At the end of October I travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend a conference. Although I was in Copenhagen for a week, the conference was three days so I effectively had three days to explore.
For the first half of the trip I stayed in the Best Western Hotel Hebron which is a three star hotel just five minutes from Copenhagen Central Station and 5 minutes from the conference venue. The hotel was really lovely and the breakfast was fab though it did cost about £120 per night for a double room (including a great breakfast).
For the second half (when the conference finished) we moved to an AirBnb located a couple of stops away on the Metro in Flintholm. I wouldn’t particularly recommend the AirBnb we stayed in but the area was fine and Flintholm station is extremely well connected and serves Metro and S rail lines. It only took about 15 minutes to get in and out of the centre of Copenhagen.
Day 1 : We rented bikes from Best Western (highly recommend as it’s the easiest way to see the city) and cycled to Freetown Christiania. This is an independent car-free commune that contains a mix of makeshift houses, workshops, art galleries, organic cafes and beautiful nature. It’s a small peaceful oasis outside the busy city and definitely worth a visit.
Just 5-10 minutes away from Christiania is Copenhagen Street Food which is a big warehouse with an eclectic mix of about 40 fixed street food stands and bars. It can be hard to get seating but we loved it and went three times over the week. There is no entry fee and it caters for all food tastes and dietary requirements with cuisine from all over the world. Also, a DJ plays at the weekends and the atmosphere is very chilled and relaxed. You can book tables in the bar if you’re arriving after 5pm which I would recommend.You just buy your drinks in the bar and then go and get food from wherever you like.
From there we cycled to Nyhavn canal area which is really nice and looks like a postcard. It’s filled with bars, boats and re
staurants. We just wandered up and down the streets for a little while before cycling back to the hotel to return the bikes and move into our AirBnB.
That night we went to Tivoli Gardens which I was ridiculously excited for. It’s a famous old fashioned amusement park located in the heart of the city just 5 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station. It’s full of little shops, restaurants, food stands, rides, carnival games and it was decorated beautifully for Halloween. It definitely caters for all ages and admission was £10 which I thought was perfectly reasonable. Rides are about £3 each for adults.
Day 2: So.much.rain. but we ventured to Christiansborg Palace which was interesting and enjoyable to wander around. Admission was a little steep (about £20 each) but we spent hours there. The best part was the stables where the Royals’ horses are kept. We ate in the AirBnb that night as we were exhausted and soaked from the rain.
Day 3: Even.more.rain. but after a lazy morning we went to the Carlsberg Visitor Centre which was good but not great. If you are expecting something like the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin you will be disappointed. All the same I enjoyed it and found it interesting though the whole thing is relatively short. Admission was about £10 each which included two free drinks so it wasn’t expensive and it’s good for when it’s pouring rain and freezing. Again, the best part was the stables with the amazing Jutland Horses which are Carlsberg ambassadors. There are free tours and horse carriage rides but they finish at 3pm so we were too late for those. Then it was back to Copenhagen Street Food for our last meal where we stayed for hours soaking up the atmosphere.
Overall, I absolutely loved Copenhagen but would love to go back when it’s not pouring rain as I think the best parts are outdoors.
(I also highly recommend a restaurant called Cocks & Cows which we went to one evening after the conference. Amazing burgers and atmosphere while being reasonably priced which is a miracle in Copenhagen. Vegetarian options too!)