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Unique things to do in Copenhagen

It’s no secret that I love Copenhagen. It’s truly the definition of a world-class city and one of my favourite places in the whole entire world. Whether you’re a lover of design, food, sustainability, or balanced living, there is a seemingly never-ending list of unique things to do in Copenhagen. I’ve spent a lot of time in Copenhagen deeply exploring the different boroughs, biking through the streets, and eating at some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. And there are so many unique things to do in Copenhagen.

There’s something extra special about Copenhagen – I come alive every time I visit. I’m not sure if it’s the contagious spirit of the locals. The canals that fill the city. Or the fact that the city is quite literally littered with bike lanes that draws me in.

Maybe it’s the food culture, which is some of the best in the world (more on that here, where I talk about all my favourite Copenhagen restaurants). Or the fact that even in the coldest months, you’ll find locals sitting outside under cosy blankets having drinks with friends – you know, that Danish “hygge” concept that everyone around the world has become so fascinated with.

I guess it’s all of those things. And more. I could visit the city one hundred times – I could live there – and I am confident that my romanticism of the city would never get old.

I’ve done all the research so you don’t have to, and here’s my very detailed guide of unique things to do in Copenhagen. The goal is to stretch far beyond the typical touristy suggestions and dive a bit deeper into some of my favourite local non-touristy gems (although it will include some of the touristy things too, because they surely can’t be missed). Let’s go!

Visit Copenhagen's Harbor: Nyhavn

Okay, I know I said this was going to be a non-touristy guide, and this is the most touristy suggestion ever – but hear me out. Nyhavn is the most iconic spot in Copenhagen. When tourists and locals alike picture Copenhagen, they picture the colourful buildings lining the canal. And that’s why this spot cannot be missed on any itinerary.

With that being said, yes, Nyhavn is touristy. And expensive. But it’s also super beautiful. I rarely visit Copenhagen without at least stopping by and I am blown away every time. 

Here’s my suggestion for Nyhavn: visit, take a few photos, and leave. I wouldn’t recommend eating or grabbing a drink at the Nyhavn restaurants that line the canals. They are overpriced, and the quality pales in comparison to many of the other culinary gems that scatter the city (more about some of those gems here).

Okay, so now that we’ve gotten that touristy suggestion out of the way, we can move on…

Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Actually, not quite yet because i have one more nyhavn suggestion: Take a Copenhagen Boat Tour

And that is if you only have a short time in Copenhagen, take a boat cruise from the Nyhavn harbour. They will take you all over Copenhagen, and you’ll get to take in the city from a unique perspective: on the water. It’ll also take you by the famed Little Mermaid Statue (which is not worth going out of your way otherwise because it is, quite frankly, overhyped). So… consider it two birds, one stone. 

Exploring Nyhavn
Nyhavn Copenhagen at Christmas

Roam around the best neighbourhoods in Copenhagen

Dare to stray far away from Indre By (the city centre) and you’ll find the true, unmistakable charm of Copenhagen. Some of these neighbourhoods may seem “a bit out of the way,” but I promise you can’t miss them. So, put on some comfortable shoes or embrace your inner Dane and rent a bike to explore the city. Here’s my favourite spots:

Vesterbro

I love this neighbourhood of Copenhagen and if I were to ever move to the city, this is where I’d want to live. Located southwest of the Central Station and Tivoli, it’s home to the most beautiful winding streets, shops, and some of the most fabulous restaurants in Copenhagen. I could wander here for hours romanticizing about what life would look like if I lived in one of the beautiful turn-of-the-century apartments.

If you’re spending a day in Vesterbro, you should start your day off with breakfast at Mad & Kaffe for a tapas-style brunch, then wander down Istedgade and Sønder Boulevard and stop into the shops. On a sunny day, you’ll notice Danes sitting outside and having a drink no matter the month of the year. So, do as the Danish do and on a patio in the sun with a glass of wine, and just enjoy the neighbourhood. For dinner, head over Kødbyen (keep reading for more on that).

Vesterbro, Copenhagen
Mornings in Vesterbro
Kødbyen (The Meatpacking District)

Next to Vesterbro, Copenhagen’s Kødbyen (The Meatpacking District), a warehouse area has been converted into an industrial foodie’s paradise. It features rows of side-by-side restaurants – some of the best in the city – with patios and live music in the warmer months. It is the perfect spot to grab lunch or a beer in the Danish sun, or just people watch because the area is bound to be bustling.

If you’re wondering where to eat in Kødbyen, some of my favourite can’t miss spots are Fleisch for traditional Danish smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches), Kødbyens Fiskebar for seafood, Hija de Sanchez for tacos, H15 Cafeteria for trendy locally-sourced seasonal Nordic dishes, Tommi’s Burger Joint for burgers, and Bollywood for Indian food.

Christianshavn

The beautiful canals of Christianshavn are some of my favourite streets to roam without a plan in Copenhagen. Lining the canals there are tons of charming colourful apartment buildings, coffee shops, and stores to pop into and browse.

The best thing to do in Christianshavn is just roam. But while you’re there, you should absolutely visit Church of our Saviour (and climb up to the top of the open-air staircase if you’re feeling brave). Close by, you’ll also find the iconic Andersen Bakery where you absolutely must stop for a ‘Japandi’ (Japanese and Scandi) inspired coffee and pastry. 

Christianshavn Copenhagen
Christianshavn Copenhagen
Nørrebro

Nørrebro was named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world in 2021 – and it’s easy to see why. Because the neighbourhood of Nørrebro is just plain cool. 

Nørrebro is largely off the radar of most visitors to Copenhagen but it is actually my favourite place to spend a day in the city. It is the spot to go if you’re looking for a chill day in the city and is home to the best vintage shops, trendy international eats, hip wine bars, and other really cool Scandi design stores.

A day in Nørrebro can start wandering up-and-down Nørrebrogade and stopping for a pastry and coffee at Andersen & Maillard. A visit to the Assistens Kirkegård (Assistens Cemetary) is a must to see the grave sites of Hans Christian Andersen and other notable Danes, and from there you can head up to Jægersborggade to browse some of the coolest vintage shops and galleries in the city. A stop at Bæst for their pizza is a must, and I love Pompette for a glass of natural wine on their Parisien-inspired terrace.

Norrebro Copenhagen
Norrebro Copenhagen
Frederiksberg

A family-friendly neighbourhood with tons of green space and tree-lined boulevards, Frederiksberg is a wealthy borough of Copenhagen that shouldn’t be counted out. Here you’ll get a glimpse into local life for Copenhagen residents, with parents riding their cargo bikes with kids in tow along the cities bike lanes. Frederiksberg is home to flapship shops of some of Denmark’s most iconic brands and is a great area for a shopping day. 

Some of my favourite Fredriksberg highlights include a walk in Frederiksberg Palace Gardens, and a visit to one of the best bakeries in the city Hart Bakery. For shopping, head to Værnedamsvej which has been referred to as Copenhagen’s mini-Paris and grab lunch at cafe Granola

Visit Reffen street food market

Easily one of my favourite spots to visit during the warmer months, Reffen is the Nordic’s largest street food market and is home to shops, food trucks, craft beer, and lots of live music.

I wrote more about Reffen here in my post about all the best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen.

Unleash your inner child at Tivoli Gardens

Okay, I know. This is also “touristy.” But you cannot visit Copenhagen and not visit Tivoli – one of the world’s oldest theme parks. Even if rides aren’t your thing, buy a park pass and wander around. I promise it is worth seeing.

Tivoli is beautiful any time of the year, but Christmas at Tivoli is extra special. It easily one of my favourite things to do in Copenhagen in the winter. Drink some mulled wine, enjoy the epic Christmas decorations, and be transported back in time.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Visit a hippy commune: Freetown Christiania

I’ve spoke with many tourists who have said they were apprehensive to visit Christiania. But you shouldn’t be. Because if you’re letting fear dictate your decision to visit Christiania, you’re seriously missing out on one of the most unique things to do in Copenhagen.

This ‘Hippy Commune’ is home to roughly 1,000 residents and it operates as a freetown (in fact, they have a sign at the exit that says “You Are Now Entering the EU” because they operate independent of the EU). Here, you’ll find stall of locals selling homemade goods, others busking in the streets, and many others selling marijuana along the “main street.” It is such a unique cultural experience that everyone should see when they are visiting Copenhagen. 

Freetown Christiania rules: Leave your camera in your bag in the “shopping” area, or else the locals will ask you to put it away and delete the photos. There is a strict “no photo policy.”

Go for a swim in the Copenhagen canals

Want to really feel like a local in Copenhagen? Hop on a bike and head to the canals. No matter the month of the year, you’re bound to see locals bathing in the canals. In the winter, it is a popular activity to take an ice bath and head to a sauna. And in the summer months, the banks that line the canals turn the city into one big party on hot summer days. 

To get the full experience, I really recommend renting a hot tub at CopenHot and going for a chilly canal swim – it’s one of the best things to do in Copenhagen in the winter.

Copenhagen canals

Enjoy some of Copenhagen's coolest landmarks

There are so many cool spots in Copenhagen to walk past, take some photos of, or just simply admire. Here’s a few of my favourites.

Magaestrade

This winding narrow road is beautiful. The colourful buildings, the way the light shines around the bend of the street. This is my favourite street in Copenhagen, without a doubt. Now, I’m just left trying to figure out how I can purchase an apartment there so I can wake up with this view out my window everyday.

Rosenborgs slott

This castle looks like it is straight out of a fairytale and is surrounded by lavish green gardens. Also nearby is the Botanical Gardens, which is another great spot to check out if you’re in the area.

Superkilen

This super unique urban space and skateboard park is full of street art, and is a really cool spot to roam around and take pictures.

Church of our Saviour

This beautiful church with a spiral tower sits atop Christianshavn and is truly a sight that can’t be missed. Admire it from the exterior, or, if your’re feeling brave, head inside and climb to the top of the spiral tower for some of the most beautiful views in Copenhagen.

Central Hotel & Café: The smallest hotel in the world

This is a tiny little 12 square metre hotel with only one room! Yes, only one! And it also has a tiny cafe in front. It is  such a charming little spot hidden away in Vesterbro, and a really cosy place to grab a coffee – or just to photograph. 

Central Cafe Copenhagen
Central Cafe Copenhagen
The Round Tower

If you’re looking for another spot to view Copenhagen from atop, The Round Tower offers the perfect opportunity to see the rooftops of Copenhagen. The walk up to the top of the tower is also very unique, with a steep winding ramp replacing steps.

Eat at the Best Restaurants in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is my favourite food city in the world. So, if you’re anything like me, your itinerary with include LOTS of great restaurant stops. I wrote all about all my favourite restaurants and bars in Copenhagen here. Check it out if the inner foodie in you needs some inspiration.

Ancestrale Copenhagen

Day tripS from copenhagen

One of the best things about Denmark is how small the country is. This means that there are tons of day trip from Copenhagen options. Here’s a few of my favourites.

kronborg castle

Surely you’re familiar with the story of Hamlet. Well, did you know that the real life Elsinore is only an hour away from Copenhagen by train? Kronborg Castle is located in the Danish town of Helsingör (Elsinore in English) and is home to cute cafes, beautiful waterfront views, and this gorgeous castle. It is absolutely worth a visit if you have time to spare in Copenhagen. 

Louisiana museum

The world-class Louisiana Museum is located in Humlebaek, Denmark, which is able 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Central. This is one of my favourite museums I have ever been to, because I found the exhibits very unique. If you’re into modern art, you can’t miss this place.

Yayoi Kusama Louisiana Museum
take the train across to Sweden

Malmö, Sweden, where I live, is about 40 minutes by train from Copenhagen Central. There is so much to do in Malmö, you could easily spend 2-3 days there. But, if you’ve only got one day to spare, it is a perfect day trip from Copenhagen. The city centre isn’t very big, so you can see so much of the city in one day if you’re short on time.

I’ve wrote a lot about Malmö and southern Sweden on the blog. You can check out everything here to help you plan your day trip.

Where to stay in Copenhagen

The city is full of amazing hotels so it can be hard to choose where to stay in Copenhagen. You might be tempted to stay in Indra By, but I’d recommend staying close to the central station for easy access to the enstire city. In my opinion, Vesterbro is one of the best neighbourhoods in Copenhagen to stay. Here’s a few favourite hotels ranging from budget to mid-range:

Axel Guldsmeden

We stayed at Axel Guldsmeden during my first visit to Copenhagen and the property was beautiful. The whole hotel is Bali-inspired, and is very eco-conscious (they even gave us our own recycled bamboo toothbrushes!). They also have an on-site spa and bike rentals so you can really live out your Danish dream.

Price range: 180-200€ per night

Axel Guldsmeden Hotel
Scandic palace hotel

My parents stayed at the Scandic Palace Hotel when they came to visit – and wow. This place was old and historical over-looking Copenhagen’s City Hall Square, and beautifully maintained with gorgeous crown mouldings and winding staircases. If possible, ask for a room with a balcony facing the square and you will be welcomed by the most incredible views of the city.

Price range: 200-225€ per night

Comfort Hotel Vesterbro

If you’re looking for a great value in a central local, Comfort Hotel Vesterbro is a perfect base. Located close to the central station, it is a sustainability-minded property that offers clean and spacious rooms, and a fantastic breakfast. 

Price range: 150-175€ per night

Urban House Copenhagen

It’s a bit of a long story, but I actually stayed at Urban House Copenhagen for a whole week in 2020 and it’s such a great value property. They offer a variety of rooms that range from shared dormitories to small private rooms and family rooms. 

Price range for a private room: 100-125€ per night

I wasn't kidding when Isaid there were a lot of unique things to do in Copenhagen

This city is one of my favourite cities in the world for so many reasons. And I know if you visit, it will be one of yours too!

If I missed anything in this guide, add it to the comments below. And if you’re visiting the city, don’t forget to check out all my food and drink recommendations at the best restaurants in Copenhagen.

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The best restaurants in Copenhagen

When I think of Copenhagen, the first thing I think of it food. Because, in case you weren’t already aware, Copenhagen is a foodie’s dream city. It would take you years (and a whole lot of money) to eat at all the best restaurants in Copenhagen.

I haven’t spent years in the city, but I have spent a ton of time in Copenhagen. And I have so much to share with you from international eats, to the classic new Nordic cuisine that made Copenhagen famous – and everything in between.

I have had easily some of the best meals of my life in this city, and I can’t wait to share with you all about my experience at some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen.

The best brunch in Copenhagen

Mad & Kaffe: I am obsessed with with spot. Dare I say, it’s one of my favourite brunches everWhat’s the biggest dilemma you face when you’re out for breakfast for brunch? Well, if you’re like me, it’s the impossible choice between having something savory OR sweet.

Mad & Kaffe makes this choice easy with BREAKFAST TAPAS.

Yes, you heard that right. It isn’t just that the food here is good (although it is very good). But, I love this concept of choosing three, five or, if you’re feeling really hungry, seven small plates and getting the to enjoy a taste of everything. This is where you need to go for the best breakfast in Copenhagen.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

Mad & Kaffe Copenhagen

Bang & JensenFor the early weekday risers, Bang & Jensen offers a “Morgenbuffet” or morning buffet from 7:30 until 10:00 for only 65 DKK (roughly 9 EUR). If you have ever caught a glimpse of food prices in Copenhagen you’ll know this is a pretty fantastic deal. 

After 10:00 on weekdays and on weekends, opt for their “Morgenmadstallerken” or breakfast plate for 115 DKK (about 15 EUR) which is an awesome spread of fresh bread, cheese, yogurt and muesli, egg, jam, and – most importantly – coffee with refills included!

Bang & Jensen is also a large space with free wifi, so it offers a really great coworking space in Copenhagen for freelancers looking to get some work done.

Price: $ (cheap eats)

GranolaServing three meals a day, I particularly like this cosy cafe for brunch in Copenhagen. They serve a variety of high quality breakfast and lunch options, ranging from omelettes to yogurt bowls, and the cafe itself is incredibly charming.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

The best bakeries in Copenhagen

Hart Bageri: Easily one of the most famous bakeries in Copenhagen, you’re almost guaranteed to see a long queue leading up to the door of Hart Bageri, but it is absolutely worth the wait. Richard Hart was a baker at world-famous Noma and went on to open this Bakery. The pastries and bread are incredible.

Andersen Bakery: The beautiful pastries at Andersen Bakery are the brainchild of a Japanese tourist who came to Copenhagen and fell in love with Danish-style baking. The pastries are both photogenic and delicious.

Juno the Bakery: Owned by a former pastry chef at Noma, Emil Glaser, this award-winning bakery use food science to create unrivaled baked goods.

Andersen & Maillard: If you’re in Nørrebro, a stop at Andersen & Maillard is a must. You’ll notice a similar theme in these bakeries because the pastry chef here also used to work at Noma. They also roast their own coffee and it is exceptional.

Hart Bageri Copenhagen
Andersen Bakery Copenhagen

The best Copenhagen Meatpacking District Restaurants

Fleisch: If you’re in Copenhagen you must try smørrebrød (Danish open-faced sandwiches) at least once, and Fleisch is a great place to try traditional open-faced sandwiches in Copenhagen. Sit out on our their sunny patio with a beer and sandwich, and make sure you pair it with a shot of snaps for the full Danish experience.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

Tommi’s Burger JointLocated in the Meatpacking District, Tommi’s Burger Joint is a delicious and affordable restaurant in Copenhagen. The ambiance is great, and the entire area really comes alive in the summer months. I’d also highly recommend opting for the sweet potato fries – they are GOOD.

Price: $ (cheap eats)

Bollyfood: BollyFood is your spot for Indian food in Copenhagen. Located in Kødbyen (the Meatpacking District), they offer a good assortment of Indian dishes, delicious samosas and naan bread, and a large drink menu. In the summer, they also have really affordable combo deals where you can pair a cold glass of lassi with your meal.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

Hija de Sanchez: This taqueria is also located in Kødbyen and has the most amazing, authentic tacos. Good Mexican food can be very hard to find in Scandinavia and this spot is such a gem.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

H15: If I could refer to H15 in any way, it would be a “scandi trendy cafeteria.” And while I know that isn’t a thing, it should be – because the food here is great. And the atmosphere is too!

Located in one of my favourite Copenhagen neighbourhoods, The Meatpacking District, is this cosy, casual cafeteria-style spot that makes delicious and affordable dishes with Nordic-inspired and seasonable farm-to-table ingredients (think white bean “mac and cheese” topped with pumpkin and roasted kale, or marinated herring with beetroot).

The menu may look a bit eccentric at first glace, but it’s delicious. And is the perfect spot for lunch (or dinner).

Price: $$ (mid-range)

H15 Copenhagen

The best international food in Copenhagen

Gao Dumpling Bar: This tiny dumpling bar is serving classic Chinese streetfood with a Scandinavian flair. With five different fresh handmade dumplings to choose from, you can try a variety of flavours on their street side patio.

Price: $ (cheap eats)

La NetaLa Neta serves up classic Mexican cuisine in two of Copenhagen’s trendiest neighbourhoods: Nørrebro and Vesterbro. The interior is super cute, the margaritas are strong, and their taco game is on point.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

The best pizza in Copenhagen

BæstI’m about to make a very bold statement, but this may just be the best pizza I have ever had outside of Italy. They source all their organic produce locally with a high emphasis on sustainability and quality. 

In addition to pizza, I’d recommend you start off with some of their charcuterie, and pair it with a glass of wine from their amazing natural wine list.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

Neighbourhood: A very popular pizza spot in Copenhagen with two different locations, offering super creative and delicious pizza.

There are two locations in Copenhagen: Istegade and Jaegersborggade. I’ve been to both, and have absolutely zero preference of one versus the other. This spot is popular, so booking ahead is strongly advised, especially on the weekends. However, they only book half the tables so walk-ins are possible.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

The best street food in Copenhagen

Reffen: Copenhagen’s top street food spot, is a spot that cannot be missed on any Copenhagen itinerary. Do as the locals do, rent a bike, and escape the outskirts of Copenhagen to Reffen (and make some stops along the way, because this area of the city is so cool). 

Here you can sit along the water, indulge in street food eats at some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen. As the biggest street food market in the Nordics, there are so many options to choose from. While you’re visit, you can shop as the stores scattered throughout the market, listen to live music, and just enjoy the waterfront with a Mikkeller beer in hand.

Opening Hours: Reffen is outdoors, and therefore only open in the warmer months (from April until October). Check out their website to confirm their opening hours before visiting.

Price: $ (cheap eats)

See Also: My complete city guide to Copenhagen where I dish the details on all my favourite off-the-beaten-path Copenhagen spots.

Reffen, Copenhagen
Reffen, Copenhagen

The best New Nordic restaurants in Copenhagen

What is New Nordic food? Before we jump into some of my absolute favourite spots in Copenhagen, you might be wondering about what exactly is New Nordic food? The New Nordic sustainable food movement started in the 2000s focusing on consuming only what’s in-season, local, and natural. This means that menus change weekly (or even daily) depending on what is in season. It focuses on older food techniques like fermenting, pickling, and smoking, and uses simple ingredients to really highlight natural flavours of different foods.

You may have heard of Noma, which is the Copenhagen-based Michelin Star restaurant that has been named the best restaurant in the world, and is the flap ship of New Nordic cuisine. A table at Noma is way out of my income bracket (and it’s nearly impossible to get a reservation at), so I haven’t tried it. But the New Nordic style of dining can be experienced all across Copenhagen at a bit more affordable price point. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Marv & Ben: This trendy spot is an outstanding option if you’re looking for an exceptional Nordic gastronomy. In true Copenhagen fashion, all menu items feature seasonal ingredients from local producers and is perfectly paired with natural or biodynamic wines.

Price: $$$ (fine dining)

Marv & Ben Copenhagen

Vækst: The interior of this restaurant features the most beautifully green house, and the theme of green continues into the food. Here you can enjoy a Nordic tasting menu featuring local vegetables and both meat and vegetarian options. 

Price: $$-$$$ (mid-range to fine dining)

Norrlyst: Located in an intimate basement in central Copenhagen, Norrlyst serves a four-course set menu uses seasonal ingredients and very interesting green flavours. 

Price: $$$ (fine dining)

Norrlyst Copenhagen

The best cocktail bars in Copenhagen

Ruby: Serving high quality cocktails in super-chic space, with beautifully lit-up wall-to-wall liquor cabinets, velvet and leather seating, and a dim light that makes you feel like you’re in a 1920s bar. Ruby is popular, but good news – they take reservations. Book your reservation here

Duck & CoverAnother speakeasy style spot, this another easy favourite with a cosy hygge atmosphere, great cocktails, and a fabulous staff.

Brønnum: A sister restaurant to Ruby, this is another one of my go-to cocktail spots in Copenhagen. A little more laid back then Ruby, I love this spot when I am looking to grab a high quality cocktail in the city centre. And they also take reservations!

Duck and Cover Copenhagen

The best beer in Copanhagen

Mikkeller Bar: There are locations scattered all over Copenhagen, as one of Denmark’s most recognizable craft beer franchises. I particularly love this location in Vesterbro, and their location at Reffen. But, if you’re interested in visiting their other spots, you can check out a list of Mikkeller locations here.

Mikkeller Bar Copenhagen

The best natural wine bars in Copenhagen

Den Vandrette: Home to one of the very best wine selections in the city, and amazing small plates with Nordic flare. Their menu changes daily and the food was delicious so I would really recommend making a dinner reservation here.

Ancestrale: A cosy wine bar with sustainability at the forefront, Ancestrale serves unique and carefully curated natural wines and really great small plates. You can drop in for a drink, but I’d recommend booking a table and staying for dinner to get the full experience.

Pompette: Serving great wines at modest prices, Pompette is a popular spot for natural wine in Nørrebro. They have a limited menu with one red, orange, white, and rose – all served by the glass for 50 DKK. 

Vivant: Around the corner from Pompette in Nørrebro, Vivant also serves affordable natural wine by the glass for around 50 DKK a glass. 

Vivant Copenhagen
Pompette Copenhagen

The best coffee shops in Copenhagen

Prolog Coffee: This tiny shop has good coffee and desserts (I had an earl grey tea bread there that was to die for!). Located in the heart of Kødbyen, it is also the perfect place to sit outside in the summer months… and the winter months too! This is Copenhagen, after all.

Kaffe: Another tiny spot in the middle of Vesterbro on Istedgade, this is my favourite coffee shop in Copenhagen. I love the tight-knit feel of it, and the coffee is some of the best I’ve had. Word on the street is that it has been coined the unofficial “best coffee in Copenhagen” too.

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EAT YOUR HEART OUT AT COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

It’s no secret that I love Christmas markets. So much so, that I have planned entire vacations around seeing certain markets across Europe. This year, we’ll be staying closer to home and exploring some of Scandinavia’s best markets, starting with one of my favourites: Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets

Scattered throughout the city, the Christmas markets of Copenhagen are the perfect spot to find some cheap and delicious holiday eats – And drink all the gløgg your heart desires (warm Danish mulled wine).

Ready to eat your heart out at the best restaurants in Copenhagen?

Copenhagen has it all when it comes to food, and is truly a foodie’s paradise. If you liked this guide, don’t forget to check out my complete city guide to Copenhagen by clicking here.

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Dinner at Vækst, Copenhagen

Vækst Copenhagen // Nordic Tasting Menu Copenhagen

It’s no secret that I love a good Nordic-inspired meal. And Copenhagen’s leading-edge foodie scene offers a lot of options. I first fell for the farm-to-table Nordic dinner experience when I visited Scandinavia over a year ago – and I have never looked back.

Now that I am a local resident, I am excited to experience all the Copenhagen food scene has to offer. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of dining at Vækst.

Who is Vækst?

Located in one of my favourite areas of Copenhagen, the Latin Quarter, Vækst is part of the Copenhagen Food Collective (Cofoco). It offers visitors a Nordic tasting menu and an interior aesthetic that matches the freshness of the menu, with tables surrounding the most beautiful greenhouse.

Vækst gives diners the choice of a meat or vegetarian menu. Both menus are vegetable-heavy, and use produce and herbs that are often sourced from the surrounding Nordic regions.

My Vækst Experience

When we first walked in to Vækst, we were completely blown away by the interior of the restaurant. With a greenhouse in the centre, tons of greenery, and perfectly dimmed lighting, the space offers the most welcoming environment to enjoy a meal.

The staff was friendly and welcoming, and we were escorted to our table upstairs alongside the front windows [tip: if you’re able to request a seat upstairs, I would recommend it. The downstairs seating area is also very beautiful, but sitting alongside the greenhouse upstairs adds that little extra bit of dreaminess to the whole experience].

We sat down and ordered the three-course meat tasting menu with wine pairing.

First Course

At Vækst, every course comes with a “snack” before the course. Our first snack was customized for an allergy and we were given a cauliflower snack with truffled mushrooms and a glass of champagne. All it took was one bite and we knew that we were in for an amazing culinary experience.

Next, we were brought a smoked scallop appetizer that was presented as a soup. It featured daikon, roasted onion oil, and a mussel-based broth.

One word: YUM.

Second Course

Dinner at Vækst, Copenhagen
Main Course

Prior to the main course, we were brought a second snack. This was a thin sourdough pancake with beetroot and beet sprouts, topped with goats cheese. The waitress called this a “finger snack” and we were instructed to fold it like a taco and eat it.

Next came the main course: a generous portion of pork belly paired with celery puree, pork rinds and horseradish. It was perfectly cooked and paired with a side of fresh kohlrabi salad and mashed potatoes with smoked cheese.

At this point of the meal, my belly was so full but SO HAPPY. The food was fresh, well paired, and perfectly executed.

Third Course

Dessert: my favourite course. The first and second course portions were so generous, and I was so full. But, let’s face it, I always have room for dessert.

The last snack of the night was a shot of green sorrel juice topped with whipped white chocolate. The flavour was delicious, and so unique, with sweet and sour tastes that complemented each other perfectly.

The final dessert was a pear sorbet with caramel and hazelnut. It was light, creamy, and truly the perfect end to an amazing meal.

The dessert was so good that despite being so full, I told Sebastian that I wished I could have a second one.

If you’re looking for the perfect farm-to-table Nordic dining experience in Copenhagen, look no further than Vækst.

This restaurant offers fresh, creative, and well-made food with generous portions – all at a good value. Make sure you show up with an empty belly and are ready to eat, and this food will not disappoint. I would also recommend making sure you have roughly three hours to devote to dinner, as it is encouraged to settle in and enjoy the experience.

And if Nordic cuisine isn’t your thing, check out one of Copenhagen Food Collective (Cofoco)’s many leading Copenhagen restaurants. They offer virtually every type of food you can think of. I personally can’t wait to to try them all!

xx,

Madeline

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Copenhagen – easily one of my favourite cities in Europe. Danish culture, the unique culinary scene, and the colourful streets draw me right in.

On Saturday, we took the train over to spend the day in Copenhagen [the whole journey is about 45 minutes door-to-door from our apartment in Malmö]. The sun was shining and it was 12 degrees Celsius [in mid-February], which made it the perfect day to roam. 28,000 steps later, with pitstops for patio drinks and food, we were able to cover so much of the city. And snap a lot of pictures.

Are you planning a visit to Copenhagen? Wondering where the most photogenic spots are?

Here’s my list of the most Instagrammable spots in Copenhagen.

1. Nyhavn

I’m going to start with the most obvious: Nyhavn. This is the canal that you’re bound to see in almost every picture of Copenhagen – and for good reason. Nyhavn is beautiful.

2. Magstræde

This narrow alleyway is one of the two oldest streets in Copenhagen and features the most beautiful colourful houses and cobblestone street.

Magstræde, Copemhagen
Magstræde, Copemhagen

3. Superkilen Park

Superkilen is a skatepark in the Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen. It features some very interesting artwork to get that perfect Instagram picture.

4. Christianshavn

If cute and aesthetically pleasing doorways are your thing, you can find these scattered around the neighbourhood of Christianshavn.

Christianshavn, Copenhagen
Christianshavn, Copenhagen

5. Tivoli Gardens

Want to feel like a kid again? Tivoli is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world and continues to maintain its old-world charm. I went at Christmastime, hence the holiday decorations. However, Tivoli is beautiful all times of the year.

6. Freetown Christiana

Whether or not you’re looking to take pictures, Christiana is worth a visit just from a bucketlist perspective. But why not snap a few pictures while roaming this unique community? I can guarantee that you’ve never seen a place quite like this one before.

Do you agree with my recommendations for the most Instagrammable places in Copenhagen?

Have something to add? Mention it in the comments below.

xx,

Madeline

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