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How to spend a perfect day in Copenhagen like a Dane

When visiting a new place, what’s better than treating it like you’re a local, so you get the real Copenhagen experience? Follow along as we share the ultimate itinerary to spend a perfect day in Copenhagen. 

Breakfast of champions

To get ready to explore, you’ll need to fuel up on energy. Visit the renowned chef, Frederik Bille Brahe’s cafes, Atelier September (Gothersgade 30) or Apollo Bar (Nyhavn 2), to start the day off right. They are located close to each other, so the choice of which one of them to visit is all yours. Atelier September is the chef’s OG spot – the first one he opened and which made him famous for his immaculate avocado toast. It’s a sight for sore eyes!

At Apollo Bar, Atelier September’s younger sister, you can indulge in a bigger brunch menu that includes a blueberry and ricotta toast and banana bread with dulce de leche. 
The food is great, the coffee hits the right spot and one thing is certain – the food at Atelier September and Apollo Bar is hyper Insta-friendly.

Pay the Queen a visit

Although this day in Copenhagen is all about the local experience, there is no shame in doing a tiny bit of touristic stuff while getting the real Copenhagen experience. Right by both Atelier September and Apollo Bar, you’ll find the impressive home of the Queen of Denmark, Amalienborg Palace. 

Wander around the square in the center of the palace, nod to the Royal guards – and check if the Danish flag has been risen. If yes, the Queen is home!

Walk to the Amaliehaven, the park located in front of the palace. From here you can see the canals of Copenhagen as well as the huge opera that was built in 2001. The Danes have a love/hate relationship with it – in 2019, it’s been nominated as the ugliest building in Copenhagen.

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Hop on a bike to Refshaleøen

Walk back to where you had breakfast. A great coincidence is that the cafes are located right by Nyhavn, which is probably the most photographed spot in Copenhagen. Adore the old, colored and cute houses, the big wooden ships and take tons of photos. If you are eager for more, drop by Nordic Housing Location office located right here, in Nyhavn. There you may get a piece of personal advice on what to see and do and also book your tickets for some fun activities and tours.

Once you’ve had enough of Nyhavn, grab a rental bike. There are tons of options – electric scooters, Bycyklen or Donkey Republic. But make sure to drive carefully and stay to the right! The Danes get quite aggressive on the bike lane.

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Bike down Nyhavn and cross the new bike and walking bridge, Inderhavnsbroen, and you’ll find yourself in a different neighborhood, Christianshavn. Bike some more till you reach Refshaleøen, an empty area that’s currently being developed. This is where Noma, the second-best restaurant in the world, is situated.
Visit La Banchina or Lille Bakery for a cup of coffee after your bike workout. Both places are ultra hipster, and especially La Banchina is unique as it is located right on the water.

Explore the Freetown of Christiania

Bike back to Christianshavn and visit the Freetown of Christiania, a very unusual and extraordinary place. Walk down to the lake to witness some incredible and creative houses built by the inhabitants of Freetown.  Sit down for lunch at one of the many spots at Christiania such as Spiseloppen, Morgenstedet, Grønsagen or Månefiskeren.

Shopping in Little Paris in Frederiksberg

Jump back on the bike – it’s time to visit the Frederiksberg neighborhood, a more fancy and wealthy part of Copenhagen. Your destination is Værnedamsvej – which is also dubbed Little Paris. The shopping here is on point and you’ll for sure get your shopping craving cured – small, hip independent stores. Head out to Gammel Kongevej to explore even more great shops.

Cocktail time – It’s five o’clock somewhere… 

It’s time for another energy refuel. Head to the neighborhood of Vesterbro and find the cocktail bar 1656 (Gasværksvej 33) for a pre-dinner cocktail. Look closely because the bar is hard to find – some people even see it as a speakeasy. The cocktails served are masterpieces made by talented bartender masterminds.

Dinner at Kødbyen

It’s time for more food! Luckily, Copenhagen is brimming with great restaurants. They are especially concentrated in Kødbyen, the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen. You’ll find almost every cuisine here. 
From sourdough pizzas at Mother, which has just received an award as the best pizza in Copenhagen, to burgers at Cocks and Cow or Tommi’s Burger Joint. Are you looking for a more high-end restaurant, try Paté Paté that serves little plates great to share at the table. Craving tacos, Hija De Sanchez is a perfect choice. Do you dream of Danish fish and seafood? Then Kødbyens Fiskebar is the perfect spot for you. Want traditional Danish, meat-heavy food? Chicky Grill is the place to go to. You get the picture – Kødbyen offers a multitude of good restaurants!

You’re ready to explore Copenhagen like a true local. Enjoy your day!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk 

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The best places to enjoy the nightlife in Copenhagen

While Copenhagen isn’t the craziest and biggest city full of bright lights and crazy parties–the Danes still know how to party (and drink!). Bonus info: Danes are notorious binge drinkers, and when in Rome, right? So, put on your party outfit, your friends and get ready for a night to remember. If you want to explore Copenhagen by night, this is where you should go.

Party in Kødbyen – the Meatpacking district of Copenhagen

Nightlife and Kødbyen go hand in hand. This is the epicenter of partying! Kødbyen is brimming with great restaurants where you can begin your night out, for example with sourdough pizzas at Mother. Once you’re fueled up on energy, let’s get the party started. Head to Bakken or Jolene Bar, which is where the magic happens. These bars/clubs are nothing fancy, but if you like cheap drinks, hipsters, club vibes and electronic music, you’re at the right place.

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Try crazy cocktails at Balderdash

The owner of Balderdash, who originates from NYC, is like the Noma chef of cocktails. This bar specializes in creative, different cocktails and adds something unique to the Copenhagen nightlife. The bar is located in a building that’s more than a hundred years old in the historical part of Copenhagen. The cocktail menu is interesting and different, spiced with infusions such as one that tastes like pizza. Go here for a cocktail you’ll remember!

Hit up an old school bar

In Danish, they are called bodegas and Copenhagen is full of them. A bodega is a murky, old school bar that has one or five loyal customers that come here every day, preferably an old jukebox, lots of beer and low lighting. A Copenhagen bodega experience is a must. Some of the good places to go are Cafe Sommersted, Fingerbøllet, and Understellet.

Watch stand up comedy at ICC the theatre

Ready to laugh out loud? To stand up comedy you go. Improv Comedy Copenhagen hosts for comedy shows a week, and you’re guaranteed to laugh your *ss off. For the comedy show program, click here. If you’re really into comedy, you can even attend classes on the fundamentals of comedy at different levels. Who knows, maybe you could become the next comedian to perform at ICC?

Indulge in craft beer

As Danes love to drink, and especially when it comes to beer, the selection of quality beer bars in Copenhagen is more than decent. The, now world-famous, Mikkeller brand owns several craft beer bars around town, such as the bar in the hip Copenhagen neighborhood Vesterbro. Check out the full list of Mikkeller Copenhagen locations here. But it doesn’t end with Mikkeller. If you’re into good beer, you should also check out Fermentoren, Brus and Nørrebro Bryghus.

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Beer, bar, bodega, club or comedy? The night is young and you’re good to go explore everything that the Copenhagen nightlife has to offer. Have fun and drink an extra beer for us!

About the author:

Born and bred in Copenhagen, Caroline Sølver is the expert when it comes to everything Copenhagen, from the hippest spots to get your coffee fix, the nicest views, and the hidden gems. Caroline runs her own personal lifestyle blog Silver Stories and a podcast Silver Talks in which she shares her life, living between Copenhagen and NYC, where she runs a cafe with her partner and is currently working on two more guidebooks for NYC and Copenhagen. Follow along for her best tips to Copenhagen. 

@carolinesoelver/ www.silverstories.dk