You’re going to Copenhagen? Lucky you!
To make you more than just lucky, here are my tips for moving around, eating, looking, enjoying, investigating and “avoiding” – the latter luckily being a pretty short list.
Copenhagen has a very reliable and wide spanding public transportation system. In central Copenhagen there’s Metro, busses, S-train and harbourbus (small ferries) which run on the same ticket and zone-system.
If you are planning on moving around a lot, a CityPass is the cheapest and most flexible option. It can be bought before you arrive and for either 24, 48, 72 or 120 hours. Read more and buy CityPass. The CityPass will also work from the Airport to my place near Amagerbro Station.
A bicycle is great in Copenhagen. The best system is Donkey Republic – dockless bikes. It’s available by the hour, half day and full day.
A full day og biking in Copenhagen would take you through a lot of the city. If the weather is good or even just fair, it’s a great and flexible way to go.
Taxa / Uber
Copenhagen has a very strict policy around ridesharing apps, so there’s no Uber, Grab etc. Your best bet is a cab/taxi. They hang around the main areas of Copenhagen and if the sign in the top of the front window is lit, it’s available to hail. Otherwise book via +45 27272727 or online/app.
From/to the Airport (CPH)
The Metro runs directly from and to CPH’s Terminal 3. It takes around 15 minutes from Amagerbro station and it runs day and night (NB. Sometimes there’s maintenance work just after midnight – check status on m.dk if you are arriving or leaving at that time).
If you are expecting to travel with public transport in Copenhagen, buy a CityPass and that will cover the Metro to/from the airport. Otherwise it’s possible to buy a single ticket. Remember there’s three zones from the Airport to Amagerbro station (and/or central Copenhagen).
If you arrive early or leave late and need somewhere to store a bag, there are lockers at Copenhagen Central Station (København H) or try LuggageHero that cooperates with shops and hotels for storing short term and long term.
EATING – NEARBY
Boheme kaffebar (coffee)
Mad & Kaffe (Food and coffee); great place for brunch or a coffe.
Kebabistan – rolls with meat/falafels and salad
Halifax Burgers (in Amagercentret – the local mall)
EATING – FANCY
Oysters & Grill
Located in the upgraded former meatpacking district. Lots of things going on around here with both eating and nightlife. Mother is here too, if you want pizza.
Schoennemanns or Aamanns
A modern take on the danish open sandwich
EATING – VALUE
Great burgers – especially their lunch offer
Chain of restaurants that keeps things fresh and simple
Different types of restaurants and great value prices.
Sticks ‘n Sushi
Best sushi in town. Sushi is not cheap in Copenhagen, but here you will get the best.
Burgers served out of a former gas station.
A place for everyday eating for the locals. Not fancy but honest, local and filling.
QUIRKY / DIFFERENT
Boardgame café with a great vibe. Try out a new game – and get help from the game masters. You can get toast and fries too.
A former church is converted into a local community house. Join a yogaclass, a ping-pong tournement, boy band bingo night or eat on the cheap with locals at commune tables everyday at 18.00 (be early – it fills up fast). Great place to hang out in general.
A little bar and place to eat seated in a little spot between the road and the harbour. Has a great summervibe. Also good for just a chilled beer og glas of wine.
Take the S-Train from Nørreport til Klampenborg (not included in CityPass) and stroll a couple of hours and spot a crown deer – maybe even a white one. Bring a bite of food to make it into a picnic. Great escape from the urban bustle.
A very well kept park in the middle of the city. In one end it’s possble to see the elephants from ZOO since it’s located “next door”.
Kongens have (Kings Garden)
Good for picnic or just to stroll through as a break from the concrete while in downtown. Rosenborg Castle is located at one end.
Botanisk have (Botanical garden)
Full of all kinds of living things in the leafy/green department. Located right next to Nørreport and a great place to spend half and hour or bring some takeaway.
Water in the harbour is very clean, so we have “harbour pools”. One of the best and most popular is located at Islands Brygge. Also there’s ice cream and decent places to eat. Walk around the neighbourhood to experience classical working class architecture.
The best beach and a great place to have a look to sweden and see the planes come into CPH.
Food stalls – but in the very organized and expensive end of the scale. Nice place, just not as bustling as it sounds.
The little mermaid
She is underwhelming to say the least. If you take a harbour cruise you will see her, which is probably the best way. A stroll in the area around her can be a nice change – just don’t go only to see the statue.
The more lowkey/worn down “Tivoli”. Located in the very nice nature are of “Dyrehaven” (means “Garden of animals”), which on the other hand is a great escape from the urban feel. Take the S-train from Nørreport to “Klampenborg”. Bring a little food if you want to make it into a picnic.
“Strøget” (the main shopping street)
It’s as most walking streets/high streets – not very appealing and everybody is eating icecream.
One of the profile photos for Copenhagen. And the history and buildings are great. The restaurants are overpriced and filled with tourists.
Before you go
Tap water in Copenhagen (Denmark) is clean and great, so bring a reusable bottle.
Stay curious and enjoy Copenhagen!
Ideas / errors / additions?
Let me know on: niels(a)nielsphilbert.dk