I recently got back from a 4 day city break with friends to the city of Copenhagen in Denmark and want to take the chance to write about my experience. In this blog post I will cover all aspects including: Accommodation, places to eat/drink, tourist attractions and outfit choices. Copenhagen has a reputation for being expensive, but we managed to do it on a budget whilst still having an amazing time, visiting all the places we wanted to see. I hope you find some of the reviews useful for if you are planning on visiting this city, it’s definitely worth a trip!
For the flights we managed ( I say we but it was actually my friend Lucy who is amazing at finding deals) to get really cheap return flights with Ryan Air for not much over £40. These were at pretty decent times so was an all round good deal.
For accommodation we opted for a beautiful Air BnB apartment near Island Brygge, which was a 5/10 minute walk away from the metro and a couple of stops away from the centre, which was perfect. The apartment was light and open plan, furnished in an on trend Scandinavian interior design style. Originally, we were meant to be staying in an another apartment, which looked almost identical, but as the owner was having issues with the boiler, we got asked if we would mind staying in his girlfriends apartment. To make up for the issue, which was no issue at all, the Air Bnb host had left wine and snacks for us, which was a lovely touch. Considering the reasonable price, location and decor of the apartment I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in Copenhagen!
It’s when it comes to eating out and drinking in Copenhagen that it can tend to get a bit pricey. However, by getting an Air BnB we were able to eat breakfast in the apartment. We also ate in one night before going out for drinks and had a lovely wine and cheese night on one of the other days. This was a great way to save quite a bit of money whilst also having some lovely dinners in.
Below is a list of some of the food and drink places we did visit on our stay-
- Mothers- Mothers is a pizza restaurant in the Meat Packing District which sold sourdough pizza’s and a good selection of beer. The food was great and reasonably priced whilst the staff were helpful and friendly. The restaurant also had a good ambience and was consistently busy even as it got to around 10pm.
- War Pigs- We went to Warpigs for drinks after our meal at Mothers. The selection of beers was vast and the staff were really knowledgable about the drinks, helping to recommend which beer I might like best. This is definitely a place I’d recommend if you like beer, if not this probably isn’t for you, as there aren’t many alternative drink choices available.
- Jolene- Jolene was the final place we visited in the Meat Packing District, which we went to on our last night in the city. The atmosphere was pretty laid back up until about 12pm, when the bar really livened up, there were big queues to get in and the tiny dance floor soon filled up. In addition, the drinks were reasonably priced (Around £6).
- Street Food Market- Copenhagen’s street food market in København is 100% worth a visit. However note- avoid going at 12pm on a rainy Saturday as we did, it was ridiculously busy. It consists of loads of different food stands all in a massive industrial style warehouse. There was a vast range of food choices, catering for everyone.
- Joe and the Juice- So, Joe and the Juice isn’t exactly a cool individual cafe in Copenhagen. They have branches across the UK in large cities such as Birmingham, London and Liverpool, to name a few. But, they were everywhere in Copenhagen and were well priced compared to some other cafe’s and had a great selection of lite bites and hand made juices, so was great for a lunch stop during a busy day site seeing.
- Tivoli Gardens- Before I went to Tivoli gardens I thought it would just be a large park with lots of greenery. Safe to say I was wrong and I was pleasantly surprised. The park is the second oldest operating amusement park having opened in 1843. The original style of the park and rides has been preserved and there were lots of stalls, rides, games, shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as the pretty grounds, to keep people entertained. It was just a shame that when we went it was pouring it down with rain!
- National Museum of Denmark- I always find it interesting learning about the country I’m visiting so took a trip to the National Museum of Denmark. Admission wasn’t too expensive and it was a good activity to keep out the rain!
- Nyhaven- Possibly the most photographed buildings in the world? Nyhavens colourful houses were stunning even in the drizzly rain. We went and of course had to have a photo in front of the buildings (cliche I know).
- Little Mermaid Statue- Now this is one attraction I would say if you’re not desperate to see, it might be worth a miss. The statue itself is nothing magnificent and is actually quite small! Having said this, I’m kind of glad to say I’ve seen it.
- Freetown Christiana- I’d heard really mixed reviews about this place before I went so wanted to check it out for myself. Freetown Christiana is an independent area of Copenhagen. Photo’s were previously strictly forbidden, which since changed in 2016. The buildings in the community are all covered in Graffiti and wall art and there were pop up shops and food stalls which were all pretty cool and the area appeared more tourist friendly now than maybe previously. However, we walked (quite quickly I might add) through ‘Pusher street’ which was full of people on small stalls selling drugs, with some quite intimidating characters walking about. I wouldn’t recommend going here in the evening or at night but is definitely worth a trip.
- Guiness book of records museum- Entry to this museum was pretty cheap and they offered discounted tickets for students which most of the museums didn’t, bonus. Full of crazy and random records I actually had quite a lot of fun and learnt quite a lot!
I knew before we left that it was planning to rain solidly for the majority of our stay so packed accordingly. I generally dress quite casually anyways so mainly packed comfy clothes that I knew would be good for days full of site seeing. Below, are my 3 favourite looks from the trip.
I think this was my favourite look of the whole trip. These Urban Outfitters pink cord trousers are amazing and are my new favourite item. I also don’t think you can go wrong with a stripy top ( I probably have too many ) and I love this long oversized one from Zara. I teamed this outfit with a pink beanie from Primark which was great value at only £2! I also wore my Fjallraven backpack for almost the whole trip as it was really practical. Finally, I packed my Vans as these are probably the most comfy trainers I own, so I knew these would be essential for long days walking around seeing all the sights.
(Top- Zara Beanie- Primark Trousers- Urban Outfitters Rucksack- Urban Outfitters)
On day 2, I went for another really casual look which was super comfy. I bought these Pull & Bear trousers a few months ago in Amsterdam and bought this red sweater from Primark recently to go with it. At £5 it was a total bargain, and they come in lots of different colours. I normally tend to wear quite monochrome and plain clothes, so it was nice to brighten things up a bit with the red. In hindsight I think I would’ve bought it a couple of sizes bigger to give it a more oversized feel but I still like it as it is.
(Jumper- Primark Trousers- Pull & Bear )
I wore this outfit for drinks at the bar Jolene in the Meat Packing District. I love a sheer top and this floral style from Urban Outfitters is really pretty. I paired it with an old pair of Topshop Mom jeans to keep the look casual and threw on my denim jacket to go with it. Although it is often said that double denim is a no go, I totally disagree!
(Top- Urban Outfitters Jeans- old Topshop)
I hope you found my review of Copenhagen useful and have an amazing time if you go in the future!