3 nights in Copenhagen: Where to stay, visit and eat

Nyhavn

I’m back! I have rudely neglected my blog for about 2 years now! I mostly blame Covid and my inability to travel as much as I’d like, but there are still a few trips for me to catch you up on! Let’s start with my most recent one whilst it is fresh in my mind…

In April 2023 I visited Copenhagen for the second time! We actually visited on the identical dates to when we visited 6 years ago. The main difference was that in 2017 the weather was TERRIBLE, but this year the weather was PERFECT! We couldn’t have been luckier and barely saw a cloud the entire time we were there. As a big change from our usual travels where we tend to go just my husband and I, this time we embarked on a multi-generational trip, with an age range of 2 to 90! With both a pram and a wheelchair in tow, we set off to the Airport in search of pastries and hygge! Let’s dive into what we managed to fit into a 3 night trip.

SOME FACTS TO START:

  • Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is known for its history, architecture and exceptional quality of life
  • The city is celebrated for its commitment to sustainability and cycling culture, with an extensive network of bike lanes (they cycle super fast so keep your wits about you!)
  • Copenhagen has a vibrant food scene with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • It is a creative hub – a haven for museum lovers, art enthusiasts and music fans
  • The flight time from London is a nice and short 1 hour 50 minutes and flights are generally very affordable

WHERE TO STAY

We spent 3 nights at the beautiful Villa Copenhagen. It is certainly not a budget option but we wanted somewhere with beautiful Scandi design, and a large and comfortable common area where the family could all sit and relax together after a day exploring. Villa Copenhagen certainly ticked these boxes, and more! With regular live music in the beautiful lobby, super comfortable beds, the best pastries I’ve probably ever eaten (bold statement) and attentive service, all whilst feeling totally relaxed and family friendly, it was the perfect base and I could not recommend it more. The hotel’s location was perfect for our group too – it is right next to the train station which was very handy for us as this is how we travelled to and from the Airport. The train system was very efficient and easy, with a one way train ticket from the Airport to Copenhagen costing about £4 per adult (the journey is around 15 minutes).

WHAT TO DO

We essentially had two full days in Copenhagen, and here is what we managed to see!

NYHAVN

We couldn’t not visit the ‘Insta shot of Copenhagen’ – Nyhavn. It is of course pretty touristy and lined with expensive eateries but well worth a visit just to enjoy the scenery and walk along the picturesque canal, admiring the colourful houses that you’ll no doubt have seen in many a picture. Whilst we were here we actually went on a 1 hour canal boat tour. It was very reasonable at only about £10 per person and was a nice way to see more of Copenhagen whilst relaxing. The route took us as far as The Little Mermaid – it was a little too far for us to have walked to with a toddler and a 90 year old, so seeing it from the water was just fine!

AMALIENBORG PALACE – CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

The changing of the guards happens daily at 12 noon and is a fun and FREE activity! You can watch the Danish military marching to a band in the palace square and it is an impressive display of military precision.

COPENHAGEN BOTANICAL GARDENS

We really loved visiting the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens. This was somewhere I had not visited on my first trip to Denmark so it was nice to do something different, and the beautiful weather certainly helped. You can wander around the park for free which is lovely in itself, but we also visited the Palm House and Butterfly House which costs around £7 per adult – well worth it.

ROSENBORG CASTLE

Rosenborg Castle is a 17th century royal palace that houses the famed Crown Jewels, set in a beautifully landscaped park. We didn’t go inside the Castle but enjoyed walking around the grounds and as it was blossom season (April) the trees were really pretty!

TIVOLI GARDENS

I was excited to visit Tivoli as we didn’t manage to visit on our first trip to Copenhagen. Whilst I’m not a ‘rollercoaster person’, I was keen to see the Nimb Hotel that I used to sell in my previous job at Off the Map Travel, and generally soak up the fun atmosphere in the park. Tivoli is actually the world’s second oldest amusement park, and there are not only rides to see but plenty of fantastic restaurants, cafe’s, gardens and a huge stage too where they host concerts.

STROGET

During our meanderings through the City we made sure to detour through the main shopping street, Strøget. It is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets!

FOOD:

We tended to have big breakfasts at the hotel, a snack or sandwich for lunch and then dinner in the city.

On night one we were a little tired from travelling so we stayed in the hotel and had dinner at Kontrast – an abundance of delicious risotto was devoured!

On night two we ventured into Vesterbro and ate at Bloom – it was very reasonably priced (cheaper than Kontrast) but just as delicious, arguably one of the tastiest meals I’ve had on holiday actually!

On night three we wanted something a bit more relaxed, so we went to Neighbourhood for pizza and cocktails

Also on our list (but fully booked) was The Olive Kitchen & Bar – I loved the look of their menu, I think may be affiliated with Bloom restaurant where we ate on night 2 actually.

WHAT ELSE?

If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen and have more time than we did, here is what else you could do:

  • Walk to the Little Mermaid statue to see it up close
  • Christiansborg Palace
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Freetown Christiania
  • Rent a bike to explore the City
  • Climb up the Round Tower (we did this on our first visit for great views over Copenhagen)
  • Torvehallerne food market
  • Church of our Saviour
  • Frederik’s Church
  • Copenhagen Opera House
  • Kastellet

Did I miss anything out? Are you planning a trip to Copenhagen? Let me know!

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