EAT & DRINK



COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD
Papirøen / Paper Island

To be completely honest with you, this food and drink section is going to be pretty short. Why you may ask? Well, we fell in love with Papirøen on our first night and ended up going back there most evenings. And its easy to see why. The place is bursting with stalls, all offering different cuisines from all around the world. There's even a wine bar, an incredible cocktail truck and a few beer stalls if you fancy the a drink after dinner. And the view over the old town is a nice added bonus if you ask me. If you go, make sure to try the delicious mojitos from Cocktailbaren, the Korean fried chicken from Chick-Ko and the incredible and very local open sandwiches from Handmade.




MEYERS BAGERI
Jægersborggade 9, 2200 København N

If you want to try a traditional kanelsnegle (also known as a cinnamon bun for us mere foreign mortals,) head over to Meyers Bageri on Jægersborggade. A few locals recommended this to us,  calling it the best bakery in town. You know it's going to be a good one when it gets the local seal of approval so we obviously made our way there  and yes, it really was, hands down, the best cinnamon bun I've ever had - and believe me when I say I have had more than my fair share of them. They even do fruity ones, but be warned - they do sell out pretty quickly so be prepared to wait until a new batch comes out for your cinnamon bun. Or buns really. I won't judge.





Cinnamon bun in hand, head across the road to The Coffee Collective, a super cool and hygge coffee shop which serves the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted. Their lattes go so well with the Meyers Bageri pastries, you won't regret it. And if you end up getting addicted to their delicious brew, they also have a stall in Torvehallerne. That's your caffein fix sorted then!


If you like porridge, you will absolutely love Grød! You can either choose from their carefully picked topping combinations or make your own bespoke porridge - I personally would recommend making your own using the almond milk oats and adding peanut butter to a fruit of your choice. It's just a lot more fun that way and they have so many different options, you won't be disappointed. Not a fan of porridge? You can also get chia pudding, risotto or congee there.

You'll find these food trucks scattered a little bit everywhere around the city centre, but we ended up trying the one next to the Round Tower. If you want something quick, organic and delicious, this is it! And did I mention it was also ridiculously cheap (by Copenhagen standards, of course.) Choose whatever sausage you fancy and please, don't forget to add all the traditional Danish hotdog trimmings before tucking in.

ATELIER SEPTEMBER CAFE
Gothersgade 30, 1123 København K

Serving what has been called the "most photogenic avocado on toast in the city" by many Instagrammers and travel publications alike, Atelier September was the first place I wanted to check out when we arrived. I hate to say this, but I would have to agree that their avocado on toast is probably the best looking and maybe even the best in Copenhagen, from what I've tried and seen - All in all, it is the perfect breakfast smørrebrød and a great way to kick off your Danish adventure.




Food courts seemed to be everywhere in Northern Europe, but my favourite had to be Torvehallerne. There's a Grød there if you fancy something sweet, a Coffee Collective, a bar if you want to have a drink, but I would personally recommend hitting the Hallernes Smørrebrød stand before you do anything else. After all, you can't go to Copenhagen without trying the traditional Danish open sandwiches and theirs are de-li-cious. If you're lucky enough to score a seat at the counter, you can even see them being made right in front of you. Still peckish after those? Go to the farmer's market next door and pick some fresh fruit for dessert.



There are a few places I had on my list that we didn't get to visit unfortunately, including Granola Café, Nice Cream (for vegan ice cream), Mad & KaffeManfreds, Mother (because who doesn't love pizza?)Aamanns Deli (for some more smørrebrødand FLEISCH in the meatpacking district. I would say maybe next time, but let's face it, I'll probably just end up on Papirøen again. Ha!




WHERE TO SHOP


Shopping is never my priority when travelling, but it'd be a crime not to check out all the Scandi goodness Copenhagen and its shops have to offer. Whether it's homeware, clothes or even beauty, there is something for everyone.

If we're talking street names, Kongens Nytorv, Strøget and Kronprinsensgade are the places to be. As for shops, Hay House and its mini-mart are definitely worth a visit if you are a lover of scandi design. Although don't expect prices to be much lower than they are in the UK - it is Denmark, after all.

I also particularly enjoyed discovering new brands and designers while browsing around Copenhagen's many concept stores. If you don't know where to start, I would highly recommend you check out Urban Room N.11, Adelie and Stilleben. Or you could hit the country's biggest department store, Illums Bolighus, which boasts one of the best selection of homeware I've ever seen anywhere in the world.



As for Danish brands I would recommend, definitely keep an eye out for Playtype. The brand is particularly known for its use of bold typefaces on anything from posters, to stationery and mugs. We were lucky enough to stumble across one of their sample sales while in Nørrebro, but you can find their stuff pretty much anywhere in Copenhagen. RAINS is also another local brand worth checking out if you're into practical, street-wear inspired outerwear. You can also never go wrong with a bit of Ganni, another Danish brand that needs no introduction on this blog. In fact, if anyone would like to send their Cherry Bomb t-shirt my way, I would be forever grateful, thank you.



Of course, no visit would be complete without a quick trip to the Acne Archives, where you can find many of Acne's classic designs and past collection pieces for a fraction of the price. Last but not least, don't forget to check out Kaktus for the cutest pricks in town.



And that's it for my Copenhagen travel guide! I don't know about you, but I feel like hoping on a flight back to Denmark right now.

Have you ever been there? Is there anything you'd recommend that I didn't include in this list?

- Elodie x

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  1. This is somewhere we would love to visit, we were planning on going last year, but did not manage it x

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    1. What a shame - I really hope you get to go eventually! x

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  2. I really want to visit Scandinavia and Copenhagen is high up on my list. You took some beautiful photos!

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  3. Gosh take me back to Copenhagen now!
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  4. Oh wow, it looks incredible. I've always really fancied going to Copenhagen but this has really inspired me to look into it further.

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    1. Definitely do - you won't regret it! x

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  5. I've never been to Copenhagen. It does look very good

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    1. Hope you get to go one day! x

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  6. Copenhagen is definitely on my list! I visited Denmark for the first time last year and loved how friendly everyone was! x

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    1. Everyone was so friendly, it was insane! x

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  7. Oh man, I've wanted to visit Copenhagen for years but never had the money for it...

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    1. Scandinavia is quite expensive but you can definitely do it on the cheap if you wanted to. I know we did! x

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  8. I've been to Copenhagen three times now and there's so much to do there, it's one of my favourite places x

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    1. Ah, I'm so jealous! I'm dying to go back! x

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  9. Great round up of all the things to do. I've heard so many good reports about Copenhagen and this just confirms them. I should really visit!

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    1. You really should! 😏 x

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  10. Everything looks amazing - the architecture, the interiors, the food! I think it'd be hard for people not to have a great time there.

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    1. It really would! If anything, it might be hard to leave! x

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  11. Beautiful photos. I only stopped through there once when I was going through Europe. I would love to see more. xx

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    1. Thanks! There's so much to do and see there, even I would go back and we stayed there for 6 days! x

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  12. I've never been to Copenhagen before, but it looks incredible. Definitely adding this one to my bucket travel list
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    1. It's definitely one for the bucket list. 😏 x

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  13. I absolutely love this post as its my 20th wedding anniversary and Copenhagen was the destination we picked out to go to fit us to celebrate! But we are moving now in 2 weeks which has cost thousands! 😳 So this city is on our minds and we will probably go now in the Summer or Autumn. What I will do is keep this post in my mind to come back and have a look at. Great post!

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    1. Happy 20th wedding anniversary! Hope you love Copenhagen as much as I did! x

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  14. I've been to Copenhagen, though it was only for a day! We managed to cram a lot in though, including Nyhavn, the little mermaid and Tivoli Park. I'd like to go to Christiana though x

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    1. Wow - you did manage to squeeze a lot in! x

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  15. What a stunning place, I've got wanderlust bad after reading this. The design museum looks cool well it all does really

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    1. #sorrynotsorry 😂 Haha! x

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  16. I would so love to make it to Copenhagen one day it sounds like such a beautiful place to visit and I love there is so much to do there.

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  17. I went last year with a friend and I loved it and now looking to visit again some time soon. Lovely travel guide

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  18. I'm hoping to visit Copenhagen next month while in Europe! I'm definitely going to check out that church!

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  19. Rosenberg castle and the botanical gardens appeal to me the most as I am a history buff and a nature lover x

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  20. Copenhagen has been on my bucket list for so long - I'd love to visit! x

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  21. Copenhagen really excites me as a must-visit destination, great guide :)

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  22. Wow this guide is amazing, such a good round up. I like the look of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art :) x

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  23. What a brilliant guide, I have always wanted to go to Copenhagen one day

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  24. This is really cool and there looks like so much going on in Copenhagen! I'd love to visit one day and check some of these places out. Really interesting post :)

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  25. I've always wanted to go here. Adding to my ever-growing list of places to travel. Great pics!

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  26. I have always wanted to go to Copenhagen, and at 43 I still haven't managed to get there! I will one day so I read your guide with avid interest. It just made me want to go even more now!!! xx

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  27. When we think of Copenhagen we think of Nyhavn and the Instagram worthy townhouses. We'd love to visit one day and sit on the harbour and watch the world go by. Fantastic recommendations x

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  28. Omg this place looks even more awesome than I thought!! I really want to visit so bad!!

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  29. Your pics and advice on what to do have made me want to go there and it's not currently on my list! Looks just fantastic!

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  30. There are so many places I want to go, but Copenhagen is at the top of the list. This travel guide is such a good read and it's a must bookmark!

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  31. Sounds like a lovely place. I am going there this summer so I appreciate your tips about museums and food.

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  32. Copenhagen is a dream destination for me which I soon hope to realize! How many days would you recommend as enough for exploring it properly?

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