Back in August 2018, I was browsing winter destinations and couldn’t stop myself from purchasing 2 ridiculously cheap tickets to Copenhagen in January (thank you Ryan Air), as a surprise Christmas present to my mum - keeping it a secret for 4 months almost killed me! I did endless research into what to see and where to go, so I felt I was fully prepared to get the most out of our 3 days there. I’m not going to bore you with a minute by minute itinerary of my trip - who wants to read that? - but instead, I have just highlighted some of my favourite things of the trip if you’re planning on going!
To start things off, I would highly recommend the Hotel Kong Arthur to stay at. I don’t even know how long I spent researching Airbnb and hotels for the perfect place to go, but at the end of the day, it all came down to location for me. This hotel was opposite Pebble Lake and was 5 minutes from the heart of the city, a 10 minute walk from the main Metro stop, Nørreport and almost next door to the market Torvehallerne. The hotel is currently undergoing an expansion and renovation, so we were kindly upgraded to a superior room to compensate for the works (always a perk!), which should be finished by summer 2019. One of the best things about the Hotel Kong Arthur, apart from the cosy rooms, wonderful staff and great location, was that it has a cosy hour where all guests are invited down to the bar between 5-6pm for complimentary drinks - great for if you’re doing your trip on a budget like me. I really couldn’t recommend this hotel enough!
On our first day, we explored the incredible food market, Torvehallerne and ended up going back for dinner at the end of the day. This place has everything from fresh fish to luxurious wines, cheeses and plenty more delicatessen stalls, so you really can’t go in hungry and come out with an empty stomach! In the market, you will find stalls of some of Copenhagen’s most well known brands, including the Coffee Collective and GRØD. We started off in here with a coffee and a muffin before heading off round the shops, but ended up coming back to get a Poke bowl and returning to our hotel to eat in bed (again, I highly recommend doing this if you’re on a budget like I was!).
The next morning was cold and wet, so we decided to hide away in the University of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens. If you’re an Instagram-fanatic like me, this is the perfect place to get some stunning images to fill up your feed. Consisting of 27 glasshouses and 13,000 species, there are some of the most exquisite plants I have ever seen and it’s not a place just for those green-fingered people like my mother. The most notable glasshouse out of the 27 is the Palm House, which features the famous cast-iron staircase you will most likely have seen everywhere!
One place I must recommend you go for brunch is SOULS. This was a 10 minute walk from our hotel and round the corner from the Botanical Garden, so it was the perfect pit-stop after our morning of exploring. The menu consisted of a select few breakfast and brunch platters, but the pancakes with dark chocolate sauce, coconut and fresh fruit was our choice of taking, along with chai lattes out of a bowl - what more could you want?! Also, if you’re gluten free like me, this place is great for catering to all dietary needs. A few more of my food & drink recommendations are Trattoria SUD for dinner, 42 RAW for the biggest Açai bowls you can find in Copenhagen and Atelier September for coffee if you’re a devoted reader of Cereal magazine and their City Guides like me!
You can’t go to the Danish capital without visiting Nyhavn. This is where you’ll find the classic view of Copenhagen and all the tourists seem to flock here (myself included!). We didn’t spend long here, as the bars and restaurants are quite expensive to stop at, but we did really enjoy walking down to the end of the canal and back up the other side before heading down the more secluded side streets.
Down one of these streets, we found our ride-or-die store, Aesop. Their luxurious products are one thing, but their store interiors are another. As you may have noticed, I am an interior and lifestyle photographer with a love for all things ‘slow living’ and Aesop hits the nail on the head with its minimal and etherial design of all of their stores across the world. The side streets are some of the prettiest in Copenhagen and it’s always special to come across a hidden gem away from the crowds, so I would definitely recommend you take some time to go off the beaten track!
This pretty much summarises my highlights of the trip that are worth knowing about, so I hope you can take some inspiration and ideas away from this post! Late January was the perfect time to go, through many recommendations from the city folk, as summer tends to bring a lot of cruise ships. So if you’re wanting to have a peaceful time away and fully invest in the danish ‘Hygge’ way of life, definitely try visiting off season. I hope it won’t be too long before I return to this magical city - or too long before my next blog post (I will try harder to keep at it!). If you want to see more images from my trip, head to my gallery or check out my Instagram.