When I told friends I was off to Copenhagen for a mini break, the recommendations for restaurants, activities and places to stay came flying in. As it turned out, Copenhagen is popular for very good reasons – and it’s an easy city to fall in love with – clean streets, gorgeous, friendly people and healthy transport (over half the population ride bikes to get to work).
I’ve been to Stockholm before, so felt fairly prepared, but yes, this wonderfulness comes with a fairly hefty price tag, and although flights and accommodation were more than reasonable, what I class as ‘fun activities’ such as dining out and drinking were much pricier than London, so we ended up spending quite a bit. I don’t regret it at all though, because we had an absolutely incredible time and got a tantalizing taste of how great Scandi life can be.
Here’s a city guide to help you with your Copenhagen trip.
A STYLISH GUIDE TO COPENHAGEN
THINGS TO DO
Before you do anything else, buy yourself some booze at the airport. But not too much of it. We made this unnecessarily expensive mistake.
Get bikes! It’s really the only way to travel. We got ours from Copenhagen Tourist Info in the main train station. They were cheaper than the city ones.
Tivoli Gardens was amazing – an incredibly stylish amusement park where you can easily stay the whole day. The gift shop was excellent, the rides included a nice variety of high up and blood-curling and calm relaxation.
Hang out by Copenhagen Harbour. You can also swim there if it’s not too cold – so nice. Havnefronten Islands Brygge T23713189
Visit Christiania, the city’s hippie hang-out. I didn’t enjoy it at night (sure it was fine, but it felt dodge) but during the day it was really fun – live music and a full gathering of the city’s hot young things.
Go shopping in Prag, an awesome haven of vintage, reasonably-priced clothes and accessories. I got some excellent parrot and chandelier earrings. It was hard for the boyf to drag me out.
Louisiana, an art gallery about an hour and a half out of town is meant to be incredible but we ran out of time! Next time.
PLACES TO STAY
We stayed in Frederiksberg– posh, suburban and quiet, without being too far from the action. We stayed in this AirBnB – such a lovely flat, thanks Julie! It was right next to a Lidl so we stocked up for cheap breakfasts and snacks.
These places all came recommended by friends but were fully booked when we wanted them:
My mates Lynne and Neil stayed in this AirBnB and loved it.
Radio – a fabulous restaurant run by a chef who used to work at NOMA. You choose from a narrow selection of dishes. Each one was more exceptional than the last - you really can’t go wrong. Try not to stare at the waiter
Pate Pate – gorgeous food in the trendy Fiskebaren area. Get oysters and the Burrata if it’s still on the menu
Hansens Gamle Familiehave – nice traditional food, hearty fare with a home-cooked vibe
Granola – we didn’t make it here, sadly, but it comes highly recommended by everyone who’s been
Kadeau – another recommendation we sadly didn’t have time for – a 20-course tasting menu dinner
DRINKS AND GOING OUT
Salon 39 – exceptional cocktails. I had one that was basically a very adult icecream and another, which was like a lemony, biscuit-coated dream…
Kødbyens Fiskebar – trendy fun, big tyre tables, great cocktails
Tivoli Gardens is open until midnight and it’s so pretty. There are bars inside. They have fireworks which you can see outside of the gates too.
Sunny Tivoli Gardens
An amazing fairytale journey through the world of Hans Cristian Andersen
Loved this light
Even the bar was gorgeous
Giraffes coming out of mirrors - what more could you need?
Liked this guy
Caught the fireworks!
Amazing food in Radio
More amazing food in Radio
My new fave shop
Chilling on Copenhagen Harbour in my BHS cossie, vintage jewellery and Ray Bans.