2017 was a big travel year for me. I started out in London for New Year’s then visited Puerto Rico, Miami, Spain, Croatia, Italy, and LA. So what better way to finish off the year than with another trip! That and I actually hate spending New Year’s in NYC- you either pay way too much money to go out or you sit at home and do nothing. No thank you! My friend and I brainstormed what European city we haven’t been to yet and could see in a short amount of time and boom, the Copenhagen adventure was born!
My overall feelings were that everyone was super nice and I actually felt really safe. That’s kind of a strange feeling to describe but I’m the type of person who is extra cautious when walking home at night and feels uncomfortable at night in foreign countries but I can honestly say that in Copenhagen I felt 100% safe. Oh, but if you go, be sure to bring an umbrella!! I probably saw about 3 hours of sunshine in the 6 days I was there.
Let me know if you have any questions!
What to See/ Activities
Visit the Nyhavn Waterfront District. This is where those beautiful color houses are! Plenty of restaurants and cafes along by the water as well.
The Little Mermaid- bronze statue created in 1913. That’s really all it is, a statue, but the area it is in is nice and you can walk from here to the Nyhavn district on foot by the water (about a 20 minute walk).
Tivoli Gardens– the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world, having opened in 1843. I don’t go on roller coasters but there are other games and rides for people scared of heights like me. Also, the park is just beautiful.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art– I’m a sucker for museums but Modern Art isn’t my favorite. However (!) this museum was probably the best modern art museum I have ever been to! It is a pretty size and the exhibits were very creative. Also they get about a million points because they have a permanent Yayoi Kusama exhibit (ahh!). Fyi, it is outside of Copenhagen, about a 45 minute train ride and then a 10 minute walk. Also, the grounds of the museum are very beautiful (which we couldn’t enjoy due to the rain).
Changing of the Guards at Amalienborg Palace- this takes place daily at noon and it is actually quite a show. Also near Nyhavn.
Malmo, Sweden- small town right across the water in Sweden, a 20 minute train ride from the Central Station. Honestly, not much there to see except a beautiful church but you can check off another country. (Don’t forget your passport).
Carlsburg Brewery- 2 stops away from the Central Station. We didn’t do the tour but just went for a drink. I’m not a big beer drinker but the bartender asked my tastes (Blue Moon & Guinness) and recommended good choices.
Where to Eat
So I’m not sure that I actually ate Nordic food while I was in Denmark but I did have great meals!
Mother– very yummy pizza restaurant. Very cozy inside and the menu is quite simple. The pizza tasted similar to that of Eataly’s to me.
Magasasa Dim Sum & Cocktails– right around the corner from Mother’s. Good dim sum but even better wonton soup (large portion).
Gasoline Grill- a no frills small burger place. I don’t eat burgers and I rarely eat meat but wow! This burger was amazing. They make it right in front of you with organic meat (I trust Europe’s meat 100x better than ours in the US) and I asked for lettuce instead of bread and it was no problem at all!
Musling Bistro– spent New Year’s Eve here for dinner. Food was good but portions were a little small, very cozy atmosphere. They were basically the only restaurant not to make us choose a pre-fixed menu on New Year’s so very thankful for that!
Mad and Kaffe– very cute breakfast/brunch place but they don’t take reservations on a weekday in Winter there were people waiting outside when we finished our meal at around 10:45 am. Go early!
John’s Hot Dog Deli- Hot Dog Cart that is said to be one of the best. It was good, I agree! Worth trying.
Other recommendations I received but didn’t get to go to: Cafe Norden, Pluto, Fiskebar Copenhagen, Olive Kitchen & Bar
Good to Know
The airport is very easily accessible by train. It is about a 15 minute train ride to/from the Copenhagen Central Station.
Our hotel was lovely and very accommodating! We stayed at the Copenhagen Island Hotel where the staff was super nice and the views were amazing (right on the water). We had a little bit of room issues (because of course, this always happens to us) but the hotel was more than accommodating. It is located one train stop from the Central Station (at Dybbolsbro Station) with a mall and movie theater literally next door.
Breakfast at Mad & Kaffe.
View from our hotel.
View from the top of Illum (shopping center).
Amalienborg Palace- changing of the guards.
John’s Hot Dog- the traditional Danish hot dog.
The Little Mermaid.
Pretty views, ootds & bikes (everywhere!!).
Thanks for joining me!!
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