Copenhagen – Tips and Advice
As mentioned in this post, the beard and I jetted off on the 1st July to spend the weekend in Copenhagen. I thought I’d share what we got up to, as well as some tips and advice with you all, just in case you’re thinking of going/ have already booked to go and want some inspiration on what to do.
Where To Stay
We stayed at The Andersen Hotel and it was perfect for us. We wanted something outside the main centre, but still within walking distance, and the location for this hotel ticked all the boxes. It’s fairly new, having opened in 2012, which means it’s very modern which I find is sometimes an issue for hotels that have been around a while. The room was basic – bed, television, little stool to sit on, tea and coffee making facilities and wardrobe – teamed with a bathroom which had a shower, (very small) bath, sink, toilet and a small, not very powerful hairdryer. The only negative, which is down to personal preference, is that neither myself nor the beard like the beds or the pillows. Bed was really soft, which gave us both backache, and the pillows were tiny!
Where To Eat
Hard Rock Café. Sounds sad, but the beard and I collect Hard Rock glasses from all the places we go, so when we found out there was one just down the road from where we were staying, we had to go. The food was ok, but the beard and I go for the cocktails more than anything. Would definitely recommend going for a drink here over ordering food.
The Olive Kitchen and Bar. This place. Honestly, words cannot describe it. We found it accidentally and I had one of the best meals of my life there. It’s all GF, which made ordering ridiculously easy, and it tasted fantastic. I would recommend the Signature Steak for main, followed by the cheese board for dessert. You won’t be disappointed.
Cocks and Cows. This place is known for its burgers, and it did not disappoint. I ordered the Gluten Free Treehugger with a side of salad and guacamole, and the beard went for the Cheese ‘n’ Smoke with Twister Fries, BBQ Ribs, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise. Honestly, my treehugger veggie burger was one of the best I’ve ever had, and the beard said his was incredible too.
Things To See
The Little Mermaid. This is one of Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attractions and it’s definitely worth going to see. To manage expectations, it is literally just a statue on a rock, but you should go and see it if you’re in the area.
Drink at the Canal. The canal is beautiful to go and see by itself, it’s home to a bunch of modern and old docked boats. What’s even better though, is that it’s lined with a bunch of great little restaurants, perfect for those who fancy a sweet treat, a drink or a full blown meal. It’s definitely worth taking a potter down here, they usually have a live band playing somewhere too.
Christiana. Also known as the ‘freetown of Copenhagen’. This place is an old abandoned military barrack that was taken over by a bunch of hippies/ squatters in the 70s who created their own way of living, and they consider themselves exempt from Danish law. Personally, I didn’t really like this place. The architecture is beautiful and it’s definitely worth seeing, but the fact it’s pretty much just a place you can smoke weed (still illegal though) didn’t appeal to me at all.
Things To Do
Eat the food. Bakeries shelving tonnes of freshly cooked pastries are dotted all over the place, and when in Denmark, do as the Danish do, so I had to treat myself to a cinnamon swirl which was amazing. I also had a hot chocolate which was made with dark chocolate nibs, tasted too good to even describe. If it’s a hot day, the Danish are also keen on their frozen yoghurt (lucky for me!) They have shops dedicated to the chilled stuff, with a variety of flavours and sweet toppings to choose from. I was literally in heaven.
Shop at Main Street. If you have a bit of extra cash, make sure you go shopping on the main street. They have a mix of high street shops, such as H&M and Zara, as well as high end shops, such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Also, make sure you check out Illum, which is basically their version of Selfridges, it’s a really cool department store.
Tivoli Gardens. This was one of my favourites. When we asked the receptionist at our hotel whether we should go or not, he said to not expect a theme park, but it’s more an amusement park. It had rides, little shops, food places, amazing buildings and so much to see. It’s a little costly if you pay for admission and unlimited rides, but it’s worth it.
Copenhagen Zoo. I love a zoo, me, so this was always going to be a good’un in my book. A word of warning, the zoo is in the total opposite direction of Christiana (read above), we walked from Christiana to the zoo and it was literally opposite ends of the map. I saw a polar bear, brown bears, tigers, lions, chimps and more.
Prepare to walk. Most people get around Copenhagen either on bike or on foot, and with the amount to do and see, it means you need to be prepared to cover some groundwork. I would highly recommend wearing trainers or any other comfy shoes you own.
The weather is much like the UK. It can be bright sunshine one minute, then terrible rain the next. Take a brolly just to be safe.
It’s more expensive than you think. Seriously, I budgeted £150 worth of currency and it wasn’t anywhere near enough, I ended up spending about £300 altogether, over three days, and that wasn’t even splashing the cash.
The Danish like recycling. It’s a very, very clean city. They have, what I can only describe as recycling ‘vending machines’ dotted all over the place. You can crush a can and get a krone back.
That’s about it from my trip! If you have any other questions, please feel free to tweet me/ leave a comment.
Thanks for reading,