For our first trip together, we wanted to go somewhere both of us had never been to. Laura had been dreaming of going to Copenhagen, whereas Joe hadn’t really considered it. We were both pleasantly surprised to discover this beautiful city.
We flew from Montreal to Toronto (didn’t make the flight to Pearson, so we had to go to Island, then take the shuttle to Union and finally the train to Pearson Int Airport) From there, it was a direct red eye to CPH.
We landed in CPH around 10:30 am. The way from the airport to the city is very easy via the subway.
We arrived in the Norrebro area where we had rented an airbnb, settled in and walked our way to Israel Plad for an early lunch.
There, you have plenty of choices. Each merchant in this large indoor market offers something different. Wanting something authentic, we went for the open faced sandwich – and obviously had to try a few different ones.
After grabbing a few more snacks, we decided to explore Copenhagen by foot. Afterall, it was an absolutely gorgeous day, the sun was shining, the people were out in the parks celebrating what seemed to be the first sunny day in town.
We ended up in the gardens in front of the Rosemborg castle, where a lot of people were just hanging out, having drinks, playing frisbee, etc.
We didn’t visit the castle because it was closing, but hung out a little bit in the park.
Then we made our way to the famous Nyhavn, where colourful houses line up the canal.
It’s a super touristic area, but a must when visiting Copenhagen!
After snapping pictures and grabbing an ice cream, we decided to keep walking along the water. We ended up at the Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family resides. I absolutely love the old cobblestone streets, wide town squares and fountains of Europe.
A few steps away from the Palace is the Frederik’s Church with its beautiful columns and dome.
We decided to walk all the way to the little mermaid statue although we had low expectations which were confirmed when we got there.
The statue is small, flocks of tourists are taking pictures with it, including the canal tour boats that stop there. But on this beautiful sunny day, we didn’t mind the walk.
After a quick selfie with the mermaid, we made our way back to a terasse we had spotted on our way to the statue. Toldboden is an awesome Friday afternoon/afterwork 5@7. We had a beer and met some locals who shared their love for their city. We even got to see the Queen’s boat pass by.
After freshening up, we went to the meatpacking district for dinner. At least one night out should be spent in that area. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in this old industrial neighbourhood. That night, we picked Mother for dinner, a cute pizzeria with a nice vibe and great food but VERY slow service which kind of ruined to experience for us.
Jetlagged and tired from our first full day and our lack of sleep we headed back to our appartment.
The next morning, we walked along Strøget, a popular pedestrian street. It hosts many cute boutiques and large department stores.
Danish design and art is well recognized around the world. CPH even has a design museum. But instead of heading to the museum, we explored the different interior design stores. There’s just something about window shopping for furnitures.
At the end of our morning, we visited the Christianborg Palace, which has gorgeous rooms and is well worth a visit. The Queen’s tapestry room has an audio guide you can download on your smartphone and is really easy to use.
On our way out, we passed by the tower, which gives you a (free!) access to a great panoramic view of the city.
We headed to Illum rooftop for an afternoon drink (not before exploring all the interior decor sections of the store)
We finished our day of exploration with a canal tour. It might be a super touristic thing to do, but it gives you a different perspective of the city and it’s a great way to relax and soak up the sun.
For dinner, we went to Gorilla, where we had … the 15 course degustation course! To. Die. For. The food is absolutely amazing, the service is impeccable and the music was awesome. We definitely recommend it!
Always happy when eating
We finished the night at Jolene, a popular and trendy bar/club.
Our last day in Copenhagen happened to be on the same day as the CPH Marathon.
Everyone was our in the streets, cheering for the runners, which gave a particularly warm and welcoming vibe to the city.
We rented bikes and explored different neighbourhoods, parks and coffee shops around the city.
Meyers Bageri is an must-try for fresh danish pastries.
It looks like nothing, but trust us, this was sooo good!
We visited Christiana, which we kept hearing about as the “free spirit” neighbourhood and we finally understood why.
Pictures are not allowed around the town, but the street art, the lake and (depending on your interest) the easily accessible weed are worth the detour.
For late lunch/early dinner, we went to the much anticipated Papiroen Island (we basically talked about it all weekend) This island was previously used to store paper for all the printing that happened in the city. It is now transformed into a museum and an indoor food truck with a great outdoor area set up by the water with many picnic tables and comfy beach chairs to eat, drink and hang out.
We could’ve spent our whole evening there, but we wanted to take a look at the famous Tivoli attraction Park, one of the two oldest in Europe. We kept debating wether we wanted to visit it or not…
Was it worth it you ask? It’s beautiful, specially when lit up, but not sure if it was worth the expensive entry ticket and ride tickets. But all depends on your interest. The beautiful gardens are well maintained and if you’re lucky you’ll even spot a peacock!
We did a lot in 72h in Copenhagen! The sun would set around 9pm, which made the days really long, giving us plenty of time to explore this beautiful city. If you ever get a chance to visit CPH, you won’t regret it!