Last Updated on 16/07/2023 by secretmoona
Scandinavia was never on my bucket list, I kind of ended up there by chance. Having some annual leave to take before it expired, I went on the lookout for a cheap flight. At the time, both Denmark and the Netherlands sounded like a good option. However, Copenhagen was less expensive since the return ticket from London was £59 per person with Norwegian. I debated whether to fly Norwegian for the first time or fly British Airways using my Avios. I did the latter. Once the tickets were bought and the hotel booked, I was off to Denmark to spend a weekend in Copenhagen! if you are looking for things to do in Copenhagen, continue reading.
Day One – Things to do in Copenhagen
After checking into our hotel, we headed for the city centre. We stopped by a little place called Hungry Duck. The owner invited us to taste some samples, and from there, we were sold. The duck burger and chicken salad we had were delicious. The owner and his staff were amiable and inviting!
Join a free walking tour
Once our bellies were full, we started our Sandemans‘ free tour. The meeting point was by the Dragon Fountain near the City Hall. Although the tour is free, it is recommended to tip the guide if their presentation was excellent. Our tour lasted around 2 and a half hours, and our guide Tórður took us to most of Copenhagen’s iconic places while giving us a little background history of the areas and people. The tour is excellent for people who want to learn a bit about the history of the city. Or if, like us, they are new to the city and want to get a feel for what to see or where to go. We saw various landmarks like the residence of the Royal Family or Nyhavn.
We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards in Amalienborg Palace.
After more than 2 hours wandering through the streets of Copenhagen, we stopped by Espresso House for a much-deserved tea/coffee break.
Enjoy some window shopping
After our little break, we went on a long walk, mainly “window shopping” in one of the biggest pedestrian streets I have ever seen: “Strøget”. It runs from City Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv Square and includes five other pedestrian streets (Østergard, Amegerorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet and Fredericksberggade). It is home to a myriad of shops ranging from souvenir shops, high-street brands to department stores and prestigious retail stores. You will definitely lose yourself there if you like shopping. After shopping, we decided to take a breather, so we stopped by the Coffee Collective in Torvehallerne, a shopping concept where you find a significant number of stands offering things ranging from coffee to exotic spices.
Day Two – Things to Do during a Weekend in Copenhagen
Browse in a flea market
After the previous day, we decided to take it easy. Following an excellent breakfast, we went to Loppemarked i Bella, one of the biggest indoor flea markets in Copenhagen. While it’s different from the many flea markets on offer in Copenhagen, it has the benefit of having everything under one roof. You could easily spend the whole day there as it also offers a restaurant with decent sandwiches and coffee. It also has a massive variety of things one can buy, ranging from books and ceramics to clothes and furniture.
Wander in Nyhavn
The Waterfront of Nyhavn, with its colourful houses, is undeniably the image of Copenhagen. We returned there so we could explore more after a brief visit on the tour the previous day. The “canal side”, with its line of colourful houses, offers many great cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s a nice place to be on a sunny day, and you will find lots of people sitting outside sipping their drinks. It was really crowded, and I can only imagine how busy it must be in the evening or during the summer. Having said that, it is still a great spot to relax or simply people-watch.
Sample some street food
When researching the city, I knew I had to visit the street food market. Copenhagen Street Food on Papiroen, also known as Paper Island, is a popular spot for foodies looking for international cuisine. The market is housed in a warehouse filled with trucks, vans, and shipping containers offering street food worldwide. The prices are surprisingly affordable, with meals available for DKK50. The food options range from Japanese, Cuban, Mexican, and Korean cuisine (the bibimbap was particularly delicious!). Seating is available both indoors and outdoors but be prepared for crowds as the market can get quite busy. Despite the chilly weather, we were able to see many people enjoying the waterfront views and passing boats.
Update: Regrettably, Papiroeen (Paper Island), one of Copenhagen’s top attractions known for its delicious food, has been closed due to property development. However, do not worry; the new destination for street food is Reffen Copenhagen Street Food.
Just across from the food market is Copenhagen Contemporary. They are exhibiting until December 2017 Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree Garden“. This art has been featured in many places around the world, including France, England and Finland. The concept is easy, you “make a wish, write it down on a piece of paper and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. It is said that Yoko doesn’t read the wishes but instead sends them to her Imagine Peace Tower in Kollafjörður Bay, Iceland, so they can be buried under the tower.
Ride a bike
To feel like a local, riding a bike is a must. Although, admittedly, we did not since neither myself nor my sister have been on a bike for more than 15 years. We didn’t want to risk the saying “It’s like riding a bike, you never forget” and crash into someone! Being a city where most people cycle, Copenhagen makes hiring a bike a very simple process. Our hotel was renting bicycles, so check out this out where you are staying. Perhaps, you can rent them free of charge (with a refundable deposit). If not, you can hire a bike, for more info about Copenhagen bike rentals, please click here.
I really enjoyed my weekend in Copenhagen and want to go again!
Thanks for reading!
What’s your favourite thing to do, eat or drink in Copenhagen? Let me know in the comments section.
Copenhagen Street Food: Warehouse 7&8, PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 1436 CopenhagenK