My birthday landed on a bank holiday weekend, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to plan a short break, and Copenhagen was next on my list! I pictured Copenhagen as being cold and grey, but we were so so lucky with the weather that weekend, reaching 22 degrees and sunny on all 3 days!
We stayed at the loveliest Airbnb with the loveliest host. So spacious and such a good price for Copenhagen (and it's expensive reputation..). It had a kitchen which meant we cooked at home both evenings and watched Netflix on the comfy sofa.
The view from the apartment was also nice and the location was perfect. Quiet but easy to get to anywhere. We walked everywhere this trip and only got public transport from the Airport to the centre and vice versa.
Just a few steps away from our Airbnb was the lovely Sortedams Lake where people jogged, walked and sunbathed. One word that I could use to describe Copenhagen was calm. Cities usually stress me out to a certain extent, but everywhere we went was so open and quiet, with not many tourists - none that stuck out anyway.
PARKS & SKATEBOARDING
Copenhagen is such a happy city, with lots of green spaces. We loved exploring all the parks and skateparks too. Fælledparken was a great park really close to our place. The skate park here had such good vibes too and played un censored hip hop music even with kids around haha.
Kongens Have is a park we walked through to get to the centre which was also really lovely.
Glyptotekets Have is a museum with a beautiful botanic garden which unfortunately you had to pay entry - the weather was too nice to head indoors but the outdoor gardens are really pretty too, overlooking Tivoli Gardens amusement park - which looked so fun. We'll have to go next time.
We stumbled across Ørstedsparken whilst trying to find another skate spot at Israel Plads and I'm so glad we did! It was the best park out of them all with stunning flowers, bridges and a lake running throughout.
Israel Plads is a square for skating, ball games, and chilling - Cameron really enjoyed skating and I enjoyed sunbathing and people watching haha.
All of the food we had in Copenhagen was amazing (worth the extra £££). Here's my top picks:
Brunch at The Union Kitchen was amazing. I had truffle fries with avocado on toast, orange juice and a coffee (Danish coffee is the best) and Cameron had the pulled pork tortilla bowl. We didn't know you could book tables on the weekend but were very lucky to have walked in and been seated because it seemed almost fully booked, so I'd definitely recommend booking.
Mad & Kaffe is a place that I was recommended by a few friends who had visited before. It's very busy and there is a waiting list but luckily we didn't wait very long! (Try to get here before 11am - even on a weekday).
The concept is so good. You pick 3 or 5 plates for a fixed price and there's a choice of meat, fish, bread, eggs, vegetables and sweets on the menu and price of dishes don't sway your opinion on what to have.
Hooked is a place I found on Copenhagen food guide's Instagram. It's seafood but served street food style. They had lobster hotdogs and salmon burgers! I went for the calamari with chips and Cameron had the lobster hot dog.. we both had a coke each and it totalled to £30 which is quite pricey, but still delicious.
Møller Kaffe & Køkken was my absolute favourite. Again like Mad & Kaffe, you order a few small plates, except this time they have individual prices, and you can also share everything. I'm still dreaming about the waffle.
Torvehallerne is a lovely food market right next to Israel Plads - we didn't actually eat here but everything looked so delicious and the outdoor seating in the sun looked lush.
Other spots we loved:
Nyhavn. You probably see this view in your head when you think of Copenhagen - it's as beautiful as the pictures. We came on a sunny Saturday afternoon which meant it was quite busy but good vibes all right and I can see why it's a popular place to hang out.
If you walk to the end of Nyhavn and cross the bridge, you'll see lots of people hanging out by the water by Krøyers Plads, especially if it's a nice day. There's also a street food market on this side, but we weren't hungry so we just bought some drinks and chilled by the water. We saw lots of groups of people with rented boats, music playing and just having a good time. I really admire the Danish way of living.
We absolutely loved Copenhagen - I could see myself living there for sure!
Thanks for reading, I hope it inspired you to see it for yourself!