Ah Copenhagen, with its picture perfect waterfront, colourful houses, clean & modern architecture and award winning cuisine was an exciting city for us to visit. Getting to the city centre was super easy via a 15 minute metro ride (above terminal 3) and shouldn't cost you more than DK36 each. As we arrived in Copenhagen close to midnight we made our way to our hotel which was a short walk from the Kongens Nytorv St metro station.
First thing lined up in the morning was a quick stroll around Nyhavn before all the crowds set in. A quick stop at the Lego Store to re-visit our childhood dreams (did you know Lego was derived from the words "leg godt" which means play well!) and a longer stop at Lagkagehuset for delicious pastries and we were ready for our walking tour with Copenhagen Free Walking Tour. We highly recommend this walking tour, striking the fine balance of being entertaining and informative all at the same time.
While in Copenhagen, pay the Little Mermaid a visit, a bronze statue by Edvard Erikson inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale and perched upon a rock at Langelinje Pier. However, be prepared to be slightly underwhelmed - it's often surrounded by tourists all wanting a peek of her & actually a lot smaller than you think!
The afternoon saw us climbing Church of our Saviour for all around views of Copenhagen & a quick visit to freetown Christiania, an autonomous neighbourhood and run by their own laws.
Dinner that night was at Host, definitely a culinary treat in Copenhagen and a must visit while there. The price point is definitely very affordable for the quality of food offered and impeccable level of service from the staff. We wandered down to Tivoli Gardens post dinner and admired their pretty Christmas decorations & mini markets within.
Day 2 in Copenhagen started off with a breakfast at Royal Smushi cafe, a super cute & quaint little cafe right in the middle of the city. They're well known for their Smushi's, although because we turned up just a little too early only their breakfasts (albeit largely delicious) were on offer. Although not a clear sky day we went up to the top of Christiansborg Palace tower to get different city views of Copenhagen (tip: entry to the tower is free!) and we definitely braved the cold and winds up the top for these views.
We strolled towards the Black Diamond library, however quickly learnt it was closed on Sundays so we briefly admired the architecture of the building & cool interiors from the outside and quickly retreated into the National Museum (nationalmuset - & free!) not far off as it was sadly cold & rainy. Satisfied we had fed our minds with some history of Copenhagen & Denmark we wandered towards Torvehallerne Copenhagen and warmed ourselves up with a delicious cup of coffee from Coffee Collective (there's a few branches & definite must visit if you're a lover of coffee!) Torvehallerne is a market hall so be sure to try out some other stalls for food & snacks while you're in here!
Not short of visiting all things design we also visited ILLUM, Copenhagen's premium department store on the main drag. It being close(ish) to Christmas when we visited pretty Christmas decorations were on display around their iconic escalator which made a gorgeous sight & brilliant for photos :)
With that it was time to grab a quick bite & say goodbye to our time in Copenhagen, a city with beautiful architecture, design & people! We definitely enjoyed our 48 hours in Copenhagen!