Copenhagen, what can I say? I love ya.
Rob and I spent the last few days amongst the Danes in Copenhagen, Denmark. We had heard a ton of amazing things about Copenhagen prior to actually visiting the magical land so you can imagine how excited we were to spend some time there.
After gathering a ton of recommendations and information on the lovely Cope from a variety of different people who had previously been, we had quite the itinerary planned out for our short time there.
First, let me start off by saying that Copenhagen has hands down the best foods I have consumed in quite some time- and that’s saying a lot considering I spend a majority of my time eating.
Rob and I were advised about Copenhagen’s amazing food prior to our arrival there; so we were very eager to fill our palettes with delectable Danish food. Nothing fell short of our expectations and everything was absolutely delicious. And I’m not talking the standard delicious; I’m talking uber delicious, like literal make your mouth water delicious.
Here are some of the food spots we ate at:
The Union Kitchen:
This hipster-esque place was our first destination after our plane landed. We opted to get some brunch grub at this spot because it was recommended by a ton of people, and was right off of the famous canal in Nyhavn. Here, we got avocado toast with poached eggs as well as a waffle. I always feel so fancy when ordering poached eggs, these bad boys are totally a new fave of mine since I’ve been brunching my way across Europe. Anyways, our fancy-ass poached eggs were fabulous and the waffle was topped with yogurt and fresh fruits.
After my time spent in the city, I have learned that one food Copenhagen has seized to create extremely well is bread. The bread that our avocado/poached egg was on was to die for. I’m talkin’ super tasty with an amazing texture. I’m not really sure how to describe the texture; it was just a really good one.
Located inside of an industrial building on “Paper Island”, this was another hot spot that was recommended by a few different people. Copenhagen Street Food was probably one of my favorite parts of Copenhagen. Quite ironic how my favorite spot had to do with food, right? This industrial building is jam-packed with a crazy amount of food trucks, all selling fresh food from a variety of different ethnicities. Some of the ones that struck my eye were the British pancake truck and the Spanish tapas truck. Rob ended up getting a burger, which he claims is the “best burger he has ever had”, and I got a burrito filled with cactus (interesting, right?!) and potatoes. This was an awesome experience, and the whole atmosphere had a really cool vibe. There were actually bars inside of this giant building as well, and a ton of people were outside sipping on drinks and eating delicious food along the water.
Okay, to be honest, I’m not sure what the exact Danish name is for these sweets, but we were referred to them as “snails”. I know it’s a bit of an odd name, just think about the awkward looks I got when I told people back in Prague about how amazing the Copenhagen “snails” were! I’ll admit, these Danish sweets were BOMB. I’m talking addictive, surgery, magical rolls of pure joy and fatness.
Rob and I sought out to find the best snails and ended up eating 2 every day we were in Copenhagen. As aggressive as this was, we ultimately found that Holms Bakery had in our opinion, the best snails. This bakery had the perfect texture to cinnamon to frosting ratio. I guess the best way to describe these sweets is something similar to a flattened out cinnamon role? A few that we tried had a flaky, croissant-like consistency while others were more doughy with thicker, fuller textures. I miss these sweet treats already and wish they were sold in the Czech Republic. This is a total must try if you ever find yourself strolling past a bakery in Copenhagen.
Aside from spending an unnecessary amount of money on food, we did some actual things in the city as well! Copenhagen is a crazy vibrant, and very trendy city. With that being said, there are a TON of amazing and fun things to do during your time spent there. Unfortunately, the weather did not side with all of our plans. We did as much as we could with the conditions at hand.
Here are some of the things we did whilst in Copenhagen:
The first and obvious thing we did in Cope was walk around Nyhavn. You really can’t miss this spot, as it’s basically one of the major areas that Copenhagen is known for. This is the area of Copenhagen that is probably in most of the pictures you’ve seen, with the colorful houses lining the canal! Rob and I actually thought about taking a boat tour along the canal, but the weather swayed our decision. We ended up walking around instead. Nyhavn is lined with cute cafes, shops, and ice cream parlors. We were advised that the restaurants in this area were a bit pricey so we opted to stick to coffee instead. You can’t go to Copenhagen without spending some time around this gorgeous canal. Fun fact: there are actually in ground trampolines around this area! These brought out my inner 12 year old and were a lot of fun.
Den Blå Planet:
This type of thing isn’t what rob and I usually do when we are exploring different countries, but due to the pouring, (might I add, freezing) rain, we decided to check out Copenhagen’s famous aquarium. This aquarium is said to be the second largest in Northern Europe. Tickets to get into the aquarium itself were a biiiiit on the pricier side of the spectrum but we did end up enjoying our time there. I guess you could say it was worth it. If you have time to explore Copenhagen with no weather conditions holding you back I wouldn’t recommend going to this aquarium, just because the city is packed with so many different unique things that are probably a bit more exciting than an aquarium.
This was such an intriguing part of the city. Rob and I actually spent a huge chunk of time wandering around the trails that lead up to the center of Christiania feeling very confused. Christiania is actually a major hippie area of Copenhagen that has about 850 residents. It’s basically like a little city inside of the city. We spent some time walking around this city’s three-mile radius, and it was awesome. I guess the best way to explain it is hippie?! I’m not really sure, but definitely, a very cool experience and I would recommend checking it out if you have the time.
This castle was breathtaking. It is actually the oldest castle in Copenhagen and has the most historical importance. Believe it or not, this castle was built in 1606 but was renovated to look like what it does today in 1624. The Danish Crown Jewels and the throne Chair of Denmark are stored in this castle. I can’t even imagine how heightened its beauty is during the spring when everything is super green and in bloom. The castle is surrounded by a ton of grass and gorgeous landscaping. Taking a walk through here was a very nice break from Prague, as it’s a very bustling city.
This is where the royal family lives in Copenhagen. Surrounding this palace, are a set of four identical looking buildings. These are: Christian VII’s Palace: (otherwise known as Moltke’s Palac), which is strictly used for guest residencies, Frederik VIII’s Palace: (otherwise known as Brockdorff’s Palace), which holds the Crown Prince Family, Christian IX’s Palace: (otherwise known as Schack’s Palace), which houses and King and Queen and lastly, Christian VIII’s Palace: (otherwise known as Levetzau’ Palace), which is a guest house for the Prince and Princess of Copenhagen.
I am so so saddened to say that the Tivoli Gardens were actually closed during Rob and I’s time in Cope! This amusement park dates back to 1843, and is actually known to be one of Walt Disney’s inspirations for the layout and look of Disney Land! The park is only open from April to September so we were a few weeks early 🙁 I have heard that Tivoli is an amazing experience and that you just ~have~ to go. I guess this gives me an excuse to venture back to Copenhagen in the future!
All in all, Copenhagen was an absolutely remarkable city. If you ever get the chance, I totally recommend getting lost in the streets of this unique area.