Hej (Hello!) from Denmark! Last weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip to Copenhagen. It was our first time in Denmark and I was excited to see what this quaint European country is like. Being a nordic area, it was still quite cool and a chic crew neck sweatshirt and skinny jeans kept me warm while touring the city.
We stayed right in the heart of the city at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. Its a cool young hostel with a great bar and lounge. They also have a great inexpensive breakfast to enjoy in the morning before venturing out for the day. One of the best ways to get around Copenhagen is by bike. It sometimes felt like there were more bikers than cars. We rented bikes right from our hostel for the day which made it easy to ride past all the major sights downtown and around the city.
While Copenhagen in square footage is not a huge city, it sure has a lot of amazing things to see. Every corner seemed to have a building or monument I wanted to take a photo of.
The greatest architectural sight to see in Copenhagen is Frederiks Church also know as the Marble Church. It is massive and stunning in every aspect.
My favorite area to see was Nyhavn by the water. It is a beautiful row of colorful houses and restaurants with sailboats lining the entire way.
One of the most iconic things to see in Copenhagen is the little mermaid. There are multiple statues of mermaids throughout the city, including ones underwater (which can look a bit creepy at night when illuminated) but the little mermaid on the rock is the most popular to visit. She is not very large but she is truly beautiful. A short bike ride out of the main part of downtown and you’ll reach her right along the pier (the large group of people surrounding her to take pictures will probably give away her location)
The most unique building is the old stock exchange with the winding spire. We learned that the architect designing the building was asked to design an alligator on top and he apparently did not know what one looked like so his interpretation became more like dragons with long winding tails. I guess they didn’t have Google in 1620 😉
If you get exhausted from all the sight seeing, a great break is to take a casual stroll through the beautiful Botanical gardens or Kings Garden. There you can relax on a park bench and bask in the sun if you are lucky enough to get a warm sunny day like us 🙂
Danish cheesecake is one of the best desserts here and being as it is also my favorite dessert I made sure to try multiple. The best rated cheesecake cafe in Copenhagen is Bertel’s cafe. It is an adorable little cafe with a cozy inside where you can get as much yummy cheesecake and coffee as you’d like. We tried mango and raspberry vanilla. There were also delicious looking chocolate gnache and Oreo cheesecakes among others but of course two pieces of this super rich and sweet dessert was plenty to enjoy. 🙂
Another fun idea for food in Copenhagen is taking a walk out to Paper Island and hitting up food truck heaven. With a very modern and hipster vibe, it has just about every choice of ethnicity for dishes. It was fun to walk through all of them and try a few different options. While the sweet potato fries and burgers were to die for, my favorite was the szechuan beef at the Chinese stand. Delicious!!
A unique and healthier option were delicious pork wraps using eggs as the wrap at Brass.
And of course, there was no way I could pass up the cheesecake once I saw this. I tried the carmel cheesecake but could have tried them all they looked so good.
I 100% recommend taking a walk out there to enjoy a fun atmosphere and eat your food outside by the water while sitting next to a warm fire.
The beautiful walks past all the pastel colored buildings and boat filled canals were a sight I could have enjoyed forever. For a view of the whole city, take a climb up the outdoor stairs of the Church of Our Savior on Christianshavn in the above photo.
The people of Copenhagen also made our trip incredibly enjoyable as they are some of the nicest I have ever met. If someone saw us with our map out, they came right over to see if we needed help or wanted advice on great places to see. Just about everyone speaks English as well which made getting around extremely easy. Be sure to leave yourself at least two to three full days to see everything this city has to offer. I enjoyed every minute of it!
So pack something chic (and warm), book your ticket, and get to Copenhagen to live like a mermaid princess in this coastal European town!!