A couple of weeks ago myself and two friends visited Copenhagen as part of 30th birthday celebrations for my friend. I had heard that Copenhagen was expensive but had thought it was no big deal – like Dublin is expensive too right? I quickly realised that compared to Copenhagen Dublin seems extremely cheap but I do think it’s possible to do it on the cheaper scale! We stayed in an Air Bnb in an area called Vesterbro which we were told is the Hipster neighbourhood of the city. And truth be told there were a lot of cool bars and coffee shops. Also an incredible amount of bikes that were mostly left unlocked on the street.
Friday night we kept it pretty casual with a few glasses of wine from the local Aldi and then we headed to a Neighbourhood for some pizza and cocktails – I’d really recommend this place, it’s pretty casual and the pizza was delicious. The next morning we set out to explore the city, we stopped off at the Tivoli Gardens which is the second oldest operating amusement park in the world. We didn’t actually go in because not everyone felt comfortable with old fairground rides but it was really fun to see them from outside and hear the screams of the visitors. We looked in a couple of shops and stopped off for some cake and coffee.
We then headed for Nyhavn which is a busy port in the city and a real tourist spot. There’s a really impressive piece of art by Ai Weiwei which is composed of life jackets from refugees who arrived in Greece (more info here). The day was pleasantly sunny and my weather app had promised me there was 0% chance of rain so we decided to take a little boat tour. Unfortunately we ended up sitting in front of a group of loud arseholes who were more interested in drinking cans and shouting at other boats so we didn’t learn that much about the city. We did see the Little Mermaid statue though!
After we left the boat we opted to stay and eat in Nyhavn and found a nice spot under a parasol – literally as soon as we sat down the heavens opened and there was a shower that lasted for at least half an hour, luckily we weren’t still on the boat! After lunch we got MASSIVE ice cream cones from a random ice cream shop and they were a bit difficult to eat while walking but very enjoyable all the same.
Saturday night was our big blow-out night – in terms of food! We had booked a table at Sticks’n’Sushi (look at the menu, it’s a work of art!) and we went for the shared meal called “Perfect Day” which had a bit of everything: sushi, sashimi, croquettes and skewers. In the end we were so stuffed we couldn’t move. I see they also have a restaurant in London which I’d love to try next time I’m there.
Copenhagen is a really beautiful city and I feel like we only scratched the surface, I can’t wait to go back!