How to Spend a Weekend in Copenhagen

How to Spend a Weekend in Copenhagen

Beatreice de Franceschi
Beatreice de Franceschi | ? Culture Trip
If you’re heading to Copenhagen over the weekend and would like to take advantage of every moment, but can’t decide which places should go on your to-do list, stay with us because we’ve got you covered. This article will give you a roundup of all the places you should visit in order to get a real taste of life in the Danish capital and experience the city’s vibe like a local.

Take a boat tour and see Copenhagen’s most popular attractions in just one hour

Take a boat tour with Canal Tours Copenhagen and see the city’s most important historical sites and architectural landmarks in one hour. The boats depart from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand in the city centre and return to the same spot. Once the tour is over make sure to grab a drink or meal at Ved Stranden. The cobblestoned street right across Christiansborg Palace on Slotsholmen Island attracts a mixed crowd. Classy Danes dressed in suits head to Ved Stranden 10 for a glass of wine after work while millennials hang out on the wooden platforms. The benches along the picturesque street are always occupied with people of all ages and styles.

See Copenhagen's attractions from a boat ? Olga Itenberg / Wikimedia Commons

Soak up some sun at Kayak Bar on Slotsholmen island

Located right in front of the historical building of B?rsen on Slotsholmen island, Kayak Bar is the perfect place for a pit-stop on a warm summer day. With its long wooden tables, comfy beach chairs and sandy floor, the popular bar-restaurant is an oasis in Copenhagen’s city centre. Open from morning until midnight serving delicious ice-chilled cocktails and traditional delicacies, Kayak Bar is mostly crowded throughout the entire day.

Kayak Bar on Slotsholmen Island ? Kayak Bar

Relax at one of the city’s parks

After experiencing low temperatures and darkness for more than five months, when spring arrives in Denmark Copenhageners don’t miss the chance to hit the city’s parks. There are plenty of choices, such as F?lledparken in ?sterbro, Frederiksberg Gardens in the homonymous area and Kongens Have in the city centre, however, ?rstedsparken is a perfect choice if you want to avoid crowded places. It’s located close to N?rreport and Str?get street and is one of the smallest parks in Copenhagen that is also rarely packed. ?rstedsparken spans around two lakes and it has many hidden corners ideal for some moments of relaxation while Café Hacienda in the middle of the park is open every day from 10 am, serving refreshing beverages and tasty snacks.

?rstedsparken is located in Copenhagen's city centre ? Aliki Seferou / Culture Trip

Pass by Ofelia Plads, Copenhagen’s new public space by the waterfront

Just a few minutes’ walk from the touristic Nyhavn lies one of the city’s hidden gems. Ofelia Plads is Copenhagen’s new public square where several cultural events and concerts take place throughout the year. Keep an eye out for any performances or just drop by for a glass of wine at Luftkastellet.

Grab a cocktail at Luftkastellet at Ofelia Plads ? Aliki Seferou / Culture Trip

Have lunch at Refshale?en, Copenhagen’s up-and-coming area

Annexed to Amager Island, Refshale?en, Copenhagen’s up-and-coming area is surrounded by the sea, so no wonder it’s one of the top places for a summer break in the city. The former industrial district is now home to some of the city’s hippest places. Head to La Banchina for a traditional Danish meal by the waterfront and then to Mikkeller Baghaven to enjoy a glass of high-quality beer.

La Banchina ? La Banchina

Take a stroll around the Lakes

If you want to experience a weekend in Copenhagen like a proper local make sure to hang out at the Lakes (S?erne). The three artificial lakes Sankt J?rgens S?, Peblinge S? and Sortedams S? are situated at the city centre’s western edge and are among the most popular hangouts spots in Copenhagen. Take a walk around and mingle with locals at Sortedams Lake in N?rrebro, or if you prefer a less crowded place head to Sankt J?rgens Lake’s southernmost spot right under Tycho Brahe Planetarium.

The Lakes in Copenhagen is a popular hangout spot ? Tim Bartel / Wikimedia Commons

Window shop at Norrebro’s second-hand stores

Take a walk in N?rrebro and discover the second-hand shops at Ravnsborggade street, just a stone’s throw away from the Lakes. The area brims with cosy cafes and cocktail bars and J?gersborggade, one of the city’s hippest streets is located in the heart of the multicultural neighbourhood approximately 15 minutes by bus from N?rreport station. If however, you don’t have much time and prefer to stay closer to the city centre why not head to Bl?g?rdsgade? The cobblestoned street is a popular hangout spot and is filled with many places for breakfast, brunch or an ice-cold beer.

Ravnsborggade street in N?rrebro brims with second-hand shops ? Beatreice de Franceschi / Culture Trip

Hit the city’s rooftops

There isn’t a better way to finish off your weekend than gazing upon Copenhagen from the rooftop terrace. Luckily, the city offers plenty of choices for those who aren’t afraid of heights and want to take a look at the city from above. For a refreshing cocktail head to Hotel Danmark’s rooftop, while if you want to fill your hunger book a table at Sticks’n’Sushi. Check out our detailed guide with the city’s highest spots.

The Rooftop of Hotel Danmark ? Br?chner Hotels