Copenhagen City Guide

Copenhagen, the Danish capital that people call the happiest place in the world. It's a vibrant city with old, historical buildings being home to modern and open mindsets. Copenhagen is a city where you can experience Danish culture from gastronomy to biking, at its best. I have visited a handful of times in the past few years so I decided it was time to write a travel guide on the idyllic city of Copenhagen, sharing how to get around, where to stay, what to do, and where to eat and drink.

Transportation Within Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a big city being 88.25 km². The best way to get around Copenhagen is by bike. Most hotels will have a bike rental service available. Copenhagen is very bike friendly and also really safe with dedicated bike lanes. This is the best way to enjoy the city and see all it has to offer. There is also a metro service available, which is an efficient way to travel within Copenhagen as well, running twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Where To Stay In Copenhagen

Copenhagen has various neighborhoods that offer unique experiences. Nyhavn is the most touristic area of Copenhagen, famous for its harbor and colorful facades. Vesterbro is a hipster hangout brimming with chic restaurants and nightlife. The Latin Quarter within the inner city (Indre By) is a bohemian gem that isn't overcrowded with tourists, and home to a diverse eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, and cafes. Here are my favorite places to stay in Copenhagen:-

HOTEL STK PETRI - a beautiful boutique hotel with a magnificent and bold lobby, and stunning suites and rooms located in the Latin quarter. The rooms are stylish, and offer nice views of the city centre. I have stayed here a couple of times and love the location.

HOTEL SANDERS - an elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, very close to Nyhavn habour. This hotel has a beautiful rooftop, stunning interiors and multiple bars and restaurants within the hotel.

SANKT ANNÆ 10 - located in Christianshavn district of Copenhagen, Sankt Annæ bed and breakfast offers a rustic and comfortable stay, with mindfully styled rooms.

NIMB HOTEL - Nimb Hotel lives inside Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens within a jaw dropping, Moorish style building. Each room is styled with antique furniture and four-poster beds with impeccable decor. Nimb Hotel is the best option for a luxury stay.

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What To Do In Copenhagen

Whether you're a foodie on a mission, or visiting for a slow weekend away, here are the best things to do in Copenhagen.


No trip to Copenhagen is complete without visiting the famous New Harbor, known as Nyhavn. Nyhavn used to be the commercial port where ships from all over the world would come in to dock, filled with sailors, ladies of the night, and pubs. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen has been known to have lived in Nyhavn for several years of his life. Now, the canal is lined with touristic bars and restaurants and is a must visit for tourists visiting Copenhagen.

Palads Teatret

Palads Teatret is truly a hidden gem in Copenhagen. It is Denmark's largest and Copenhagen's oldest cinema, in one of the most intriguingly colored buildings in the city. The pink and peach facade is bursting with colorful architecture, and looks like it has been plucked from a Wes Anderson movie. The cinema itself has 17 screens if you're looking to catch a movie, but otherwise, I highly recommend heading to Palads Teatret for some interesting photography.


One of the oldest and prettiest streets in Copenhagen is Magstræde and walking around this street is a must. Magstræde oozes historic charm and character with its brightly colored facades, and cobble stone streets. In recent years, Magstræde has become somewhat of an Instagram hotspot with its famous bend at one end of the street.


Gråbrødretorv is a public square in the heart of Copenhagen. Although in the city centre, Gråbrødretorv still seems quiet and peaceful, making it the perfect place for a morning stroll. The charming square has cafes and restaurants lining its sides, with a plane tree and water fountain in the middle. Beautiful tall colored buildings tower over the square and its a great place for architecture photography. Tip - walk around the allies surrounding Gråbrødretorv for some hidden gems.

Rundetaarn - The Round Tower

The Round Tower, also known as Rundetaarn is an observatory tower overlooking the city of Copenhagen. After walking the spiraling ascend (ramp not stairs) to the top, you are rewarded with one of the most splendid views of the city. I recommend visiting in the morning to avoid large crowds.

Shopping on Strøget

Strøget is a 1.1km pedestrian only shopping street in the heart of medieval Copenhagen. Strøget is not only great for Danish designed shopping, but also sidewalk cafes ideal for people watching. To get a great view of the street, head to HAY House furniture store and walk up to the second floor where you will find a huge window that offers a spectacular view. Alternatively, head to Illum rooftop, walk through the cafe at the corner and you will find a balcony to admire the view from there.

Explore Copenhagen By Bike

One of the most fun things you can do in Copenhagen is getting onto a bike and cycling around the city. You see so much of Copenhagen when on bike, especially when you have time restraints.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a famous statue by Edvard Eriksen, hailed as an iconic landmark in Copenhagen. The bronze sculpture sits on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The statue has been inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale about a mermaid who sacrifices everything for her prince on land.

The Tower At Christiansborg Palace

For another spectacular view point in Copenhagen, head to The Tower at Christiansborg Palace where you can take in the scene from 106 meters high. The observation deck is free to enter and most of the ride up is via elevator. There is also a restaurant there.

The Black Diamond

The Black Diamond is a modern waterfront extension of The Royal Library, named after its black granite cladding and glittering angles. Although the architectural masterpiece is highly impressive from outside, the interiors of the library are even more beautiful. With open shelving, suspended balconies and a bridge that connects the old library to the new, visiting the inside must not be missed.

Where To Eat & Drink In Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a mecca for foodies. There are so many food halls, food markets and restaurants dotted around the city, each offering something different. Here are my favorite places to eat and drink in Copenhagen.