72 Hours in Copenhagen
Did we ever mention our love for Copenhagen? Well after heading back for a third time – in just under two years (!) – it’s safe to say we’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for the place.
As we never actually got round to sharing our last trip to the Danish capital and some how we’ve gone back without really shouting about it this time (call ourselves bloggers, pfft) we thought putting together a “Perfect 72 hours in” would be the best way to merge all our experiences into one.
And to convince you to come back for a fourth time with us!
We’d arrive in Copenhagen early and in time for breakfast. A classic Danish breakfast of boiled egg on rye would hit the spot. Atelier September, whilst small in menu, delivers with great ambiance and good coffee too.
We’re close enough to SMK for it to be our first stop. In fact, the National History, Rosenborg Castle and many other museums are all situated around Øster Voldgade so we’d spend the whole morning here.
The beautiful – free – botanical garden is an excellent place to warm up. The lakes are situated just behind too, ideal to mosey down!
We’re still not ‘over’ the Rundtaarn. An attraction we’ve visited every single time! Conveniently, the DØP hotdog cart sits just at the foot of the tower. Organic, gourmet hotdogs – and vegan options too!
If you’ve never been, we thought the Carlsberg museum would work next – but I doubt we’d go back again. So we’d head to Glyptotek gallery, which holds the Carlsberg Family’s art collection. It’s impressive and wonderfully laid out. Read: All. The. Backdrops.
f you haven’t checked into your hotel yet, maybe now’s the time. We’ve stayed at Absalon, Alexandra and Axel Guldsmeden. We loved all! Most hotels offer luggage storage if you need to drop your luggage off earlier in the day. Honourable mentions go to this new Axel hotel (that pool!!). Oh and this cutie.
For dinner we think you should try a COFOCO restaurant – make sure you book ahead. We’ve had two great experiences at two different restaurants. Today we’re going with the delectable Llama on the promise of margaritas! We’d love to try Høst and Vækst too.
Firstly, put on comfortable shoes today.
We fell for the story of Andersen’s Bakery so much so that on our first and second visit we must’ve racked up at least 5 stops there. It’s recently moved from the convenient Tivoli location over to Islands Brygge. Still worth the trek for their bread and cheese breakfasts and mini danishes.
We’d take a leisurely walk along the waterfront and canals toward Christianshavn before climbing up the 400 stairs of the Vor Frelsers Kirke for an equally impressive view of CPH. After, we’d explore the freetown of Christiania for completely different experience and lots of photo worthy graffiti.
We deserve a pitstop after all of that walking. So we’d go to The Corner at 108. Owned by the same team as Noma, everything is very good and what you’d expect!
Hopefully, the weather is dry, the sky is clear and as we walk over the footbridge the beautiful Nyhavn is in front of us! Ophelia Plads is also a nice stretch to wander down. Great in Feb, for the Frost Festival.
Next, we’d switch down the pace and take it slow and explore the main shopping parade with an abundance of high street favourites and design and concept stores in the surrounding streets. Making sure to stop at Hay House and Illums Bolighus.
In the evening there can only be one place – Tivoli – Fun, charm and one of the oldest rollercoasters built over 100 years ago. They recently opened a foodhall with stalls from Cocks N Cows, Stick N Sushi and Gorms so we have plenty of dinner options too!
After we’d take a wander around Frederiksberg – it’s the fashionable distict full of cafes, boutiques and delis – there’s plenty to do. It’s even home to the quirky Cisterns, CPH zoo or just walk around the beautiful parkland will do. It’s also home to some of the best cocktail bars in town.
Warpigs is a must – we’ve popped it in for lunch because we’d want our last morsel to be good – really good. And it’s got an excellent selection of beer. Lunch is quieter and they’re also more likely to have full menu as they can sell out quickly.
Final stop for us: Den Blå Planet. It’s one stop from the airport and with ample storage for your luggage it’s perfect for killing a bit of time before the flight. But let’s not undersell it. The main tank fills you with awe.
We wrote up our first experience here – so check this for practical info.
We were devastated to learn that Papirøen, one of our favourite stops from our last trip, pretty much ceased to exist. If you’re reading this in the future we expect this to be a pretty similar vibe if not a little more shiny!
Lagkagehuset is your friend. You’ll spot them everywhere, and yes, it’s a chain. But we promise you’ll get a great cinnamon pastry (according to our inferior British palette…) in every single one!
Can we go back already?!
Anders and Dan