Last Fall I hopped on a flight to Denmark and I haven’t been the same since! From the food to the beautiful buildings, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite parts of this city. Let me know your favorite places in Copenhagen or if you’ve been to any of these!
Of course I have to start off with where I stayed on this trip because it was one of the reasons I enjoyed my time there so much. I found it through hostelworld.com because it was listed as one of the cheapest hostels that still looked like it had a lot to offer. Sleep in Heaven was such a trendy, well-kept and lively place to be. I took part in their happy hour, played pool, and they even had walking tours that picked up from the front door. Seriously, couldn’t recommend it enough.
Now into the good stuff, the food. Before arriving, I looked into a few markets, and found two that stood out to me. Right outside of the Nørreport metro station you’ll find Torvehallern. It’s a market in a glass and steel building, making the look of it almost as good as what’s inside. I try to eat vegetarian when I eat out, so I grabbed a falafel sandwich from a stall called Smag and it did not disappoint.
The other must-go-to in Copenhagen is another market (I just have a thing for them, okay?!) called Papirøen which is the mecca of all street food. From Korean street food to Indian curries, I promise you there is something for everyone to enjoy there.
A few honorable mentions:
Fætter Fætter– a gourmet “toast bar” aka really cool grilled cheeses with names such as “the fucking toast” and “cheesus christ”. So good, fairly cheap, and just really fun!
42 Raw- I went here after seeing someone go in a vlog. I was dying to get my hands on an acai bowl while in Europe so I got a massive one here! Seriously good, but a but pricey.
Lagkagehuset- This was my first breakfast in the city mostly because the window displays of the most beautiful pastries drew me in! I later found out it is a chain but totally went back another time for more!
Now I’m sure this is the point where some people would disagree with me on what to do. I have a love/hate relationship on those free walking tours you can get in just about any major city. I’d much prefer to do all research myself and map out the exact things I want to do, but I came to Denmark with zero plans so I opted in for a tour.
A few highlights on the “Grand Tour Rådhuspladsen” were the Town Hall, Gammeltorv & Nytorv (Old Square & New Square), the Danish Parliament, and Ameliaborg – where the Royal Family lives. My friend and I took a detour to stop at the Little Mermaid statue which we were told several times would be the most disappointing waste of time and honestly we weren’t that disappointed! Yes, it is small but I figured I might as well see it while I’m here and have the time. One place I didn’t go that had been recommended by loads of bloggers was Tivoli Gardens. I saw it from the outside but decided it wasn’t for me. However, my friend spent a few hours there and said it was incredible! Definitely do your research and decide if it’ll be on your list!
While each of those places were amazing, my favorite, and the only thing I knew I wanted to see coming here, was Nyhavn, pronounced Newhoun, not nye haven like I stupidly said. It was everything I had imagined it to be and more. The colorful houses, the boats, it was all just stunning. I decided not to eat there, however due to most touristy placed jacking up the prices of the food, and this city is already so expensive!!
On the other two days, we roamed a little more freely, which is always my favorite thing to do. We stumbled upon churches, massive libraries, the stunning botanical gardens, and even some in-ground trampolines just on the street along the river.
Another do not miss part of Copenhagen is the FreeTown Christiania. It is a a green and car-free neighborhood in Copenhagen, best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. It was established by hippies and maintains a few rules for visitors such as no photos and videos while visiting, especially around Pusher Street, which is where the activities usually illegal in Denmark tend to happen. But don’t rule it out if it sounds a little intimidating. Lots of visitors walk around and are completely safe. I did, and definitely would have been sad if I had missed seeing such a unique place.