The 48-Hour Guide to Copenhagen

read the post
Decided to venture towards the nordic countries but have not had time to look at things to do prior to departure? No panic, here is all you need to know to make the most of two full days in Copenhagen !


As you may have heard, Copenhagen is quite an expensive city. Food, drinks and hotel require quite a budget but if you book it well in advance you can find great deals. Globalhagen  Hostel  in a great place for backpackers on a budget. The hostel is non-profit, volunteer-driven and run by 200 volunteers looking after both the hostel and the cafe downstairs. 
All profits go to the humanitarian organization Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke / Action Aid Denmark and to our projects to support people living in poverty in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Located in the most lively and colorful part of Copenhagen, the hostel offer both dorms and private rooms, breakfast is not included but can be purchased at reception. If you book through their website you will be able to pay for the sheets direcly too, unless you bring you owns. 

View website > 


Rent a bike

The best way to enjoy Copenhagen (cyclist capital of the world) is to rent a bike for the day or by hour. You can walk around as well but the cycle lanes make it so easy and the electric Go Bikes make it so easy that you would not want to get off these white cool bikes. 25DKK per hour, you can lock, park or stop at any time. They all have a screen with navigation and travel planner as well as indicators of the nearest station.

How to rent them? Create an account on  and enter your card details, once in front of the bike, tap the screen, enter your username and password and off you go!

Create an account >

Little Mermaid + Castle

Paper Island + Nyhavn

This is the iconic landmark of Copenhagen with all the sailing boats and colorful row houses and restaurants. If you cross the bridge, you arrive to the Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island. There you can eat international cuisine, drink a Carlsberg (local beer) or rent little boats (stag dos alert!)

Nørrebro district + Assistens Cemetery

Great location for hostels and hotels, this is the hipster part of Copenhagen with lots of independent stores and cafes. Hans Christian Andersen final resting place is in the Assistens Cemetery, very green and peaceful. Nørrebro area has got very good addresses for brunch (see below).


Mad & Kaffe

Book in advance or come early for breakfast (up to 1pm during weekends) because this place is very trendy! Even when it rains, you will see locals and tourists enjoying their meal whilst holding an umbrella on the other hand, knees covered with a blanket. Their formula is simple you select from the menu 3, 5 or 7 elements salty or sweet. 

What to order? 

- 1/2 avocado w. chillioil and baked almonds

- Tomato Salad m. Mozzerella and basil

- 2 organic fried eggs w. chive

- The fried chorizo sausages

- Homemade Cream Cheese w. bread

- Ginger, Carrot, Apple fresh juice

View Menu >


Another great brunch place to add on your list because the food is simply delicious. Very hungry or just hungry? You can choose between the brunch at 149DKK with all you can eat cold dish buffet + hot sides to come (this is the buffet brunch) or a set 89DKK breakfast with the best bread, butter and cheese, scrambled eggs, homemade granola, fruits & yoghurt. Add a black americano or an earl grey tea to it and you will be in heaven!

Read Reviews > 

Copenhagen Street Food

Located on Paper Island you will find here the best international cuisine with a view! Inside, oustide, upstairs, by the chimney this place is a real show for friends and family! The average price for food is 80DKK and a large beer is 45DKK.

Which stalls to buy from?

- The Protein Kitchen (salmon & quinoa salad + rye bread)

- Duck it (duck burger)

- Cheesecaken

- Cow Bar (drinks)

- Pøelse kompagniet (polish hot dogs)

See all Food Stalls >

Cocks & Cows

Voted BYENS BEDSTE BURGER in CPH you must stop by one of their branches to enjoy their burgers made from free range meat and organic fresh lettuce.

View Menu >  
Have a great weekend!

Marion Payen, Founder of Hibiscus & Nomada

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself”


65 photo galleries

Follow my blog with Bloglovin