I’ve been away on a week’s holiday in the home of all things hygge: Copenhagen! It was so good to us and I got some really lovely snaps of our time spent there so I thought I would share it with you! (Along with advice on what to do and see, where to stay and how much to spend!)
So many people were surprised that I was spending my holiday in Copenhagen. It seems to be a really understated place to travel to. Everyone I was letting know thought I’d go to the typical brit locations for a sunny break but I want everyone to go to Copenhagen at some point. It was a perfect place to holiday for so many reasons. Copenhagen is a very pretty town. You can enjoy colourful houses, clean streets, friendly people that speak English, good food and a relaxed way of life.
We had the perfect balance of relaxing in our sweet little Airbnb apartment near the centre of town, and doing the typical tourist things. When I go on holiday to somewhere warm, it’s sad but true that I lay about all day and neither see nor experience anything of where I am. City breaks, on the other hand, can be so crazy that you don’t feel rested. Copenhagen was the perfect compromise of busy and quiet.
In some places, it was easy to be a vegetarian and in others, I left empty and disappointed. Danish people are incredibly invested in their health, eating very good foods! We enjoyed plenty of healthy food during our stay but sometimes I wanted more. Just because I’m vegetarian doesn’t mean I want to eat vegetables! The places we enjoyed most were Mad & Kaffe and Hard Rock Cafe which both catered to me and ensured I left full and happy!
I purchased two 72 hour tickets on the city sightseeing bus to ensure that we had transport where we needed it the most. We did not regret it! Because somebody else routes you to the best tourist attractions, you don’t even have to think about it! We visited and learned great facts about The Little Mermaid – homage to Hans Christian Anderson. The monument has been bombed, painted and beheaded but always lovingly restored by Copenhagen and she was lovely! We strolled around Christiansborg palace which was absolutely stunning (though a long day!)
Christiania, though controversial, is an absolute must do! The lawless ‘free’ town was such a curiosity to Adam and I that we felt like we couldn’t miss it. For the most part, it’s a great concept. It’s an artsy place where people feel relaxed and free to do as they please, they’re conscious and green and don’t even allow cars! On the other hand, we stumbled across poor housing, paranoid drug users and drug dealers and, most worryingly, a primary school full of children being raised here. Definitely worth a visit but don’t take photos or get into trouble!
Nyhavn was one of my favourite parts of Copenhagen and I can’t wait to go back there. The area is packed with colourful houses, boats and restaurants. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon here, listening to the street performer’s accordion and strolling past the three houses that fairytale author, Hans Christian Anderson, lived in. Stroll a little further, over the bridge, and you’ll find the meat packaging district which is a lot like Shoreditch food hall. We enjoyed some great food here!
It’s hard to impress a London girl when it comes to shopping but I was pleasantly surprised by Copenhagen. My favourite shops in the centre of town were Magasin and Ilums. The first is a lot like Debenhams or Liberties, filled with clothes, shoes, food, homewares and other goods. The latter is all about homeware! We purchased clothes for Adam’s birthday, a lantern for our coffee table that we’ve filled with candles and a galaxy globe spinner. (A Scandinavian ornament with a crystal ball centre and galactic-inspired rings that spin around it!)
Other than the fact that Tivoli gardens was closed during our stay, we had a very typical Copenhagen experience. There is only one thing that we did differently to other tourists. Since a lot of the city is on water, river boats are a popular way to see the sights. Adam and I, however, took it upon ourselves! On Adam’s birthday we rented a kayak and some wetsuits for two hours and we rowed through the main sights of Copenhagen. We passed the black diamond, the opera house, the meat packing district (where we were merrily cheered at by diners), Christiania and the main tourist strip by Christiansborg palace.
It was a totally unique and thrilling experience. To be on the water with the sun gleaming off the surface, seeing the city from a totally quiet place, was so wonderful. It was also a fantastic team building activity for us to work together to get the boat’s rhythm perfect enough to complete our track in time. I would 100% recommend anyone do this but I will offer some advice! Bring soap, a towel and a spare change of underwear and shoes! The wetsuits are great but you’ll smell of damp. There were shower facilities but no soap and towels and I spent the rest of the day walking around commando and in wet socks and shoes!
I would absolutely recommend the beautiful city of Copenhagen to anyone for a holiday! Stay in Kyongens Nytorv to be close to everything or Amagerbro, near the metro. Expect to spend around 1500DK a day (around £150) and enjoy all that the area has to offer!