Source: Oliver Enné, www.copenhagenmediacenter.com
A lot of tourists are only in Copenhagen for a few days – some only for 24 hours. In our opinion that is not nearly enough time to enjoy our wonderful city, but if you’re on a tight schedule, here is how we would spend 72 hours in Copenhagen.
Day 1: CANAL CRUISE AND CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS
Morning with the mermaid
If you’re here for just this one day, you should witness the very best this city has to offer.
Begin your day at Restaurant Sult at The Danish Film Institute in Gothersgade 55 right across from The King’s Garden. Here you will get one of the best brunches in town. Once you’re full and ready to take on the city, take a stroll down Bredgade in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen. You will be within walking distance of Amalienborg, home to the Royal Family and the beautiful Marble Church, which was built in 1740.
No visit is complete without a walk along Langelinie to see The Little Mermaid, who was donated by Carl Jacobsen, a brewer from Carlsberg in 1913. That means next year, she will be 100 years old. Don’t let her small size fool you. What she lacks in volume, she more than makes up for in charisma.
Afterwards, grab a cup of coffee at the cosy, little café Kafferiet at Esplanaden. You can’t miss it – it’s the one with the mint green front. Once the clock hits “lunch” you should pop by one of the tra¬ditional lunch restaurants serving the famous Danish “smørrebrød” (meat toppings on rye bread). Go to Restaurant Schønnemanns at Hauser Plads 16, and indulge in their exquisite smørrebrød, which they have served since 1877. They’ve had many years to practice, and it shows in the taste!
Now it’s time to test the city’s shopping opportunities. Strøget – the shopping street number one – is sure to have anything you might desire. Browse your way through the exclusive Illum depart-ment store in the heart of the city, or take a peek inside the smaller, independent shops in Gammel Mønt, Store Regnegade and Pilestræde.
Once your wallet and your legs have had enough, go down to Gammel Strand and hop on one of the canal boats. The ride takes about an hour and you will get to see the city from a whole new perspective, all while giving your feet a break. The canal tours depart from Gammel Strand, Holmens Kirke and Nyhavn.
Champagne and carousel rides
If you’re visiting for the very first time, Tivoli is a must. Tivoli is the world’s second oldest amusement park founded in 1843 and is one of the city’s finest attractions. Here, you can hop on the roller-coasters, enjoy a gourmet meal or just chill out and watch the fireworks on special occasions. You won’t regret it. Tivoli is good for hours of fun and gastronomical pleasure.
Finish your first 24 hours in Copenhagen with the city’s best cocktail at Ruby Bar in Nybrogade 10. Try the Champagne Figure, made from homemade fig puree shaken with Bitter Truth Xocolate topped with Pernod Absinthe and champagne. Cheers – and good night!
Day 2: ON ADVENTURE IN CHRISTIANIA, ØRESTADEN AND TIVOLI
The controversial free town
So, you’re staying for another day? There is no other place like it in the world, so we recommend you go visit Christiania, the free town within the city. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most controversial areas of Copenhagen because of its creative housing, free spirited nature and not least the very open sale of pot, which, until a few years ago, was sold from pot stands like any other flea markets. But it’s also one of the lovely spaces that makes this city so special. You really should go see it. Who knows, maybe Christiania won’t exist the next time you come visit us. Visit one of the cafés, and take a walk around the area and soak in the beautiful and crooked, home¬made houses. The World’s Best Restaurant, Noma, is located not far from here, should you be so lucky as to have reserved a table at Rene Redzepi’s popular Nordic restaurant.
Leaving Christiania you are very close to the Metro-station at Christianshavn. If you’re into extraordinary architecture, take the metro to Ørestaden on Amager, the newest part of Copenhagen. Ørestaden has been known to divide opinions. It’s been called a ghost city, lacking life and people, but at the same time it’s been praised for its countless examples of award winning architecture. Take a closer look at VM Bjerget, VM Husene, 8Tallet, Ørestad Gymnasium and the crooked hotel Bella Sky, just to mention a few. Renting a bike will make the sightseeing a bit easier. Eat lunch or just a stack of American pancakes at Café8tallet, before head¬ing back to the city.
Cofoco and cocktails
Once the sun is replaced by light from the lampposts, you’ll want to experience some quality dining. Luckily, the restaurants of Co¬penhagen provide just that. If you wish to spoil yourself, you should try out one of the city’s many gourmet restaurants. We recommend you try the very popular Custom House in Havnegade 44 near the water where not one – but three – restaurants can provide you with lovely meals. You can also try the restaurant chain Cofoco that has restaurants all over the city serving unpretentious, but fantastic, meals at affordable prices. We especially recommend Restaurant Scarpetta located in Nørrebro. Grab a night cap at the cocktailbar 1105 in Kristen Bernikows Gade 4 – the place is on Condé Nast Traveler’s exclusive list of the hippest international bars and night clubs, so expect the very best!
Day 3: ART, CAKES AND LOVELY MEALS IN THE MEATPACKING DISTRICT
Morning shopping spree
For the third day in Copenhagen, we’d love to show you Vesterbro – probably the most hip part of town nowadays. It’s located right behind Central Station and within walking distance from the centre of the city. You should start off with breakfast at Granola in Værnedamsvej 5, an old fashioned retro café with a great gift for making quality coffee. Once you’ve finished your cup of Joe, you should take a walk down Istedgade. A street transformed from an exposed street in quite a rough area to a shopper’s paradise. Here, you’ll find loads of nice shops where you’ll be able to find everything from designer clothes to vintage decorations.
Have your cake and eat it, too
Now, let’s get cultural. Next stop on this tour is Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which boasts of an enormous art collection, donated by the
same brewer that gave Copenhagen its Little Mermaid. The mu¬seum houses excellent collections of Egyptian, Greek,Etruscan and Roman art, providing a delightful and thought provoking stroll through 3500 years of art and history. If you’re not the biggest art lover, but instead love the more simple and sweet things this life has to offer, don’t worry: The museum café isn’t one of those typical ones with dull coffee and dry baked goods. Café Glyptoteket is known to make some of the guiltiest and most desirable cakes this city has to offer. Enjoy.
Take a stroll
In need for some fresh air? Take a stroll down to the water at Islands Brygge and be blown away by the beautiful view and the award winning architecture – for instance, the rebuilt silo called Gemini Residence, home of luxury apartments, and the white housing complex Havneholmen right across the water. A walk further along the harbour will take you to the Royal Library, which has earned the nickname the Black Diamond.
At night we suggest you check in at Vesterbro’s meat packing dis¬trict where the old butchers used to sell and pack the goods. Now, it’s turned into a fresh and vibrant oasis of art galleries, nightclubs and restaurants. If you’re in the mood for fish – try Fiskebaren. In the mood for pork? Try Nose-2-Tail where you can eat the whole pig. Or maybe something contemporary? We suggest you try out Copenhagen hotspot Paté Paté. Good restaurants are not in short¬age here.
Now your three days in Copenhagen are done. We hope you en¬joyed it. Or is the night still young? Then party away in the nightclub Vega in Enghavevej and say your goodbyes to the city with a bang!
ONLY GOT A COUPLE OF HOURS?
Jump on a sightseeing bus, if you’d like to sit down, while being guided around Copenhagen.
With city sightseeing you pay 125 DKK and then choose either the ”Mermaid Tour” or the ”Carlsberg Tour”. For a small amount extra you will have access to all the routes including the “Christiania Tour”. They all take about an hour, so you can even make it, if you only have a few hours in Copenhagen.
With city sightseeing you’ll see the city from the top of a bus, while be¬ing served lots of historical facts and fun anecdotes in your own language via headphones.
Start points at Tivoli and City Hall Square.