After an awesome road trip in southern Sweden, it’s time for a city break in Copenhagen. Later on, I will be heading to the magical Faroe Islands. More on this later! It is my first visit to Denmark’s capital and I fell in love with its beautiful harbors, cozy restaurants, historic buildings and famous smørrebrød. Copenhagen is known as “the best cycling city in the world”. So here we go: Copenhagen best things to do!
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Nyhavn | Copenhagen best things to do
Smørrebrød is a hearty slice of rye bread, generously topped with raw vegetables, fish or meat and is the favorite lunch dish for many Danes!
I am staying at the unique 25Hours Hotel in Copenhagen. For years I have been a loyal fan of this hotel chain and previously stayed with them in Vienna and on Mallorca. In my opinion, the 25Hours Hotel is the best place to stay in the city. The hotel is a cacophony of color and creativity. Everywhere you look, you find fun quotes, unique decorations and cozy corners. For example, there is and vinyl room, where you can put your own music on and there is a cinema. Your room card reads, “Be loyal to your mom. Not your hotel.” The pillows say “Make love not war” and in the little store I bought a cotton bag that says, “Good things happen when you smile, or when you’re naked.” I walked around every day with a smile from ear to ear.
25Hours Hotel | Copenhagen best things to do
In the morning, enjoy a full breakfast, including some freshly made oat milk lattes to kickstart your day, after a mimosa or 2. In the evening, slide into restaurant Neni for a delicious dinner at the hotel. The bar is also really good. So beautiful! The bartenders here sure know how to shake a Margarita…. The 25Hours Hotel is easily booked through Time2Momo.
25Hours hotel and restaurant Neni | Copenhagen best things to do
Although it was tempting never to leave the hotel, of course I went out to explore the city. Anyone who has seen images of Copenhagen probably knows the colorful Nyhavn, but be sure to visit the beautiful Christianshavn district as well. From here, walk to the delicious food trucks at Strandgade, such as the one of wine bar Drikkevarer. Other fun food spots nearby include Kanalhuset, Rufino Osteria and Rosforth & Rosforth’s hidden away wine bar. Walk, or bike, back to Nyhavn via the bridge near the food trucks.
Photogenic Copenhagen | sights and things to do
In Christianshavn you will also find the hippie district Freetown Christiana. A group of hippies turned old military barracks into a self-governing village in 1970 and decorated it with street art, fun eateries and beautiful stores. Despite much being tolerated here, taking photos is not allowed. Lately, the neighborhood has been in the news due to rising crime, so check carefully before you go what the current situation is.
Concept store Monday Sunday and smørrebrød | Copenhagen tips and highlights
If you would like to stay near Nyhavn, book a room at the lovely Hotel Sanders. For good coffee and brunch/lunch in the center go to Café Segalls, The Union Kitchen, Café Victor, Bastard Café, H A N S Coffee, Kaf’Bar, the beautiful terrace of Restaurant Maven and Milans. Get a delicious sandwich at La Posata. Shopping is dangerous in Copenhagen, as the city is bursting with beautiful concept stores and design stores such as Monday Sunday and Studio Arhoj. Buy the most beautiful tableware at Miio and for unique sneakers go to NAKED.
25Hours Hotel and the beautiful square Gåbrødretorv | Copenhagen best things to do
Other good restaurants in town are Hidden Dimsum, Aamanns 1921, Llama, Schønnemann, Esmée and Selma. Do make reservations in advance, as everything is full on weekends. Also visit the lively food hall Torvehallerne! End the evening with cocktails at Balderdash or Gejser Bar.
Copenhagen sights and fun things to do
There is so much to do in Copenhagen and you can easily spend a week here. With the Copenhagen Card you have access to more than 80 museums and attractions, discounts at restaurants and in addition you can travel for free on public transport, including to and from the airport. It takes 20 minutes to travel from the airport to the city center by metro.
Lunch at Café Segalls | best restaurants Copenhagen
1. Visit the famous amusement park Tivoli, built in 1842. Especially in the winter months, it is a magical place. The park is located in the middle of the city, opposite City Hall. Walt Disney got his inspiration for the construction of the first Disney park there!
2. Marvel at Christiansborg Castle and walk into the beautiful Garden of the Royal Library.
3. Climb the Round Tower for an impressive view of the city.
4. Admire the stately Frederick’s Church and the Little Mermaid on her rock.
5. Go vintage shopping and enjoy some coffee in the Vesterbro district.
6. Stroll through picturesque Magstraede and across the beautiful square Gåbrødretorv, packed with terraces.
7. Experience Copenhagen from the water during a fun boat ride!
8. The Meatpacking district is on the rise. This is the place where locals go out for drinks on weekends.
9. Go back in time at the imposing Rosenborg Castle.
10. Book a Hygge & Happiness Culture Tour: walk through beautiful streets and enjoy traditional cuisine. “Hygge” is the Danish word for coziness.
An easy way to explore the city is to walk a city tour with Time2Momo!
So many beautiful corners at the 25Hours Hotel | best hotels Copenhagen
Copenhagen – how to get there?
- Easily arrange your rental car through Sunny Cars.
- Look for the best accommodations in Copenhagen on Time2Momo.
- Buy your Copenhagen Card HERE.
- Check Momondo for good flights to Copenhagen.
- For unique experiences and excursions go to Getyourguide.com