A Long Weekend in Copenhagen

Lucy Saunders escapes to Copenhagen for a long weekend.

“Travelling from London to Copenhagen made for a chilly, colourful, coffee, city break that me and my fiancé needed. If you have limited time and money for a long break away, a weekend city adventure can be just as exciting and utterly delightful. Copenhagen was just this… from its pastry shop corners, warming laid back culture and its passion for design it is the perfect mini break away. Flying from London it was a short journey, flying for just under 3 hrs. We left in the early hours of Thursday morning so we could land in Copenhagen at 9am, giving us an entire day to find our bearings, explore our close neighbourhood and start trying some native Danish cuisine. 

CopenhagenBefore leaving the airport on arrival, we picked up 2 VIP 72 hour Copenhagen cards which allowed us to use public transport with ease and admission into tourist attractions free of charge. The card came with a pamphlet of an array of exciting tourist attractions including the National Gallery of Denmark, The National Aquarium and Tivoli Gardens. Over the time we were in Denmark we used public transport frequently to move around the city, go further afield, and went into at least one of Copenhagen’s tourists attractions daily. The Copenhagen card saved us a lot of money whilst we were there, and with a variety on offer, including; a 24hr, 48hr, 72hr, or a 120hr there is one for every trip! 

The aesthetics of Scandinavian design lined the streets, and it was hard to walk past an interiors shop without stopping to go in. There was a bitter chill to the air for the entire weekend yet the Danish seemed well equipped with the cold. Døp – Den Økologiske Pølsemand can be found throughout the main streets serving traditional Danish hot dogs with apple ketchup, mustard, fried onions, and crisp pickles. From first thoughts it sounded unique and something I was unsure about eating, yet in the depth of chill, surrounded by new culture I delved in, coming back for more. 

We sat in a small coffee shop called Coffee Collective situated in an old Bodega, in the historic city of Bernikow. It was a relief to make our way off of the bustling commercial high street into a small, dated yet contemporary coffee shop. It was here, in its hygge styled atmosphere we started to plan an itinerary for the weekend so we didn’t miss anything. One of the places I really wanted to visit was Torvehallerne, a food market right by Nørreport station which we visited the following day. It was in the ideal location, segregated in two glass units, centred by a flower market. The smell of Danish cuisine could be smelt all around and the fast paced environment felt warming and comforting. It was here I had my first smørrebrød from Hallernes Smørrebrød stand. It is etiquette that these small rye bread open sandwiches are to be eaten with a knife and fork, yet its quiet hard not to spill bits everywhere with their packed ingredients, components and sauces. 

Lunch here will set you back around 75 DKK (roughly around £9) which is relatively cheap in comparison to Copenhagen’s restaurants. However if you prefer a quiet spot, this is not the place for you. The food halls are open daily from 10am and are bustling most of the day, especially at lunchtime. 

From here we decided to do some sight seeing and went to the Langelinie promenade. The little mermaid sculpture by the water front lives up to its name ‘little mermaid’. Despite the little mermaid being a tourist hot spot I would recommend popping by to have a look. I first expected something larger yet the bronze statue created by Edvard Eriksen is only 1.25m tall and on a busy day its hard to get up close. Yet this is not to say you shouldn’t go… there is a host of other activities to do in this area of Copenhagen so it is not a trip wasted. 

On our last evening we went for a few cocktails to celebrate our little trip away and decided to go watch a firework display within Tivoli Gardens. This winter wonderland is a sophisticated amusement park for all of the family, and a definite location to put on your itinerary. Full of fun filled rides, games, shopping huts, food stands, restaurants, cafes and an ice rink this magical little world has it all. I would recommend coming here and leaving yourself at least a couple of hours to have a proper look around, enjoy some of the Danish fast food on offer and grab a coffee or an alcoholic beverage in their cafe’s. If you get chance to see one of their famous firework displays you will witness of the most magical moments you will get whilst in Denmark.