The colourful harbour, the culinary capital of the world and the insta-friendly streets everywhere you look – Copenhagen is the best in travel for 2017.
WHERE TO STAY- THE ADMIRAL HOTEL
We stayed two nights at the Admiral Hotel and from arriving we were so impressed with the size and structure of the building, on every floor there is original wood beams and arches from back when it was an 18th century warehouse. No two rooms are the same for this reason and if you are lucky enough to get one with the sea view (like we did!), then you have the beauty of the Opera House and city lights reflections at night.
The hotel was a great base to get everywhere, a 10 minute walk left of the hotel and you reach Nyhaven, right and you can see the Gefion Fountain and a little further along the Mermaid Statue. Also, the 66 bus from Skant Anne Plads leaves every 10mins to get you around Copenhagen and further out very easily.
Also to note, the breakfast here is well worth the extra when booking. From Rye and Sourdough breads, numerous cheeses and cured meats, fresh fruit platters, a youghurt and granola bar and your usual scrambled and soft boiled eggs with danish bacon. There is a huge choice including Gluten and Dairy Free options- win win!
WHERE TO SEE- NYHAVEN, DANISH DESIGN MUSEUM, GRUNDTVIG’S CHURCH
The colourful Nyhaven harbour is by far the most picturesque and tourist hotspot of Copenhagen, it is great to go and people watch and take in the myriad of painted buildings whilst watching the world go by. To see it before the crowds arrive it’s worth venturing out between 9-10am for some quiet and the chance to get a good snap!
Next up is the Danish Design Museum. You are probably either the type who loves this sort of thing, or who doesn’t but… even my Husband who isn’t into this sort of thing really enjoyed it and was surprised at what was on display. This really is a great way to spend a few hours admiring all that the Danes have made (it will be a lot more thank you think too!).
Lastly, this I would say is a must see! It is a bit further out but you can catch the 66 bus easily to Bispebjerg Torv within 30mins. This is a strange building from the outside, quite bleak with the grey stone but impressive and a huge structure which is quite Icelandic-esque. However, the real treat is inside and awe inspiring, just see below for the white architecture in all it’s glory. I really can’t say enough how much this is worth a visit!
WHERE TO EAT- PAPER ISLAND, MADKLUBBEN STEAK, HONEY
First up is Paper Island, which has nothing much there except for the buzzing food market. This place is full to the brim of amazing around the world food trucks, bars, coffee spots and all to the soundtrack of cool music. This is the place to try food cheaply in Copenhagen and with so much choice you could come back every day for lunch. We tried the Gourmet Hot Dog stand and the Falafel vegan bowl (great for GF and DF). A mere 10-15 min walk across the newly built bridge from Nyhaven and a good way to see the harbour area from a different perspective.
One thing we noticed a lot when researching restaurants was the amount of set/fixed menus for a cheaper way to try the more pricier places. We decided on Madklubben Steak after seeing rave reviews on both the quality of meat and the variety of choice the set menu had for 3 courses at 300DKK…deal!
Then if you really want to go all out I recommend Honey. A great little intimate place where it’s menu encourages you to share, so ideal for couples. It’s offering is simple pick from Fish, Pork or Lamb main and then between two people you get 4-6 seasonal sides which are to die for! This was a feast for the eyes and tasted just as good as it looked, in fact better. And one for all you lucky people without dairy allergies…they have a soft serve ice cream bar with lots of toppings for a fun end to the evening.
Flights to Copenhagen with Norwegian Airlines are on offer regularly flying from London Gatwick daily.
If you enjoyed this post then keep an eye out for my shopping and fashion feature post in Copenhagen too.