Copenhagen is an absolutely wonderful city to visit. People are nice, food is great, and it’s easily walkable. That being said, many people on budgets stay away from Copenhagen due to its high prices on pretty much everything. This one day guide will be full of fun, free things to do as well as things you can do on a budget.
First things first: Where to Stay
Pretty much anywhere in the city you stay will be fun and energetic. We stayed right off of the Norreport metro station stop, and it was perfect for us. It was about a five minute walk to all the shops, restaurants, and city center, and was central to almost all of the things we wanted to go see.
Airbnb is definitely the way to go in Copenhagen if you’re on a budget. We rented a room in an apartment and although it was small, it was reasonably priced and was perfect for us since we were out pretty much all day exploring anyways! You can view the place we stayed here.
What to Do
One of the first places I had to stop was Nyhavn of course! This little strip of houses and restaurants is one of Copenhagen’s most popular spots. It’s beautiful and super fun! It sits along the canals and you can see fishermen, canal tours, sailboats, and more. Some other awesome places to go are Freetown Cristiana ( a city right outside Copenhagen with its own laws), Rosenberg Castle (you can see the Danish Royal Guard here!), the Round Tower, Tivoli Gardens, and the Botanical Garden. All of these places are relatively close together so walking them all in one day is very do-able!
What to Eat
One thing that’s best to do in an expensive city: street food! To be honest, it was pretty hard for us to find relatively inexpensive food here! The first night we ended up at a cheap little Italian place where we had a sandwich and bowl of pasta. There’s a few places you might run into that are less than 50 DK per meal, but they are hard to come by. One place we absolutely loved and went both mornings we were there was Meyers Bageri Store Kongensgade. This place had AMAZING pastries- and if you go when they open at 7AM, you’ll get them fresh out of the oven. Another thing you have to try is a Danish Hot Dog with all of the toppings- it’s very different than American hot dogs, as they are a bright red color, boiled, and are complete with crunchy goodness, pickles, and three different types of mustard. Finally, if you have good weather, REFFEN is a super fun street food park complete with live music and 30+ different restaurants. It can be a bit more on the pricey side, but still cheaper than most restaurants.
Other Useful Tips
Copenhagen is very walkable, however, in our one day we walked 11 miles and our feet were NOT happy after. Many people bike, and to rent a bike you need to download and app and create an account. Without cell service this can be hard, and when looking for bikes to rent online we found that the city has a free bike rental spot but you must apply to use the free bikes seven days in advance. I would highly recommend trying to find out more information on the free bikes before coming to the city. Of course we didn’t know this coming in so we walked, but we will absolutely be planning ahead for next time!
Thanks for reading!
I hope you have an wonderful trip and fall in love with Copenhagen just as much as I did!