In yesterday’s post I said that I wanted to get some of my old travel posts finished and published. So here’s my first one, and it’s about Copenhagen (no shit, it’s in the title!)
I’ve been to Copenhagen twice, both times have been in the past few years. Last time I went, I started a blog posts which never made it any further than a couple of notes in a draft post format. Earlier this week, someone on Twitter was asking for recommendations of where to go and what to see which got me thinking about my favourite parts of the city.
So, without further ado, here’s my highlights of the beautiful Copenhagen:
Probably the most iconic part of Copenhagen, this little harbour is usually the “cover photo” for Copenhagen. With it’s pretty colourful buildings, variety of restaurants and cute little market stalls (well at least around Christmas time, there are markets lining the streets), it’s easy to see why.
Nyhavn is best early in the morning before it gets super busy. The streets are lined with sparkling fairy lights and little market stalls around Christmas which means that evening strolls by the water are really pretty too.
The restaurants by the harbour are nice but pricey as it’s one of the most popular tourist places in the city. Most of them do have outside heaters and blankets in the winter which makes them super cute places to have a nice warm gløgg (at any time of day).
I’ve only ever been to Copenhagen around Christmas time when Tivoli Gardens is home to the cutest Christmas markets. Every year, the gardens get transformed into a winter wonderland that is truly magical! From the sparking Christmas lights, to the tiny Nordic Christmas grotto huts selling a variety of gifts, decorations, snacks and drinks.
There’s also an amazing light/laser/water show on the main lake every evening (sometimes twice an evening during busier times).
My words can’t really do it justice so here’s some of my favourite Tivoli photos.
Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous freetown which was established in 1971 in an abandoned military camp. It’s full of whimsical DIY homes, some delightful craft shops, cafes and bars. Christiania is famous for the open sale of cannabis on its main street, Pusher Street and for it eviction of “hard drugs”. This is something that made me slightly apprehensive about visiting Christiania but it was nothing to worry about at all.
My visit to Christiania was eye-opening and enjoyable. That’s it really, it was pleasant enough and definitely worth a visit but I wouldn’t recommend more than a couple of hours there.
You aren’t allowed to take photos or videos in Christiania but you can take photos around the “entrance” area like this cute pic that my sister took (above).
Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, Frederiks Kirke, Amalienborg and Copenhagen City Hall are some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen! Seriously though, Copenhagen is full of absolutely stunning architecture. Everywhere you turn there’s another wonderful, ornate building. There’s lots of tours available in Copenhagen but nothing beats grabbing a city map and just exploring at your own pace.
Copenhagen is home to Strøget which is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets and it’s full of shops! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of shopping but this is a nice area to just wander around, with plenty of cafes and bars on the side streets.
As I’ve mentioned (a few times) I’ve only visited Copenhagen around Christmas time. There are so many Christmas markets dotted around the city that bring you everything you could possible want from a festive market. Definitely worth a visit.
Eating and Drinking
Copenhagen is a haven for quirky little bars and amazing food. My favourite bar has to be Mikkeller & friends – the bar is small and cosy and their range of beers is insane! The best part is that you can buy sample sized glasses of the beers so you get to taste a whole range of them without drinking pints of each (I mean, you can get pints if you want). Another favourite bar of mine is the Lord Nelson bar which is opposite Tight (see below). It’s a pretty dark pub just below street level but they have a great range of beers at good prices and the atmosphere is always lively but friendly.
The Coffee Factory does amazing – you guessed it – coffee! Also really good pastries. I went here a few times as it was just round the corner from my hostel. It’s reasonably priced and not too far away from Nyhavn.
A rather odd choice, but a favourite of mine is Tight which is an Australian restaurant apparently! I say apparently because there’s nothing on the menu that really stands out as particularly Australian. The food here is really good quality, the atmosphere is great and it’s reasonably priced. It’s always been completely packed every time I’ve been so I would definitely recommend booking in advance.
I also loved foderbrættet which was a hot dog and champagne bar but I think it closed down recently (or so Google tells me) which is really sad because it was so underrated.
It goes without saying that Christmas markets have great food and drink. I would highly recommend gløgg which is the Nordic version of mulled wine and also the Christmas edition of Tuborg if you can find it.
That’s my list of top things to do and see in Copenhagen. Is there anything you’d add to the list?