I am so excited to bring to you this travel guide.
A guide to what to do, where to eat and where to visit whilst in the beautiful city of Copenhagen for 48 hours.
George and I hopped on the short 1.5 hour plane journey to Copenhagen last Wednesday and spent two days getting lost and quite frankly falling hopelessly in love with the Danish city.
As the first Scandinavian city I have ever visited, I had high hopes for Copenhagen. I wanted to eat as the locals do, shop as the locals do and really see Copenhagen for how it is supposed to be seen. And, thanks to the help of you guys and your incredible recommendations I feel that we really got to do just that.
So for the sake of the layout of this post I thought I’d kick things off with that typical Copenhagen postcard scene at Nyhavn.
This was high on my to-do list, purely for the photographic possibilities and of course to tick off the most memorable Copenhagen backdrop from my list.
We actually ended up stumbling past Nyhavn a few times whilst venturing around Copenhagen which was a complete delight as despite it being a complete must see and inevitably a tourist trap, this place wasn’t like any other “tourist attraction” I’ve been to before. There wasn’t anybody trying to sell you things, there was no pushing and shoving as it really wasn’t overly crowded which meant the experience and of course the photo ops were all the more enjoyable indeed.
It really is as beautiful as it looks in the photographs, a row of beautifully coloured houses with docked boats in the harbour before it. “As pretty as a postcard” I kept saying and that it is. There are benches all along the waterfront which overlook the houses and the boats, which George and I really enjoyed sitting on to take it all in one brightly coloured house at a time. You can even take a boat right down the river, which is something I’d like to do should we return (scratch that, when we return) as it looks to be the most romantic thing EVER, such a shame it was bitterly cold to do so this time around.
FIND IT | ?Nyhavn, København K, Denmark
Coincidentally the outfits I had packed for my trip to Copenhagen happened to match the backdrop of Nyhavn perfectly, which made for ever the more wonderful photo opportunity, gotta think about the ‘gram and all that.
However, as I mentioned at this time of year, Copenhagen is bitterly cold; rather similar to that of England’s weather right now but cooler due to the high winds. It wasn’t what I expected for late April so I didn’t pack all to expertly. Thankfully the shopping in Copenhagen is absolutely awesome, which I’ll divulge you a little later on in this post and I was able to bag the lime/yellow and matching orange jumper from the Acne Archives which allowed me to tackle the weather AND match my surroundings beautifully, double win!?
*WARNING| THE NEXT FEW RECOMMENDATIONS WILL MAKE YOUR TUMMIES RUMBLE*
So we’ve come to the foodie recommendations and when I say that the majority of my hit list revolved around where to eat, well you’d probably believe me wouldn’t you.
I’ve spent way too many trips hangry and therefore running into the nearest tourist trap and paying through the nose for a shoddy plate of so-called food… Not this time! I expertly navigated my way from recommendation to recommendation using Google Maps and the good ole “star” device which I’m honestly not sure how I ever holidayed without before. Do let me know if you’d like me to share how I did this as honestly it’s the best thing I’ve ever discovered for planning a trip.
Being organised in this way meant that we had a pitstop in every destination we were exploring, which was perfect when coffee, food or a wee was needed.
So without further ado, here are some of our faves.
Our first foodie stop was at Moller, a brunch destination that had been voted the BEST in Copenhagen, so naturally we had to give it a whirl. We arrived and waited a short twenty minutes (this seems to be the norm for table waiting in Copenhagen) for a table to become free, so we just popped a few doors down for a much needed coffee until our beautiful window seat was ready, it’s like they knew I was going to Instagram it…
A cafe unlike I’ve ever been to before.
At Moller each table is given a list of things available for breakfast and you simply tick off those that you desire. A real DIY, tapas style breakfast that I truly think will make it’s way over to us soon, it’s such a great little concept.
Not only was it super fun ticking off what we fancied that morning for breakfast but the food was presented so beautifully rustic, fresh with eggs laid on straw, chive covered scrambled eggs and chilli and cress decorated the avocado, all the while coming in the most beautiful of colourful crockery, it was a site to behold.
Whilst it was the most fun and most beautiful breakfast I’ve ever had it was also the most delicious, the food was simply divine and combined flavours that I’ve never experienced in breakfast favourites before.
We surprisingly ordered just the right amount to set us up for the day, which is unheard of with piglets like me who suffer from the “eyes bigger than belly” condition.
Moller is personally my must visit foodie joint in Copenhagen, I adored it and don’t think anywhere will ever live up to my breakfast needs again. I’ll be heading straight back should I be lucky enough to return to the city.
FIND IT | ?Nørrebrogade 160, 2200 København N, Denmark
Next up we have Atelier September, the must visit cafe on every bloggers list and we could totally see why. I even starred this cafe as “Instagrammable cafe” which isn’t like me at all, as I prefer to come across my content more naturally, but the food reviews were enough to sway me and we headed here for brunch on our second day in the city.
Huge tables littered the room with a free-for-all seating plan which felt totally homely and rustic indeed. Atelier September had the most beautiful Scandinavian decor, a minimalists dream to say the least with crisp white walls and pale pink and blue accents throughout. The paintings were beautiful and in a somewhat Mattisse style which really added some personality to the oh-so minimal room.
Offering just a few dishes that are expertly cooked in front of you from the teeny, tiny exposed kitchen it really did feel like being at someones house for brunch.
George and I eyed up the other diners plates before deciding upon the Avocado Mad dish with a danish pastry on the side for George and a boiled egg pour moi.
It was seriously oh so fresh, it felt like a mouthful of health I must say and I’m still savouring that feeling as it’s not something I encounter all that often.
The Avocado was presented so beautifully with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and sprinkled with fresh chilli flakes and chives, truly divine and something George has already tried to recreate at home, and with huge success I must say.
The coffee here is also extraordinary so it’s definitely worth a visit for either brunch or as a quick pitstop between shopping as it’s in the heart of some of the best shops… But more on that to come.
FIND IT | ?Gothersgade 30, 1123 København K, Denmark
If it’s coffee you’re after look no further than the seriously cute yet oh so Scandi Coffee Collective. A really small coffee shop making the most delicious fresh coffee around. George and I sheltered here from the drizzle outside and it was such a relaxing place to take 5 from a day of exploring. The coffee was great and the vibe was perfect so if it’s cosy, coffee you’re after than this is you bag.
It’s also on a really great street for independent boutiques too so this area in general is for sure worth a visit.
FIND IT | ?Jægersborggade 10, 2200 København, Denmark
Now when asked for recommendations, you guys came back in your droves which was SO totally awesome, but no other restaurant recommendation came up quite so often as Mother.
Mother is a seriously atmospheric and cosy neapolitan pizza joint in Copenhagen’s Meat-Packing District, which just so happened to be the area we were staying in so a super handy 10 minute walk was all it took us from door to door.
Again a small twenty minute wait but this time with it’s own bar, so we cosied up in a window seat (another thing thats rife in Copenhagen… So many cosy window seats) with an Amaretto Sour for him and an Aperol Spritz for me and before we knew it our table for two was ready.
Mother really reminded me of Franco Manca in London and Rudy’s in Manchester, it had a really relaxed vibe to it, which I guess the majority of Copenhagen eateries has, with the pizza being Neapolitan style so super fresh and wood-oven(ed).
We opted for burrata to start with a cray fish bruschetta and a bottle of bubbles to celebrate our lovely city break away.
I then selected an anchovy, olive and caper pizza (standard) and George went for Gorgonzola and N’duja, both of which were truly delicious indeed.
I really enjoyed our night here but I have to say I wouldn’t return. Whilst I’m glad we went off your recommendations it wasn’t anything out of this world and the pizza wasn’t the best I’ve ever had. However, it’s in a really cool area and theres a great buzz to the restaurant so if you’re craving pizza and an excellent Aperol Spritz then deffo check it out.
FIND IT | ?Høkerboderne 9, 1712 København V, Denmark
DUCK & COVER
After our pizza we headed out on a voyage for cocktails, my map showed that we were just a 10 minute walk away from one I’d starred (again Google Maps coming up trumps) so we headed for Duck and Cover.
I have to say, we almost missed it. We walked straight passed it as it is really tucked away, which is exactly why I adored this place so much.
It was possibly the darkest bar I have EVER been in before and completely lit by candlelight which made for the most awesome of drinking experiences. We cuddled up together on the leather sofas and tucked into some delicious cocktails. Once again it felt like we were sat in someones living room but the music was awesome, the mixologists were so lovely and helpful and the vibe was just right!
FIND IT | ?Dannebrogsgade 6, 1660 København V, Denmark
ROYAL CAFE SMUSHI
Above you can see the most beautiful restaurant that ever walked the land… If cafe’s could walk that is. This is The Royal Cafe Smushi, a name I can’t say without putting on a baby voice “Smuuuushi”… GO on try it.
Anyway, this place is simply stunning, a pale pink restaurant littered with the most weird and wonderful ornaments, illustrations, wall hangings and more, it was truly beautiful and like walking into a fairytale.
At this point I wasn’t too hungry, so opted for what they’re known for the Smushi’s. Similar to sushi (duh) but on a tiny slice of rye bread instead. I selected a salmon Smushi and a prawn and boiled egg Smushi and they were seriously delicious to say the least, I could have eaten around 6 more! So fresh, tasty and oh so photogenic (shame I didn’t have my camera on the right setting hey?!) I’ll be back in a heart beat Smushi.
FIND IT | ?Amagertorv 6, 1160 København K, Denmark
Next on the most popular recommendation list was Paper Island, an incredible street food market not far from that of Nyhvn or Christiania and a complete must visit for those new to Copenhagen.
It is essentially a HUGE open space on the waterfront made up of hundreds of food trucks with every cuisine under the sun housed within. A real buzzing space filled with the coolest of kids; perfect for a spot of people watching with a fresh fruity mojito, passionfruit for me and strawberry for George.
We did a few laps of the place before settling on a duck wrap with rosemary fries and lashing of Sriracha for George and a gourmet hot-dog for me, we weren’t about to regret our decision and be met with a dose of food envy thats for sure.
Both were delicious as I’m told each stand at Paper Island is, but what struck me most was the electric atmosphere in there, a really great place to take an hour out from a busy day of exploring.
FIND IT | ?Hal 7 & 8 Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København K, Denmark
Now for a spot of shopping.
I was really rather impressed with the shopping in Copenhagen I have to say. If it’s your everyday favourite high street and luxury stores then be sure to head to Strøget and Købmagergade where you’ll be greeted by the most beautiful stores including Gucci, Prada, Stella McCartney and luxury designer department store Illum or high street stores such as COS, H&M, Monki and Topshop.
This area isn’t far from The Royal Cafe Smushi so be sure to combine the two, along with Cafe Norden for the perfect place for people watching with a delicious coffee on the square.
But I was on the hunt for those independent stores. I wanted the ultimate Scandinavian experience and I have to say I found it on Jægersborggade, a street filled with independent boutiques and cafe’s (including Coffee Collective above) along with a liquid nitrogen ice cream joint (a place I wish we’d tried out but the weather man, SO COLD)
I spent around an hour going in and out of every store on the strip but truly fell in love with Vanishing Point, a beautiful home and giftware store that positively had the most gorgeous of pieces within it.
There were SO many prints that I wish I’d have brought back with me for the flat, along with handmade knitwear, hand-painted crockery and the worlds most beautiful stationary, had we not been hand luggage only it would have all come home with us.
FIND IT | ?Jægersborggade, 45, 2200 København N, Denmark
Copenhagen design is a biggie right now, heck it always has been, but never as prominent as it is right this very moment, with brands such as Selected Femme/Homme, Acne Studios and W00d W00d each coming from Scandi cities and therefore offering the most wonderful of discounted/archive pieces from Copenhagen itself.
The Acne Archive is a place I’ve wanted to visit for YEARS! I’ve always been mad for them as a design house and since purchasing a few goodies over the years, hearing of this archive, discounted set up sounded like a little slice of heaven.
Much smaller and tucked away than I expected, Acne Archive offers a whole host of old season pieces for a fraction of the price, however this isn’t like your usual outlet store. Acne Archive is laid out in colour wardrobes and is like shopping a high end, full priced boutique, it was so pleasant. I left George sat on a chair by the fitting room (classic) and I scoured the rails for some goodies, of which I found A LOT before settling on two of the same jumpers in varying citrus shades for just £150 each… WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! They came in so handy too due to the cold weather and they’re perfect for spring too as they’re so brightly coloured.
FIND IT | ? Elmegade 21, 2200 København N, Denmark
The W00d W00d Museum was another place I was keen to visit and a store my dad was keen for us to visit too “Keep an eye out for me” he said. It was a gorgeous store on a busy high street, we actually accidentally stumbled upon it which was handy, another destination ticked off the list.
Whilst we didn’t purchase anything it was a lovely store to browse through, gorgeous Scandinavian W00d W00d designs littered the store, with other brands mixed in such as Peter Jensen, New Balance, Adidas Originals and more, it’s a great place to head to if you like your minimalistic clothing and fancy a bargain.
FIND IT | ?Frederiksborggade 54, 1366 København K, Denmark
And finally Tivoli Gardens, our final place to tick off the list of things to do in Copenhagen. Tivoli was super close to our hotel so we scheduled to hit this up before we were to head home… Not our greatest of ideas as the rides are MAD!
As the second oldest theme park in the world Tivoli Gardens is a site to behold, with the most beautiful of fairy tale inspired design that both Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney were a fan of and with some of the most thrilling rides I have ever experienced.
George and I kicked things off with the tallest ride I have ever been on and it’s safe to say I completely and utterly shat my pants. I am no longer the 11 year old dare devil I once was. The views were completely insane and the ride was SO MUCH FUN but my goodness were we terrified whilst lingering a good 207 FT ABOVE THE GROUND… yeah really!
Other awesome rides include the Dæmonen a classic, super fast rollercoaster with twists and turns I found myself begging George to come on with me again… But to no avail.
It was a really wonderful experience and possibly the most aesthetically pleasing theme park I’ve ever visited, well, it is Copenhagen after all hey!?
I’d deffo recommend checking it out should you have an extra couple of hours to spare, however once you’ve done it, you’ve done it you know, I won’t be going back but if you’re new to Copenhagen then it’s a barrel of laughs.
FIND IT | ? Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark
PHEW! You made it to the end, let me know in the comments below if you actually did 😉 I’d love to know. I really hope you enjoyed hearing about our trip and I hope you find the recommendations useful should you be planning a trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen soon. I would URGE you to do so as it’s totally out of this world. I could totally imagine myself living there, a feeling I’ve only ever had in New York before so that really is saying something. There’s something so vibrant, so clean, fresh yet totally cool about the city, corner after corner of beautiful shops, cafe’s, restaurants and bars with the most exceptional of architecture, yet it’s the perfect size to explore by foot, just like that of my beloved hometown of Manchester.