Earlier this year I did a survey on Instagram Stories for a few different places you guys were most interested in and Copenhagen was the winner by far! So we decided to explore this up-and-coming spot and share our findings with you guys! If you follow us on Instagram or Instagram Stories you might have caught some of our trip (you can still view a lot of it in our highlight reel on Stories as well!). Today, I’m excited to share a detailed guide on where we stayed, what to do and where we ate/drink!
Getting to Copenhagen
We were in Barcelona before this trip, so we flew from Barcelona to Copenhagen via Vueling. The airport is a nice size and once you arrive at the airport it’s an easy train ride into the city. Of course depends what part of the city you stay in, but our first hotel (d’Angleterre) was just an easy 20 minute ride!
Where to stay in Copenhagen
We planned to spend 5 nights in Copenhagen and partnered with our friends from Kiwi Collection, the world’s largest curated collection of luxury hotels, to find the perfect hotel. I love that you know all the hotels on their site will be amazing and we love checking out different hotels, so we decided to split our trip by staying in 2 hotels. Both seriously amazing stays but different decor styles as well as different parts of the city, so let’s get into a bit more on each below….
We spent our first 3 nights at the Hotel d’Angleterre. Hotel d’Angleterre is one of the world’s oldest hotels and offers a true luxury experience. Through the hotel’s 92 rooms and suites are all individually decorated in a classical style, they’re thoroughly 21st century, with modern amenities. I loved that they offered a pillow bar as well so you could pick your perfect type of pillow – such a fun + personal touch! The service here is top-notch! We enjoyed a the lovely Scandinavian breakfast buffet served each morning in the Restaurant d’Angleterre with your choice of eggs, pastries, fruit, coffee and more!
The hotel is located on the famous King’s Square in Copenhagen and it’s just a short 10 minute walk to the Nyhavn Canal or the shopping on Strøget. They also had bikes you could borrow to get the true Copenhagen experience :)
Another thing I loved here? Their attention to florals! They had some of the prettiest hotel florals I’ve seen!!
There are lots of cute shops and restaurants near the hotel. We LOVED this restaurant Llama that was just a 5 minute walk away (photos below). The decor was so rad – hello tiles everywhere! – and the food was delicious! Highly recommend the Arepas (fried corn dough, black bean puree, chili creme & queso fresco), the Halibut ceviche, steak skewer and the baja taco. For dessert, try the elderflower ice cream! And our cocktail of choice here was the Smoky Margarita – so good! We actually went here twice while in town.
We also ventured to Gorm’s Pizza (in Magstræde) for dinner one night. Loved the ambiance here (and cocktails!) – it was two stories in an old building, pizza was so so to me. (I think we are spoiled with so much great pizza here in LA!). Another fun spot to eat is at the Illum department store. The top floor has a bunch of restaurants and a cute coffee shop – plus a rad view! (That is the view below)
For our last two nights we moved a few miles away to the gorgeous Nimb hotel. Set in Copenhagen’s enchanting Tivoli Gardens, fairytale is ever present at Nimb. Both intimate and magnificent, this exclusive boutique hotel is seriously like no other in the world. I’ll be sharing more about Tivoli later as that is another true Copenhagen gem, but first take a look at the exterior of this hotel!!
I’m sure you’ve heard of hygge (the Danish word for a mood of coziness with feelings of wellness + contentment), well, this hotel definitely had hygge down!! There are only 38 rooms at the hotel and each room features individualized design, antique furnishings and handpicked art pieces. Our room overlooked the gardens and each morning we were woken by one of the THREE peacocks that walked around the garden. So fun. :)
LOVED all the decor here – especially above at the brasserie. This is where breakfast was each morning and it was also open for dinner. And speaking of breakfast, it was SO GOOD here! They have chickens on property and the eggs tasted SO fresh!!
Let me also take a minute to talk about the cocktails here. Jason + I love a good cocktail and the one afternoon we where here it was raining and we enjoyed a few drinks – they were all SO GOOD and creative. We also discovered the Danish love of elderflower – in cocktails, lemonade and even ice cream! I hadn’t really hadn’t had elderflower before, but fell in love with it and I’ve been trying to incorporate it in some cocktails back home (more to come on that soon!!) :)
This rad floral installation was hanging in the hallway to our room!!
When lit up at night, the hotel bears a strong resemblance to a fairytale palace. Such a rad spot and would be so magical for a honeymoon or anniversary trip! The hotel also includes passes to Tivoli which is a MUST DO when in Copenhagen. More on that below :)
What to do in Copenhagen
We were here the first week of May. It was a bit chilly and rained one day, but overall we had pretty good weather for Copenhagen – a lot more gray than we were used to, but still so fun!
For your first day here, I’d highly recommend starting with a Canal Tour in Nyhavn This is where you’ll see all the colorful houses by the water and makes for a great start for your trip. The boat ride is about an hour. Afterwards grab a drink at one of the cute cafes to enjoy the view but don’t eat here – way too touristy!
We walked down to the Torvehallerne market. Was fun to see lots of different food options – and be sure to grab a beer (or 2!) from Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop.
After grabbing a late lunch we walked through the Rosenborg Castle Garden and over to see the Cherry Blossoms at Langelinie Park. Highly recommend if they are in bloom while you are in town! These Cherry Blossoms were white (compared to the pink ones we saw in Paris) but still SO PRETTY!!
The second day we took a taxi to the Jægersborggade street in the Nørrebro part of Copenhagen. Grab a latte from The Coffee Collective and then if you have kids there is a fun playground across the street! If not, enjoy your coffee while you walk to Superkilen Park. Such a rad fun park! A lot of this area was under construction when we were here, but should be really cool when they are done!
We took a slow walk back to the hotel – walking through Assistens Cemetery – and then explored a bit more around our hotel and ended up at Gorm’s Pizza for dinner. Super cute spot with delicious cocktails and pretty good pizza.
Our third day we moved hotels and it was pretty rainy – ok it was down pouring and so windy! So we enjoyed some cocktails at the bar at Nimb – highly recommend the cocktails here! They change up their cocktail menu each month, but everything we had here was so creative + good! Not a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon :)
Once the rain had slowed down a bit, we decided to go over and explore Tivoli for the evening – and then spent the full next day there – such a fun, magical place!
One super cool thing about the Nimb hotel, is that all hotel guests enjoy free entrance to Tivoli Gardens – along with an unlimited ride bracelet (so you can go on as many rides as you want as they typically charge per ride) Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world (they were celebrating 175 years when we were there!!) and this is what inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland. When we were here we were lucky that it wasn’t very crowded which was SO NICE since we are used to the crowds at Disneyland. We had the BEST time with the girls. It definitely has a nostalgic feel to it and there are SO many great restaurants there along with pretty gardens and flowers.
One of the things we really loved about Tivoli was all the amazing food options!! Typically amusement parks aren’t known for good food, but Tivoli had SO many food options and there was some really good food! We loved the Tivoli Food Hall – so perfect when traveling with a family as you can each go to different places then all eat together. We ate here twice since there were so many options! Sushi, Tacos, Burgers, Korean, Chicken, Veggie, and more!
We also enjoyed the Biergarden one afternoon – giant beer steins and brats and pretzels! – as well as Gemyse (the greenhouse below). Gemyse had lots of firepits and we had wine and smores while wrapped in blankets the one afternoon. So fun – and couldn’t believe this was part of the amusement park!!
Hope you enjoyed our Copenhagen Travel Diary!! Are any of you planning a trip to Copenhagen soon??