I had been dreaming of visiting Copenhagen, Denmark for ages – with it’s winding streets, colorful homes, streamlined design. And it didn’t disappoint. While I’ve already shared some of what I wore while visiting (here, here and here) I wanted to share a more detailed photo diary and insight into some of my favorites destinations in the city.
It would be impossible to come to Copenhagen and not visit Nyhavn (or New Harbor) – a colorful waterfront row of restaurants and bars that is probably the most photographed stretch of the city. On a sunny day it will undoubtedly be crowded, but grab a sandwich, sit along the docked boats and ignore the rest of the tourists and the visit is totally worth it.
A 10-15 minute walk from Nyhavn you’ll find yourself at the Round Tower – the oldest functioning observatory in all of Europe. Pay a small entry free (around $5 USD) and round your way to the top for a view over the entire city. Stop at nearby Paludan Bog & Cafe for a delicious brunch at a cafe that doubles as a library.
For a further look at the city’s history – wander down Snaregade (the oldest documented street in the city) and afterwards head to Cafe Europa for a coffee and pastry just a quick step from the shopping district.
If you’re looking for a neighborhood to stay – we loved Vesterbro (we stayed in this Airbnb and can’t say enough good things). About a 20 minute walk from the city center it offered a perfect escape from the more crowded downtown areas and was full of young Danish couples & families, cute shops and great restaurants. We tried Neighborhood for Denmark’s traditional, super thin crust pizza and Von Fressen – a charming little bar that served up great cocktails by the friendliest staff.
And if you’re willing to walk and want to go beyond the tourist spots – Kastellet is the city’s star shaped military fortress dating back to the 1600s that also now serves as a beautiful park (including a picture perfect windmill!) and Superkilen is a park meets modern art exhibit in the area of Norrebro that makes for some pretty wild photo ops (seen here).