Over the past 2 months I’ve had my first official visitors to Copenhagen. And as a woman with a passion for planning, I was so excited to plan out a perfect itinerary for my guests. But it was hard for me to come up with a ‘must see’ list because to me, Copenhagen isn’t about any particular sight or landmark, it’s all about “hygge”.
Hygge is one of those Danish words that isn’t fully translatable to English. It’s a feeling, like cozy, it’s candles in the winter, low lighting, warm tea, friends and dinner parties, ice cream in the sunshine and picnics in the park. Hygge is Copenhagen.
That’s why when trying to plan a ‘must-see’ list for Copenhagen I could only think of my favorite coffee shops and neighborhoods. So let this list take you on a tour of Copenhagen’s most hygge-ist spots.
Located across from Assistens Cemetery, let Jægersborggade be your starting point for exploring the Nørrebro neighborhood. Jægersborggade is filled with Danish favorites like Meyer’s Bageri, The Coffee Collective, and Grød. When you’ve eaten your way down the street wander through the cemetery and find the graves of Niels Bohr and Hans Christen Andersen.
Nørrebro (Sankt Hans Torv Area)
A short walk from Assistens Cemetery is Sankt Hans Torv, a small square in the heart of Nørrebro. The square is a starting point to get you off the busy Nørrebrogade and on to the smaller surrounding streets. There are plenty of shops, bars and picture perfect buildings. Nearby you’ll find the trifecta of Bæst (pizza to die for), Mirabelle (pasta to die for) and Brus (beer to die for).
Just south of Sankt Hans Torv and down Nørrebrogade are the “the lakes”. In summer time you’ll find the main bridge (Dronning Louises Bro) littered with people drinking beer in the sunshine. Pick up a to-go bottle of wine from nearby Vinhanen and find a spot on the bridge to people watch. Even in the winter there is something magical and romantic about the lakes, you may just want to trade the wine for some hot coco.
*Voted place most likely to find me*
Once a vegetable market, Torvehallerne keeps close to its roots as a modern food hall and farmers market. You can’t go wrong with anything you choose from Torvehallerne, the smorrebrod are pieces of art and the cardamom buns are addictive. But if I had to recommend one place it would be Hija de Sanchez, how can you go wrong with tacos from a former Noma chef? Find a picnic table to enjoy your finds or wander across the street through Israel Plads and ørstedsparken.
The most hygge way to see the city is of course by bike. Copenhagen takes on a whole new feel when you experience it like a true local. Cycling will allow you to explore and find your own hygge spots in Copenhagen.
For new bikers, avoid rush hour in the morning and late afternoon, it’ll make exploring the city more relaxing. It’s easy to find bike shops that rent all over the city but recently rented recently from Donkey Bikes. They’ve got bikes all over the city and it’s easy to lock and unlock the bike straight from an app on your phone.
Find all of my hygge places on this Google Map.