Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in Europe — everything from the food and drink, to the homegrown Danish labels, cool neighbourhoods and covetable homewares stores, make it such a great city for exploring, and perfect for a weekend break. 48 hours is long enough to scratch the surface of the city, get a real feel of the place, and leave you craving more. We’ve been 3 or 4 times in the last couple of years, and love going back to our favourite eateries and discovering more great stores every time. So if you’ve got 48 hours in Copenhagen, here are some of my favourite spots to hit up…
Hotel Danmark — in the past couple of years, Copenhagen has got a handful of gorgeous new boutique hotels pop up, and Hotel Denmark is one of them. A sister hotel to SP34, Hotel Danmark is well located on Vester Voldgade — in easy walking distance of main shopping street, Strøget, and a stone’s throw from Tivoli Gardens and the Meatpacking district. Interiors are unapologetically scandi with moody tonal colour palettes and 89 small but sleek bedrooms; there’s a great little lobby with brass highlights and a cool selection of books and magazines, and a courtyard where the organic breakfast buffer is served. Another highlight is obviously Wine Hour — free wine between 5-6pm every day. In a city as pricey as Copenhagen, it’s a real bonus!
EAT + DRINK
Warpigs — the best spot for beer in the city, Warpigs in Meatpacking (Kødbyen) is probably my favourite spot in the whole of the Copenhagen. We go every time we visit, and sit outside on the benches, share a flight of Mikkeller beers, and the mac and cheese too. The interiors are low key and industrial, the Mikkeller beer selection is huge, the food is a diner-style American BBQ selection, and the vibe is super chill and laid-back. A must visit!
Torvehallerne — another of my most frequented places in Copenhagen, Torvehallerne is an undercover food and drink market near Nørreport station. There are stalls to pick up fresh vegetables or fish, as well as cooked pizza, beers, wine, oysters, salads and my then my favourite, smørrebrød from Hallernes — ‘open sandwiches’ that are Danish specialities. Perfect stop for lunch!
Hija de Sanchez — the best place to go for Mexican in the city. Chef Rosio Sanchéz is the queen of tacos in Copenhagen. Find them at two locations, Torvehallerne and Kødbyen.
Mother — mother pizza in Meatpacking is a popular spot among visitors and locals alike, so expect a bit of a queue. Worth the wait though for their delicious organic sourdough pizzas. Delicious.
The Bird and The Churchkey — there’s no denying, Copenhagen is expensive. For a little light relief, stop by Bird & Churchkey which does a GREAT daily gin and tonic happy hour. Go thirsty!
Copenhagen Street Food — take a free boat from Nyhavn or the bridge walkway over to Copenhagen Street Food, an undercover street food centre that’s another great place for lunch or drinks. There’s loads of options, from thai to viet, pizza and Danish, plus it’s all reasonably priced. Drinks options good too - try the gin and tonic stall for x-large G&Ts!
SEE + SHOP
Nyhavn — no trip to Copenhagen is complete without a walk around Nyhavn, the picture perfect harbour, which looks just as impressive every time I see it. The colourful facades are so unique, it’s perfect!
Kødbyen — my favourite area of Copenhagen to explore, Meatpacking (Kødbyen) has no end to cool places for stop for a drink or something to eat. Flæsketorvet is the real core of the coolness — with Warpigs, Mother, and Kødbyens Fiskebar all popular.
Norse Projects — a homegrown Danish brand, Norse Projects does high quality, utilitarian mens and womenswear — you’ll want it all. Shop the flagship on Vestergade.
Tivoli Gardens — the oldest amusement park in Europe, right in the centre of the city, you can see some of the Tivoli Gardens rides from all over Copenhagen. It looks super pretty all lit up at night, and rides are pay-as-you-go so you can just go on one or two to add a little thrill to an evening in the city!
Christianshavn — Copenhagen's kookiest neighbourhood, wander through Christianshavn after lunch at Copenhagen Street Food, exploring the hip cafes and pretty canals. It's here where you'll find Christiania, a controversial though colourful 'society within a society', where the hippies of the city hangout.
Get a train to Malmö — if you’ve got a bit longer and want to see more, pop to Malmö — a Swedish city that’s just 25 minutes from Copenhagen airport on the train. Amazingly close and super easy to get to, the train takes you over the Øresunds Bridge, which connects Denmark to Sweden. In Malmö, stop for fika, browse the cool homewares stores along Södra Förstadsgatan, and take a skinny dip in the Ribersborgs sea baths — no bathing suits allowed!
Norwegian, SAS and Ryanair all offer cheap and regular flights, and getting to Copenhagen centre from the airport is very easy, quick (20 minutes) and cost efficient via train.