Denmark’s capital has long been synonymous with design, sustainability, fashion and innovation. Home to the world’s best restaurant and serving some of the best coffee in Europe, it’s easy to see why it’s inhabitants are some of the happiest on earth! Copenhagen is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway and here is the WOW guide on how to make the most of your stay.
How to Spend a Weekend in Copenhagen
Wander around hip Nørrebro
Nørrebro is a neighbourhood in northwest Copenhagen with a hip, multicultural feel and is a great district to base yourself in for a few days. Here you will find designer shops and trendy restaurants right next door to cheap kebab joints and dive bars. Nørrebro also boasts one of Copenhagen’s hippest streets: Jaegersborggade.
Tip: book a table at Manfreds & Vin for a delicious dinner.
Explore Freetown Christiania
Despite being located right in the heart of Copenhagen in the district of Christianshavn, Freetown Christiania exists as a self-proclaimed free state that operates independently of Copenhagen. The community functions under its own set of laws, uses its own currency and doesn’t pay tax. It is perhaps most well-known for its open trade in marijuana. It’s an exceptionally interesting neighbourhood to wander around in as it feels as though you’ve been transported back to the counterculture of the 1960s.
Tip: obey the signage and don’t take photographs in the ‘Green Zone’.
Hire a bike
Copenhagen is one of the best cities for cycling in Europe and you’ll see more bikes than cars on the streets. Almost 350km of bicycle lanes follow the roads around the city, which are built above the level of the road as an added safety measure for cyclists. Do as the Danes do and be sure to get around on a bike during your stay. There are bicycle rental shops all over the city.
Tip: you can also hire electric bikes powered by a motor and fitted with GPS tablets for extra cycling ease.
People-watch at Nyhavn
Copenhagen’s Nyhavn is the picture-perfect, iconic image you see of Copenhagen in all the postcards. It’s a beautiful, historic canal filled with anchored boats and lined with colourful 17th century townhouses. This area was once a busy, commercial port, but today it’s filled with restaurants and bars and is the perfect place to people-watch.
Tip: walk along the harbour until you reach the small bridge. This is one of the best vantage points for taking great photographs.
Eat at the world’s best restaurant
A reservation at Noma would be reason enough to book a trip to Copenhagen! You’ll need to book many months in advance, but if you manage to get a table, it will be a gastronomical experience of a lifetime!
Tip: make a reservation here.
Drink some of Europe’s best coffee
Not only does Copenhagen have a reputation for outstanding food, it also serves some of the best coffee in Europe. There’s a flourishing coffee culture in Copenhagen and no shortage of great cafés to get your caffeine fix at.
Tip: make sure a visit to The Coffee Collective in Nørrebro is in your plans.
Eat street food on Papirøen Island
Located right on the waterfront, the street food market on Papirøen Island is the perfect place for lunch. Each food truck inside the big market hall has a focus on sustainable, local produce. If the weather is chilly, stay cosy inside, but if the sun is shining, take your lunch outside and sit along the harbour.
Tip: the fish and chips is hard to beat here.
Spot the Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier is probably the most photographed site in Copenhagen after Nyhavn. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersons’s beloved fairytale, the sculpture is over 100 years old and is the most famous mermaid statue in the world.
Tip: arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Be a kid again at Tivoli Gardens
The world’s second oldest amusement park, a visit to Tivoli Gardens is a must for both young and old. Built in 1843, it was a great source of inspiration for the likes of Walt Disney and Hans Christian Anderson. The atmosphere is magical, with twinkling fairy lights and nostalgic, vintage rides.
Tip: be sure to ride one of the world’s oldest wooden rollercoasters!
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Over to you: what are your tips for spending a weekend in Copenhagen?