This was my first trip to the Scandinavian countries, and wow am I impressed! I have heard fantastic things about the Christmas markets in Copenhagen and Denmark regularly tops the World Happiness reports. I have to say, even though it was overcast on one of the days, it’s still a lovely and walkable city. Although, I must say it is an expensive city like it’s neighbours, but still so worth a visit in the winter months! I must come again in the summer to make a comparison 🙂
How to get there:
Flights to Copenhagen take 1.5 hours from London and is 1 hour ahead.
It is very easy to get into the city centre by their metro (train) and costs roughly 37 DKK (5 USD). It only takes 15 minutes which is great to maximise time especially if going here for a quick weekend break!
Where to stay:
Copenhagen is a relatively small city and found that anywhere in the city centre was 35/40 minutes walk away. This was great as I always find walking allows you to explore new areas on the way from one destination to another. Accommodation wise, you can’t really go wrong as you stay in the city centre. Some of my favourite neighbourhoods were:
We stayed here and thought it was a very charming residential district. It is meant to be one of the most upmarket districts in Copenhagen and 30 minute walk to the city centre or 2 stops on the train (closes stop: Nordhavn). There is a lovely high street with shops (Osterbrogade) and was nice and quiet.
This area is closer to the city centre and more lively, if you are looking for an abundance of bars and restaurants this would be a great spot. Especially if you find somewhere near ‘The Lakes’ (main lake in Copenhagen city centre) that would be an added bonus! It didn’t feel too touristy and close to the city centre, especially the area near Tapperiet BRUS (check out ‘Where to eat and drink’ below). At Christmas time all the roads were lit with lovely fairy lights.
This is on the other side of the main river going through Copenhagen and a great spot if looking for something slightly different. It is slightly away from the main city centre, but as mentioned earlier everything is walking distance 🙂 This area is known for its hip cafe culture and houseboats along the canal side. It feels more alternative and a lot of start up fashion houses have their offices around here. If you don’t stay here, definitely worth a visit when you go check out Nyhavn (see below on ‘What to do’).
What to do:
Yes this is number one on a lot of touristy lists and with very good reason. It is popular with tourists but also with locals – being the second largest amusement park in the world it is definitely worth a visit!
The line is long to buy tickets so I would recommend buying in advance here.
The park is a great day out with roller coaster rides, games, food stalls and beautifully decorated. I would recommend going from the mid afternoon as it isn’t too busy yet and staying till the evening. We got there at 2pm and stayed till 6pm. It was great to see how the place transition from light to dark (sunset is at 4pm). There is plenty to do here for a few hours!
These are pop up stores that open up only in the Christmas period with shops and food stalls. There are a few in Copenhagen but my two favourites were at the Kings Square and Nyhavn. If you go to the one on Kings Square, check out Stroget (right opposite Kings square).
This is probably the most iconic image of Copenhagen, the canal with the colourful houses. It is beautiful, and not as crowded as I expected. Make sure you grab a photo here, check out the market along the canal and walk across to Christian Havn on the other side of the river. At the market make sure you try Glogge – this is the Danish version of mulled wine but slightly sweeter – absolutely delicious!
Where to eat & drink:
There are too many food and drink options in Copenhagen, below I have highlighted my favourites and would definitely visit again.
This place is nestled on the cutest street and perfect for a afternoon or early evening pit stop. They are a brewery with beers and organic ciders made here. They have a snack menu which looked delicious but we didn’t try anything as we were so full from eating at the Christmas markets!
Food Market @ Torvehallerne KBH
The perfect spot for lunch. This market is located right in the city centre and is indoor so you can keep warm in the winter! They have an assortment of food stalls from local delicacies such as Smorrebred to Sushi. At Christmas time they also had great gift shops such as home made soaps or vintage wines.
Smorrebred @ Cultural Centre
The Cultural Centre area has a long line of restaurant stands set up in container boxes. This is across the river from Nyhavn, so it is perfect to combine this when you visit Nyhavn. They have a range of food stands and seating, so you don’t all have to eat the same thing! I went to the Smorrebred stand as I really wanted to try this, and this particular one their restaurant in the city has a Michelin star! They also have stands selling burgers, and a range of other cuisines. The burger stand also looked popular – they sold out when we were there!
Hello brunch! This place I stumbled across as it was near the hotel and is such a great little spot! It is a vegetarian brunch spot (which I didn’t realise until later)! They also have a great happy hour of 2 drinks for 100 DKK (12 pounds) which is a really good deal in Copenhagen.
Madklubben was great for dinner. I had pork belly that came with red cabbage and also potatoes and gravy. It was quite a feast! Topped with a glass of bubbles. It felt like a perfect Christmas feast.
Let me know if you have any questions about Copenhagen.