Being avid fans of design, fashion and food, it’s a wonder that we hadn’t visited Copenhagen sooner. We like to think of the Danish capital as a hub of beautiful Scandi design, minimal fashion and refined culinary adventure. It also had the added benefit of being picture perfect around every corner, with a seamless transition between pastel painted houses and stunning modern architecture.
Copenhagen is definitely one of those cities that doesn’t require a long trip; we were in the city for 2 full days (or 48 hours as the title suggests) and we found it was plenty of time to explore what it had to offer. But make a note: we love our lie ins and feel like a holiday should be a chilled out affair without too much planning. So take the following as a l-a-z-y guide to spending 48 hours in a city famous for feeling hygge (cosy) and quite rightly featuring many hours spent in coffee shops as well as wandering around exploring – our favourite kind of holiday.
12.00pm: Copenhagen Airport.
An early morning flight from London got us to Copenhagen airport around midday and from there it was almost way too easy to take a train straight to Centraal station in the middle of the city – from which we only had a short 10 minute walk to our hotel. Following a quick pit stop to drop off our stuff and grab a coffee, we were out the door, cameras in hand, to hit up a few sights.
15.00pm: The Round Tower (Rundetårn)
This historic building was built as an astronomical observatory in the 17th century by Christian IV. To get to the top, we found ourselves walking up (what seemed to be) a never ending spiral walkway that provided some beautiful shapes to photograph. While we didn’t quite make it to the very top observatory deck, we did get to visit the library hall which writer Hans Christian Anderson visited on many occasions as well as found inspiration in for his work. Admission 25.00 DKK
17.30pm: The Black Diamond Library
Our next stop was another architechtural masterpiece located in central Copenhagen, the Black Diamond Library. The building itself is full of clean lines and interesting angles, and it houses a whole host of library facilities and cosy reading rooms which definitely offer up a vast contrast to the harsh shapes of the building’s outer shell.
We especially loved the interweaving escalators that ran through the middle of the building as well as the intricate ceiling art created by artist Per Kirkeby that perfectly contrasted with the surrounding glass and steel. The library also houses two museums, we managed to stumble upon the museum of cartoon art which also had some really eye catching pieces! Shortly after this we grabbed some dinner and headed back to the hotel for an early night like the party animals we are, all in anticipation for a full day of sight seeing on Saturday!
10.00am: Nørrebro district – Torvehallerne Market
With a pretty laid back start, we grabbed our camera gear and started our walk towards the Nørrebro district, known to be an area popular for trendy coffee shops, restaurants and clothing boutiques. As we walked towards the district we stopped by Torvehallerne market to see the wares on offer.
The market was buzzing with energy and stuffed to the rafters with every danish delicacy under the sun. From freshly baked bread, to artisan teas, to aromatic gourmet chocolate – there were so many things to see and smell. As it’s indoors, it’s also a great place to go to get away from the chill of outside with something warm to drink or eat.
12.00am: Nørrebro District – Møller Kaffe og Køkken
Having held off from buying all of the food at Torvehallerne market, we carried on with our walk to Nørrebro until we came to our first stop, Møller – Kaffe og Køkken. We’d heard great reviews about this place and were excited to get our first cup of coffee for the day as well as sample their brunch menu. As expected the coffee was delicious and the tick sheet menu card was a nice quirky touch (we also definitely stole this pencil, shhhh don’t tell). Again the interiors boasted that cosy scandinavian feel that just made you just want to curl up in a blanket. But after our refuel stop we braved the cold once more and carried on with our walk.
3.00pm: Nørrebro District – Superkilen
Finally we arrived at our destination in Nørrebro, Superkilen urban park. The park was created to support the diversity of local inhabitants and uses objects found all over the world to symbolise the people living in the area. We absolutely loved the different colours, shapes and patterns on display in the park, although we didn’t choose the best time to visit (as the snow had claimed most of the colour) we’re sure that in the sunshine it would provide amazing visuals and would be a dream to photograph.
5.00pm: Shopping in Nørrebro District
As we slowly made our way back from Nørrebro, we took the opportunity to visit some of the clothing boutiques in the area. Copenhagen is synonymous with cool urban and minimal styling and the places we visited definitely didn’t disappoint in the style stakes. Some of our favourites were RUDE boutique, which featured eye catching colour pallets and interior design – it was a struggle not to buy everything! Finally feeling quite drained from our walk we headed back to the hotel for another early night (we told you, party animals) before our last morning in Copenhagen.
11.00am: Coffee First
Sunday morning again was a very late start after a lie in. We spend a little while playing around with long exposures out of the hotel window (as you do when you’re crazy) then took a short walk to Coffee First for some breakfast. We went for the full breakfast which was a nice light continental selection of breakfast items including some classic danish dark rye bread. We very slowly sipped on some great tasting flat whites and finished our breakfast – that’s another thing we loved about the city, no one is in a rush to leave anywhere!
1.00pm: Copenhagen Airport
So after some frenzied packing, we made our way back to Central station ready to head back home. The airport itself was a beautiful building, once again confirming that the Danes know what their doing when it comes to modern architecture.
We absolutely loved the city and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a short relaxed city break in europe. There were so many other places and restaurants we managed to fit in 48 hours but these were definitely our highlights!
Patches & Flash x