Today I wanted to share my favorite things about Copenhagen and how to get the best of it in less than 48 hours. Impossible you’ll tell me. Then, I hope I can prove you wrong! I have spent last weekend in Copenhagen, and so, I wanted to share with you my favorite spots and also some insights, if you are planning on visiting the beautiful Danish capital city!
I need to admit that, when living in Stockholm, it is fairly easy to spend a bit of time in other Scandinavian cities. There are many flights available and the flying time is rather short – usually less or around 1 hour. So, my plan was to get a flight on Friday after work and come back on Sunday afternoon. As this trip wasn’t really planned long ahead, the tickets were not so cheap, but all in all, I got to spend an amazing weekend!
As you know, I studied in the south of Sweden, so going to Denmark was really easy and we got to do it pretty often. So yes, I need to admit that I wasn’t a complete stranger in the city! However, my cousin, whom I’ve met there, was! And we got to walk around a lot!
The good thing about Copenhagen airport is that it is very close to the center. Thus, many places can be reached from there by train, metro or bus. So, I arrived in Copenhagen around 19.00 and went straight to the hotel, located next to the metro stop Øresund, to drop my bag. Then, the hunger and sushi cravings followed. Since the hotel is located right by the beach, there were quite a few restaurants around, which helped us kill our hunger. Otherwise, Friday night was easy as we walked in the area after dinner and headed back to the hotel and had a nice girly chatty night!
Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early! One of my favorite things, when I’m on holiday or weekend away, is to get a super large breakfast, which usually keeps me full until later in the afternoon. This way, you can visit the city and not spend time looking for a restaurant or so. So after a hearty meal, we started the day by a quick walk around Christiania – the ‘free town’, stopped by the ‘church of our Saviour’, and then walked all the way along the canals to reach the famous Nyhavn.
As you can see in the picture, we’ve had typical Scandinavian fall weather! One time bright blue sky, 5 min later, threatening grey with some rain and cold Nordic wind! So if you are a newbie in Scandinavia, always remember to take your raincoat and a warm scarf!
We continued the day by walking around the center, exploring the streets around Nyhavn. We also quickly stopped at the amazing covered market of Torvehallerne. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures, but trust my words, it is absolutely amazing! They sell all kinds of foods and treats, and everything smells fresh! More importantly, you can get a proper meal there. However, we didn’t stay there, as we decided to quickly stop for a coffee and found Zaggi’s! This place is well-known by the locals and everything you wish costs 15kr (about 2€). Think about taking some cash, though, as they don’t accept cards! The place offers some seats, but you can take away and just keep on discovering the city.
So we took a seat and then walked to the botanical garden, which is just 2 steps away from the café. The weather was good, so we enjoyed chilling in the park… Until the strongest rain got us and forced us to go back to our room. Once back at the hotel, the sun was – of course – shining! But we got to see the Öresund bridge, between Sweden and Denmark, right outside our window!
After this unplanned stop, we went out for some dinner. We followed tips from other travelers met during breakfast, and we went to the Meatpacking District. It is a district located in the south of the city, easily accessible by public transport. There are a lot of different restaurants, more or less crowded, but from all over the world. We went to this pizza place called ‘Mother’ – which I highly recommend, and stayed there for a couple of drinks too. It had a large queue and long waiting time, but believe me, it is worth it! There is also live music, which enlightens your Saturday night!
Sunday-Funday! Large breakfast once again, followed by a boat tour! We headed back to the center and Nyhavn, to hop on an audio-guided tour along the canals and the city. I usually don’t do tours like these when visiting a city. But as our time there was limited, it was a nice way to discover the city from another angle. It is also a very fun and interesting way of discovering a city: loads of fun facts and information! In the end, I was happily surprised by the tour – worth around 15€ for one hour.
We continued the day by walking around the city, discovering new buildings, new streets, and stores. And before heading back to the airport, a quick tea/hot chocolate stop was needed at the famous mall: Illum. On the top floor, there is a food court with several restaurants and a café, where you can enjoy a drink with a view! I guess the picture talks for itself!
Then I, of course, flew back to Stockholm, and got back to reality! I hope you enjoyed this post and got to see a bit more of this amazing city! Let me know if articles like this can be useful if you are planning a trip to Copenhagen. Of course, there is much more to see in this beautiful city… But, I believe, it can give you some ideas for your next weekend trip!
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