With flights at freakishly low prices to Copenhagen at the moment, it would have been rude not to have taken advantage and hopped over on my weekend off…
Flights may be cheap, but accommodation in Copenhagen is not. Although everyone I spoke to recommended Airbnb, we opted for hostel living; 1) I wanted to see how the city would fair if I were to be travelling solo, 2) We like the fun and the prospect of meeting new people that hostels have to offer.
We (my two girl friends and I) booked into the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. Great hostel, clean rooms, clean bathrooms, brilliant social areas for solo travellers. The check in area is connected directly to a large bar area, with big open tables, and (what seems to be) a common water hole for the locals, as well as travellers. I could have easily sat down there solo and made a few pals each night. It’s super central, and drinks are as cheap as we could find them in the short space of time that we had.
Things to note/they could do better:
- If you’re vegetarian/vegan, don’t be too lured by the free dinner they promise each night (inclusive of the room cost). The night we were around for it, it was pretty basic, with the one option being a pasta with chorizo (no I don’t want to “pick it out”, would you pick dog meat out of a salad?).
- If you can afford it, opt for the smaller 4 bed dorms. We took a 4 bed all girls dorm (sorry boys, you snore more). Walking past them at night, the larger dorms were really rowdy.
- Staff are a bit standoffish on arrival and you really need to tickle them (metaphorically). Check-ins are busy, and you don’t get any of that nice ‘let me sit you down with a map and talk you through the city’ chat that you often get in smaller hostels. That being said, if you invest some time, they warmed quickly. It’d still be my ‘place to stay’ if I go back.
The main sell:
- The giant bed like area that they have for guests to relax in. Possibly deliberate, it’s the perfect place to go back to sleep on once you’ve checked out at 10 am with the hangover of your life. I’ve never seen another hostel do this so well.
We walked for miles (literally), searching out every remotely cool thing I could find on Pinterest, to try and highlight some ‘off the beaten track’ style stuff. Turns out, most of it was a bust; disappointing, as usually this method uproots some really cool places. Here’s my do’s and don’t bothers…
The little mermaid
I think this chick gets a hard ride. Everyone told me not to bother. Comments like ‘she’s tiny, its a disappointment’and ‘it’s too busy’ were thrown around an awful lot. Ok, yeh, she IS tiny.. but given that she’s called the ‘little’ mermaid, it really shouldn’t be coming as that much of a surprise. I liked that she was so small, it almost added to the sadness of her story. She is an obvious attraction, but it’d be like going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty. Go see her.
Go do this! If it’s the only thing you do.. go do it! The amusement park, plonked right in the middle of the city is one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1843, the focus of the park is still very much it’s original old school feel, with cool little restaurants dotted all over the places, large open park areas with big band stages on entry, and greenery… a lot of greenery. Even if you don’t want to take on some of the rides (which you really should), you could sit for hours just absorbing the atmosphere of the place, or watching the late night fireworks show every Saturday evening. Discounted tickets apply to those just wanting to enter the park, and not try the rides.
A self proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in the city, regulated by it’s own laws. A cool hippy feel with everyone kicking around having a smoke and generally just being a bit free thinking and arty. A visit for the graffiti works alone is a must. This place draws a lot of tourist, but be prepared to leave your camera in your bag; the locals do not take kindly to having their picture snapped! A great place to explore for a half day, pick up some great veggie/ vegan bites (they had fallafel and humus coming out of their ears) and generally pay a little less for food and drink if you’re on a bit of a budget.
The world’s smallest hotel
One of the little walks that I’d say ‘it was worth it’ for. Still on the hunt for a good Insta pic, we took a walk from the centre up to this little beaut, a one bed-roomed hotel with a little coffee shop venture underneath. The girl serving at the shop was lovely, she gave us a postcard, made us a nice coffee, and seemed genuinely pleased that we’d come to take a few snaps and tick it of the ‘things I’ve seen list’.
Located in the city centre, just off Frederiksborggade, this little indoor/outdoor market place is a wonderful little ‘pottering around’ spot. Great for either good or bad weather days, the little glass ‘market’ houses loads of local produce shops and cafes under one roof. Head to the the ‘Fresh Market’ pop up for plenty of vegan/vegetarian snacks, sandwiches and puddings.
The Mirror House
I know what you’re thinking, “this looks cool”. Right? I trawled my friend all the way up to the Central Park (after dragging her miles around the city for other ‘meh’ things) to get a
snap of a house with a mirror on the side. The photo came out great.. so if you’re just out for some cool Insta snaps (like me), bash on. However, the house itself isn’t a house, it was an art project which (at one point) might have been pretty cool. However, its now a toilet. And to add insult to injury (and what you don’t see in the photos), its now situated in the middle of a big closed off kiddie park. As a pair of females armed with lipstick, we got away with skulking around the kids play park taking pictures… boys…be warned..you might need to go early to get a snap of this.
The pink skate park
Again, the photos makes it look cooler than it was (sorry guys). It took us a good 40 mins walk to get up here and I’m sure, at one time, it was pretty bright and impressive. However, weather has taken it’s toll. It’s probably not worth the walk unless you’re really wanting a really good walk about.
I could go on.. but this post is getting rather long. Peace out.