Copenhagen has always been high up on my bucket list. So when my friend Krista suggested we visit, I jumped at the opportunity to plan a trip! Krista studied architecture in college so she compiled a list of must see buildings and I researched restaurants and shops.
We arrived after a quick flight from Berlin and were greeted by a snow storm. After a short train ride we were in the center of snow-covered Copenhagen, ready to explore. After a slushy walk and cab ride we were at our hotel, a Marriott that Krista had generously booked with rewards points. Because of the heavy snow, we spent our first afternoon in Copenhagen browsing the shops and exploring Christmas markets along Strøget. Some of our favorite shops were Hay, Samsøe Samsøe and Companys.
After our cold and snowy shopping excursion we headed out to dinner at a restaurant called Pony. The food was fantastic and I can easily say we had the best dessert of our trip. I had a delicious Chocolate dessert topped with poached pears and ice cream.
Our waiter recommended a few bars worth visiting after dinner- since it was still snowing we stuck to the ones within close walking distance! The first bar we visited was Duck and Cover. We loved the “speakeasy” vibe and laid back atmosphere. It was the perfect place start our night with a nice cocktail. Because of the snow we decided to stay close when we selected our next bar, Lidkoeb. The entrance to Lidkoeb is slightly hidden off to the side of a grocery store. We loved that there were multiple floors of the bar to explore. The top floor features a whiskey bar and the ground and second floors boast extensive cocktail lists. Lidkoeb was the perfect place to avoid the snow and enjoy a laid back night.
On our second day in Copenhagen the snow finally stopped and we got the chance to explore the city without constantly ducking for cover! Our first stop was the Danish Architecture Centre. From there we wandered along small streets, visited the Opera House, saw the “Black Diamond” library, strolled past the colorful buildings in Nyhavn, and explored the grounds of Rosenborg Castle. The city was amazing and incredibly walkable.
For dinner we met up my friend from college, Signe, at Bæst. Signe had heard fantastic things about the restaurant from her friends. We opted to try the tasting menu and were not disappointed. The pizzas, meat, and cheese were all fantastic, but the homemade mozzarella at Bæst was by far our favorite dish. I will definitely be stopping here for a meal next time I’m in Copenhagen!
Although we had hoped to spend our final morning in Denmark at the Louisiana, the weather had other plans. There was a large amount of snow just outside of Copenhagen, causing major train delays, so we spent our morning further exploring the city. We climbed to the top of the Round Tower and loved the amazing rooftop views of Copenhagen. After climbing the Round Tower we stopped by Torvehallerne Market. We had some delicious coffee at Coffee Collective's shop inside the market and loved sampling the food at the various stands before heading out to the airport. Our final stop was a brief visit to the National Aquarium right outside the airport before we headed out on our flight back home.
Copenhagen was a very cool city and I will definitely be going back. Its walkability, abundance of cool shops, and amazing scenery make it perfect for exploring in just a couple days. I can’t wait to go back and hopefully make it to the Louisiana. If not, the mozzarella at Bæst will do!