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Things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our must-sees !

Last update : 19 April 2024
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Visiting Copenhagen in 3 days is a great idea! That’s what we did, and we fell under the spell of the capital of Denmark for its many neighborhoods, its good restaurant addresses and its “hygge”, a positive state of mind much found in Nordic countries. Via our travel blog, we take you on a tour of this superb destination, ideal for a city trip!

How many days to visit Copenhagen?

In our opinion, visiting Copenhagen in 3 days is the minimum to have time to enjoy it and discover all its neighborhoods. The city is spread over 88 km2, so there’s plenty to keep you busy for even more days! If you don’t have enough time to visit the neighborhoods further from downtown Copenhagen, we recommend renting a bike and adopting the Danish lifestyle! Ultra practical and affordable. 

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Things to do in Copenhagen in 3 days, what to do? Must-sees

1. Indre by and Nyhavn harbor

This is the quintessential Copenhagen postcard! In fact, like any tourist arriving in the Danish capital, we began our stay with the colorful canal port of Nyhavn. It’s a lovely setting, where you can stroll along both sides of the quays. There are plenty of terraced restaurants and little boutiques, and it’s also the departure point for boat trips to discover Copenhagen. A must-see!

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2. Rosenborg Castle

For history buffs, a visit to Rosenborg Castle is well worth the effort, costing around €18. For our part, we decided to discover its gardens, which are accessible free of charge, and take a tour of the exterior. We admired the castle’s Flemish-Dutch Renaissance architecture. The place is truly enchanting, with its rose garden and its immense garden, which was frozen when we came in early November. A real fairytale setting! We recommend a stroll through its gardens for a trip back in time to Danish history.  

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3. The Nyboder district

This bizarre neighborhood of identical houses with orange facades was built in 1641 to create housing for the city’s sailors. Today, this residential district really stands out from the rest of the city. It’s a bit far from the city center, but if you’re like us and like to wander, you can stop by on your way through Copenhagen. Take a detour to Krusemyentegade, with its colorful houses and numerous bicycles;

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Rue Krusemyentegade


4. Copenhagen Botanical Gardens and greenhouses

Near Rosenborg Castle, head to the Copenhagen Botanical Garden to enjoy nature, squirrels and magnificent greenhouses. You can take a free stroll around the huge garden, open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. If you’d like to visit the inside of the greenhouses, admission is around €8 per person. We found it well worth the detour, and took advantage of a rainy morning to visit them. 

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5. Strøget’s Latin Quarter

For those who love pedestrian streets and shopping, head for the Latinerkvarteret and Strøget districts, adding Gråbrødretorv square to your itinerary. We also recommend a visit to the most beautiful streets: Snaregade and Magstræde. These are the two oldest streets in Copenhagen’s Old Town. We really enjoyed these pedestrian precincts, with their café terraces and little boutiques.

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6. Christiania, the free city

This place is truly amazing, Christiania, it’s a free city in the heart of the city of Copenhagen. Years ago, it was a hippie feelgood place, focused on art, culture and joie de vivre. But with the years, the drug trade and the violence, the atmosphere seems to have deteriorated a lot. Although the place looks nice in photos, we didn’t like the atmosphere. The place must be nicer in summer, with concerts and terraces, but in winter we really didn’t find any interest. It’s forbidden to take photos in most of the area, so we’d advise you not to take out your camera or mobile phone.

Apparently, the city is in the process of restoring order to Christiania, notably by banning drug dealing, so that the district can regain its former atmosphere, a matter to be followed!

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7. The Nørrebro district

We’d read that this neighborhood had been voted “coolest neighborhood in the world”, so we went there with high expectations. In the end, we preferred downtown Copenhagen to this district. What’s really fun, though, is crossing the “Dronning Louises Bro” bridge and strolling along the quays and early streets. We recommend you go by bike, as the cycle paths are very pleasant. Once there, enjoy a coffee or brunch at the Feel Good Café, which we’ll tell you about further down the article. You can also drop by the Superkilen Park urban park, right in the heart of the district, which is one of the symbols of Nørrebro residents living well together.

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8. The Tivoli Quarter and Tivoli Gardens

Visiting Copenhagen in 3 days is also an opportunity to discover Europe’s oldest amusement park: Tivoli Gardens! This unique site in the heart of the city is well worth a visit for an afternoon or evening out with friends. Admission costs between €18 and €20, so plan to spend a few hours there. We didn’t have time to go there during our visit to Copenhagen, but it’s on our list for our next visit!

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9. Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid

On the shores of the Baltic Sea and by the harbor, come and admire this bronze statue that is the city’s emblem. It was created as a tribute to the writer of “The Little Mermaid”, Hans Christian Andersen. Although it’s one of Copenhagen’s must-sees, we preferred to skip it, as we imagined the place to be very touristy. If you fancy going to see it, here’s its location.

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10. Reffen Street food

Head for Copenhagen’s industrial district, Refshaleøen. We advise you to go by bike to save time, and we warn you, the place is only open on fine days! We went there at the beginning of winter and everything was closed. It’s a place with a relaxed atmosphere, lots of boutique stands, street food restaurants, bars, open-air games and concerts. It’s all right in front of Copenhagen harbor, which is just great!


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Visit Copenhagen in 3 days, where to eat?

You’ll find some excellent restaurant and brunch addresses in Copenhagen. On the other hand, expect to pay the price and wait a while for a table. Don’t hesitate to select a few addresses and book in advance.

The best restaurants in Copenhagen

  • Hyttefadet: a restaurant on Nyhavn harbor, where we enjoyed a traditional Danish Christmas meal that was excellent. The mulled wine is delicious too!
  • Gasoline Grill: a former gas station re-visited as a fast food joint, the burgers are delicious! 
  • Orangeriet: a unique place in the park of Copenhagen Castle, where to enjoy traditional and elaborate cuisine, think of booking. 
  • Frankies Pizza: a cool, friendly pizzeria in the center.
  • Jazzhus Montmartre : a very nice jazz club where you can have a drink or dinner, think about booking. 
  • La Neta: a Mexican restaurant in a pretty, hip setting.
  • Gaza Grill: a good address with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious mezzes to share. 
  • Reffen Street food: Copenhagen’s industrial district (open on fine days only) for trying out Danish street food 
  • Delphine: a beautifully decorated restaurant with Mediterranean specialties, the prices are pretty steep though.
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The best cafés / brunches in Copenhagen

  • Café Feel Good København : a delicious brunch, the place is very well decorated and the welcome is adorable. 
  • Atelier Septembre : I really liked this place, the products are simple but really good. However, they don’t take reservations, so come early and expect to wait a little. 
  • The Torvehallerne covered market: a must for eating Grød, Copenhagen’s local specialty.
  • Lille Bakery: a café in Copenhagen’s industrial zone, very nice for lunch but quite far from the city center. Only worth doing if you have a bit of time and/or a bike.
  • Cadence: a very nice place for brunch, refined dishes and a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Wulff: a brunch menu where you have to choose 5 pieces, apparently delicious. We didn’t have time to stop by, but we’ll definitely go one day! 
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Atelier Septembre Brunch

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The best places to have a drink in Copenhagen

  • Hotel Rooftop Denmark: a rooftop with a magnificent view of Copenhagen, you can take the elevator for free and climb to the 7th floor to admire the view, even without a drink.
  • Manon les Suites: a hotel with an incredible setting! Stop by for a drink and admire the place if you’re not sleeping.

Visit Copenhagen in 3 days, where to sleep?

Generator Copenhagen

A youth hostel in the heart of Copenhagen, which we’ve selected for its affordability. The private rooms are comfortable and have en-suite bathrooms, which is the equivalent of a classic hotel. The location is ideal, with everything within walking distance. On the other hand, we must warn you that weekend nights are rather noisy, as there’s a bar on the first floor. This is a good address if you want to cut your hotel budget and are a heavy sleeper! 😂

Our selection of the best hotels in Copenhagen for all budgets

If you’re looking for a hotel in Copenhagen, we suggest you take a look at our selection of the city’s finest addresses. You should easily find what you’re looking for!

Visit Copenhagen in 3 days, how to organize your trip properly

When to go to Copenhagen?

If you want to discover Copenhagen in beautiful light and be able to enjoy outdoor activities, it’s best to favor the period between May and September. We decided to visit Copenhagen at the beginning of November to discover the city with its Christmas atmosphere and decorations, which was also a very good choice. The city has a very special atmosphere, and the Christmas markets are great fun. Bear in mind that at this time of year the sun sets very early, so you’ll have fewer light hours to visit. 

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How to get to Copenhagen

To find the best mode of transport to visit Copenhagen, we recommend you always look on the OMIO comparator. This will give you an overview of all available modes of transport. You’ll be able to compare prices very easily;

What’s the budget and currency in Copenhagen?

Plan to pay mostly by credit card, as the currency there is the Danish krone (Dk). We’d prefer to warn you that prices for restaurants, activities and hotels are generally high, so expect to pay around €40 for a meal for one person in a restaurant. It’s a rather expensive destination, but well worth the detour. 

How to rent a car at the best price in Copenhagen

If you’d like to rent a car during your trip to discover the Copenhagen area, we recommend you take a look at the RentalCars website. This will help you find the best prices and conditions for your rental.

How to find the best hotels to visit Copenhagen

In order to find the best hotels and benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through for our trips. We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels before you leave. You can filter them according to their ratings. There are plenty of recent customer reviews, so there are no unpleasant surprises when you’re traveling!

Copenhagen in 3 days

Visiting Copenhagen, our opinion

We fell in love with the Danish capital. Visiting Copenhagen in 3 days was an excellent idea, and we’ll definitely be back to discover it in other seasons. The atmosphere is really special, and we loved the calm and the beauty of the architecture. If you’re still hesitating to discover Copenhagen, go for it!

Thank you for reading

We hope the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you visit Copenhagen in 3 days!

You can also follow our daily adventures on Instagram 🙂
Clem & Alex

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