Copenhagen In A Nutshell
Even though I put close to a hundred hours of research and preparation into the trip, I was unable to find a good source for restaurants and food options in Copenhagen. After wandering through the city and finding a couple of suggestions from other sites, we were able to compile some recommendations of our own.
- Færgrekro – This was the cutest little restaurant I have ever seen! One of my biggest highlights for our food experiences. It’s the most reasonably priced restaurant on the Nyhavn Canal and they serve traditional Danish food in an authentic atmosphere. This charming restaurant perfectly embodies the danish ‘hygge’; quaint, cozy and authentic. Cuddle up next to a real fire and enjoy smørrebrød (fish on bread).
- Papreon – Zen and I discovered this eating center on our last day in Copenhagen after we had already eaten (bummer). We definitely missed out on the food, but we were still able to enjoy the atmosphere. It’s located on the edge of a canal by the opera house. You can lounge on beach chairs while you mingle with the locals and other tourists and eat the delicious food from local vendors. If you’re looking for a local hot spot, this is the place! There are multiple vendors to choose from offering a variety of food options. This little food market is the perfect place to pull up a chair, eat authentic food and embrace the Danish culture.
- Top tip: Food can make or break a trip, but it can also break the bank! Food is one of the biggest expenses for any trip, especially if you are planning on eating out for every meal. Don’t skip on the food experience, but cut the cost by making your own breakfasts and lunches on a couple of days. We decided to make our own food for one meal each day. Over a twelve-day span, we saved $300 by eating yogurt, granola or oatmeal for breakfast, and $420 by eating sandwiches for lunches.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
- Warmest/tourist season: June-August. You will have great weather accompanied with loads of tourists and peaked prices.
- Shoulder season: March-May and October-November. Top tip: Plan your trip during the shoulder season. You’re still able to have good weather without the travel headaches of crowds. We planned our trip for the second half of March; by doing so we were able to find a killer deal on plane tickets as an added bonus for reducing costs. Zen and I found flights for less than half the cost by choosing to travel in the shoulder season.
- Sleep in Heaven Youth Hostel – This hostel not only had the best reviews, but it was consistently the best price when we were researching places to stay. Sleep in Heaven is in a great location in Copenhagen and offers bike rentals, breakfast and a fun lounge for travelers to mingle.
SEE & DO
Copenhagen is jam packed with stunning sights and activities. The energy in the city is contagious and spellbinding. Top tip: rent a bike and cruise through the city. Most sites are within biking distance, you’re able to see more and you don’t have to pay for parking.
- The Little Mermaid – Although this is an iconic statue for Copenhagen, it was by far the most underwhelming site to see. The mermaid sculpture is smaller than I expected and her backdrop consists of smoke stacks and refineries. If you’re pinched for time, skip it!
- Nyhavn – A must see! This former red-light district has been cleaned up and transformed into a colorful tourist attraction. The North side of the canal now consists of bars, restaurants and cafés. The vibrant painted brick buildings resonate with energy and provide ideal photography opportunities. Don’t forget to swing by the Memorial Anchor on the West point of the canal for a bonus attraction.
- Gefion Fountain – Plan to see the fountain instead of The Little Mermaid. Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen. We visited the fountain while the sun was setting, the light rays and colors enhanced the beauty of the large fountain. Don’t forget to make a wish!
- The Round Tower – Originally built as an astronomical observatory, now serves as a tourist attraction due to its expansive view over Copenhagen. The Round Tower is a cylindrical building with an inclined walkway for you to twirl yourself all the way to the top. Along the way, take a moment to look around the art exhibit and don’t miss the center opening near the top of the tower where you can step out on a glass floor while you peer down stories below.
- Strøget – The longest pedestrian street in Europe. If you want to dive in to a typical day of tourism, head to this huge walking street to enjoy street performers, shopping and goodies.