Capital of Denmark and situated just on the border of Sweden. If you take the Øresund Bridge, you’d be in Sweden. It’s known for housing the restaurant Noma, which has been named best restaurant in the world a couple of times!
Everything in this city breathes hipster, youngster and vibrance. People are all dressed chic and ‘à la mode’, restaurants (no matter how basic) are all in that typical Scandinavian look, public transport is slick & neat,.. So if you are in for a hipster vibe, please do visit Copenhagen! Here are some of my recommendations on what to do and where to eat!
Located in the Gothersgade (close to Nyhavn), it has the feel of an old mansion, even upon entering and it just breathes that hipster vibe that is present in all of the city. There are only a few tables, one big table, so it’s inviting to sit next to a stranger while having breakfast or lunch.
There is no elaborate menu and it is written on a chalk board hanging on the wall. You order by the counter (the waiter writes it down on a mirror!) and then you can just sit down and enjoy the interior. I ordered an open sandwich with avocado, the bread is ‘smørrebrød’, which is a dark bread, dense and sour, but tasty. It was a delicious breakfast, but as everything in Scandinavian countries, it’s more expensive than your average breakfast spot! We eventually paid around 275 DKK, which is about 42 dollar.
This ginormous place is located next to the ‘Gefionspringvandet’, the large fountain featuring a group of animal figures driven by the Norse goddess Gefjon and 5 minutes walking from ‘Den Lille Havfrue’ (the little Mermaid).
We accidentally went inside to escape the cold, but it was a blessing in disguise! They offered great coffee and fresh food, and like any place in Copenhagen, everything was thought about, even the smallest details. Like the tea was served in a preserving jar, the fish and chips in a mess-tin.
So we were hungry and ordered fish and chips (a small plate). The fish was super fresh, as were the fries and the accompanying pea puree! They had a large terrace outside, a cocktail bar inside, so imagine coming here in spring or summer! This is definitely a go-to place when you visit the city.
Things to do
Whether you rather walk or just want to rent a bike, there’s something in Copenhagen for everyone. I mostly walked, because riding your bike in a snow storm and a thick layer of snow isn’t the most practical thing to do! Unless you wanna spend your mini trip in a cast.
Nyhavn (you pronounce ‘Ny’ like ‘knee’ and ‘havn’ like ‘hawn’, so Nyhavn is pronounced in Danish as ‘kneehawn’. Very simply put) is best known for its colourful houses and bars and even gentlemen’s club along the harbour. You can take a boat tour, have a drink, or just stroll along the many bars and restaurants and watch the beautiful boats that are docked there. If you are visiting Copenhagen with your loved one, then you can put a padlock on the bridge at Nyhavn. At the end of the promenade, left, you’ll find the Royal Danish Playhouse on the right, you have the ‘Inderhavnsbroen’. This bridge is a pleasure for the eye and connects the neighbourhoods Indre By and Christianshavn.
This part of Copenhagen is home to the famous restaurant Noma, situated along the docks. The neighbourhood has a very urban and industrial feeling, because of all the remodelled factories and warehouses. You can walk along the water and traverse the circle bridge, which is facing the Royal Library of Denmark, walk further until you come out onto the Langebro and cross it to go back to Indre By.
This is where you have to go when you want to go on a shopping spree. It is of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. Shops like Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bang & Olufsen are all located here, so it is one of the most exclusive shopping districts of Copenhagen. If you follow Strøget all to the end, you come out onto the city hall (if you started at Kongens Nytorv) and you’ll see the famous Tivoli Gardens as well. Unfortunately the Tivoli Gardens close during the low season, so we had no chance to go visit this amusement park!
Gefionspringvandet, den Lille Havfrue & Nyboder
Gefionspringvandet or Gefion Fountain is located near the little Mermaid and depicts a group of animals being driven by the Norse goddess Gefjon. It is said that the fountain is based on the mythical tale of how Zealand has been created (the island on which Copenhagen is located). The fountain is right next to St. Alban’s church and to Kastellet, which are part of Langelinie.
If you walk up north for a few hundred meters, you stumble upon the statue of the little Mermaid. Don’t be surprised that it is smaller than you imagined it! The statue is based upon the famous fairytale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. Since the unveiling in 1913 it has been a major tourist attraction.
Last but not least, I want to talk about the Nyboder. Nyboder can be translated to new (small) houses. It’s a historic row house district of former naval barracks. It was planned and first built by Christian IV to accommodate the personnel of the rapidly growing Royal Danish Navy and their families during that time. Nowadays housing is also open to civilian applicants. The nyboder are associated with their yellow colour and the term ‘Nyboder yellow’ is in Danish often used as a generic term to refer to that exact hue of yellow.
Copenhagen is a must visit when you’re planning a euro trip, no matter the time span, there’s plenty to do! In summer or in winter, the town is always charming!