How can you get the most out of your trip to Copenhagen? Do you want to see what it’s like to live like the Danish for a few days?
In the 3 days I was in Copenhagen, my mission was to learn as much about the Danish culture and lifestyle as I could. In this post, I’ll cover what I learned about what makes Copenhagen such beautiful and well known city, and how the people are always so happy.
Hygge – a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
Hygge is by far the best word to describe the feeling of life in Copenhagen. It’s just another reason why Denmark is called one of the “Happiest Countries in the World”! The Danish want to feel comfortable and cozy in their homes. It’s their place away from the stress of the world. I stayed in an Airbnb (pictured above) with the group I was with, and we could feel the “hygge” within the beautiful apartment. If you want to feel like you’re living like the Danish too, renting an Airbnb is the way to go for a true immersive experience.
Copenhagen is known for it’s history and art. It can be seen throughout the town, and there are plenty of museums to learn more about how the city came to be. The fountain above was at the incredible Glyptoteket Art Museum.
The best way I found to learn more about the lifestyle, is to people watch while I was touring around. By walking down the streets, it was easy to see how the people stay so fit. That’s because they bike everywhere! Biking is a huge part of Danish culture. If you are able to, try to take a bike tour around the city.
Denmark is best known as the original home of the prune Danish as well as the Vikings, who wore hats with horns sticking out of them, and for a very good reason: They were insane.Dave Barry
Ahh the food! It’s the gateway to any culture, and the way to anyone’s heart. Every meal I had in Copenhagen was fresh, healthy, and delicious!
For breakfast, I went to a cafe in Strøget, a main shopping square in the city, called Cafe Norden. I had a strawberry crepe with a light syrup and a side of fruit, along with a mimosa. It was a great light breakfast to start the day. I was able to sit at the table’s outside of the Cafe to enjoy the crisp March morning, and watch people head along with their day.
For lunch, I went to a little restaurant on the top floor of one of the stores in the shopping square. Many of the restaurants can be found on the top levels of the buildings, allowing you to overlook the city. Often times, there are multiple restaurants on the same floor together, giving you plenty of options to choose from. I had a wonderful caesar salad and a glass of white wine.
While I was out shopping in Strøget, I went to a cafe called the Royal Smushi Cafe. It’s beautifully designed and looks fit for a queen. I tried their Matcha Cake and a Chi Tea latte. I have been dreaming about that cake since I had it. If you’re looking for a unique cafe in a little hidden part of the square, this is the place for you.
“Life’s too short to wear boring clothes.”
One of my unexpected highlights from the trip was the incredible shopping area of Strøget! Lining the streets of this eclectic center was both high-end and mid-range clothing stores with a few tourist shops mixed in. You can truly find anything you’re looking for here. While I was shopping, I noticed that many of the locals were very well dressed and don’t settle for low quality clothing. It was fun to see all of today’s styles out on the street, and it inspired me to think about the different ways I could style my own clothes.
The experience of shopping, window-shopping, or just walking around the area is unlike anything else I have experienced. A must-see for anyone visiting the city!
“Life is architecture, and architecture is the mirror of life.”
When I am in a new city, the most exciting part for me is to wake up every day and be surrounded by the beautiful art of the city. Copenhagen is a city full of color, unique designs, cobblestone roads, and has lovely canals flowing between it all.
Nyhavn is the famous port of Copenhagen that has the bright colorful buildings, and the streets are lined with restaurants. It’s a gorgeous spot to stay, relax, and enjoy life like the Danish.
To get the famous view of the city, you’ll want to go to The Round Tower. It’s 25 DKK for adults, 5 DKK for children 5 – 15 years old, and free for children under 5 years old. The walk up is a spiral walkway to the top, and the view will take your breath away. Being able to see the entire landscape of the city truly lets you appreciate the beauty of Danish architecture.
If you would like to see more about my trip to Copenhagen, check out my travel video!
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