Denmark (Copenhagen)

Tips

Travel

Flights to Copenhagen from London are really cheap when booked in advance and we bought ours for £33 return with Ryanair online. We booked in December for March so deals like this are great value and a must. Once in Copenhagen we decided to get the travel pass for 72hours for £25 which covered zones 1-4 for buses, trains and the metro. Within these zones the airport is covered which is a great help. Our accommodation was on the bus 66 route which headed towards to Emdrup Torv but also covered bits of central Copenhagen such as Nyhavn. Bikes would be a great way of travelling around the centre of Copenhagen in their awesome bike lanes, be mindful to look for them as well as the roads. Buses are frequent and run all night. Our pass pretty much covered everything you need to see in Copenhagen including the airport and we didn’t use the metro as you could walk the centre pretty easily.

Accommodation

I would highly recommend staying at an Air bnb apartment as you will get to see the real Copenhagen and not just the centre. The outskirts of the centre are worth seeing and spending time in. We were quite close to Norberro which is up and coming with great cafes, bars and nice streets with parks to walk in. If you want to pay more in price for convenience, then that’s cool but there is more to see other than the centre.

Activities

Nyhavn is definitely worth seeing for its famous coloured buildings on the river with their trendy but touristy bars on each side. You can grab a beer and watch people admire the architecture and the fantastic view of this local area. It is about a 20 minute walk from the central station and is very close to the street food market, Freetown and Christania areas.

Copenhagen’s cafes dotted around the outer centre are great for having coffees with nice cake at local prices. We found the area of Norrebro very trendy and worth visiting for a coffee. The street of Jaegersborggade is a great street to walk down with lovely cafes either side and a park at the end of the street to walk through. High trees dominate the walk through there and you can chill out or go for a run in serene surroundings combined with a morbid element where people’s graves can be visited including some famous Danish people’s.

The Rudetaarn (The Round Tower) is great for a view of the city and for its really old architecture as it was built in the 16th century. Inside you can take a look at a museum and an art gallery with some quirky art. The cost is DKK25 and a must for your aerial view of the town. We also tried to visit the Tarnet’s tower which is free but the queue was horrendous and we didn’t move for 20 mins before sacking it off realising we didn’t want to waste our time queueing.

A day out to Malmo is definitely worth 5/6 hours but only if its good weather, luckily we had clear days for our duration of the trip. You can get the train from Copenhagen’s central station to the airport and change there to get the train to Malmo. The cost of a return ticket for the same day is £20 and these are open returns. Trains from Malmo are frequent every 20 minutes too including Sundays. Malmo has a lovely little town centre filled with restaurants and bars to visit, a cute park to walk around and a seafront with a boardwalk to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the views if you are lucky with the weather.

Money

Copenhagen use Krone and the exchange rate is roughly 8.5/1 and you can use any Visa or Mastercard in Denmark.

Food and Drink  

Copenhagen has a great café culture I am going to tip three cafes to try out.

Paludan Bog Café

This fantastic café in a library is situated in the heart of Copenhagen near the Rudetaarn and is particularly great for breakfast. For DKK100 you will get one of the most filling and satisfying breakfasts for a long time. The vegetarian brunch consisted of scrambled egg, pancake (with jam), goats cheese, cheddar, brie, muesli with yogurt, pineapple, melon, orange, orange juice and a lot of bread with butter. A coffee on the side is only DKK10. With surroundings of books, students studying on laptops and tourists flocking in, this is a great way to spend a morning in Copenhagen.

Tak For Kaffe

This little gem was found off the main street on Niels Hemmingsensgade and its quaint surroundings fit the tasty cakes on offer with plenty of drinks to choose from. At a slightly reduced local rate of DKK20 for a coffee you can really go to town on what you want. There are some chairs at the front for a drink in the sun and inside you have enough space for maybe 10 people. The simple but classy interior is fitting for this cute café that you should definitely visit.

The Laundromat Café

This quirky café was inspired by my trip to Iceland a few years ago and I didn’t know there was one in Copenhagen, to my pleasant surprise there is! Its unique obsession with laundry shops all over the wall and interior décor makes it a trendy café to visit. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen on Randersgade Street it won’t be hard to find. The menu has plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and drinks. Highly recommended would be the smoothies on offer which are pretty special.

Food

The Meat Packing District is well known for its various restaurants offering a variety of different foods and beers. Tommi’s is worth a visit for the best burger in town. A weird surrounding of local bars, clubs and butchers makes this area a must see. On the river opposite Nyhavn you can visit the Street Food complex where food cooked on stalls from all over the world. The booming atmosphere with some seating at the front for drinking makes this place a great night out.

Alcohol is very expensive and buying Carlsberg/Tuborg will lower your outlay on beers. These can be bought from bars for around DKK45 but other alcoholic drink will be more. Water can be drunk from the tap so filling up your daily bottle will cost you nothing. Soft drinks can cost DKK10 in local cafes and restaurants as well as fruit juices.