I am 45 years old. I live in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. I am the maker of digital products and services. I spend a lot of time in the city, when I am not nursing my vegetables in my allotment garden.
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Last update: March 13th 2021
From CPH Airport to Copenhagen
It will take 20-30 minutes to get from the airport to central Copenhagen. A taxi will set you back about $50. You find the taxis on the right side just after customs.
Alternatives are trains or the Metro. You find both by walking straight ahead after customs. Easiest thing is to take the Metro (up the stairs). The Metro map is really simple and will take you “anywehere” in 30-40 minutes.
As long as you are staying in Copenhagen K (central, but touristy), Vesterbro (hip), Inner Nørrebro (diverse) or Inner Frederiksberg (families) you can get anywhere riding a bike in 25 minutes. Airbnb has a bunch of great apartments. For hotels I would suggest:
71 Nyhavn Hotel – Absolute great location round the corner from Nyhavn. Also, harbour view.
Copenhagen has a bunch of great restaurants. I would eat at any of the following restaurants again any day. Expect a really laidback atmosphere. Don’t expect a tablecloth and no need to dress up. But always (!) book a table. Also, don’t expect to be served, if you just swing by a restaurant after 10:00 pm.
Good food and great atmosphere
Not just really good food. Also a great atmosphere and talkative Copenhageners. Kind of prioritized if you can’t decide on where to go.
Barr– Where Noma used to be located. A lot of beer. And really really great food.
Cantina – shared dishes. Great pizzas and cocktails. Stay for more cocktails after your dinner.
Pluto– Good vibe, where the cool kids hang. Great shared dishes. Located in the centre.
Bæst – Nørrebro, same style as Cantina, Gorilla and Pluto. Italian food. Aim for the menu.
Fiskebaren – Fish restaurant in Meatpacking. Also, great drinks and a vibe/scene.
Gorilla– Same as Pluto, just located in the Meatpacking district.
Restaurant Mes – Mes and Meille are my two newest favourites. More classic restaurants. Great for date night. Fairly cheap. New nordic. Great service.
Kiin Kiin (*) – asian and completely different from the “new nordic” kitchens.
Amass (Close-to-Michelin) , but just awesome. Probably hip-hop as your dinner soundtrack. Kick things off with a drink in their harbour-view kitchen garden.
I would categorise Clou and Formel B as “trivial” for Michelin restaurants.
If you are into sushi – just go for one of the many Sticks N Sushi. Aiming for a steak frites. Go for one of the Retour Steak restaurants.
Pre-drinks in the kitchen garden of Restaurant Amass.
Breakfasts are best enjoyed in the sun.
Original Coffee – Located all over the city. Preferably the one in Sortedammen. Their 55 kr. Morgenkomplet is a nice way to start the day.
Wulff & Konstali – I am biased and godfather of the owner’s 2 kids. The city’s best brunch. Chinese tourists are flocking to the one in Lergravsvej – also to visit the beach. You should probably just aim for the one on Skt. Hans Torv in Nørrebro.
Reffen is the newest Streetfood Market, with an amazing view of Copenhagen harbour. You should go – no matter what – in the summer if the sun is shining. A bunch of good food, different events and workshops. Good for both lunch and dinner during the summer.
Drinks, beer or wine.
Combining dinner and drinks are best done at Llama, Pluto, Gorilla and Cantina, see above.
Brønnum – Reservations is required. Next to Nyhavn and the National Theatre.
Lidkøb – Vesterbro, The “hidden” whiskey bar on the 3rd floor only opens on busy nights.
Duck & Cover – Vesterbro. 70s living room vibe in a basement. Good for a slow date night.
Mudhoney – a small local favourite in Nørrebro. Also good for breakfast.
Ruby’s – Good cocktails. But seems to be bankers hangout spot.
Balthazar – If you are all in on fancy Champagne and celebs.
Traditional dive bars
It is all about the conversations. The beers. and the dice games. Ask nicely and you can join the simple dice games. Rules are explained in 2 minutes.
Palæ Bar – My favourite. Chances are that you can find me here quite often.
Byens Kro – Smoking allowed.
Borger Kroen – younger crowd.
Kind of Blue – Not really a dive bar. But laid-back. Where I usually play my chess games in Nørrebro.
Other great places for a drink
Ved Stranden 10 – Wine bar by the canal, if you want you rosé in the sun from 1 pm. City’s absolute best spot for afternoon rosé in the sun.
Brus – Great beer bar in Nørrebro.
La Fontaine – Cosy jazz bar. Lots of music.
Mikkeller – If you are a beer fan, you probably already know about the Mikkeller Beer Bars. I am not a fan. I appreciate regular pilsner beer.
Kayak Bar – laid back “beach bar” by the harbour. You could as well rent a kayak.
If you are more in a clubbing kind of mood. Dont ask me – Haven’t been in a club for years ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Royal Danish Playhouse and Admiral Hotel.
What to do
My preferred take on Copenhagen would be: Ride a bike. Eat Food. Drink Beer.
But if you feel like experiencing a bit more, you should aim for the following “attractions” – Everything within biking distance:
If you feel like leaving the city for a day (by train/car), I would go to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – amazing museum with great garden and sea view. Restaurant is good. Followed by Frederiksborg Castle and Garden in Hillerød.
Glyptoteket – the palm garden is a good place for cake and coffee.
Ride a bike – or just walk
You should really experience Copenhagen by bike. Really. Bike lanes are wide and bikers are fairly slow compared to bikers in London or New York.
Many larger hotels have bicycles for loan or rent.
Bycykel – The official electrical city bike – more expensive and the need to be docked in a limited amount of docking stations.
Donkey Republic – Orange bikes available everywhere. Can be unlocked through an app. Pickup and leave bike where ever it fits you.
Smaller bicycle shops also rent out bikes.
Even though Copenhagen should be experienced on a bicycle, there are a couple of great walks, that are not suitable for riding a bike – eg. parks, promenades and shopping streets. See map for details and suggestions for walks and bike rides.
A beer on a bench – across the small bridge from Nyhavn.
Everything in one map
Everything has been thrown into this map. Coloured and categorised related to the above groups of suggestions.