Last weekend I made a quick-stop visit to Copenhagen after deciding against a date-night dinner and opting to book some low-cost flights to Denmark instead for a rather cheeky £40pp return. I flew from Luton (which was alot cheaper than the likes of Heathrow/Gatwick) with Easyjet/Ryanair and paid in advance for parking which cost around £25.00. I used Booking.com (via Topcashback)to secure a £118 a night rate at the First Hotel Mayfair close to the central station and Tivoli Gardens.
My weekend in Copenhagen was probably my favourite city break to date even if it was short and sweet I had a fab time. We left home in the early hours to catch our 7am flight arriving into Copenhagen around 10am with the slight time difference, we took the train to Central Station which cost around £3.50 each (35kr) and took about 10 minutes tops. The station is attached to the airport so it’s dead-easy to navigate and most people spoke English which was a huge help.
We were too early to check-in so dumped our bags and headed off out with an umbrella in hand for the unpredictable Danish weather.
We decided to head off in the direction of Nyhavn-New Harbour. Probably the second most famous landmark associated with Copenhagen, beautiful red and yellow coloured buildings lining a narrow harbour.
On route we stumbled across the Stork Fountain located in Amagertorv which is the central square and a main shopping hub. After taking a few obligatory snaps I spied the’Royal Smushi Cafe‘ a must-eat place I had researched and it was by chance we were store right outside of it-so of course we stopped for Brunch!
The Royal Smushi Cafe is beautifully decorated and reminded me of the American Serendipity 3 cafes. According to my research Royal Smushi Cafe is known for its beautifully crafted smorrebrod (open rye bread sandwiches) We tried a small selection washed down with a lovely elderflower juice or a Carlsberg in my Mr’s case- £27 (270kr). Once refueled we continued our walk to Nyhavn which was another 5-10 minute walk away.
Once we reached the harbour, the selfie stick made it’s first appearance (i’m afraid it had to be done) we wandered around the harbour past the many cafes serving hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a stunning array of smorrebrod. We carried on walking along the seafront towards the Mermaid statue-most definitely Copenhagen’s most famous landmark but a long trek from Nyhavn.
Copenhagen in October felt very similar to the weather in London, it was chilly and often rained a little but that didn’t bother us in the slightest. It was quite therapeutic wandering along in the fresh air, we followed the sea-front until we reached the famous statue surrounded by people.
We headed back towards the hotel to get checked-in making a waffle-stop back in Nyhavn to keep us going 😉
Saturday evening we went to Copenhagen Streetfood for dinner, at first we attempted to walk there from our hotel but eventually admitted defeat and flagged-down a cab which cost around £10 (100KR) from where we ended up (Kongens Nytorv)
Copenhagen Streetfood is located in Trangravsvej on the Paper Island close to the harbour. Its a huge warehouse bursting with food-stalls from around the world, its very trendy and popular with young Danish diners. I pre-booked a table in the centre of the food court which was like an open-air conservatory with the food stalls surrounding it. Booking a table meant we got table-service for drinks with a designated place to sit but its not compulsory. We tried the Brazillian meat feast and a Korean Chicken Curry, washed down with Danish Pilsner and Cheesecake. Copenhagen Streetfood is a must-visit, with live music, djs and tons of amazing streetfood to sample you really are spoilt for choice.
On Sunday (our last day) we headed straight to Tivoli Gardens a 2 minute walk from our hotel- in all honesty I was expecting a small, possibly antique looking fairground and probably only a few hours worth of sight-seeing……
I was blown away when I reached the gates, the only way to describe it is ‘Danish Disney’ It was AMAZING! We paid around £60 (600kr) in total for entry and unlimited ride tickets which I felt was great value for money rather than spending about £5 a ride.
Being October the whole park was tastefully decorated with pumpkins and everything ‘Autumnal’ It was stunning, bales of hay everywhere and jack-o-lantern scarecrows lining the walkways it was like being in America without the blood and guts of Halloween.
The park is geared up for families and children of all ages but we found plenty to do as a couple and really enjoyed being big kids for the day. There are rides for every age and ability, gentle boat rides, roller coasters and some gut-wrenching, stomach-in-mouth style detonator rides-urgh!
We spent all day on and off rides, wandering in and out of the many shops and trying different foods- the chai lattes were to die for! I can’t recommend Tivoli Gardens enough, we’re even thinking about returning next year around Christmas as they go all-out festive in December too!
You can bag yourself some very cheap flights from London to Copenhagen and it’s no more expensive to eat-out than here. I was disappointed with our hotel and I probably wouldn’t stay there again as it wasn’t up to my expectations but couldn’t fault it’s location.
We had a great time in Copenhagen, I loved everything about it. The food was amazing and Tivoli Gardens its a fantastic place to visit with tons to see and do. Its an ideal weekend getaway with or without children.