I had no idea what to expect from Copenhagen, Denmark besides some really, really cold weather mid-March. I hopped off the plane into a world of seafood, socialism and inherently nice people. Like really really nice.
Like the kind of nice people that ask you if you’re okay when you’re at the metro station alone or the kind of people who joke with you like you’re old friends when you walk into a bar for the first time or the kind of people who help you with directions before you even ask because you look kind of confused. A type of niceness that made a girl from a small town in the midweek feel exactly at home. Danes are happy; authentically and genuinely and actively and so were we.
If you’re looking for an AirBnB in Copenhagen, we had an amazing host linked here with the cutest family and a perfect little basement suite. We had a separate entrance to the house and it wasn’t far from a bus station that we would take directly downtown.
The public transport in the city is pretty easy to figure out and relatively inexpensive, buy a three day pass because it’s worth it!
The food scene is Copenhagen was incredible but $$ so if you’re ballin’ on a budget it’s important to do your research before just sitting down in any restaurant on the street.
We loved the brunch at a place called Neighbourhood so much that we went two days in a row. Excessive. It’s right off of the main metro stop Norreport and is served tapas style so you get to try a million amazing things at once. 10/10 recommend the savory waffle, it might have changed my life.
Dinner can be especially pricy so we found a deal that included a up to 5 tapas per person + unlimited beer and wine for roughly 41 USD at Mat (they use koruna in Denmark but almost everywhere takes card so I didn’t even exchange cash). The tapas were phenomenal and the unlimited wine and beer weren’t too shabby either. That’s a good deal even in the US so in Copenhagen it is essential!
The nightlife scene was actually fascinating. The music was a deep haus combination of 70s music and techno like nothing I’d ever heard before. It was like a movie. We went to Jolene’s and Bakken, two local, young bars located almost next to each other in the Meatpacking District. The drinks were reasonably priced and the vibe was definitely worth it.
The Design Museum of Denmark was a must because Scandinavian design is everything. One of the best museums I’ve been to in Europe and students get in FREE with a student ID. What. A. Day.
Nyhvn is the iconic spot in Copenhagen for photos, colorful little houses and charming boats dockside. I fell in love with the city here, it truly feels like the best of a small beachtown and a living, growing city.
Tip: People in Copenhagen generally wear a lot of black so if you don’t want to stand out too too much as you do incredibly touristy things like jump on trampolines at a park by the water then pack your black on black.
The language barrier was one of the easiest parts of Copenhagen. Every single person we ran into spoke English and WELL. Like possibly better than I do. We learned a few Danish words like hej for hello and tak for thank you because I want to be Danish now forever.
While I would probably recommend visiting Copenhagen in the warmer months because it’s frigid that far north, it was still a blast even in 20 degree weather. I definitely get why Denmark is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world. Tak Copenhagen— I’ll be back!