Copenhagen is the fourth most expensive city in the world so I’m not going to try and cover it up, for a city trip to the Danish capital, you will need to open your wallet big time! But Copenhagen is also a tremendous city and one I would move to immediately without any hesitation.
Although its citizens may seem to miss some sparkle and joy, Copenhagen is my favorite European city. Read here how to spend the perfect 3 days in Copenhagen.
Best time to visit Copenhagen
The best time to visit Copenhagen is anytime between March and October. During winter, the days are quite short and you can only enjoy some sunlight as of 9 am until only 3 pm.
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HOW TO SPEND THE PERFECT 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN
How to move around in Copenhagen
From Brussels Airport, Zaventem you are only 1.5 hours underway by plane. The airport is located appr. 8 kilometers out of the city center. Immediately when you step outside the airport you will be surprised by all the electric taxis , waiting to drive you to the city. Arriving in style at your hotel in a Tesla suddenly is the most normal thing in the world.
In the city itself you can best move around by bike. Copenhagen is the most supportive city in the world when it comes to cycling. 43% of the population goes to work by bicycle. Only 25% of the citizens commute to work by car. 24% of the population even has a cargo bike. The cargo bike originated here and was originally called the Christiania bike because it was invented in this neighborhood. Nowadays, the cargo bike is world known.
The city also has an excellent pedestrian network as well and even has one of the longest pedestrianized streets in the world.
It is also wonderful to discover the city of the water. Local guides will tell you everything about all the sights during your boat cruise and there is even a special architecture route.
To fully enjoy Copenhagen, two nights and three days are a must. Book your hotel well in advance so that you can ensure an affordable overnight stay. Our hotel was located in in the charming, historic heart of the city.
Top things to do in Copenhagen
- Orstedsparken is a beautiful park with a nice pavilion and a lovely terrace in the summer.
- The amusement park Tivoli is not only fun for children, it is also a nice place to go out as it has a lot of trendy cafes and restaurants. In summer there are frequent open air concerts. In the evening the park is beautifully lit with thousands of lights.
- The Little Mermaid is the symbol of Denmark. You will find small statues of our little lady in every souvenir shop.
- Kongens Have is the perfect place for a picnic in the summer
- Go kayaking along the many canals of Copenhagen. At Kayak Republic you can rent kayaks at fair prices.
- Den Sorte Diamant is one of the mustees of contemporary Danish architecture
- Halvandet is among the top ten best beach clubs in Europe. Enjoy the beautiful view with a terrific cocktail in hand.
- Visit the antique market on the Thorvaldsens Plads on Friday and Saturday during the summer months
- You can swim at Amager Strandparken. The two kilometer long beach is a great place to cool off.
- Admire the beautiful, authentic, colorful houses in Nyhavn
Christiania is an autonomous neighborhood with approximately 1.000 inhabitants, founded by hippies in 1971. It began as a social experiment, where people do not own a house, but pay minimum rent for electricity and water. On Pusher street, the most famous street in the neighborhood, soft drugs are being sold openly. Due to drug trafficking, it is forbidden to take photos in this area. The neighborhood is known for its music, culture, and social involvement.
HOW TO SPEND THE PERFECT 3 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN
Best food in Copenhagen
Bror: Victor and Sam, two former sous-chefs of the world’s best restaurant Noma, are the proud owners of this restaurant. They serve top quality dishes for a slightly softer price. Obviously, making a reservation is a necessity.
Torvehallerne are market halls where around sixty different stalls offer all kinds of food of top quality.
The Noma restaurant has been named the best restaurant in the world four times. Unfortunately, this makes it almost impossible to book a table.
Oysters & Grill for delicious seafood. Make sure to try out the oysters!
Kodbyen is Kopenhagens Meatpacking district. Here you will find the best spots to enjoy a nice lunch. Fleisch was our personal favorite.
Do you rather prefer Italian? Then try out the restaurant Mother!
At Noho you can drink the best cocktails
Norrebro is a super nice neighborhood, with small shops and cozy eating places.
Best coffee in town
Café Retro: the proceeds from this non-profit organization go to social projects in Sierra Leone.
The Coffee Collective
Navnles Kaffebar, not only for a delicious cup of coffee but also for some fresh juices. Perfect to start your day!
Best shopping in Copenhagen
Visit Kobenhavn K. One of the largest and most popular vintage stores in the city.
Normann Copenhagen is world famous, and for good reason. It is a beautiful building, definitely worth a short walk in.
Are you a candy enthusiast just like me? Then be sure to visit Karamelleriet, a small artisanal shop where you can see how quality caramel candy is made, before buying lots of it!
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