TRAVEL GUIDE: A WEEKEND IN COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen… my all-time favourite city besides London (she’ll forever have my heart). I love this Danish city so much, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored. Having just come back from my fourth trip, I still found myself discovering new places to eat, drink and visit. It’s a city that I strongly urge everyone to visit, at least once, and make the most of their time there to truly fall in love with it as much as I have.
Here’s my guide to Copenhagen (of what I’ve discovered so far).
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WHERE TO STAY
The Nobis Copenhagen [who kindly gave me and my boyfriend our complimentary stay] is a handsome thing. Recently opened and standing very impressively right in the heart of the action. It’s Copenhagen’s only member of the Design Hotels group and fits perfectly within it - every corner, detail, nook was designed to perfection.
The building dates back to 1903, was once home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music and is fitted with beautiful period features including an impressive marble staircase upon entering. There’s an equally chic lounge area and the restaurant downstairs serves up a delicious buffet breakfast (which we managed to just make in time before it stopped each morning!).
Location wise, The Nobis is ideal. You have the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek (aka my favourite ever museum) right on the hotel’s doorstep. You’re also within easy walking distance to Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn harbour, all the shops you could need and the Tivoli Gardens. We couldn’t believe just how good a location a hotel could have. It’s also super handy to reach the Central train station so made it perfect for coming to and from the airport.
We stayed in one of the hotel’s Superior rooms (pictured above). Gorgeous four poster beds and the most insane bathroom - decked out in floor to ceiling marble! Made even better by the Byredo toiletry offering (I heartily approve of good toiletries in hotel rooms). Beds were huge and deeply comfortable - the only tricky thing was understanding how to use the air conditioning but it wasn’t too much of an issue in the January climate. Should it be free at the time, ask to see the Nobis Suite - a seriously beautiful open-plan room you’ll wish you could just take home and live in yourself.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Bæst - The best pizza in Copenhagen, I love it here. The menu’s not huge but you’ll leave here stuffed I guarantee. There’s a bar upstairs to grab a drink at whilst you wait for your table and they also offer reservations which I double like.
Torvehallerne - The indoor food stalls offering everything from smørrebrød (traditional Danish open sandwiches) to pastries to coffee. Don’t go with an indecisive mind, it’s torture.
Pastis - Famous for their mussels & frites (oh the frites…!!) but their beef ternderloin was absolutely dreamy too. Book ahead and try not to ogle too much at the beautiful Danish crowd.
Atelier September - the go-to for instagrammable avo on toast.
Sct. Peders Bageri - hands DOWN the best cinnamon rolls in the city. The oldest bakery is well worth a trip (or two). So so good.
Bistro Central - Admittedly I was drawn in by the interiors but pleased to have found this little gem (and just a very short stroll from Ganni!). We didn’t eat here but did enjoy an Aperol Spritz as the sun went down.
Dina Bar Kafe - Possibly my favourite hidden gem (I’m almost reluctant to share) a cute little wine bar (you can grab your coffee and cake during the day too) that has one of the prettiest corners I’ve ever seen. Emerald green velvet sofas and mis-matched prints on the wall. My kinda heaven.
The Mudhoney - For drinks before dinner at Baest, head here. A quirky little cocktail spot perfect for turning your night into date night.
Paté Paté - a very popular spot in the Meatpacking District, book ahead.
Andersen & Maillard - For all of your #butfirstcoffee needs.
where to shop
Shopping in Copenhagen is (expensive but) amazing. Danish fashion is everything - I could have spent a small fortune. Here’s some of my favourite places to part with the cash.
Stilleben DK - For the home and for you, there’s a few Stilleben stores dotted round the city. I can’t pass one without stopping in and having a snoop.
Ganni - The Danish go-to brand. If you want to dress like a Danish girl, this is how. I wanted it all - sadly my bank account wouldn’t let me.
Project 4 - stumbled upon this tiny shop which stocks a good selection of international and local brands. I could have happily spent a few pennies here. A very good array of accessories - a must visit.
Norr - Another great shop for Scandi style, you can easily part with your cash here. Wanted. It. All.
Heroines - For all the pretty hair accessories and jewellery, head here.
WHERE TO VISIT
Nyhavn - Goes without saying you must visit this colourful, iconic harbour. I’ve never ventured into the many cafes and restaurants around here but always made time to stop for a snap or three.
Christiansborg Palace - Open Tues - Sunday, this is definitely one not to miss if you like a snoop around a palace. Grand room after grand room, you’ll get lost in the detail and wow factor of it all.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - how I’d never visited here before my fourth visit, I’ll never know. A botanical masterpiece and beautiful art & statue museum. Just go (but make sure you go early - especially on a rainy day).
Watch the Changing of the Guards at Amalienborg Palace - Every day - come rain or shine - the guards make their way to the square in front of Amalienborg Palace. And it’s a lovely Danish thing to see.
Rundetaarn - the famous tower with the spiral walkway up to the viewing platform. Copenhagen doesn’t have the greatest views from the top but it’s worth doing nonetheless.
ILUM rooftop - this department store bears a strong resemblance to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge so I didn’t spend time perusing but I did head straight up to the rooftop. Grab a drink at the coffee shop, take a seat on the roof terrace and watch as the rest of Copenhagen goes by.
Botanical Gardens - For all you green fingered lovers, this is the botanical spot for you. The Palm House is well worth a visit but it’s not quite Kew Gardens (sorry Copenhagen).
Tivoli Gardens - Fun all year round but Christmas at Tivoli has to be my favourite.