The Copenhagen Guide: Explore Copenhagen in just 6 hours

Obviously 6 hours is waaaaaay too little time to spend in this lovely city, but in case you find yourself in the lucky situation to have a stopover, don’t worry. It doesn’t really matter how many days or hours you you have or plan to spend in Copenhagen as long as you know where to go and where to eat, so it doesn’t feel super stressful.

We have made a guide with what we believe are the best things to visit and eat so you don’t waste any time. You can of course “jump into the guide” whenever you like, depending on when you arrive.

If you are visiting Copenhagen as part of a cruise, chances are you’re either arriving at either Langelinie, Nordre Toldbod, Frihavnen or Oceankaj cruise terminals which are all located on Østerbro. In that case, you can take the public bus or a taxi (which is much more convenient).

Tip: If the guide below doesn’t fit your schedule, you are more than welcome to contact us for a ideas – we arrange customized private food tours for groups as well as daily public food tours.

Nørreport - The hub to exploring Copenhagen city center

Nørreport is well connected. The Nørreport Station connects to the metro, train and bus networks and since Copenhagen is a relatively small city compared to most other capitals, you can easily walk around the entire city centre as long as you’re in reasonably good health. If you know how to ride a bicycle, you can also grab a Bycykel which translates to “City Bike” and get around the centre much faster – the real Copenhagen way 😉

PART 1 - Places and food: Torvehallerne, The Round Tower, Coffee Collective, Grød, Døp

When you get up from the metro on Nørreport Station, you are (more or less) at our famous food market Torvehallerne. Begin your Copenhagen adventure here with a coffee from The Coffee Collective and enjoy the atmosphere and the many food stands (The Danes drink A LOT of coffee). Should you arrive in the morning then eat your breakfast at Grød.

Tip: If you want to read more, we’ve written an excellent guide to the top-3 food markets in Copenhagen

It is now time to get cultural and we recommend to visit The Round Tower. Take the time and go all the way to the top and enjoy the view. If you are interested in art it often holds exhibitions also. Are you traveling with your loved-one then don’t forget to stop at the kissing bench in the tower.

In case you feel hungry at this point, then eat at Døp, which you find just outside The Round Tower. Døp makes the most amazing organic hotdogs (also vegetarian alternatives). If you are not that hungry yet, then wait – you are going to have some incredible options on your way – hold on! 

From The Round Tower you head to King’s Square. Instead of walking through the crowded streets (unless you like shopping then walk through Købmagergade and Strøget) we suggest you walk through The King’s Garden.

PART 2 - Places and food: Nyhavn, Barr, The Corner -108, The Opera House, Danish Architecture Center, The Culture Tower (amazing pop-ups)

When you arrive at King’s Square you will find Nyhavn where people come to look at the colorful houses and the old harbor. A lot of travelers go here – to take pictures, have a (overpriced) beer or to go on a canal tour. Don’t’ take the canal tour here – hold on and we will cover this again in part 3.

When you are done with Nyhavn, and with great chance ended up close to the bridge called ‘Inderhavnsbroen’ we recommend you to cross the bridge, but remember to make a stop on the top of the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view of some of the most incredible buildings in Copenhagen. Up here you will definitely get inspired to visit many more places such as The Opera House, Danish Architecture Center and The Culture Tower. As soon as you are over the bridge you have two amazing lunch options: Restaurant Barr (also great for dinner) & The Corner -108.

(Should you like to begin your stopover on King’s Square it is also possible to go directly from the airport to King’s Square in an approximately same time as to Nørreport Station)

PART 3 - Places and food: Hey Captain, Christiansborg Palace (The Tower, The Royal Kitchen), Bibliotekshaven

As mentioned many travelers go on a canal tour, which is a great way to see the city, but if you like a more intimate experience then go on a tour with Hey Captain where the boats are small and you actually have the chance to ask questions (CHECK AVAILABILITY THE DAY BEFORE ARRIVAL).

You might still have some time left and after the canal tour we suggest you walk (or grab a bike taxi) to Christiansborg Palace to explore the Tower (highest view point in Copenhagen), the Royal Kitchen and/or visit the restaurant for cake. Before leaving Christiansborg Palace you want to go visit Bibliotekshaven – sit down, close your eyes and relax for 5 minutes (In case it rains, don’t sit down – and always bring an umbrella when visiting Copenhagen).

PART 4 - Places and food: Restaurant Palægade, Balderdash, Gasoline Grill

Dinner is about time and since you do not have time for a whole evening experience you find Restaurant Palægade (classic but modern Danish kitchen) in a walking distance from Christiansborg Palace. If you are in for really delicious burgers at this time then Gasoline Grill is a must visit (look for an old gasoline station that is transformed into a burger joint). This place is named among the best in the world! 

– just remember that Gasoline Grill closes as soon as the last burger is sold and the queue is usually long, so until more Gasoline Grills begin popping up later in 2018, you might need to search for alternatives. You can check the Danish burger review blog, (The Girl and The French Fried).

In case you are not hungry yet, you do find yourself in the middle of a big shopping area where it is easy to spend (a lot) of money. Also, if you have time to go to other parts of the city then it gets difficult, because Copenhagen has a lot of outstanding restaurants (check out our Instagram or other blog posts for recommendations).

Should you arrive in the afternoon and therefore have time for a drink in the evening then go to Balderdash to have an incredible drink and some Danish ‘hygge’. The Balderdash team never disappoint and will give you a bar-experience to remember. In a walking distance of 10 minutes you are back to King’s Square and the metro will take you directly back to the airport in 20 min.

We hope you get to love Copenhagen as much as we do!

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