Christmas time in Copenhagen

  • Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is only a 20-minute train ride over the Öresund Bridge from Malmö where we frequently are due to family from there. Originally a Viking fishing village from the 10th century it is today the capital of Denmark with a population of 600 000 in the city. A fast-growing city with nice culture, great food, and interesting tourist attractions.

General information

How long should you be there?
2-3 days is usually enough and perfect for a weekend getaway. If you want you can combine with a trip in other parts of Denmark that are beautiful, especially during the summer months.

When should you visit?
Like most of Scandinavia, summer is the best time. Temperatures are nice, people flock to parks, cafes, and beaches, and the days are long. Winter can also be nice but expect boring weather (cold, but no snow) and short days when it gets dark around 16.00 (4 PM). Christmas can, however, be very festive with markets and amusement park Tivoli Gardens.

It is one of the higher-priced cities in Europe, especially when it comes to restaurants and alcohol.

Where to eat

The food scene in Copenhagen has really taken off in recent years and has become a hotbed of foodie culture. The city has 15 Michelin Star restaurants. Some worth checking out:

  • Noma – Michelin restaurant with modern Nordic food and the name stands for Nordisk Mad (Nordic Food). In 2019 ranked as the second best restaurant in the world. Tasting menu is around 350 EUR and 180 EUR for wine package. You need to book it very early.
  • Hija de Sanchez – Great Mexican food started by former Noma-trained chef and featured on Netflix’s Ugly Delicious.
  • Gasoline Grill – Excellent burgers located in a former gas station.
  • Høst – One of our favorites with modern Nordic food, bold flavors, and seasonal greens. Beautiful interior and definitely worth a visit.
  • Mikkeller Bar – More for drinks but Copenhagen has a great craft beer scene and this place is a must-visit if you like beer.

Noma restaurant, Mikkeller bar & restaurant Høst

Where to stay

We stayed at beautiful Hotel D’Angleterre in central Copenhagen and amazing days there during the holidays. Traditional and beautiful, located perfectly right at Kongens Nytorv but on the more expensive side.

Mid budget range SP34 is a great choice. Good location, located in a series of converted townhouses, cool style, and nice roof terrace. Priced around 150 EUR per night.

If you on a budget, check out Steel House Copenhagen which is a luxurious hostel priced around 60 EUR per night.

What to do

  • Tivoli Gardens - The second oldest amusement park in the world located in the middle of Copenhagen. Even if you don't love rides, it is still worth a visit to stroll around.
  • Strøget shopping street - Long car-free shopping street that cuts through the center of the town.
  • Freetown Christiania - Small hippie commune in Copenhagen. Fun place to explore with open weed sales on its "Pusher Street". Perfectly safe and worth a visit.
  • Meatpacking District - Series of former warehouses that have been converted to some of the city's best bars, restaurants, and nightlife destinations.
  • Nyhavn - 17th-century waterfront and entrainment district. Known for canal lined with brightly colored townhouses.
  • The Little Mermaid - Iconic bronze sculpture and landmark. Based on a fairy tale by HC Andersen and unveiled in 1913.

Tivoli Gardens, Freetown Christiania & Meatpacking District

In summary

We love Copenhagen and can strongly recommend a weekend here. It is on the more expensive side but worth it when considering the people, culture and great food.


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  • Compact city

  • Trendy, hip neighborhoods

  • Great foodie scene

  • Great design

  • English speaking locals


  • Expensive

  • Cold, dark winters