This is the ninth post in my Travel Tips series where I provide travel tips for specific city destinations. My Travel Tips guides aim to give you some of my top tips for exploring a new place and hopefully help you to save a bit of money, maximize your sightseeing time and find the most convenient ways to get around. You can find posts in this series under Destinations – Travel Tips in the menu bar. Today I’m highlighting Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
Travel Tips: Copenhagen
Food & Drink
- When in Copenhagen, be sure to try some traditional Danish treats! We enjoyed trying flødeboller, smørrebrød, licorice, savoury porridge, and Danish cheeses during our trip.
- Copenhagen has an excellent street food scene. Make sure to try out some street food staples like fully-loaded hot dogs or the soon to be moving Copenhagen Street Food market on Paper Island (last day is December 22 until it finds a new location). You definitely have to visit the Torvehallerne market if you’re a foodie!
- If you want an introduction to some of the best food in Copenhagen while getting a chance to explore the city centre and Nørrebro, a neighbourhood to the north of the city, sign up for a food tour. S and I had a great time exploring the best foods of the city with Foods of Copenhagen.
- Visit a sweet shop while in Copenhagen! You can find them all over the city, but the cheaper ones are outside the city centre. Get a pick n’ mix bag, sample some new candies, and try Danish salty licorice if you dare…
- We tried several restaurants around town, many of them recommended by E and P from The Slow Pace. We especially loved the Neapolitan style pizzas at Rossopomodoro inside Illum (a department store in the city centre), crisy, flatbread style pizzas at Neighbourhood, coffee and pastries at Buzz Kaffebar, pancakes, eggs, bacon and fresh juices at Next Door Cafe, creative and tasty burgers at Halifax Burgers, Acai bowls and yummy porridge at Bowl Market, and pillowy bao buns at LêLê Street Kitchen inside Torvehallerne.
- We flew into Copenhagen Airport. It was easy and straightforward to travel into the city centre by taking the train. Trains depart from Terminal 3 every 10 minutes. The journey into the city centre only takes about 13 minutes. For more information about transportation options, check out Visit Copenhagen.
- You can take buses and the metro around Copenhagen easily, but we never actually used it once we arrived in the city. We walked all over town during our 3.5 days in Copenhagen; I even walked holes in my socks! Copenhagen is very accessible on foot, but if you want to save time, you can certainly take public transportation. Ask for a map at your accommodation or visit a Tourist Information office to get your bearings.
Sights & Attractions
- There are many gorgeous sights to check out all over town. For a detailed breakdown of the sights we visited, you can check out my Sightseeing in Copenhagen post.
- Make sure the check the opening hours of sights you especially want to see. In the winter, for example, some museums close at early as 2pm. Tivoli Gardens, when transitioning from one season to another, may be closed for a few days (ex. between Halloween and Christmas).
- We did a free walking tour with Sandemans and saw all the key sights in the city. Our guide was bubbly and well-informed and gave us a great introduction to the city on our first day in town. Another highly-rated free walking tour company is Copenhagen Free Walking Tours. Check their various tour times – one company might offer tours at a time that better fits your schedule.
- I felt extremely safe in Copenhagen during our entire trip. However, our walking tour guide did warn us to keep an eye on our belongings once we hit the city centre and the Nyhavn region which are tourist (and pickpocket) magnets. As in any large city, just be aware of your possessions and surroundings and you should be fine.
My Top Activity Recommendations
- There’s lots to do in Copenhagen all year round. Rather than visit a lot of museums like we often do in European capitals, this time we walked a lot on foot to explore the city. We really enjoyed exploring Nørrebro, the city centre, Tivoli Gardens, the palaces around the city, and a number of restaurants and cafes. Leave some time to explore at your own pace and soak up the Hygge-vibe.
What are your top Copenhagen travel tips? I would love to hear in the comments below!