Copenhagen has been on my list of cities to visit and I officially crossed it off last week during a 9 day “spring break” trip. I use quotes because I already graduated from college so spring break has no relevance to me anymore. I don’t really care though, because I’ll take any excuse to travel!
My friend and I got a good deal on direct round trip tickets from JFK to CPH with the help of Scott’s Cheap Flights which is the same way we got our Iceland tickets. Lots of people are always asking me how I afford to travel and Scott’s is the answer my friend.
We flew into New York on a Friday and flew to Copenhagen on Monday, so we spent the weekend catching up with high school friends and eating LOTS of really good food that I’m still salivating from. The New York food game really is no joke! I started a food Instagram to archive all the food I get to eat, so you can follow along if you like pretty pictures of food as much as me.
We ate at Jacob’s Pickles and Pio Pio in New York and ordered soo much food! No lie, I would be overweight if I lived in New York, all the food is too damn good.
The struggle with flying to Europe from North America is that you go forward in time so we technically arrived in Copenhagen on day 2. During the 6 hour flight I watched Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri and it was such a good movie, I would highly recommend it. After I tried to start Good Time with Robert Pattinson but definitely fell asleep and by the time I woke up we were getting ready to land.
Once we arrived in Copenhagen it was around noon and we couldn’t check into our Airbnb until 4 P.M., so we had a lot of time to burn. First, we made sure to purchase our Copenhagen Card in the airport. The Copenhagen card is an inclusive card that lets you visit tons off attractions in the city and ride public transportation for free. We got the 48 hour card for around $91 USD.
By the time we got all situated it was close to 2 P.M. so we took a taxi to Beat Cafe which was walking distance from our Airbnb and got some breakfast while we waited. Beat Cafe was a cool spot to hang, it had the vibe of a hipster cafe and also sells vinyls. The menu was limited so I just got a classic croissant and enjoyed that free WiFi.
The neighborhood we first stayed in was Vesterboro and it is in a good area that is close to lots of cafes and shops. The Airbnb was super cute, it was all white from the ceiling to the floors, which really made it feel open and bright. There were tons of nice decor touches that really made the place feel like home.
Sunset was around 6 P.M. so the rest of the day was spend just resting and chilling. The following day we slept in and missed the infamous Mad & Kaffe brunch, so we got lunch there instead. Luckily it was only minutes away from where we were staying which is always a plus. I ordered a hamburger and fries that come with your choice of 5 different dips. I got the truffle mayo and everything was A+ so I would highly recommend eating there. Also, I was so hungry that I forgot to photograph the burger oops.
Originally we had planned on spending half of our time in Hamburg, Germany, but since we spent two days resting we decided to just stay in Copenhagen. Because of this we had to find a new Airbnb in Copenhagen and got super lucky finding one in Frederiksberg for the remainder of our 5 days.
Before checking into our new Airbnb in Frederiksberg we took a visit to Cafe Dyrehaven and missed brunch again, so I just ordered poached eggs and toast and we hung out at the cafe until our check in at 5 P.M. The rest of the night was spent getting settled into our Airbnb and resting for a long day of activities ahead of us.
Since our place was in prime location we started our morning by walking across the street and getting a quick breakfast from Starbucks. I got a croissant and a sweetened passion fruit tea. Typically I’m not a Starbucks fanatic but if I do go, I definitely get a passion fruit lemonade or a passion fruit peach tea.
After a quick bite we headed to the metro which was again conveniently right across the street. The great thing about the metros in Copenhagen is that there’s only two and they both go to the same direction, so it’s super easy to navigate. If you’ve been to New York and can handle their subway system then you will definitely have no trouble with the ones in Copenhagen.
We got off at Kongens Nytrov and walked to the Strøget which is an outdoor shopping mall with a bunch of high end designer and brand name stores. The only one we went into was Urban Outfitters, because the weather turned out to be much colder than we expected and desperately needed a hat and gloves.
The classic tourist spot Nyhavn was only short walk ahead so we went there next and took a canal tour. I absolutely love seeing an array of colored buildings when I visit a new city, it always adds a nice touch. Since it was a bit chilly outside there was barely anyone there which allowed us to soak it all in peacefully.
During the canal tour we met a friend from Canada who is currently on a 35 day solo trip around Europe and he joined us on our endeavors for the rest of the day. It was really fun to explore a new European city with a Canadian and hear a different perspective about the U.S. and the world.
After the canal tour we stopped at a nearby waffle and gelato shop to warm up with a hot chocolate and and try a classic waffle. The waffle was so warm, puffy and sweet, it literally melts in your mouth. The hot chocolate was no Ghiradelli’s, so I would just recommend the waffle with sugar!
We continued our day by going to the Amalienborg Castle which has a massive courtyard and giant horse statue in the center. There were guards on each other the four corners and we were lucky enough to get to watch the changing guards ceremony. All the men looks really young so it was funny to see them try hard not to crack a smile with all the tourists trying to snap a picture.
By this point my fingers were frozen so we dipped into The Marble Church to warm up and it was so stunning to see the craftmanship, especially since it dates back to 1749.
After the luxury of being warm indoors we hopped next door to check out the The Royal Danish Collection in Amalienborg. I’m typically not a fan of history museums, but it was truly amazing to see all the incredibly vintage (and crazy expensive) items on display. There was a large variety of every day pieces made out of gold, silver, ivory, and diamonds, in addition to majestically crafted furniture, textiles, decorations, and glassware.
The next museum we went to was the Design Museum Denmark and it was so cool. The museum features hundreds of different Danish designs and how they’ve been influenced through different cultures throughout the years. It had tons of furniture, appliances, art, decorative pieces, textiles, and a whole vintage Balmain collection. I swear you could spend hours walking through that museum because by the end of it our feet were hurting and our stomachs were growling.
At the entrance of the museum there is a giant red chair and I just couldn’t leave without giving it a try and getting a picture.
We walked back to Nyhavn and aimlessly decided to eat at Barock which was an interesting experience. Our new Canadian friend ordered a water and it was going to cost him $8 since they brought it in a nice glass bottle and when he got his meal it was underwhelming to say the least. I have no idea what it was called but it ended up being literally 6 pieces of arugula, some prosciutto and olive oil drizzled in a circle.
I ordered a coke and creamy lobster soup and it totaled me $24 USD. Definitely wasn’t worth $24, but I tend to get swipe happy while on vacation. Once dinner was over we parted way with our friend and went back to the Airbnb to rest our feet and get some good night’s sleep.
The following day we had another long day ahead of us so we started off by taking the metro to Nørreport and heading to the Round Tower for an amazing view of the city. The walk up the spiral ramp was such a workout that I was panting after 10 seconds and then was hit in the face with cold and windy air once I made it to the top.
The view from the top was amazing, but we couldn’t stay up there too long since it was so cold.
After that unexpected workout we continued walking the streets in the search of a place to eat. We decided on Scurry Hub which is a Thai street food restaurant. One thing that was pretty surprising to me was how many different cuisines they had to offer in Copenhagen. I ordered the Panang curry with chicken and it was pretty good, but I wouldn’t say it was the best curry I’ve ever had.
Once we were all filled up on carbs, our day continued by walking to the botanical garden. While on our way, stumbled upon Torvehallerne which is an indoor urban farmers market in the middle of Copenhagen. Inside there’s a variety of different vendors selling everything from pastries, organic juices, chocolates, ice cream, skin care and more.
Eventually we made it to the botanical garden and I absolutely loved finally getting to see it in person. The white spiral staircases looked so pretty among all the green foliage that I wouldn’t mind having my own mini botanical garden in my back yard one day. There were quite a few people there, so it was hard to get pictures without someone accidentally photo bombing, but I managed to get a few.
We were feeling ambitious after and headed to the Rosenberg Castle but were quickly turned away as soon as we walked in because they were about to close. No hard feelings here, so we headed back to our place to rest for another long day ahead of us.
This day was an exciting one because we took a trip to Malmö, Sweden for the day. As an American, it sounds pretty crazy to casually visit another country for a day, but when in Europe it’s really easy to do.
How to Take a Day Trip to Malmö, Sweden from Copenhagen
1. Take the metro to the Lufthavnen/Copenhagen Airport which is the last stop on the M2 metro
2. Purchase your one way train ticket to Malmö from the kiosk. The price was $13.46 USD!
3. Head down to the train station and wait for the train
4. Have your train ticket and passport/identification ready for when the train attendant and police come by
5. Get off at the Malmö stop and walk through the central station to enter the city
6. Enjoy your stay and head back to the central station to purchase your one way ticket back to Copenhagen
Go read my Sweden Snapshots post to see about what we got up to during our short stay and see all the photos I captured of the quaint city of Malmö during a gorgeous sunset.
Luckily on our last day in Copenhagen our flight wasn’t until 6:45 P.M. so we still had a bit of the day to do any last minute sightseeing things.
We were determined to have brunch, so we woke up early to pack up our stuff and head back out to Kongens Nytrov to find somewhere to eat. Bistro Royal ended up being the spot and it was a really nice restaurant right in the center. I ordered scrambled eggs with a side of sausage and bacon and apple juice and it was a great meal to get myself fueled up for the day.
The weather had gotten warmer since our first trip to Nyhavn, so we went back there to take a few more pictures. Since the weather was much warmer and it was a Monday there were way more tourists there trying to get a picture as well. Despite it all, I managed to get a good one.
Next we went back to the metro and got off at Christianshavn to check out the highly recommended world of Freetown Christiana. It took a few minutes of walking through the streets to stumble upon it since it was so tucked in the back, but eventually we did and were greeted with tons of awesome graffiti art.
There were a few vendors selling Rasta style apparel and paraphernalia and if you continue walking deeper in you’ll find bakeries, a bar, shops, and a bunch of different people selling marijuana. There’s also a bunch of picnic tables outside to allow you to enjoy a drink and the partake in the recreational activities if you want. I opted for a nice cold ginger ale and people watching. Even if that’s not your scene, I would recommend visiting Christiana just to look at all the colorful graffiti.
After enjoying my yummy drink and the fresh Copenhagen air for the last time, we headed back to our Airbnb to get our luggage and head to the airport at 3:30 P.M. The rest of the day was filled with the tedious process of international travel with a 6 hour flight landing in New York followed by a 6 A.M. 3 hour flight from New York to Houston.
Overall, my trip to Copenhagen was amazing, it was such a great city with so much to do and with everything in walking distance. The metro was insanely easy to use and there was a good mix of young and middle aged adults. Most of the food we ate was good and the prices for things weren’t crazy which allowed us to enjoy our time even more. It was also really nice to stay in a Scandinavian abode, assimilate into the culture and use the transportation like a local.
I would highly recommend visiting Copenhagen if you’re just getting started on your world travels bucket list. I even put together a montage video to help you take a virtual journey.
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Do you have any questions about visiting Copenhagen? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!