I’m not a big fan of city trips in winter (cold, dark, grey, rainy – all that stuff) but sometimes it still happens to me. In January Stepa was in Copenhagen for work and I joined him there for a weekend. Despite typical Danish weather at this time of the year, I loved absolutely everything about Copenhagen!
The capital of Denmark is all about design. Every single detail is beautiful and perfect. Streets, food, hotels, shops, public transport, markets, how people look, and the atmosphere, in general, is really cool, trendy, well-thought-out and, at the same time, relaxing.
What to do in Copenhagen for a weekend in winter
As I already told, we had typical January weather in Copenhagen: windy, cold, a little bit rainy sometimes. It determined our choice of activities. We walked less than we usually do but we still saw a lot.
We took a boat trip which allows us to enjoy the city view and canals while being inside in a warm place. It was a very funny guided 2-hour-trip around the city center. There are many places where you can join the tour, for example, at Nyhavn, a brightly colored waterfront, a very famous tourist spot. Winter perks: in January tourists are not a problem! It is very comfortable to be even in the most famous places.
A great neighborhood to feel the atmosphere of Copenhagen is Christianshavn – relaxing and very Scandinavian. While walking around the city, we also visited the free town of Christiania, which was established in the 70s. It is a free community in the Christianshavn district where you can buy drugs (no police allowed there!) and just look around not believing that such a thing can exist in the center of neat and quiet Copenhagen.
We also didn’t forget to walk to the Little Mermaid statue (it is not as cool as it sounds!) and also saw the Genetically Modified Little Mermaid, which is located not so far from the original one and looks better in my opinion.
A must-do indoor activity during the weekend in Copenhagen is visiting the Design Museum Denmark. It is a fascinating museum with a nice collection of design from furniture to bicycles. Many things like tableware that we saw during the visit are in use: you can buy them in a museum shop right there and take those excellent examples of Danish design home with you.
There is also a cozy small cafeteria where they serve tasty cakes and Smørrebrød, a traditional open-faced sandwich.
Nordic food and some shopping in Copenhagen
Ok, about food. It is another reason to visit Copenhagen! We found there a great choice of tasty and healthy things, really nice breakfast cafes and fancy dining places. Thus, we had dinner at Väkst, a restaurant that looks like a greenhouse and serves modern nordic cuisine. I can definitely recommend this one for food-lovers.
Aside from modern food and hipster breakfast, Stepa tried several classical Danish hot-dogs – a popular street food there.
Another entertaining thing in Copenhagen is shopping because Danish brands are wonderful. I really like the store called Søstrene Grene that sells Scandinavian design, home accessories, kitchenware, and so on. Similar shops are popular there and it is nice just being inside taking a look at all the stuff.
I can imagine myself living in Copenhagen (or in Stockholm – I just love Scandinavia a lot) even though Stepa finds the climate there not pleasant enough.
What I also realized is that city trips in winter are not that bad as I thought, after all!