03 May 5 Things to do on a Weekend in Copenhagen
After having a big sentimental post about how I’ve managed to write for the blog everyday for two months, OF COURSE I had to go and break it last week by not having a post up!
I apologise for the delay on this post but unfortunately I got some bad news in work last week which held me back on working on this. SO, I’m trying not to give myself too hard a time about it!
I embarked on my first ever “girls” holiday a couple of weeks ago when five of us gals jetted off to Copenhagen.
Previously, I’d only ever been on trips away with Scott, a school trip to Paris, and about four years ago, two of my guy friends to London.
So, I had high expectations for a girls only weekend away in the Danish capital.
If you’re thinking of booking a trip to Copenhagen and want cheap accommodation, you’re going to be hard pressed cause it’s very expensive. Soz.
We booked ourselves a super cheap apartment in what we thought was a central area but in actual fact it was a twenty minute bus ride from the city centre.
It was a little residential neighbourhood called Valby. The apartment’s booking.com profile was telling a few fibs on its whereabouts.
We still had a great time, and as there were five of us, taxi-ing it into town for nights out wasn’t really a big deal. We downloaded a taxi app, Taxa 4 x 35, I highly recommend it if you’re in need of a taxi service whilst away.
They were always on time and there was never any problem getting a five seater car each time. I think you can translate the app to English but mine ended up changing back to Danish after a while. And that language is insane, I didn’t know what anything meant. Google translate to the rescue.
If I was to offer any advice for getting a hotel/hostel/apartment in Copenhagen, I would strongly recommend paying that bit more for one that is central. Especially if there’s only two of you going or, you’re going it solo.
The Copenhagen bus service isn’t particularly tourist friendly (in fact I didn’t find the city to be tourist friendly at all, really) and if you don’t want to spend time trying to work out bus routes to unpronounceable areas and Danish taxi apps then, please, just go central. Honestly. That extra £50 or £100 will be worth it.
Anyway, we didn’t let our non-central apartment get in the way of a good trip! Our trip was filled with delicious food, great sights and lots of laughs.
If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen, here are 5 of my recommendations.
Like Reykjavik, Copenhagen is renowned for its delicious hotdogs from trucks throughout the city. It must be a Scandinavian thing.
When I was in Reykjavik, I tried a hotdog from their famous Baejarins Beztu Pylsur hotdog truck (so famous that Kim Kardashian herself has allegedly indulged in one. And also Bill Clinton.)
Anyway, after my positive hotdog experience in Reykjavik I was just dying to try one in Copenhagen.
And I didn’t just try one.
I HAD THREE.
Yep they were just so tasty that I had one every day for lunch. And they’re affordable, a rare thing in Copenhagen. The ristet hotdog I bought in Rådhuspladsen (which is the main square near city hall and the facing the back of Tivoli Gardens), was 24 DKK which was about £2.50 (I think… I didn’t really get the hang of kroner while I was there…)
Hotdogs are a good option for lunches if you’re looking for a cheaper option that’s still goddamn tasty. And you can eat it as you walk about sightseeing. They are a tad messy to eat, a.k.a you’ll end up with mustard all over your face, but after your second divine bite you really won’t give a shit. Just let the taste sensation take you away.
Layered with spicy tomato ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, tobacco onions and gherkins aplenty, you will want another one immediately afterwards. I want one now, in fact.
2. TIVOLI GARDENS
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking, off the beaten track stuff here or anything, but you simply cannot go to Copenhagen without paying a visit to Tivoli Gardens (people say that about the mermaid statue but I’ll let you in on a wee secret, WE DIDN’T GO SEE IT.)
From the name you might think that Tivoli is a park and while there are picturesque areas positively brimming with fresh Spring flowers, Tivoli is by all accounts an amusement park from what I could see.
I was a little bit shocked that there was an entrance fee into the actual park. Just to walk around and see what’s up. This fee did not grant you access to any rides. You’re essentially paying to go in and pay more money. I suppose it’s a way of ensuring the place doesn’t get packed out beyond capacity. But it was still a little audacious. Especially as it was no small entrance fee. A modest 200 DKK (I think this works out about £22. I mean, you’d expect to get on at least one ride for that right?
You can buy a pass for entrance and all rides but I think they were in and around the realms of 500 DKK so we just decided to pay the entrance fee and pay separately for a couple of rides. I’m so glad we went for that option because the queues for the rides were very, very, very long. I know, it should be expected but it honestly didn’t even cross my mind.
There’s lots to see and do beyond the rides. As we were in Copenhagen during Easter weekend, there was lots of cute, Easter themed decor up. The most memorable piece was two giant eggs at the entrance, with a rabbits popping their heads in and out of it. It was actually slightly demented looking in hindsight.
Apparently, Tivoli is where Walt Disney was inspired to make Disney world and it’s easy to see that because it is like wandering into wonderland for a few hours.
If you’ve watched the Copenhagen episode Travel Man where Noel Fielding accompanies Richard Ayoade to the Danish capital, you’ll know that they went to Tivoli and found a new love: the traditional Danish toy horseracing game GALLOPPEN.
I don’t really have an interesting story about Galloppen other than the fact that I found the very Galloppen stand they played a game at and was far, far too happy about it.
3. PASTRIES AND COFFEE
You might be starting to notice a large emphasis on food. Well, that’s because whenever I’m travelling I want to try ALL THE FOOD.
However, since we were away on a bit of a weekend of partying we ended up spending a lot of money on drinking all the drinks instead. I wasn’t going to let this get in the way of trying some of what the Danes are famous for though.
While I didn’t spend loads of money on big meals out trying Danish cuisine, I scrimped a bit and bought more affordable morsels of food. And one thing I was determined to have was a pastry.
I got myself a delicious Raspberry Slice called Hindbærsnitte which apparently just means Raspberry Slice. I asked the barista what it was called and oh man, I have no idea how to pronounce it because it does NOT sound the way it is spelled. We actually both just laughed after she said it because I was just so taken aback by how difficult Danish words are to pronounce. The language reminded me of a fusion of French, Icelandic and German.
(I actually found an easy looking recipe for Hindbærsnitte here which I’m going to try out!)
Anyway. The coffee. Oh my God. The coffee was just perfect. Perhaps the best coffee I have ever had. It was just divine. If you like coffee please make sure you get one in Copenhagen because it puts all other coffees to shame. And I’m not even really a coffee snob. It went SO WELL with my Hindbærsnitte, the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
The cafe where I got my Hindbærsnitte and coffee was attached to the tourist office. We went here to try and figure out how on earth to get to Freetown Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in Copenhagen that is also a bit of a tourist hotspot.
Before I went to Copenhagen anyone I know who’s been there kept telling me about this edgy place Danish people QUITE OPENLY go to get their weed despite it being illegal in Denmark.
After wandering around the city centre trying to find the 9 bus stop to Christiania and accidentally waiting at the stop coming into town rather than going out, we finally made it on to the bus and somehow got off at the correct stop.
With lots of interesting street art, grafitti, an art gallery, restaurants, bars, weed and weed merchandise, Christiania definitely has a seedy, edgy feel to it. An alternative escape in a bustling metropolis.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to take photos there (because of all the weed they sell) otherwise people would be Instagrammin’ the shit out of that place. I got a few sneaky ones though.
The day we went to Christiania, it was an exceedingly rainy and cold day so we sat inside Nemobar, had a beer and played with cute dogs. Christiania would be so much fun on a sunny day, sitting out in the sun with a beer, oh and a J too (if you’re that way inclined.)
5. GET LOST
I’m a bit advocate of getting delightfully lost while on a city break and seeing unplanned sights and visiting random little shops and cafes. I don’t feel like you fully immerse yourself in the place until you just start walking in any direction and simply take it all in.
We had a pretty jam-packed weekend and every night was a late one (nightclubs and bars in Copenhagen stay open until FIVE) but we still managed to sneak in a bit city wandering. Done with a hotdog in my hand of course.
Would I go back to Copenhagen? Yes, but I’d go during the summer because it was SO COLD.
Have you been to Copenhagen? What did you think?