Copenhagen has been on my list of places to visit for absolutely ages; good food (tick), cool things to do (tick), insanely good looking people everywhere (tick). Some of my best gal pals and I have just come back from a long weekend there; it’s a super quick flight (1 hr 30 mins) so the perfect jaunt for a few days. Copenhagen is a really lovely city though as you might have heard, it’s expensive so I’d definitely recommend going during the summer months as there’s loads of places to sit and watch the world go by along with great bars and restaurants. Here are my top tips below…
Places to drink
Copenhagen has a really strong street drinking culture; not like Special Brew on the street corner, more people grabbing a can for the journey. I’d say about half of people walking somewhere seem to have a beer, it’s not frowned upon so my personal recommendation is to grab some cans from a corner shop and either sit on the harbour edge or find a nice park. We also went to some ace bars; a few favs below mostly in Vesterbro. Booze is not cheap in Copenhagen (expect to pay around £5-7 for a drink) so be prepared to slam the credit card…
Bodega 54 – A punk football bar; really chilled out and unpretentious. We visited this one the most.
Fermentoren – Lots of outdoor seating and a massive selection of beer.
Warpigs – Has a similar vibe to Belgrave/Headrow House but more beery. Really big but quite busy.
Floss – Dive bar in central Copenhagen area.
Bo-Bi Bar – Traditional smokey Danish bar that serves boiled eggs as a bar snack. Grab a table and while away a few hours.
Places to eat
We didn’t end up eating out a huge amount whilst we were there; we did a lot of grabbing bits from Netto and making DIY smörgåsbord instead. Not because there weren’t any good places to eat but mostly because people seem to eat quite early in Copenhagen (places were shutting around 9pm) and we weren’t ready for food then. Places we did go…
Mother Pizza – Sour dough pizza place in the meatpacking district. The pizza was delicious and pretty speedy; it was around £20 each for an aperol spritz each, a couple of pizzas and a few bruschetta.
Hija de Sanchez – Again in the meat packing district. Really fresh and tasty authentic Mexican food – get the chips, dip and re fried black beans with a margarita and sit outside in the sun.
District Tonkin – Not too far away from the harbour and does great Vietnamese food. The banh mi and chicken bun were both really good and decently priced.
Café Dyrehaven – Cafe in Vesterbro where we had brunch on our last day. Great coffee and good avocado on toast, get there early if you want a seat outside. We went on the bank holiday Monday and it was packed.
Things to do
We spent most of our time pottering around; eating and drinking so didn’t do loads but my favourites were getting the train over to Louisiana Art Gallery in Humlebæk. The gallery is an incredible building set in beautiful grounds. Outside has loads of sculptures to discover and inside was a brilliant exhibition by William Kentridge along with others. To do the gallery and grounds properly I’d leave around 3 hours.
On our last day we visited Tivoli Gardens in the morning; a bit like a cross between a fun fair and theme park. There’s not loads of massive roller coasters if you’re a complete adrenaline junkie but there’s enough to keep you entertained and quite a few reallllly tall ones. I got an unlimited wrist band but you can also pay entry to the park and buy a few ride tickets if you just fancy a nosey. It’s right opposite Copenhagen Central station and has luggage lockers so a great last day activity. We only managed a couple of hours as our flight was leaving but I reckon 3-4 would be plenty to do it properly.