What can you do with 48 hours in Copenhagen? Well it turns out, quite a lot!
It’s Denmark’s capital that’s achingly cool. If you’re not being cut up by some understated hipster on a bike, you’re being charged £8.50 for a pint of larger, but who cares, Copenhagen is worth it. It’s clean, compact and friendly, what’s not to like about these razor sharp cheekboned Danish?
Before my visit everyone warned me it would be expensive, and yes if you and your mates like a drink then don’t offer to pay for a round. A pint can range from £3 to £8.50 and a glass of wine from £7 and up. I came to the conclusion that because the drinks are expensive, the people don’t seem to get as drunk and therefore larger louts amount to zero. The meatpacking district is a great little hub of bars and restaurants, I spent my Saturday night there and witnessed no fights, no boyfriend/girlfriend domestics and didn’t even see a bouncer on the door. So we’ve got that bit boxed off, Copenhagen is a little expensive on the booze front but because of that everyone is sound.
So what does Copenhagen have to offer?
Amazing food and lots of it! We spent our Saturday night at a restaurant called Host, recommended by many friends. We went for the three-course meal option with wine to match each course, something I would highly recommend as it keeps the booze bill down (whilst still getting pissed of course). Although it said three courses it was in fact seven including coffee and a pre-dessert before the actual dessert, genius! This was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had and if you want to go fancy but not blow your budget I’d recommend Host. Copenhagen Street Food Market is also a must see. It offers BBQ Street Food, Sushi and Turkish food plus an array of cakes and pastries. It’s got a great view overlooking the river, perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon tipple. And finally if you have any room left, then check out Warpigs in the meatpacking district, serving smoked ribs school dinners style with lots of beer.
Cycling is the best way to see the city. This was also the most cost-effective thing we did all weekend, £10 per bike for 24 hours and it even included a basket. Copenhagen is cyclist friendly with cycle lanes everywhere, you don’t feel intimidated by passing cars plus it’s echo friendly, everyone’s a winner.
The Tivoli Gardens is a traditional theme park in the middle of the city. It includes one of the world’s oldest rollercoasters over 100 years old. It’s quite pricey working out at £30 each for entry and rides, so I would recommend to only do this if you’re stuck for things to do. A beautiful place but not easy on the purse.
Christiania (Freetown Christiania)
Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of 850 residents. It’s a large commune and has a unique status that is regulated by a special law which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of the Copenhagen state. Basically this means the rules are a bit looser and you may see things being openingly smoked that you wouldn’t necessarily see in other parts of Copenhagen. It’s a mini town covered in art, graffiti and markets stalls. We sat around the lake drinking beers in the sun listening to a local band surrounded by all age ranges. This place reminded me of being at a festival, think Secret Garden Party or Festival No6. I would have taken pictures, but they weren’t allowed.
Where to Stay?
I would recommend to stay near the Nyhavn canal which means you’re central to the canal, shops and restaurants. We stayed in the Scandic Front which is directly opposite the Copenhagen street food market, and down the street from the Little Mermaid statue. This place also worked out the same price as an airbnb but you got breakfast included and your bed was made when you got back. Copenhagen is a must see city, it’s classy, cultural and full of beautiful people!