Hi, my name is Rumina (@travellikeagirl) and I have been living in Copenhagen foe the last 4 years. Join my journey to discover the best Copenhagen has to offer.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Buffets are a common thing in Denmark and the typical breakfast here is the English breakfast. However, it is not a common thing to go out to have breakfast in a café or restaurant. At most, we grab a pastry from a local chain like Lagkagehuset or Espresso House. I don’t know if the reason for that is that the workday in Denmark starts at 10 and most cafes aren’t open when people go to work, or the fact that all services in Denmark are quite expensive, so generally it isn’t affordable to eat out 3 times a day and people opt for lunch and dinner out, more often than a breakfast.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
I love walking around the main streets leading to town (Nørreborgade, Vesterbrogade, Gammel Kongevej) and find little new places there. They have plenty of different options, mostly green, organic and healthy options. I was most recently having lunch at Bjørns and it has an exceptional experience, and the service was great! It is not common to get extraordinary service in Denmark, I suppose due to the equality in the culture. I have had many discussions on that topic with one of my best friends who is Danish but has been living in Australia for 6 years. As a well-travelled person and a foreigner in Denmark, I can see that exceptional service is not top priority, unless, of course, you are in a Michelin star restaurant.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Copenhagen?
Tivoli Gardens! At least in autumn and winter. Besides all the amusement park sights Tivoli offer, there is the massive garden, outdoor theatre/concert stage; numerous cafes and restaurants. It’s best to go there a bit before sunset so you can see the place both during daylight, but also with all the lights in the evening.
In summer everyone is usually around all the canals in Copenhagen, especially around Nyhavn (which is a muse-see) and Islands Brygge where people have picnics, jump in the water and it is really the place to be.
Where are the best places for dinner?
For those who have a big budget – go to any of the Michelin restaurants. Sadly, due to Covid some of them closed recently. Anyway, Copenhagen is famous for its gastronomic experience options it provides.
For the common people like me, I would recommend Græbrødretorv, which has different places, and they are all amazing and affordable. Just before the lockdown I went to one of the restaurants there and a 3 course meal with steak and all you can drink wine cost about 600dkk which is equal to about 100USD per person. Among the other must-try dinner places are Kød, Madklubben, Llama, Noho and the smaller Tight which is in the inner city.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
I have for a very long time worked in the nightlife of Copenhagen for a chain which owns a total of about 130 places in Denmark, Norway and Finland, 40 of which are in Copenhagen. Most of them are bodega like (typical danish style pub which sometimes has a dj or live music, dark and rustic style kind of place). The crazy part is that all ages go to bodegas and big clubs aren’t a thing around here. However, when I am off I like to go to cozy cocktail bars such as PS Bar, Citizen and No Stress.
In a busy city like Copenhagen, is there anywhere to chill?
One of the cosiest places is Bastards Café where you can borrow board games (they have literally thousands) and have a chill time with your buddies. Otherwise, when the weather is good people hang around the canals or Frederiksberg Gardens. Denmark is a cold country, and as soon as the time changes in October people like to get together inside, cook some food, light some candles and do the “hygge”.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
Canoeing/paddle-boarding around the city is a cool thing to do which is common only for places like Venice and Amsterdam I presume. There is also a ski slope at downtown Copenhagen. The festivals in summer are something different. There are so many festivals in Denmark you can be continuously attending for 3 months.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
Downtown Hostel is a very cool and social place. Otherwise – couch surf! For a young and not so financially stable traveller Denmark gives the best opportunity to take advantage of Danes’ niceness. They will often offer you a tour around and maybe a breakfast. Hotels in Denmark (like all the other services) are extremely expensive. So, the next best option would be an Airbnb. Pick one of the neighbourhoods surrounding downtown and you won’t make a mistake. One advantage is that the public transport is so well developed even if you stay in a further out neighbourhood you can catch a bus and a train and be downtown in half an hour.
What season would you recommend visiting?
Summer! No doubt here. Only crazy and dumb people would come in November.
Is Copenhagen best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
It is great for all, it is a calm place but it has a lot to offer. I wouldn’t recommend staying more than 5 days. It is an expensive destination to stay a long time. But it is easy and very safe to be here.