48 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN
With Sasha, our Content Strategist.
This summer I spent some time in the picturesque city of Copenhagen. The Danish influencers definitely built up my expectations for this place… and it did not disappoint.
I stayed in an airbnb in Nørrebro, which is a great suburb if you like vintage shopping, wine bars and a great range of trendy restaurants. Copenhagen prices can be on the expensive side, so I made sure to book accommodation with a kitchen…. don’t talk to me about the $10 aud cup of tea I purchased. To immerse yourself into the full Danish experience, you’ll need a bicycle. I used Donkey Republic to hire one bike for the entirety of my stay. There’s bike lanes all throughout the city, making it super easy to get from place to place.
Follow along to find out how I would spend 48 hours in Denmark’s capital city.
Spend the morning at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. But first, pick up a coffee and cardamom brioche at BUKA bakery in Frederiksberggade before heading to the central train station. Just an hour’s train away, is this iconic museum filled with an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Pack a lunch, as the outdoor spaces are just as amazing as the art inside; there are so many spots to perch up and take in the surroundings. An absolute must-go! It can get quite busy here, so I made sure to purchase my entry and train ticket from a 7/11 store prior to going.
Spend the rest of the afternoon sunbathing at La Banchina. It's a popular spot to enjoy a glass of vino, swim, and socialise around the docks. They even have a sauna you can rent if you need to balance out that cool danish water.
A short ride away is Reffen, an outdoor food market on the water featuring street food from around the world. Try lining up this dinner with sunset and sit yourself on the water's edge (you’re welcome). And if you like beer, pop into the Mikkeller’s Baghaven - the Passion Pool sour beer was dangerously tasty.
Head to Nyhavn, one of Copenhagen’s most iconic sights, where beautifully coloured houses and restaurants line the waterfront. Best to get here early before the crowds really start to set in. Hidden just off the waterfront is Apollo bar, where you can sit in their courtyard surrounded by the ivy-covered Charlottenborg palace. I recommend the breakfast plate which includes bread, whipped butter, a soft-boiled egg & thybo cheese (must add jam!). This is a classic menu item in Copenhagen: simple and delicious. You can poke your head into the Danish National Art Library next door. I picked up a poster here which is now hanging above my bed at home.
Explore the streets of Nørrebro and visit some of their amazing secondhand clothing stores. My standouts would be Keiko, Prag, Chamoi, and Acne Archive. Afterward, take an afternoon ride to The King’s Garden which is the country's oldest royal garden. Here you can stroll past the Rosenborg Palace or lay under a tree surrounded by the huge flowerbeds. Don't forget to stop by New Mags to pick up some reading material.
Early evening is a great time to visit the wine bar called Pompette (which translates to tipsy). This place is all about their natural wine, equipped with a fully stocked wine room where you can hand-select your bottle of choice. It's the perfect place to drop in for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Then, head down the road to Osteria 16 to indulge in their set menu, consisting of delicious Italian seafood share plates. Book ahead to try and request a table out the front. And make sure to leave room for dessert—the tiramisu is a must have.