Things to know before you go:
- While Denmark is still a part of the European Union, the currency is Kronos ($1= 6.19 DKK). I did not bring any cash with me, however I did not have any problems anywhere paying with my credit card.
- There is no Uber in Copenhagen, but there is a taxi app called TAXAx 4×35, which works just like the Uber app. However, since the city of Copenhagen is very small, you can easily get around by walking, or biking.
- Speaking of biking, Copenhagen is one of the (if not the most) bike-friendly cities in the world. For the true experience, I suggest you to rent one and bike around just like the locals do.
- In Danish, “hello” is “hej” which is pronounced like “hey.” Often times they will say it twice: “hej hej” which I find so adorable! Also, “thank you” is “tak!” and that is the extent of my Danish..
Where to stay:
- Nobis Hotel Copenhagen: Housed in a historical building in central Copenhagen, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen features elegant design and Scandinavian furnitures. From the beautiful staircase to the marble bathroom equipped with Byredo toiletries (!!!), this hotel was everything I could ever ask for and more.
- SKT. Petri: Laid-back yet stylish, SKT. Petri is located in the charming Latin Quarter of Copenhagen. The newly-renovated lobby easily took my breath away, while the staffs here are extremely friendly and helpful. What’s more is that the pillows were easily the most comfiest I have ever laid my head on, and breakfast is a treat.
What to do:
- Nyhavn: The famously colorful waterfront canal, Nyhavn is a must-visit.
- Roundtower: Built in the 17th-century, Roundtower is an astronomical observatory where you will find a gorgeous view of Copenhagen.. but my favorite is the journey up top.
- Magstræde: One of the oldest streets in Old Town Copenhagen. This colorful street always gets me with its charm. Probably more than Nyhavn.
- Botanical Garden: A walk through the garden and a visit to the glasshouse containing more than 13,000 species is the epitome of the Danish concept of living ‘hygge’ which represents the mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
- HAY House: If you are a fan of the renowned Danish design company, HAY house is a must-visit, where you will find selections of beautiful furnitures and accessories, and a great view.
- Kinfolk Office: The slow lifestyle magazine has a stunning gallery/workspace in Copenhagen, open to visit.
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: A quick 45-50min train ride away from the center of Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a perfect getaway from the city. As I’ve mentioned, Copenhagen is a small city, so if you have some spare time, definitely consider this museum where you will find beautiful landscape, architecture, and modern art pieces.
Where to eat:
- Atelier September: Easily my favorite cafe in Copenhagen, Atelier September won my heart over with its scrumptious avocado toast and the latte that came in a literal bowl.
- 42 Raw: Healthy eatery offering plant-based snacks & delicious juices. Their acai bowls are a must!
- Høst: We wanted to try some Nordic cuisine, and decided on Høst after a short research, only to find out that was is the winner of “The World’s Best Design Restaurant” and has made itself to many lists of recommendations. Høst offers an evolving seasonal menu with course after course of locally sourced and delicious ingredients. My favorite part of my dining experience at Høst was the little surprises in between meals, which were not stated on the menu. Book in advance!
- Restaurant Pluto: Delicious tapas with a Danish touch, as well as a great selection of cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere.
- Joe & the Juice: I remember when they first opened its doors in SoHo, NYC, but there are none in Paris, so I always make sure I stop by when I can!