How to spend a day in Copenhagen
We had our first date in Copenhagen so to us the Danish capital is something really special. Ollie lived here for 7 years, so he's very familiar with the city and knows all of the good places to go and where not to go. We wanted to create a guide that doesn't just take you to the normal tourist attractions, but also show you some of the local Copenhagen life. This guide gives you plenty to do gives you ideas to how you can spend a day in Copenhagen. Enjoy!
9.00 Have breakfast @ Granola
Situated in trendy Vesterbro this place is a local favorite in Copenhagen. The interior is very ‘New York’ and the food here is excellent. Have some eggs, yoghurt with granola or morning pancakes and wash it down with an Americano. If the weather is nice you can also sit outside.
10.30 Walk along the lakes of Copenhagen
People in Copenhagen love the 4 lakes that span across the different neighbourhoods of Copenhagen. The lakes are where most people in Copenhagen go for a morning or afternoon run, or where people walk with their takeaway coffees. So you’ll see plenty of locals here. Since you started your day at Vesterbro you will start with the Vesterbro lake and make your way towards Dronning Louises Bridge.
11.30 – Go To Assistens Cemetery
Once you get to Dronning Louises Bridge go left up Nørrebro Gade, which is the main street of the Nørrebro neighbourhood. You’ll experience local life here, as not a lot of tourists make it out here. Keep walking until you see a large yellow wall. Inside these walls you’ll find one of the most famous cemeteries in Copenhagen. Here you’ll find the graves of several famous people, such as the fairtytale writer H. C. Andersen, the philosopher Soeren Kierkegaard, famous musicians and many others. Oddly enough this cemetery also works as a park for locals, where they bring their lunch or beer and just sit around. The park is beautiful and is really worth a visit.
13.00 - Lunch & Shopping @ Jægersborggade
10 years ago this street had absolutely nothing and was very run down. It has now become one of the most trendy streets in all of Copenhagen and is now home to many small boutiques that sell very unique items. You have everything from specialist liquor stores, locally crafted ceramics, Copenhagen’s best coffee shop and much much more. It’s a great place to get souvenirs from your trip. For lunch try out Manfred’s which has been awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide. They serve up Nordic specialties and are well known for their quality food.
15.00 - Head to Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn
You'll find a lot of tourists here, but honestly, it's worth going. Kongens Nytorv is beautiful and is home to the beautiful D'Angleterre hotel, as well as a theater and the Copenhagen art district. If you walk 2 minutes from Kongens Nytorv you'll find Nyhavn. Nyhavn is situated by the water and you have plenty of small sidewalk cafés and restaurants that serve proper Danish food and cold draught beers. If the sun is out this place will be packed, but try to get a table outside and watch boats go by, while sipping your cold drink.
16.30 - See The Royal Palace and Langelinie
You can walk to The Royal Palace (Amalienborg) and Langelinie from Nyhavn. The palace is a popular attraction and as Denmark has one of the oldest monarchies in the world, it's interesting to see. Keep heading down Langelinie along the water and you'll be able to see the famous opera house, the little mermaid and much more. Worth a trek.
19.00 - Have dinner @ Paté Paté
This has been Ollie's go to restaurant in Copenhagen for years. Paté Paté is situated in the popular meatpacking district - right next to many trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs. The place serves up French and Spanish specialities with a twist. They recommend that you order between 3-4 dishes a person as these are tapas sized. They have a great wine list and the atmosphere here is really cozy, with old wooden tables and candles everywhere.
21.00 - Go for Copenhagen's best cocktails @ Balderdash
Copenhagen is a great place to go for cocktails. Balderdash is a new cocktail bar situated right in the city centre. Balderdash is situated just off one of the main streets in Copenhagen's bustling city centre. The bar has been set up in an old landmark building built in 1723. Much of the building has been renovated inside but it still reminds you of a by-gone era.
The cocktail list takes its inspiration from the Copenhagen Metro lines and has about 15 cocktails on it. Many of these are classic cocktails, but with a twist. Many of the ingredients in the cocktails at Balderdash are created in the Spirit Lab on the floor just above the bar. We tried a bunch of their drinks and each of them was spectacular in its own way. I (Oliver) especially enjoyed the Old Fashioned (with bone marrow).