100 Best Things to Do in Copenhagen (Part One)

I found this video on YouTube sharing the 100 Best Things to Do in Copenhagen. So I thought I’d ‘react’ on what I’ve done so far (and the ones I’d avoid – either personally or in general lol).

I found this video on YouTube sharing the 100 Best Things to Do in Copenhagen. So I thought I’d ‘react’ on what I’ve done so far (and the ones I’d avoid – either personally or in general lol).

  1. Get Lost in the Streets of Copenhagen – Not exactly hard to do some days but I do like taking different routes on my cargo bike like “If I go right here instead of straight on, what happens?”. I went in my friend’s car a few weeks ago from church to her house and she does the “back” routes from Frederiksberg to Brønshøj before heading on the main route to her house. I was so puzzled where I was, as I recognised some bits of the journey but didn’t really know where we were until we got to Brønshøj and realised that we’d just approached a junction I use lots just from a different direction.
  2. Nyhavn – it’s a go to tourist stop. I’ve been a couple of times now. I think my favourite was at Christmas last year when the Julemarked was at one end (nearest Kongens Nytorv). I’ve been in torrential downpours too – the coloured buildings are still lovely on a wet day but it’s not so nice to stand around and enjoy in the rain lol. (I’m sure we went in person but we also saw Nyhavn from our boat tour here and we took my parents when they came to Copenhagen at New Years).
  3. Canal Tour – Another one that we did on our first trip. We were trying to figure out how to see a lot of the city with two adults and a small child (Jaxon was almost 5 on our first trip to Copenhagen and wasn’t very confident on a bike).
  4. Enjoy Poor Weather – Yeah, you just have to get used to it lol. Often you still take your waterproof even on the sunniest of days just in case it rains – today it’s sunny but there is a sky full of clouds so it’s always possible we could have rain…
  5. Old-Fashioned Ice Cream – I generally end up with ice creams from the freezer section in the supermarket. When we went to Nyhavn with my parents, Jaxon and I had churros but I think Chris had a cup of mulled wine in one hand and ice cream in the other after a miscommunication. (or I wasn’t concentrating…)
  6. Den Lille Havfrue/The Little Mermaid – I don’t know what I was expecting but having walked what seemed like miles from the bus stop to The Little Mermaid, yep I was disappointed. I don’t know whether I’d built it up in my head or something but I was like
  7. Seaplane – pretty sure this would be very cool! We often see them flying over the city from the ground. Jaxon can tell the difference now between a sea plane and “normal” plane just by looking at it lol. (I love seeing the aerial photos by Nicolas Cosedis of the city so maybe being in a seaplane would be like a real life Cosedis photograph….You can see some of his pictures here – I have his book on my wish list but it’s a proper big coffee table type book!)
  8. St Alban’s Church – I’ve not been into St Alban’s Church but I have been past it a couple of times. It’s an interesting church because it’s built in a “British” style and it does look like it’s been transplanted from somewhere in the UK and just landed in Copenhagen.
  9. Water Bus – Jaxon told us all about taking the water bus as i think he’d been on it as part of a school trip (udeskole. This is a day each week where the class are taken out on some form of trip, in the summer this includes going to the Skolehaven or school garden, sometimes it’s going to museums or the castle). When my parents were in December/January, we took our first trip on the Water Bus – it was good fun even if it was sooo foggy we couldn’t see very far.
  10. Smørrebrød – Controversial but I don’t think I’ve actually tried Smørrebrød yet. We have rugbrød but use it for sort of deformed sandwiches. Might be able time that I give it a go. Might need to see if I can find some non-fish versions. Anyone want a field trip to try some?
  11. Amalienborg Palace – When Auntie R was here in April, we walked past Amalienborg on our way to The Little Mermaid. We didn’t really stop to have a proper look due to the weather. There is a museum at Amalienborg so might need to add that to “Hannah’s List of Things to do in Copenhagen”
  12. Nebbiolo on Store Strandstræde – Another that probably wouldn’t make my list. I don’t really drink and if I do it’s the odd can of cider or beer (and even then it’s usually accompanied with a glass of cola or squash…). So the idea of going out to a wine bar isn’t really my thing at all. (Skaal is about the only bar I’ve been to and that was for a date night after the main event of going to the cinema)
  13. Bike Taxi – nope, not had need for one lol. I do like the idea but the closest I’ve got is Chris riding the cargo bike with me in the front.
  14. Rent a bike
  15. Liquorice “Lakrids” – my favourites are the specific ones that come in the blue Haribo bag from Føtex but these aren’t the best lol. If you’ve got the pennies try the Lakrids by Bulow
  16. Toga Vin & Ølstue
  17. Gasoline Grill – maybe one day but at 95DKK (£11) just for the burger it turns into an expensive meal out for all four of us (maybe I take Chris on a date night…)
  18. Borgerkroen Pub – I don’t really drink and the smoking would put me off
  19. Østerbro Shopping – I’ve been around Østerbro to walk from the Metro to one of the knitting groups I sometimes go to but I’ve not really explored it properly – might need to do that.
  20. City Metro – having come from Bedford where there is public transport but it’s 98% late and not always so helpful. We now live here in Copenhagen – with amazing links we’re about half way between two bus routes, about a 10-15 minute walk from the Metro and S-Tog meaning that a large chunk of the city is within a walk and a train ride. We’re really close to Nørrebro station which is on the M3 Metro (which opened in 2019 – in fact we saw the M3 København H metro station being built on our first trip here).
  21. Blågårdsgade – I’ve probably been past the end of the road hundred times but not actually sure i’ve been along it. (I vaguely think I might have cycled along it on a magical mystery tour but I’m not 100%)
  22. Dronning Louises Bro – Queen Lou’s Bridge lol. Well every time I take the bus into Indre By then I go over the bridge. Recently there’s been a loppemarked (flea market) on the bridge. Also it was closed for Tour De France as the Tour De CPH route went over the bridge.
  23. The Lakes “Søerne” – These lakes are either side of Dronning Louises Bro. There are 3 lakes – at the northern end there’s Sortedam Lake, then Peblinge Lake and Sankt Jørgens Lake at the southern end. At the southern end there is the Tycho Brahe Planetarium (If you’re a nerd and watch Who Do You Think You Are then this it the distance relative of Judi Dench and why she’s honorary Danish now lol). (Also the southern end is in Vesterbrø and the Northern end is in Østerbro)
  24. Torvehallerne – If you’re a foodie, this has to be like number 1 on your list for sure! So many different stalls with different food choices.
  25. The Round Tower – We’ve visited The Round Tower a few times now. I’ve been to the top once with both Jaxon and Chris. When we took part in Kulternatten in October 2021, the boys went up to the top while I waited at the bottom with Rex. There was all sorts of things about stargazing and astronomy.
  26. Gråbrødregtorv – It’s possible I’ve been through here without knowing – if not I’m definitely adding it to the list.
  27. Lego Store – 2 out of 3 of my boys absolutely love Lego so it’s a favourite place (Although we often buy our Lego from the supermarket as the pricing is better and it’s less crazy than the very tourist-y Lego Stores here).
  28. Strøget – This is like Copenhagen’s answer to Regents or Oxford Street in London. There are so many designer shops as well as other stores to look at.
  29. Tivoli Gardens – Chris and Jaxon love going to Tivoli. They love the rollercoasters. I’m not a fan of rollercoasters although I don’t mind some of the calmer rides. When the boys do want to go then I often send them two off to have a great day and then Rex and I hang out at home or do something different. The last time the boys went, they ended up staying right into the evening for all the fireworks – Jaxon finally went to bed around 11pm!
  30. Central Train Station “København H” – Take the train to Helsingør – I’m a Shakespeare nerd so going to Helsingør and Kronborg Castle are on my to do list. Although Shakespeare calls the castle Elsinore in Hamlet, it is (sort of) the castle from his play.
  31. Geranium – I’ve seen it on food shows – definitely not my palette lol
  32. Woops! 32 was missing but I guess Kronborg could be 31 making Geranium 32?
  33. Alchemist – yeah no chance me ever being able to go here lol.
  34. Gammel Strand – I’ve walked along Gammel Strand to get to other places but not always stopped to appreciate it, in it’s own way so maybe that’s something I need to do soon.
  35. Jernbanecaféen – Another drinking one…
  36. Istedgade – ooh cheeky! We did stay near here – there’s a very cool playground here. The grounds the playground is on used to be part of the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society – the wall that looks like it’s a castle was part of this. On our first trip to Copenhagen, our hostel was a few streets away in Helgolandstrade so we know the area.
  37. Gaza Grill – Okay this is one to do…
  38. Vesterbro Neighbourhood
  39. Kødbyen/Meat Packing District – During our first trip to Copenhagen, our hotel was just along the road from the Meat Packing District. We didn’t really experience the restaurants there that time, but our knitting group (Copenhagen Yarn Lovers) has met at Warpigs Brewpub for lunch/knitting group. The food was lovely but kind of pricy – my small tumbler of lemonade (maybe 330ml like a can) was about 50dkk so around £5 – ouch!
  40. Magasasa Dim Sum – again one I’ve not tried but dim sum is yummy so need to go try it.
  41. Kaf & Konsol – Maybe I take Jaxon to this one…
  42. Nordhavn Neighborhood – I went to collect a bag of second hand clothes for Rex from someone in Nordhavn, I got very excited when I realised all the streets in that particular bit are named after ports. It started with Southamptongade… I took a screenshot of the map on my phone and sent it to Chris commenting how it wasn’t really a Danish name. Then he pointed out to me that the streets around there are all sea ports – for instance Dover Passage and Dunkerquegade are a short walk away from where I was stood.
  43. A 7E Cup of coffee – more to try…
  44. Bager Bosse Bakery – Bakery – better try it. Spandauer are yummy! But my favourite is still Onsdagsnegl from Sankt Peders Bageri (they now have their own Instagram too so if you like to drool over your phone check out their account.)
  45. Marina Shisha Lounge – Nope no thank you.
  46. Langelinie – I’ve not really been any further than the Little Mermaid, so I still have most of Langelinie to explore at some point – including The Genetically Modified Little Mermaid statue too. My last two trips to The Little Mermaid have been pretty much rained off so maybe while the weather is better I need to give it a go and get exploring.
  47. Copenhill – We’ve been to Copenhill twice. When Chris was here without us, he set himself the challenge to climb Copenhill something like 29 times so that it was the same as climbing Everest. (It almost sounds like a challenge that Kara and Nate would do. It’s a bit like this one actually…)
  48. Amager Beach Park – we actually went here a few weeks ago. When we previously visited the beach we went to Bellevue Beach which is a really little one. The beach at Amager is considerably bigger, this meant that we could sit sort of by ourselves without feeling like everyone was really close to us. Jaxon and I went paddling in the sea but I wimped out and decided it was too cold for me lol.
  49. Bistro Royal
  50. King’s Garden (Kongens Have) – Another one I visited thanks to my knitting group. We met at the cafe in Kongens Have for a coffee and some knitting. It was so lovely to meet more friends.

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