The 9 things you must do on a weekend in copenhagen

Thinking of visiting Copenhagen? Keep reading to find out what you must do on a weekend in the Danish capital...

Often considered to be the happiest city in the world, I fell in love with Copenhagen with it's laidback atmosphere, friendly locals, cosy cafes, and vibrant neighbourhoods. We were in the city for a short 48 hours, but left feeling like we had enjoyed a good amount of what Copenhagen has to offer...

Tivoli Gardens
Halloween at Tivoli Gardens
Halloween at Tivoli Gardens
Dusk at Tivoli Gardens
Halloween Night at Tivoli Gardens

1. Feel nostalgic at Tivoli Gardens 

As soon as I realised that Tivoli would be decorated for Halloween during our visit to Copenhagen, it quickly flew to the top of my must-see list. I love everything Halloween, from carving pumpkins to spooky films, and it always has a childhood nostalgia about it that is hard to beat!
Tivoli is an amusement park, and the second oldest in the world having opened in 1843. Wandering through the park, which was decked out with jack-o'-lanterns, cobwebs and cauldrons, was like being transported back to Halloween as a child.
The park is packed with rides, gift shops and stalls, as well as an array of food options, including a biergarten, churros and fish & chips! We only spent a short time here, but I can definitely see myself visiting again for a full day! I'd love to see it at Christmas time, I imagine it's magical!
Entrance tickets start at 130 DKK.

Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania
Freetown Christiania

2. Wander through Freetown Christiania 

In 1971, a group of hippies turned a former military base in to their new home, and the free state Christiania was born. A popular destination with both Danes and tourists, Christiania is a must-see on a weekend in Copenhagen.
We entered by a vibrant mural and to a local strumming his guitar, singing Country Roads. There was an instant contrast compared to the city we had just left behind.
Christiania had a warm, welcoming atmosphere and I enjoyed wandering through the streets, admiring the many art pieces, the Wonderland skate park, and the DIY houses. I'd love to visit again and stop for cake or lunch at one of the cosy cafes.
If you do visit, please make sure to respect the residents and not take photos on Pusher Street. You can take photos elsewhere in Christiania, and I wouldn't blame anyone for wanting to capture the bright colours and street art of the town.

Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen
Little Mermaid Copenhagen

3. Find the Little Mermaid and Gefion Fountain

One of the most recognisable sights in Copenhagen is the Little Mermaid sculpture. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the statue sits at Langelinje Pier and is a popular spot for tourists who come to see her as she welcomes boats to the harbour.
Walk to the end of the pier to find Gefion Fountain, or Gefionspringvandet in Danish, depicting the Norse goddess Gefion and 4 bulls. Ancient legend says that the Swedish King Gylfe offered Gefion as much land as she could plough in one night, so she turned her 4 sons in to oxen; they ploughed so deeply that the land broke off and formed Zealand, the island on which Copenhagen is located.
The fountain is an impressive sight to see, and is Copenhagen's largest monument!


4. See the changing of the guards at Amalienborg Palace

At 12pm each day, the Danish Royal Guard finish their march from Rosenborg Castle at Amalienborg Palace. Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family and as you can imagine, it is pretty impressive. The complex is actually split into four main palaces and two of these are open to the public.
Head to the palace to learn about one of the oldest monarchies in the world and admire the stunning architecture and interior!

Magstræde Copenhagen
Canal Copenhagen
Autumn in Copenhagen

5. Discover the city on foot or by bike 

One of my favourite things about Copenhagen was how small the city centre is. It is very easy to get around both walking and cycling. On a city break, I love to just wander and find some hidden gems, and when you are pushed for time, renting a bicycle is an excellent way to do this! Copenhagen has several highly rated bike rental services, however Bycyklen (City Bike) is probably the most well known. With over 100 stations in Copenhagen, you can easily pick up and drop off bikes when needed!
Before your trip, plan your itinerary using Google Maps. You can then easily work out the best routes to take to make sure you use your time wisely and see the best sights!

WarPigs Copenhagen
WarPigs Copenhagen

6. Eat meat and drink beer at WarPigs 

I won’t lie, I was overwhelmed by WarPigs at first. The staff seemed scarily cool and it was loud (not my vibe at all, loud places give me heart palpitations), but those anxieties quickly disappeared when the guys behind the food counter and checkout were super nice, even choosing my beer for me when I couldn’t understand the board (Big Drunk Baby, try it if you go, a solid 10/10).
WarPigs is a brewpub located in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen. It was set up by 3 Floyds and Mikkeller and combines American-Danish craft beer with Texan barbecue. I had beef ribs, smothered in their house made bbq sauce, with a side of mac n cheese, and honestly I would go back every week for my Friday night dinner if I could. The atmosphere was great and I loved how you sit at long benches, sharing sauces and space with other diners; everyone was so content with good food and good beer. 

Laura's Bakery Torvehallerne Copenhagen
Coffee Collective Torvehallerne Copenhagen

7. Stop at Coffee Collective and Laura's Bakery at Torvehallerne for Breakfast 

We were fortunate to be staying a 4 minute walk from Torvehallerne food market, which made it the perfect stop for breakfast! Make sure to visit Coffee Collective for a latte and what may be my new favourite coffee ever (1st position was previously held by Via Roma 33’s espresso in Verona, Italy). Also grab a couple of pastries from Laura’s Bakery and sit outside to people watch whilst you enjoy a cinnamon swirl with brown sugar. There are picnic style benches under umbrellas just in case the weather isn’t kind to you on your weekend away!

Illum Copenhagen

8. Spend your Krone at a Scandinavian homewear shop

The many homewear shops in Copenhagen act as a real life Pinterest board for Scandi interior lovers, and I dare you to try to pass their shop windows without wandering inside.
Modern furniture combined with warm, soft hues and wooden features instantly gave that “Hygge” inspired vibe and made me want to adopt a more minimalist, cosy lifestyle.
Many stores can be found on Copenhagen’s main shopping street Strøget, but for the best interiors and homewears, look out for them dotted around on your walks through the city.
Copenhagen is also home to Illum, a 5 storey department store. Head to the home department, where I fell in love with Ib Laursen ( and wrote the longest mental wishlist ever!


9. See the colourful buildings at Nyhavn

Last but certainly by no means least, and arguably the most common visual that comes to mind when you think of Copenhagen, is the vibrantly coloured houses that line Nyhavn.
Once the home of Hans Christian Andersen (he spent time living at No.18, No.20 & No.67), Nyhavn is now mostly dominated by restaurants. The prices are extortionate, so be careful if you do decide to grab a meal there!
We visited in late October on a very grey day, but even then the harbour still looked beautiful with an array of colourful facades on both sides of the waterfront.

I can definitely see myself visiting Copenhagen again in the next couple of years; I have so many brunch spots I want to check out and I'd love to see Tivoli at Christmas time! Have you been to Copenhagen? Are you planning on going soon? 

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