I went to Copenhagen for three nights in July with my friend Kajsa. We stayed in Frederiksberg in a lovely apartment we found via Airbnb. The weather wasn’t the best, it was windy but sunny enough to walk around a lot.
I recommend taking the bus instead of the S-train or the Metro, it really helped us understand how the city is built and how the different areas are connected. Copenhagen is a great bike city as well, so consider renting bikes if the weather allows it.
This guide has also been updated from another trip to Copenhagen.
Neighbourhood is a small and cosy pizza place on Istedgade, a street which has transformed from shady to trendy in just the last few years since I last visited Copenhagen.
We both had the fig and ham pizza and it was fantastic! The pizzas are organic and there was plenty of topping. If you’re not hungry, they also have a great variety of cocktails to choose from.
Information Istedgade 26 Website
Notes You can’t make reservations. They also have brunch of Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 15.
After two mornings of breakfast in the apartment, we wanted to treat ourselves with brunch. One of the tips we got from Kajsa’s friend Henrik was Bang & Jensen, which is also located on Istedgade.
The staff was friendly and helpful and I enjoyed filling in the “morgenmad” note - they had plenty of options to choose from and the food was very good.
Information Istedgade 130 Website
Another very nice breakfast café is Ipsen & Co. It’s located on Frederiksberg’s main street Gammel Kongevej. It’s small and cosy and I was lucky enough to get the very last place to sit. If you can’t get a place to sit, they also have a take away window where you can order.
I had the tasty chia pudding (”chiagrød”) made of almond milk and home made topping and a Cortado (Espresso with milk).
Information Gammel Kongevej 108 Website
Located on Papirøen, not far from Christiania, is a large street food hall. You can find food from all over the world – Mexico, Morocco, India, Brazil and much more.
We were there on a Saturday and it was pretty crowded but we found a table outside.
Information Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14 Website
Kødbyen is Copenhagen’s Meat Packing District. It’s one of the most popular places to go out in and it has plenty of restaurants, bars, galleries and even a Crossfit box.
Information Vesterbro Website
We visited Copenhagen during their annual Jazz festival, so wherever we went, they played nice music. There are a lot of nice bars on Blågårdsgade and one of them had a live band with a large crowd around it.
Try their local beer while you’re there, Nørrebro Bryghus.
We went to Café Mandela on a Sunday and it was very peaceful, but they had a DJ on the backyard that played old jazz (because of the jazz festival) so we still had a good time.
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The Botanical Garden is well worth a visit. It has a wonderful orangerie with palms and weird looking plants. You can walk up a tiny staircase to the top of the greenhouse.
Behind the orangerie, there’s a big beautiful garden with a pond and a lot of plants.
Information Øster Farimagsgade 2B Website
Notes Free entrance with the exception of special events. The garden is open every day but check the website for greenhouse opening hours.
If you’re somewhat used to biking I recommend renting one. Everyone in Copenhagen bikes and there are special lanes which makes it easier. However, if you’re not used to it all, the arm signs (turn and stop) and people going fast can be a bit tricky.
We rented ours at Baisikeli, located behind Kødbyen. It’s cheap and the service was great.
Information Ingerslevsgade 80 Website
Playtype is a Danish type foundry and they have a store in Frederiksberg/Vesterbro which is a designer’s dream. Posters, sketchbooks and mugs – all in minimalistic typography.
They also have an online store, incase you’re not in Copenhagen.
Information Værnedamsvej 6 Website