As a designer and fashion blogger this is the one city I have wanted to visit for years. Through the likes of Pinterest and Instagram, Copenhagen has always been portrayed as a haven for design inspiration and recently fashion influence. I spent five days exploring, eating and learning all about Danish culture, and while I think you could easily do Copenhagen in two days, I found it somewhat nicer to take my time and live like a local (not a tourist).
Here is a list of my top things to see, do and eat in Copenhagen:
Known for its hip cafe culture and colourful canals, Christianshavn (an area of small islands) is a lovely part of the city for a bite to eat and photo oppurtunities. While you are there, you must visit Freetown Christiania, an alternative community of homemade houses, workshops, galleries, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, and beautiful nature.
A hotspot for tourists, Nyhavn is a 17th century waterfront with a canal that is lined with brightly coloured townhouses, cafes and restaurants. This is a great start or end point to your day in Copenhagen - as it is quite central, have a coffee and a pastry, a famous Danish hotdog or a traditional Danish meal for dinner.
Home to the Danish royal family, the place consists of four identical classical palace façades. We did not go inside because the outside was impressive enough. Also we were lucky enough to be in Copenhagen the same weekend the French president was in town, so by coincidence, got to see the Danish family and the French president drive out of the palace.
Round tower (Rundetaarn)
I did not go up the round tower, but I was familiar with it as it frequently appears on my Pinterest feed and on minimal interior blogs. Built as an astronomical observatory by Christian IV, the tower is a beautifully designed piece of art.
The Design Museum
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a vast amount of stories dedicated to the Design Museum. The Danes do design terribly well and where better to see all those famous names' creations in one place. It’s a great place to visit if you’re into design - specifically furniture deign. This was probably the highlight of my trip!
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli is an amusement park and is home to a beautiful garden. It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world and opened on 15 August 1843. Even if you don’t enjoy rides, it is a magical place that takes you back to your childhood.
Walk along the river and swim
If you are in Copenhagen over summer, there are multiple swimming spots - which are all free! The best places to swim are: Kastrup Søbad, Helgoland and Islands Brygge. If you are in town during winter, a stroll along the river is a pleasant and relaxing thing to do.
We were lucky enough to be staying in an Airbnb just up the road from the famous Meatpacking District in Vesterbro. It is home to numerous restaurants, bars and markets and is Copenhagen’s newest hip area in town. I would recommend Mother for great Italian food, WarPigs for a hip beer experience, Tommi’s Burger Joint, NOHO for a great cocktail and Hija de Sanchez for mouthwatering tacos.