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The slow paced guide to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of our favorite places in the world. We love everything about it: the city is not too big but offers thousands of possibilities, almost everyone is friendly (and really good-looking), the architecture and design are outstanding and there is a fantastic food scene. We’ve decided to put together our list of recommendations in case you are thinking about visiting Copenhagen. These are just some of our favorite places and things to do for a laid-back, relaxing weekend. Don’t expect a full guide of monuments, transport tips or historical facts. But! If you want to spend a few days wandering around Copenhagen, eating great food, doing some shopping and enjoying life, then this might be of your interest.

EAT:

You know we love our slow-paced breakfasts. Well, we have enjoyed some of the bests ones in Copenhagen. DagH and Café Norden are our absolute favorites. DagH café is a little bit away from the city center, but it deserves the walk. It’s cool and has the best pancakes. Café Norden, on the other hand, is located in the heart of the city, Stroget. It’s also the perfect place for a ginger and lemon tea (with biscuits, of course). If you want to join the cool kids for breakfast, then Atelier September is for you.

Foodies shouldn’t miss Torvehallerne, the biggest food market in the city. Even though this gourmet market trend can be a little annoying (they are taking over the world like Starbucks did and now every city has to have its own gourmet fashionable market), this place is a great destination if you love food.

We recently talked you about Gorm’s pizza, so we have to add it to this list. For those of you with a sweet tooth, Lagkagehuset could be paradise. There are a few locations around the city so you can just jump in, grab a coffee and a Danish pastry to go.  They also have great sandwiches so if you are thinking about a picnic, this is your place too.

Copenhagen can be cold. So look for Hotel Chocolat and warm up with a hot chocolate with mousse texture. Heaven.

Don’t miss the ham and fig pizza at Neighbourhood, in the hip Vesterbro area.

Try the best Burger in Copenhagen here.

And a visit to Copenhagen wouldn’t be completed without a delicious dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in the world: Geist. To say that everything on their menu is delicious is an understatement. Geist is surprising and innovative, full of personality and unexpected combinations.

But what about traditional open faced sanwiches? We goy that covered too: for an updated version of the classics based in seasonal produce with a twist, go to Almanak. Besides, it has a lovely terrace overlooking the inner harbour.

STAY:

If you want to splurge, choose the classic Hotel d’Angleterre. Bear in mind that there are some pretty huge works going on just in front of it, you it may be a little bit noisy.

Our favourite boutique hotel in Copengahen has to be SP34. It’s casual but has a strong personality, it’s located in the Latin Quarter and design is key. It’s restaurant has the best burgers in Copenhagen!

If you have a nice budget you can book a lovely room at the Admiral Hotel. The location is great and if you have a room overlooking the harbour your mornings will be spectacular. Don’t leave the hotel without having dinner at its restaurant, Salt. And ask for the smoked cod mousse with chips to dip in. Oh my!

If you have a limited budget, go for Wake Up Copenhagen. They have two locations, but the one in Bordergade is perfect. It’s one of those new design yet basic hotels. You’ll get a good value for your money.

If you are almost broke… well, save a little bit and don’t go to Copenhagen just yet. Better choose Berlin this time.

OUT AND ABOUT:

Visit all the interior design shops you find. Illum Bolighus is the Scandi design mecca. It’s huge, so save a few hours to explore it. Next to it you’ll find Royal Copenhagen, a classic. Hay is a must too. Their store in Oestergade is great. Look for their amazing staicase. Once there, you’ll have one of the best views of Stroget.

Bundle up and take a long walk along Larsens Plads and through Kastellet until you get to the Little Mermaid. Take the mandatory picture. Instagram it immediately.

Buy a pair of sneakers. You’ll find the most amazing sneakers in Copenhagen. All the cool kids wear them.

Explore Vesterbro and Osterbro. Vesterbro is the home of the hipsters with lots of designer shops and nice restaurants. Osterbro is a classy area full of designer shops and modern cafes. Different vibes, different styles, different tribes… But the exact same love for clothes, coffee and food.

Rest a little bit in the gardens that surround the Rosenborg castle. If you are lucky and the weather is nice, there’s no better place to be. Well… maybe the Library Gardens that, as cliche at it sounds, are a beautiful gem hidden in the city center.

Remember your childhood at Tivoli.

Finally, don’t be afraid og beeing too touristy and book one of those little cruises that show you the  city from the water. You won’t regret it!

14 Comments

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  2. I’m hoping to do a road trip in Scandinavia this summer and I’ll remember to come back and look up your favourite things in Copenhagen. I love Copenhagen too!

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  7. This is downright perfect. Just writing down all the places so I wont forget them, it is still quite some time until summer but getting so exited right now! Again, thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. I’m lucky enough to live in Copenhagen – love it here! Great guide – love your bit about “Different vibes, different styles, different tribes… ” so true, but equally cool. Cheers from Denmark!

    • Thank you so much! Coming from someone who lives in the city, that’s a real compliment! Please let us know if there’s a favourite place of yours that we have to know during our next visit!

  10. Bacchouse on Sølvgade is super cozy and has one of the best avocado toasts in the city – seriously a piece of art! My favorite place for Danish smørrebrød is from nearby Aamann’s on Øster Farimagsgade – ask for recommendations of their house spiced snaps to pair with your sandwiches. And Nørrebro neighborhood has lots to offer as well – start at Dronning Louises Bro for the people watching and head away from the city and take a walk through Assistens Cemetary where Scandi greats like H.C. Andersen and Søren Kirkegaard are buried. Out the other end of the cemetery and you find yourself nearly at Jægersborggade. Don’t miss Coffee Collective, Grød, Meyer’s Bakery and lots of other specialty shops on this charming street. Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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