O kay okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been putting off writing this article. But so many people keep asking for it, so here it is: my Travel Guide to Copenhagen. It’s been two (!) months since I visited this amazing city and just thinking about it makes me nostalgic (which is why I kept putting off writing it). Are you visiting Copenhagen soon, or are you just curious about what’s so interesting about this city? Keep on reading.
First of all, Copenhagen is blogger-walhalla when it comes to taking pictures. Everywhere you turn, whether it’s a busy shopping-street, or the quaint Nyhavn, you’ll find idyllic scenery and insta-worthy buildings. It’s impossible to make ugly pictures when every photograph you make looks like a postcard. So if you’re looking to pimp up your insta-game, Copenhagen is the place to be.
But, of course, we’re not all bloggers and some of us want more. No worries, Copenhagen has something to offer to all of you.
1. A place to stay: The Steel House
If you’re visiting Copenhagen and want a qualitative, yet not too expensive hostel, I would definitely advise you to check out The Steel House. This is where we stayed and it was honestly (and I’m not exaggerating) the best hostel I every stayed in.
Michelle and I didn’t take pictures of our rooms because we were too ashamed of the mess we made (seriously, it was bad). I took some of the pictures you find on The Steel House’s website, because they look very accurate anyway.
We got a room for six people even though we were just the two of us. That’s the advantage of traveling outside the busiest seasons. We both got our own little bunk bed, in which you could create your own space. This is nice because you can socialise with your friend(s), but you can also put your feet up and enjoy a nap without anyone bothering you. You get your own little room within the room.
Other than amazing rooms, the hostel also has: A movie room, a pool (!), a TV room, a gym and a kitchen you can rent. You can make use of these facilities for very reasonable prices. Moreover, there is a possibility to rent a bike, which I would really advice you to do, whether you stay here or somewhere else. There is no better way to discover Denmark than by bike.
2. A place to eat breakfast/lunch: Greasy Spoon
On our second day of exploring, we bumped into this little American-inspired burger place called Greasy Spoon, in the middle of what seemed to be an LGBTQ-friendly neighbourhood (there were rainbow flags everywhere). The owner was the friendliest host you could imagine. He saw we were tourists and offered us free coffee, saying “Copenhagen is expensive as it is”. Michelle and I both ordered a few dishes on the breakfast menu and we were positively surprised. Who would’ve thought a burger place would have such great breakfast?
3. A place to take pictures: Nyhavn
It’s impossible to think about Copenhagen and not talk about Nyhavn. Chances are that if you’ve seen a postcard of the capital city, it has Nyhavn on it. With it’s romantic scenery, countless hyggelige restaurants and cafés and classic boats, it’s the perfect place for tourists to take pictures.
Fun story: my boyfriend sent me flowers during our stay (He’s a keeper, I know). Michelle and I were freezing so we left the flowers in the rented bike and went to get some hot chocolate on the other side of the road. During the five minutes we were gone, at least three people went near the bike to take pictures with it. It helps that the Steel House bikes look beautiful of course. Add some flowers and that beautiful backdrop during sundown and you have the best setting for that insta-perfect picture.
Point is, this place is super beautiful to visit. However, don’t spend too much time here. No matter how tempting it is to go and sit on one of the terraces, it’s crazily expensive. We paid about €20 for two waffles and two hot chocolates. Granted, the waffle looked like this, but still… too expensive if you ask me.
Oh and, looking to organise a stag party? There’s a strip club too, but it looks like a Japanese restaurant. Don’t be fooled like me. You’ve been warned.
4. A place to have fun: Tivoli
Whenever you ask someone who’s visited Copenhagen what place you must visit, he or she will most likely answer Tivoli. Following this advice, we went and boy… we stayed there all day! It was so much fun. Tivoli is an amusement park in the middle of the city (it’s on the other side of Central Station). It has many attractions, some of which are extremely old (the oldest was built in 1914, scary but fun!). If you go with kids, keep in mind that they won’t want to leave. Hell, we didn’t want to leave and we’re adults *ehem*. There are also multiple places where you can eat with different price ranges, so there’s something for everyone.
Tip: buy an unlimited pass if you’re planning on spending the day there. It’s about €25 and you get to ride all rollercoasters as many times as you want. If you don’t get this pass, you’ll have to pay for each ride which can get expensive. It’s worth the money, promise.
5. A place to shop: Strøget
Strøget is one of Europe’s longest shopping streets. When Michelle and I first found Strøget, we thought “Is this it…??”. Everyone talks about it so we thought it would be huge, but the beginning of the street is actually pretty narrow. First you get some souvenir shops, as you progress you get bigger stores and high street shops. Near the end you’ll find luxury boutiques and Illum (a department store comparable to De Bijenkorf or La Fayette). In this one street, you’ll find something for everyone.
So should you visit Copenhagen?
YES YES YES. It was honestly the most fun citytrip I ever did and both Michelle and I decided that we would come back. One thing I want to mention is the people’s friendliness. It’s incredible how helpful and nice they are. In every store you visit, they tell you to “have a really nice day”, not just “a nice day”. If you need help, chances are the natives will be glad to help.
Other things you need to know:
- Denmark is expensive, sure. But it doesn’t have to be. We spent around €130 each in 3 days (3 meals a day). That’s not much. However, you do need to watch out or you overpay for a waffle, like we also did
- Rent a bike! I hate riding by bike with a passion, but it was the quickest and cheapest way to get around. You’ll also see much more of the city than if you were to use public transport.
- Denmark tries to eliminate cash money. I would advice to pay as much with your creditcard as possible.
- When you visit, you REALLY need to try a Snegl. It’s a typical Danish pastry and god, it’s heavenly. My mouth starts watering thinking about it.
If you have any further questions about our trip, you can always send me a message through Instagram I’ll happily help. Are you visiting Copenhagen any time soon?
have a lovely day