A complete travel guide to Copenhagen may just win you over and place this Scandinavian city at the top of your European travel list. It wasn’t until I saw the cheap WOW Air flights, that I considered visiting. Having always loved Danish design (and sweets!), I knew I had to jump on the flights when they came up. So I took off for a week in Scandinavia, with the first stop in Copenhagen.
To say I fell in love with Denmark’s iconic city would be an understatement. Its effortlessly-cool cafes, “hygge” spaces, and incredible cuisine won me over instantly. It tugged at my inner-design loving heart, and I walked away with fresh inspiration for how I’d create my space (cue: buying way too many candles). The word “hygge” has to be addressed as its quintessential to anyone’s time in Denmark. Pronounced “hoo-gah”, the word embodies coziness like the feeling when drinking a warm beverage or a hug with a close friend, or a well-lit space by fire or candles. You’ll see that it’s in everything they do — and for being absolutely freezing in the winter months, I sure was happy for the warmth. Before your trip, be sure to read the book called “The Little Book of Hygge” to get an introduction.
With bright colored streets, plenty of neighborhoods to explore, it seems that the four days blew by in Copenhagen. It’s a city that knows how to show a good time, whether it’s during the day or the late hours at night, and surely one that can’t be missed.
The Complete Travel Guide to Copenhagen
What to know before visiting Copenhagen
- The local currency is Kronos. Almost everywhere takes credit card, but always carry a bit of cash.
- To access the city from the airport, take the express train (one line) into the heart of the city in less than 25 minutes.
- English is widely spoken.
- There is no Uber city, but it is easily walkable. If you need to get around, there is a Metro or download the taxi app called Taxa4x35. Taxis are very expensive, for instance I took one for 10 minutes and it was around $25 USD.
- Depending on what you are wanting to do, the Copenhagen Card may be a good fit. It includes access to many exhibits and museums.
Where to stay in Copenhagen
- Hotel d’Angleterre: If there’s one hotel you that is quintessential to Danish history and culture, it’s the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre. Each room is carefully designed with lush materials and rich tones, making it the perfect place to call home. Be sure to book with Kiwi Collection to ensure the best stay.
Where to eat in Copenhagen
I’ll make a quick note that eating out in Copenhagen is not the cheapest. It’s definitely higher than most European cities, so I’d recommend booking a hotel that comes with breakfast and coffee to help adjust the costs. Dining is incredible and with a high concentration of Michelin star restaurants, it’s truly a foodie city. Here are my favorites:
- Atelier September: A must visit for breakfast or lunch, their pastries and bread are out of this world.
- Torvehallerne: This is a foodie’s heaven, with many restaurants and eateries in one indoor/outdoor space. Grød is a must eat as well here.
- Scarpetta: An Italian eatery with both a fixed and a la carte menu — a solid meal that doesn’t break the bank.
- Admiralgrade 26: My favorite splurge meal for a tasting lunch that has Japanese flavors, set in a beautiful space.
- Kølsters Tolv Haner: Come here for a local beer in a bright space.
- Apollo Bar: One of my favorite meals in a boutique space, highlights include octopus carpaccio and fresh bread.
- Restaurant Radio: Playful food set in a stunning space. *Reserve in advance.
- Restaurant Kul: Come here for the cocktails and stay for the food.
- : You can’t miss this place for a cozy drink and pastry!
- Kødbyens Fiskebar: A seafood-inspired menu with fresh ingredients.
- Jolene Bar: Come here to start a night of dancing in the Meatpacking District.
- Husted Vin: Your local wine store to pick up a bottle of wine or local gin.
- Coffee shops: Democratic Coffee, Coffee Collective, and Original Coffee.
What to do in Copenhagen
- Take in the pretty view at Nyhavn.
- Explore Danish design at the incredible Designmuseum.
- Escape into a lush space at the Botanisk Have.
- Take the walk over to Freetown Christiania (self-proclaimed self-governing area) and look at the views back into town from the Church of Our Savior.
- Soak and steam at the picturesque CopenHot spa.
- Shop local designers at favorite stores like FRAMA and Hay House.
- Spend a joyous afternoon at Tivoli Gardens.