48 hours in Copenhagen

The happiest capital city in the world. The place to be if you appreciate arts and culture, design, architecture and sustainability. The biking-friendly city of all-black fashion. I fell in love with Copenhagen, so here's a few of my personal recommendations for you to enjoy the city too!

Wander around Nørrebro

TAKE A BOAT TRIP

For 40DKK you can join a boat tour along the idyllic harbours and charming canals. It's a nice way to see the city from a different perspective, and I love the waters so when we passed a departure port I joined the tourists crew and gave it a go. It wasn't more than 30-45 minutes and I learnt some interesting things from the tour guide who spoke in English, Danish and German. 

RENT A BIKe

I can't really speak for myself as I never got the chance to rent a bike and bike around the city (although that was the initial plan), but Rickie did and so do almost every single person in Copenhagen. Denmark, in big contrast to Norway, is mountainless and flat out flat. Biking is ideal because there's rarely any uphills hence no resistance - so basically it's not a dreadful experience even for the laziest. Rather, a cheap and active method of exploring Copenhagen!

WALK/ Jog/ Hunt Pokémons AROUND PEBLINGe LAKE

Amongst the real wedge of swans floating in the lake, you can join the water fun by renting your own swan pedalo boat. Woho! The ostrich gondola. Although I passed this time it's a fun way to explore the waters during the summer, no? The option's there. Meanwhile we strolled along the waterfront, enjoyed the view and the colourful building. Maybe next time there won't be crowds of Pokémon-Go hunters everywhere. Crazy!

Grab a Danish pastry on-the-go

Danish pastries... What else do you actually need sometimes? Maybe a coffee to complement, but that's pretty much enough to highlight my day. Bakeries are as common as 7/11s - literally on every street corner. Grab a cinnamon bun from Lagkagehuset and enjoy while you make your way to the next pastry house. Did I mention the 'smørrebrød'/ sandwiches you have to try. And speaking of food, Møller Kaffe og Køkken offers amazing brunches. Oh! Also a very popular place I need to mention is Bertels Salon, which offers cheesecake and coffee. The pistachio cheesecake took me to heaven and back, haha. A definite must-try!! 

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Dine at the World's Best Restaurant

So while checking out the Danish Architecture Centre, we found ourselves next to Noma - a two-Michelin-star restaurant ranked as the best restaurant in the world four times for its Nordic Cuisine. Situated by the waterfront in the Christianhavn neighbourhood it's a guaranteed fine-dine with a view. Next time when I get that one-month-in-advance-table-reservation accepted, I'll let you know more. 

Grab a pint at Papirøen Island

Across the bridge from Nyhavn and facing towards the Royal Opera House, "Paper Island" is a super cool venue for music, food, drinks and chill. It's a large warehouse filled with international street food stalls and the perfect place to hang out on summer evenings. Not to mention, the sunset from here is epic. Overall great vibe - a must-go, guys! 

Photos by Rickie C.

PEOPLE-WATCH AT NYHAVN

Picturesque Nyhavn harbour is a must-see in Copenhagen. It's colourful and lovely, even on a rainy day - and it's what makes Copenhagen extra charming. Nyhavn is filled with bars, cafés and restaurants and attracts tourists from all over the world all year round, so don't be surprised to get ripped off. Afterall, you're paying for the view (and the hype).

Explore Freetown Christiania 

This is an interesting place. Christiania is a self-proclaimed free state in the heart of Copenhagen, most commonly known for its open trade of marijuana and hosting some of the most hippie citizens in the country, if not the world. The 'state' has its own laws, own currencies and claims that once you exit - "You're now leaving the EU". It's a hard one to explain, as photography is prohibited once you enter - but do check it out.  I wouldn't recommend going alone though, and I'd aim to go during day time - but overall it's a safe place to explore. You wouldn't be the only one!

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VISIT THE LITTLE MERMAID

Ok, an honest opinion here. I have never understood the hype over this tiny little (may I even say, very average) landmark of a mermaid. Yet, time after time is as crowded as ever. Sure it's one of those "must-see" things in Copenhagen, at least they claim. But I must say I'm not too impressed. I appreciate the story behind it and all but man, of all places to locate one of the most famous sights in Scandinavia... It's almost ironic. Nice flue-gas stacks in the background there.

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CHECK OUT SUPERKILEN

This is a public park in Nørrebro district close to where we stayed. Loads of architecture, urban design, cycling tracks and everything that Rickie loves. I liked the celebration of diversity and exposition of the local habitats. Objects from all around the world are exhibited around the park in different forms and artefacts. It's pretty cool, definitely worth checking out! 

Join A Free City Walking Tour

During my previous visit to Copenhagen, my friends and I joined a three-hours long free walking tour with Copenhagen Free Walking Tours starting at the City Hall Square. If you have time and would like to see the main city attractions with a professional guided tour - this is highly recommended. We really enjoyed seeing all the sights and getting to know the history behind every location we visited, including Christiansborg palace, the Old City Center, Nyhavn houbour and the Royal Palace Amalienborg. The guides are monetised by donations, so by the end of the tour you decide how much you want to give based on your personal experience!

This is just my small take on Copenhagen. There are plenty of more things to see and do - but bottom point is, it's a place worth going even for a brief weekend.