With all the talk of ‘Hygee'(pronounced hue-guh) lately, we decided to spend a long weekend amongst the happiest people in the world in Copenhagen.
How to get there?
From Dublin, Copenhagen is less than a 2 hour flight away. Once we landed in Copenhagen airport, we jumped on the train which took us into the city centre in under 20 minutes!
Where to stay?
Copenhagen accommodation is pricey,especially close to the city. We stayed in Generator Copenhagen. It’s a big hostel/hotel type accommodation with private en suite rooms as well as shared dorms. It’s just off Kongens Nytorv Square so very central to bars, shops and restaurants. Copenhagen is relatively easy to get around on foot or on bike so we found that Generator was very central for sightseeing! The bar in Generator is really nice and was very busy the night we arrived! They do 2 happy hours each day…very handy if you’re watching the budget! Even though it was busy we found Generator to be very quiet at night, it was very clean and modern and the staff were super!
What we did, Where we ate and drank!
We arrived into Copenhagen at around 9pm on Saturday night and decided to head to the Meatpacking district in Varebero. It was home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses but now all of the buildings have been turned into bars and restaurants. It’s very cool and trendy and was busy on Saturday night. We visited a few of the bars, but our favourite was Warpigs, a really hip brew pub with 22 beers on tap!
There were a few food trucks in the Meatpacking area that night for those late night nibbles!
On our first day we decided to put on our walking shoes and hit the streets! We started with brunch in Far’s Dreng. A cafe with a very hygee vibe!
After brunch, with a map, camera and coffee in hand we started off in the instaperfect Nyhavn (New harbour), once home to Hans Christian Anderson. Its full of bars, restaurants and cafes and is also where many of the canal tours begin from.
From there we continued along the water to the Little Mermaid. Yes,its small and we felt a bit underwhelmed but it was still good to tick it off the list! The walk to the little mermaid is very picturesque. It takes about 30 minutes from Nyhavn but well worth it of you have the time. There are also bus tours that stop at the main sights.
Next it was time for lunch. Across the water is Paper Island. Nestled in the middle of the harbour, paper island was once home to large warehouses which stored paper for the Danish Press. Now its home to art galleries, an opera house and Copenhagen street food. The street food has taken over one entire hall with stalls and food trucks selling every type of food and drink from burgers to beer and sushi and cocktails! It’s great to be able to sample lots of different foods and there are areas of benches and communal seating!
Our favourites were Fat Burger, Duck off and the Brazilian meat stall! Yum! All washed down with 2 local beers served in marmalade jars!
With full bellies we strolled to Christianshavn to visit Freetown Christiania. This is a military-barracks-turned-commune. It’s free for anyone to enter and stroll around. It was interesting, for sure, and a very different side to Copenhagen!
We ended our day with a cocktail in Almanak, a wine bar and restaurant with beautiful views over the water and fabulous cocktails!
On Monday we rented some bikes at Generator and peddled to St Pedirs bakery to start our day with some coffee and Danish pastries! Sufficiently full of sugar and caffeine we went to explore the Stroget area.
The streets in this area are beautiful and cobbled with bookshops, antique shops and boutiques lining the streets! We stopped to climb the round tower for a beautiful view of the City.
For lunch we stopped at Cocks and Cows for amazing burgers and a cold beer! Just what was needed after a morning of cycling!
We spent the rest of the day cycling and exploring the side streets and stopping for a few coffees along the way.
That evening we headed to Lidkoeb bar and restaurant. Housed in an old apothecary laboratory, it has three floors and a large courtyard. It’s very chic and the interiors are well worth seeing! We had cocktails and a portion of crackling (sounds bizarre but try it!).
Later that evening we went back to Paper Island for dinner! There is so much choice we felt we needed a second trip!
That night we wandered visited a small bar called Palae, which is one of Copenhagen’s oldest bars. These small, smoky bars are known as ‘bodegas’ or ‘brown bars’ and are usually busy, smoky and a bit cheaper for beer than other places!
Tuesday was our last day so we headed to the Norrebro area of the city. We started off with brunch in the Laundromat Cafe. It’s a cafe and laundromat, they have 2 of these cafes in Copenhagen. There is also one in Iceland, which we visited last year.(more on that trip here)
We were lucky enough to catch the begining of the changing of the guards at their barracks in Gothersgade 100 by Rosenborg Castle (11:30am). They march through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, which is the home of Denmarks Royal Family, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.
The rest of the day we strolled around Norrebro, picking up some souvenirs before it was time to head back to the airport!
Disappointingly Tivoli was closed during our visit. It will reopen in April! An excuse to go back I reckon!
We had a brilliant long weekend in Copenhagen! So much to see and do, easy to get around and the people are friendly and helpful! There is a real ‘foodie’ vibe to the city, with everything from high-end Michelin star restaurants to street food!
Now to the question everyone asks…. Is it expensive???
Well it isn’t cheap!
- An Americano coffee costs about €4
- A pint of beer costs from €7-€10 , depending where you go.
- A cocktail cost about €13
- Bike hire for a day cost €15
- A train ticket from the Airport to the city centre was about €5
- 2 Burgers, 3 sides and 2 beers in Cocks and Cows Restaurant cost about €50
So it is a bit more expensive than we are used to here in Ireland, but definitely not as pricey as Iceland. It also depends on where you choose to eat and drink!
I think I’ll be back to Copenhagen…. even just for some more of those cocktails!
Until next time,