A couple of weeks ago myself, Emily and Rachel jumped on a plane to Copenhagen – a place that has been on my travel list for some time now and I’m happy to have finally visited this stunning city. We bagged ourselves some cheap return flights from Gatwick for around £30 each. At that price we couldn’t pass on the opportunity.
We stayed in an Airbnb which we found to be the best accommodation for three people. I always opt for Airbnbs where possible. I’ve found them more reasonably priced than a hotel and I love the homely feel. The place had everything we needed for the two nights we stayed but we did do a small shop when first arriving to stock up on tea, milk and of course cereal which we all agreed makes a good snack.
We were located just outside the city centre in Nørrebro. Which is roughly only a 20 minute walk into the centre. There was a Lidl around the corner along with some independent shops and restaurants. So even though we were out of the centre there was still lots going on. We arrived late afternoon so after getting settled in our place we headed out to find some food. We discovered an Italian restaurant and all devoured some pizza.
Friday was our only full day so we headed out nice and early. Starting our day off with a coffee and pastry in a warm bakery (gotta be done in Denmark) before exploring the Botanical Gardens. This was 100% my favourite part of the whole trip and I’ll be including these photos in a whole separate post. It’s a must visit place if you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen. We spent quite a while here exploring each room and taking lots of photos.
We grabbed some lunch at Big Apple. They offer coffee, sandwiches and cookies but the best thing is their freshly pressed juices. I’m not usually a huge fan of juices, more of a smoothie/milkshake kinda person. I tried out their System Balance which is made up of Strawberries, Elderflower and Banana and it did not disappoint.
We then made our way to The Design Museum. I came across this on Instagram and being a huge fan of Scandinavian interiors I knew we had to make a visit. My favourite room was definitely the one filled with dozens of uniquely designed chairs. We noticed one of the lamps in the museum was actually in our apartment! This seems to be a characteristic of Scandinavian design, using different statement lamps and light sources to decorate a room and I love it. The Museum also has free entry for anyone under the age of 26.
We took a stroll around Nyhavn which is the area that’s well known for the colourful buildings along the waterfront. It looked even prettier in person and I wanted my trip to be longer purely to wander these streets a little more. We managed to snap a few photos but it was definitely a struggle with sun in our eyes along with extremely strong wind. Totally worth it for the shots though. We headed back to the apartment to warm up and spent our evening cooking pasta, watching friends and playing card games in our pyjamas. We weren’t too fused about going out to eat so this was the perfect night in for us.
On Saturday morning before heading to the airport we visited Grundtvig’s Church. It’s pretty far outside the centre but worth a visit for the impressive architecture. We then grabbed some brunch at Møller Kaffe. This was another place I found was recommended a lot on Instagram. They take a lot of bookings so there was a 30 minute wait when we arrived but we killed the time by popping into a few shops close by. I’d definitely go back to eat at this place when visiting Copenhagen again. The menu was made up of lots of small dishes, it’s recommended you choose 3 or 4 per person but I’m not sure I could manage that myself. We all went for the Waffles with Passion Fruit Cream and some bread to share which was definitely plenty.
After brunch we took a wander around the shopping district which is huge and full of so many high end brands as well as independent Copenhagen stores. I think you need a whole day dedicated to shopping to truly experience it. We used the Metro to travel to the airport which is super easy and cheap. Everything is pretty much in walking distance but if you do need transport the Metro is definitely your best option.
I’m so happy to have ticked Copenhagen off my travel list, it’s somewhere I’d be up for re-visiting in the future but for now here’s what I captured of the trip.