36 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN

Oh Copenhagen. What a city!

A couple of weeks ago, Vicky and I ran away to Denmark for a night. We caught a stupidly early flight from Gatwick on Saturday morning and returned on a late flight Sunday evening.

It was a bit of a last-minute decision that basically came from us going: Should we go on holiday? Yeah ok. Where to? Dunno… Copenhagen? Yeah let’s do Copenhagen. BOOKED. DONE. BYE.

Something like that anyway.

We didn’t make any plans, we didn’t know much about the city and, in the end, we decided to just research a couple of restaurants and leave everything else to wandering around and seeing what we could find.

Here’s what we discovered during our 36 hours in Copenhagen!

Copenhagen 2016

1. How to get there

We flew with Norwegian airways and they are my new favourite airline because WIFI!

Once you arrive in Copenhagen you can get a metro from the airport to the city centre in under 20 minutes, for about £4 an adult.

Once in the centre, the city itself is easily walkable. We were able to save a lot of money by mostly avoiding public transport. However, if you DO want to use public transport, the Metro is fast, clean, reliable and an actual joy to use. A whole world away from London’s smelly tubes!

There’s also a well-connected bus service that will get you pretty much anywhere the Metro doesn’t reach.

2. Where to stay

We stayed in an Airbnb right near the centre of town. It was a ten minute walk to the Nørreport Metro station, with plenty of nice cafes in the area, and a beautiful view overlooking the Lakes.

The owner was a lovely old man called Axl, who was friendly and helpful, but very much left us to our own devices – which suited us just fine!

We paid £62 between us for the one night stay.

2. What to wear

First things first: Copenhagen in February is cold. Not just cold, but FREEZING.

We quickly realised that we’d underestimated how cold it could actually be up North and had both packed shoes that involved bare ankles and no socks. Well done, us. The locals spent a lot of time staring at our feet and clearly wondering if we were mad…

Take a proper coat, scarf, gloves, hat and socks.

I’m always fascinated by what people wear in different countries. My style in Spain is SO different from what I wear in London, and if you watch what people wear at all the different fashion weeks, it always changes as well. I think it gives such an interesting insight to a city’s mindset!

So if you want to dress like a Dane, here are the trends I observed on my little trip: good quality basics, neutral colours and slightly masculine shapes with clean lines. I spotted lots of turtle necks, dressing-gown shaped wrap coats, cute little knitted beanies, white Stan Smith trainers (worn with rolled up trousers and black socks – because did I mention it’s cold?) and all paired with super sleek hair and perfectly on-point makeup.

Basically: they’re a Pinterest dream.

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

3. Where to eat

a) COFFEE AND CAKE

Now, the number one thing EVERYONE had told me we had to do in Copenhagen was coffee and cake.

So we took that advice to heart and decided to make this a priority. Turns out the Danes makes fantastic lattes, and apparently cheesecake is a massive thing in Copenhagen!

Who knew, eh?

We tried several places, but the ones worth remembering are:

Kaffehuset: Their cheesecakes are faaab. Vicky loved their Nutella one, and I was a massive fan of the lemon! Great coffee too.

Daily: Handily placed, right by the Nørreport Metro station, we spent several hours in here on our second and last day, sheltering from the bitter cold with milky coffee, hot tea and HUGE slabs of deliciously creamy, raspberry cheesecake.

b) DINNER

As we were only there for one night, we’d decided to make the most of it and had booked a table at Madklubben Vesterbro for dinner (again, on the recommendation of Bonnie!)

It’s a lovely little restaurant, about half an hour’s walk from where we were staying, that serves traditional Danish dishes with a twist. They do a fantastic menu deal where you can select one, two, three or four courses, which cost DKK 100, 150, 200 or 250, respectively.

The food was great! Fresh, local and perfectly cooked. We had the most amazing mashed potato of all time ever with our mains (guinea fowl) and the salmon tartare starter was also fabulous.

HOWEVER.

Keep an eye out for the twenty five percent service charge that they sneakily add on at the end.

25%. I know. Not cool…

c) Brunch

We went to Mad & Kaffe for brunch on the Sunday and I completely recommend it!

You can read my full blog post on Mad & Kaffe here, but for now…

Tip #1: They don’t take bookings so get there before 9:30am if you don’t want to have to wait outside in the freezing cold for a table.

Tip #2: Even if you can’t get a table, order a coffee. Best lattes EVER. Honest.

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

4. What to see and do

On the recommendation of Bonnie, we decided to take a boat tour of the city. With a bottle of wine stashed in Vicky’s handbag, we paid for our £8 tickets and jumped on.

We toured round into Nyhavn, took the obligatory snaps of the iconic coloured buildings and observed as a Danish fashion blogger had her outfit shots taken by her friend.

Then we sailed up the coast and visited The Little Mermaid statue, which was a bit… underwhelming.

I’m glad we saw it from the boat, because that thing is FAR from the city centre and I think we would have felt really disappointed if we’d trekked all the way there just for that.

As it was, I can say I’ve seen it, but I’m glad there were other things included!

We had a wander round the town centre and went up the Round Tower, which gives 360 degree views over the city. We also walked through the Rosenborg gardens and had a giggle at the Royal Guards doing their rounds in perfectly time-synchronised order.

If we’d had more time I would have added the free town of Christiania and the inside of Rosenborg castle to my list, as well as Tivoli, an old theme park that was closed for the season… but overall I think we did pretty well for such a short visit!

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

5. Other fun stuff about Copenhagen

a) Street art

Copenhagen is like no other city I’ve ever been to before. It’s so clean and well-groomed and friendly, but then there’s graffiti and street art covering every surface that’s remotely reachable.

It’s such a contrast of styles, but it just works so well together! It’s honestly like no place I’ve ever been before.

b) Babies

BABIES EVERYWHERE. I can count on one hand the amount of teenagers or children under 10 that we saw, but newborns and toddlers? Hundreds of ’em.

We actually googled it once we got back to our room and discovered that apparently the government was so concerned with under-population, because people weren’t having enough babies, that they started offering extra tax breaks, free childcare and all sorts of perks, to incentivize people to have more children.

AND did you know that it’s traditional to leave your babies outside in their prams whilst you go inside and have your coffee or whatever? They’re all well-wrapped up against the chill, but the fresh air is really good for them. It’s so strange to see all these prams just lined up outside the coffee shops, but just goes to show how safe parents feel in their city.

Can you even IMAGINE anyone trying that in London?!

c) Birds

When we were on the boat tour, I got pooped on by a bird.

A bird pooped on my head.

On. My. Head.

Vicky’s still laughing about it even now. I mentioned it the other day and had to wait 10 minutes for her to calm down enough to carry on our conversation…

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Copenhagen 2016

Yep, Copenhagen was awesome. *thumbs up emoji*

My only complaint would be the weather. I think I’d quite like to go back again one day, in Summer time, so I can experience it with temperatures above freezing. I want to do a guided tour on a bike, and visit Tivoli and sit outside cafes in the sunshine…

And I also want to eat all the cheesecake again. Obviously.

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? What was your favourite part? :)

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  • Looks so lovely especially the cake! I went to Copenhagen with my parents when I was little but I’d love to go back!

    • It’s a lovely city Angie! Definitely worth a revisit!! :) xx

  • Ohh looks like an awesome trip! I loved it when we went, definitely recommend Tivoli, the decorations for halloween were amazing!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • I know, your post was one of the reasons I wanted to go – such a shame it was closed!! :( xx

  • Go back, but get a train further in on a couple of days. There’s some amazing viking settlements an hour out of the city and so much contrast plus fjords! Summer is great, but they have midge issues like the Scots do in summer. September was a great time to go- still warm during the day, only a bit nippy at night- less flies :)

    • Ooooh I’d love to see the fjords and viking settlements. Definitely going to have to look into it! And THANK YOU. Will definitely be avoiding it in high summer now haha. No midges thank you! xxx

  • OMG people leave their babies outside?!!! That’s my favourite fact of the day!

    • I read it on A Cup of Jo’s blog a few years ago! She does a really interesting blog series about motherhood around the world and one of the ladies was talking about Denmark. Worth a read! :) xx

  • Do you feel like a longer visit next time or just another quick one?

    • Mmm I’m not sure. I was originally thinking quick one, but after seeing @misspond:disqus’s comment below, I might have to think of extending and doing the surrounding areas too! :D xx

  • I am SO JEALOUS. I’ve wanted to go to Copenhagen since I saw The Prince & Me (yeah, I’m not saving face, that’s my reason). It looks so lovely! I’d love to go in warmer weather though. I don’t handle the cold well. I’m planning Tallinn this summer and I’m half scared of how cold that’s going to be, even in summer. Like, my best friend (who is from Estonia slash the reason I’m going) came to Spain with me last year and she seemed quite excited that she got to wear dresses without tights on, so…

  • I totally know what you mean about the weather. I feel like it *could* have been my favourite city if it was just ten degrees warmer! x

  • Copenhagen has been on my to-visit list for ages and you’ve made me want to go even more, it sounds amazing! And those colourful houses are fab. I freaking love pastries so it would be a dream to go to the home of the Danish pastries haha :P x

    Sinead | Dreaming Again

  • I’m going in June with my cousins. Your post has gotten me really excited for my trip. I’ve never been so I’m noting down all your tips!!

    captaincharley.net

  • 2nd blog ive seen about this place in past couple of weeks makes me want to go now this minute! Looks lovely. X

  • reneejessome

    Oh my goodness! I couldn’t imagine leaving a baby outside while I went and enjoyed a coffee and cheesecake! haha So strange but it must be a nice feeling to be able to do that where you live. Also, a bird pooping on you is supposed to be good luck haha

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Looks like you had a fantastic time, despite the weather and bird poop. Oops.
    I’ve been wanting to visit Copenhagen for a while. Can you tell me, did you find it particularly expensive? As I’ve been told food and such can be a little pricey, or that could just been that 25% tax, eek!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | peachesandbear.co.uk

  • ninegrandstudent

    It all looks so pretty – the cheesecakes look divine! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Becca

    These photos are beautiful! I really want to visit Copenhagen, but I’ve been put off by the price before. Apparently it’s really expensive, but to be honest, you make it sound like it was pretty affordable! Maybe I will get there in the near future :) xx

    http://www.girlglobalising.com

  • Copenhagen has been on my list for a while and this just makes me want to go even more. Also Norwegian airlines have WiFi?! I’m flying with them next week!!! This is exciting information xx

  • Glad you enjoyed it, I went just before Christmas and it was lovely but soooo expensive which made it tricky at times to have fun because holidays = eating out lots, especially cos we were in a hotel so no convenient kitchen! I’d like to go again, and plan it out more, because also a lot of tourist things were a but underwhelming – and I didn’t even get to the mermaid! Jealous of the boat tour though!

    Milli

    milligrace.co.uk

  • Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I really want to go to Copenhagen – it seems like such a lovely city. But yeah, February is probably the coldest month in Sweden, so I imagine it’d be the same in Denmark. Not ideal for wandering about and exploring!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • Copenhagen looks like such a stunning city and it sounds like you had an amazing time!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • What a pretty city! I can’t imagine how cold it must have been doing that boat tour! Can’t wait to visit Copenhagen one of these days!

  • Sophie

    Ah now I;m even more desperate to visit in July!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

  • I love how colourful Copenhagen is! You also reminded me I need to go check costs for Scotland! OOPS! Xx

    OliviaCheryl.com

  • Ah it looks gorgeous. I’d love to really explore a few different countries like this.

  • Ah it looks gorgeous. I’d love to really explore a few different countries like this.

  • Copenhagen is the BEST. I loved it when I visited. It was FREEEZING, but I wore lots of layers, including long johns, and was so happy to be out in the fresh air!
    Laura | collectinglabels.com

  • ooh that coffee and cake looks so good! I can’t get over the babies outside thing, can’t even imagine us doing it in the uk. Im wanting to go there in October and can’t wait! x

    littlekaatie.com

  • Taja

    I’d really like to visit Copenhagen one day! Great post&photos xx