A weekend in Copenhagen is often filled with gastronomical delights, but where to start? Here is a handful of hotels, restaurants and bars that fit the needs and budgets of most travellers. This a true local’s guide for how to spend 48 hours in Copenhagen, Denmark’s vibrant capital city.
48 Hours in Copenhagen
Where to Stay in Copenhagen
Andersen Boutique Hotel | Helgolandsgade 12, DK-1653 København
Design lovers will appreciate this charming hotel located in the heart of the urban neighbourhood of Vesterbro. Rooms range from ’cool standard’ to ’amazing junior suites’ and they are all decorated in bright colours with tapestry from Designer’s Guild.
Hotel d’Angleterre | Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 Copenhagen K
The grand old lady of Copenhagen, Hotel d’Angleterre, is more than 200 years old. She resides in the very heart of the city, and allures visitors with luxurious surroundings and impeccable service. Old-school glamour at its best and a must-stay should you want to splurge during your short 48 hours in Copenhagen.
Axel Guldsmeden | Helgolandsgade 11, 1653 Copenhagen V
If you are a fan of sustainability, healthy food and cosy surroundings, then this hotel is for you! Axel Hotel takes its inspiration from Bali, and even the small spa is like an Eastern retreat. This is a home away from home, just 5 minutes walk from the main Central Station.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen
Aamanns | Multiple Locations
With just 48 hours in Copenhagen trying a bit of ’smørrebrød’ (the national dish: open-faced sandwiches on rye bread) is a must. The absolute best version is served at Aamanns, where guests can indulge in all the classics served in a delicate and simple way.
Lunch here will make you full and satisfied throughout the entire day. The restaurant opens at 11:30.
Papirøen | Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København K
The DJ sends out funky tunes while guests are chilling in the sun with a tasty drink or meal. Welcome to Papirøen – a small island with stunning views to the harbour and Royal Danish Opera House.
The large variety of food stalls make sure you will never leave hungry (or broke, as the prices are very reasonable too).
Toldboden | Nordre Toldbod 18 – 24, 1259 København
On weekends, this place invites for luscious brunch in beautiful surroundings on the wharf. A must-try if you are looking for a bit of Nordic cuisine. At night, Toldboden turns into a buzzing restaurant with a live DJ.
Studio | 44 Havnegade, DK-1058 Copenhagen K
Michelin-awarded restaurant on the waterfront. Studio creates magical dishes, which are defined by ’New Nordic’ gastronomy. One of my favourite parts is that you can actually watch the chef prepare your dinner in the kitchen. Perfect if you want to spoil yourself.
Madklubben Bistro-de-Luxe | Store Kongensgade 66, 1264 Copenhagen K
Honest food in trendy surroundings. Madklubben is a chain of restaurants with cosy locations all over the city. But, my favourite is the original one; Madklubben Bistro-de-Luxe. They serve delicious food without the fuss – and for reasonable prices, too.
Mother | Høkerboderne 9, 1712 København V
Mother knows best! This modern restaurant in the urban Meat Packing District serves the best pizza in town. It is always packed with people, so make sure to make a reservation. Expect genuine Italian food without the hassle and fresh sourdough pizza straight from the wood fire.
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Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge is the founder and editor of thecopenhagentraveler.com – a luxury travel guide on gourmet, wellness and five star hotels around the world. She is born in Denmark and has spent more than 7 years in Copenhagen. Follow her travels via her website, on Instagram @the_copenhagen_traveler or Facebook.