What a great surprise Copenhagen was. My first visit to a nordic country left me in complete admiration and awe for all things danish, including the beauty of its inhabitants :).
May I just take a moment to congratulate the city of Copenhagen for being so incredibly organized and awesome. Our friends recommended we should check out the d’angleterre hotel copenhagen, but unfortunately it was fully booked so we went with Airb&b. Our Airb&b host sent us a detailed list of the things we needed to know, to the Visit Copenhagen website, the super useful Copenhagen Card, and the great transportation system. Ohh, and the restaurants. We had brunch three days in a row. We just couldn’t get enough of those pretty looking and extremely tasty dishes:).
Day 1 – Friday, August 26th
Start your day with a walk by the harbor, the postcard image of Copenhagen. After the mandatory pictures, head to Paper Island – an old building that was transformed into an international food market – for a culinary treat and some(beautiful) people watching.
From Paper Island walk back towards the harbor and stop by Noma, the best restaurant in the world. Maybe the price tag and the “one-year-long” waiting list will only allow you to admire it from the far, but at least you can say that “you have been there” :).
Next, you can rest your feet and have a go at the very popular boat tour. If you have a Copenhagen Card, which I warmly recommend, you won’t need to pay the entrance. Sit back, enjoy the views, and discover another side of the danish capital. After the tour, go back to Paper Island for a street food dinner whilst enjoying the sunset. No better way to finish the first day!
Day 2 – Saturday, August 27th
Begin your day with brunch at the trendy Mad & Kaffee in the Meat Packing district – don’t miss the avocado and the apple porridge. After the energy kick, you can start discovering the neighborhood. Before heading to Our Saviour’s Church, stop for a coffee and some people watching :) at the Absalon Hotel.
Next, walk or take the bus to Our Saviour’s Church where you can experience the beautiful view of the city.
Just around the corner from the church, you have the famous Christiania. I was not a big fan of the place as there were more tourists than locals, and it seemed unauthentic, but it’s still worth a short stop.
From Christiania take the bus or walk to Tivoli. We didn’t stay long as it was really packed, but we liked it. If you’ve had enough adrenaline, leave Tivoli and make your way to the Planetarium for a 3D experience, which I warmly recommend. Head back to the Meatpacking district and finish your day with an epic pizza. We discovered Itzi Pitzi Pizza by accident, and I tell you, no bs, it is epic! We eat in the park just opposite and loved every minute of it.
Day 3 – Sunday, August 28th
Kick off day three with an epic brunch at Souls in Østerbro, then catch a train to Louisiana museum. It’s outside Copenhagen, but definitely worth the trip – there is a train leaving from the station opposite Tivoli. Spend a few hours there, then get back into town and make your way to Frederiksberg for an epic burger at Grillen Burgerbar. Walk around the neighborhood and then (if you are staying at the same Airb&b as we did, before catching the bus to go back home) make your way to Tivoli again for smaller crowds and more fun :).
Thank you to Lost Ink for the beautiful and comfortable dress. I felt pretty and stylish whilst visiting museums, amusement parks, and having dinner :). Find out more about the London-based brand and their latest collection on www.lost-ink.co.uk.
Day 4 – Monday, August 29th
Since brunch places are awesome in Copenhagen, why not start day four with another one :). Head to La Esquina for Spanish inspired goodies and a super cool atmosphere. Then, walk towards the Assistens Cemetery and stop by the lovely boutiques for some (window) shopping. Rest your feet whilst on the bus towards The Black Diamond, a modern waterfront building connected to the Royal Danish Library where you can shop, visit exhibitions, or just relax at the cafe.
From the Black Diamond, take a bus to the center and have the famous smørrebrød (open sandwich) at Schønnemann. Make sure you book ahead otherwise you might not get a table. If that happens, the next best thing is Kronborg restaurant, which I warmly recommend.
You’ve seen and tasted quite a bit of the city during these four days and now you are ready to head to the airport. Not so quickly, there is one more stop on the way: National Aquarium Denmark.
Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.
How and Where to
How to get there: We found an epic offer with Ryanair from Bruxelles to Copenhagen for only 15 euros. Yes, you read that right, it was only 15 euro. Thanks, Ryanair :).
Where to stay: We had a great stay at a lovely Airb&b. Our host was super nice and helpful, and the room was clean, cozy, and with a view :). You can find the details here.
Don’t miss: Copenhagen Card includes, besides transportation, a wide range of attractions including Tivoli, The Planetarium, Our Saviour’s Church, Louisiana Museum etc. I warmly recommend it.
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