(This list will not include The Little Mermaid or the Carlsberg Museum…)
This post is definitely not an exclusive list of every single thing you should do in Copenhagen, but it is a guide of experiences that shouldn’t be missed while visiting the beautiful city of Copenhagen… It also doubles up as the guide to Copenhagen on a budget, which is difficult by the way.
This is an obvious one. Do as the locals do. Hire a bike and take advantage of the cycling infrastructure here, it’s the best and most popular way to see the city. Spend an afternoon cycling to nowhere in particular and see where you end up, you’re sure to find a hidden gem within the city.
Ever since I left Copenhagen I’ve been dreaming of going back. And most of that is down to my favourite little café - Granola. Venture into, (or better yet, base yourself in) the Vesterbro neighbourhood of CPH and you’ll find this gem hidden among many others. Spend a morning here feasting on fruit and Danish pastries while watching the locals go about their business. It won’t disappoint.
So I’m not oblivious to the fact that Tivoli is filled to the brim with tourists.. but avoid the amusements (unless that's your thing) and head to the grass. One of my favourite memories of CPH is lying on the grass in the sun with an ice cream soaking it all in. Plus you’ll save yourself a fortune.
This a must. Go here at least once.. maybe every night, whatever you prefer. The ‘Paper Island’ Street Food Market is just across the bridge from Nyhavn. Head here for dinner and you’ll find any cuisine you can think of.. and it’s all delicious! In the early evening grab a spot by the river as the sun sets and watch as the boats go past. Later, try to squeeze in by one of the camp fires and get cozy for the evening. The atmosphere is amazing.
Nyhavn is a lovely upmarket neighbourhood of Copenhagen. Bikes can’t get down the main ‘street’ by the river, so park at one of the bridges and take a stroll. Enjoy a gelato from one of the many Gelaterias and park yourself down next to one of the buskers along the river’s edge.