If I could boil down the city of Copenhagen to one word it would be: cozy. I don't know if it's because we went during the fall and got to drink hot coffees in the cutest little cafes (after sweating it out for months in Italy), or snuggle up in warm sweaters or all the festive autumn decor and pastries, but the city just felt so cozy! Even though we were only there for 3 days, the more we walked around the city, the more we thought to ourselves how easy it would be to live in Copenhagen. Everyone spoke the most perfect English, the food was outrageously delicious and everyone we encountered was incredibly friendly. Overall I would definitely recommend putting Copenhagen on the top of your "must visit in Europe" list. (After you visit me in Italy, of course!)
When you think of Copenhagen, you'll most likely picture Nyhavn, the picturesque harbor lined with brightly colored buildings. Well, you're not wrong and we visited there almost every day. But the foodie culture in Copenhagen is exploding, and my tastebuds were on cloud 9 the entire trip. We did lots of research and got recommendations from friends who have lived there, so I wanted to share the wealth! Before we dive into our 3-day itinerary in Copenhagen, we need to chat about the amazing food scene.
We didn't get to personally try everything on our list, but we've made it a life mission to return to Copenhagen and finish it.
Democratic Coffee Bar - Amazing coffee and incredible croissants that brought me back to France in one bite.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab - Delicious coffee that we actually tried in Lisbon since they have locations in several different cities.
CUB Coffee - The epitome of cute and cozy vibes and delish coffee.
Juno the Bakery - Nestled down a quiet street with pastries that will blow. your. mind. Definitely recommend getting the cardamom bun because it's glorious. This bakery is at the top of the list for a reason aka GO!
Lagkagehuset Bakery - We literally bought an entire loaf of sourdough bread. 100% worth it.
Lille Bakery - Say hello to your new fav cinnamon roll!
Hart Bageri - Cute, delicious and cozy. Need I say more?
Wulff & Konstali - Brunch menu starts at 9am with a plethora to choose from.
Souls - Great for delicious vegan options if that's your thing.
Mad & Kaffe - Literally an award winning cafe sooo you know it's legit.
Lunch & Dinner
Gasoline Grill - Named in the top 20 of the world's best burgers. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Market Torvehallerne - The cutest market split into 2 sections with lots to choose from.
SASAA - Delicious African dining with incredibly fresh ingredients.
Ramen to Biiru - Freaking delicious ramen that we are still talking about.
John's Hotdog Deli- Hotdogs are a THING here so you should def join in on the fun.
Höst - Amazing Nordic food and design that embodies the hygge life
P.S. While you're at it, check out this guy's Instagram who posts all about amazing places to eat in Copenhagen. He's constantly posting mouthwatering photos of amazing food joints around the city!
One of the best things we did before arriving in Copenhagen was purchasing the Copenhagen Card. It gave us access to lots of different museums, castles, all travel and fun activities like a canal tour. Because we stayed in a centrally located hotel at the Scandic Palace Hotel, we mostly walked through the city. We also used the metro when we were feeling a little too cold, as well as to and from the airport. We didn't have to think about it, we just hopped on and away we went. The same with random museums and activities we saw as we walked by. I would definitely recommend looking into it to see if it'd be worth if for how you like to vacation.
If you're wondering how to spend your time while vacationing in Copenhagen, besides eating (which we did a lot of, hence a lighter itinerary), here is our 3-day itinerary to get you started:
Explore the city center - We love walking around to get our bearings of the city
Walk along Stroget Street - Honestly there were so many stores here we don't have in Salerno, so we had to pop into a few stores. Expats, you feel me, right?
Nyhavn - Waterfront canal with the classic gorgeous & colorful views of Copenhagen
Kunsthal Charlottenborg - Art gallery with a breathtaking outdoor view that was covered in burnt orange and red fall leaves. I personally enjoyed the outside of the building more than the art inside!
Round Tower - It's a cute spot with a panoramic view at the top
Rosenborg Castle - We liked the outside view & gardens more than the inside of the castle
Tivoli Gardens - Cutest fall setup but make sure to check the dates
Stroll to Frederiksberg Gardens - Strolling through gardens in Copenhagen is truly a treat
Mikkeler Bar - Super trendy bar with amazing beers
Canal Tour - We went on the Stromma tour leaving from Ved Stranden. Sit on the right if you can as we were directed to look out the righthand window 9 times out of 10.
Stroll to Nyhavn - Because hello, it's gorgeous!
Christiansborg Palace - Home to Danish parliament so that's cool
No schedule, just get lost - Once we've seen everything that tops our list, we just like to wander and find things we wouldn't normally stumble upon. Always worth it.
Your ultimate goals while in Copenhagen should be to eat all the Danish pastries, walk through pretty gardens, and enjoy the gorgeous architecture. If you do these things, I promise you'll leave a happy camper! To sum it all up, visiting Copenhagen during the fall is such a beautiful and cozy experience that I will recommend to anyone and everyone. Honestly, the city is easily a place I could live in. Maybe one day!
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