Copenhagen on a budget: a how-to guide

Hello beautiful people,

I hope you’re having a lovely day and thank you so much for reading!

As some of you may know, I recently visited Copenhagen during my Europe tour, which you can read here if you haven’t done so already. Long story short: I basically came up with my own version of “Interrailing”, which I successfully experienced & accomplished on my own as a female solo traveler.

First of all, whilst Copenhagen is known for being a pricey city, there’s a multitude of things to see and to do that are suitable for all pockets, even if you’re travelling on a budget. Not to mention it is totally safe to travel here on your own. It has actually been one of the safest- if not the most – places I’ve ever been.

Denmark’s beautiful capital is filled with sights and tourist attractions that you can’t miss, and here is a selection of my top 7 budget-friendly favourites:

1- RENT A BIKE AND CYCLE AROUND

Live like a true Copenhagener

Don’t worry, even if you are like me and you’re not the best at cycling, I have some good news for you: Copenhagen is such as  safe city to cycle around. The roads are so adapted and everyone pretty much cycles everywhere. The cycling lane is so wide and there’s plenty of space.

There are a lot of options for renting bikes in Copenhagen. It costs around 50 DKK to 80DKK (7.35$ to 12$) to rent your bike for a few hours, and costs around 100DKK (15$) if you decide to rent it for the day.

Did you know? More than 60% of  people living in Copenhagen go to school or work by bike on a regular basis.

2- ENJOY A TRADITIONAL PASTRY BY THE CANAL

The city is particularly famous for the local pastries

By the old harbour of Copenhagen, Nyhavn, there’s a street market that sells all types of traditional pastries, sweets and drinks! If you’re like me, I’m sure you will not be able to resist the temptation.

I tried beetroot bread for the first time ever, and I loved it. The one I picked (well, I actually ate two, thank you v much) was filled with two types of cheese. There’s plenty of options available around: vegan, vegetarian and more!

The average price for a pastry ranges between 30DKK and 50 DKK (4$ to 7$).

My advice: Make sure you come early before the crowds arrive. Are you an early bird?

3- TORVEHALLERNE: COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD

In this food market you’ll find everything your heart desires

At Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, there are over 60 stands of food selling everything from fresh fish to exotic spices, as well as delicious desserts and cakes. There is also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available in this particular market, and all around Copenhagen in general.

Even if you’re only visiting the market for a little snack or a coffee, there are plenty of options for you: pastries, ice cream, cakes. You name it.

I decided to try a Korean bowl made of seaweed, rice, sesame and some traditional veggies. Absolutely loved it.

This food market is located in the busy city centre of Copenhagen, close to Nørreport Street.

4-JOIN A FREE WALKING TOUR

Discover the many faces of Copenhagen with a local guide

These tours are usually led by local guides that make the tour interesting, funny and enjoyable. They are free because there is no cost to join, however, you are welcome to leave your tour guide a tip at the end.

The one I joined was advertised at my hostel, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find plenty around (literally, only a google search away).

I learned so many things about Copenhagen during this tour. For instance, did you know Denmark it is the third safest country in Europe and the second happiest country in the world?

Not to mention walking tours are an amazing opportunity to meet other travelers.

5- PICNIC AT THE KING’S GARDEN

Also known as Rosenborg Garden

This park was laid out during the reign of King Christian IV. The gardens are the country’s oldest and were established in the early 1600’s. There is a beautiful rose garden and a multitude of different sculptures around (not to mention plenty of ice cream and coffee places within).

We cycled here, and unfortunate cycling inside the park it’s not allowed.

If you come in summer, you can enjoy a nice picnic by the lake (PS: You can feed the fish) or a delicious ice cream. It is also a very relaxing spot if you’d like to stay away from the crowds.

Make sure you check the opening times beforehand.

Located in Øster Voldgade, 1350.

6- VISIT THE LITTLE MERMAID

A statue by Edvard Eriksen

This iconic statue is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in the capital, a 30 or 45 minute walk.

It is one of Copenhagen’s major attractions and let me tell you: if you want to take a decent picture make sure you come early, otherwise it is crowded by tourists.

This statue is located on a rock just off the harbour front of Copenhagen’s old town. This monument is easiest reached by foot or bike from the Nyhavn harbour. Simply walk further north along from the Nordre Toldbud.

7- JOIN A CANAL TOUR

Your alternative to a walking tour

One of the most enjoyable and easy ways to see Copenhagen is from a boat sailing down its charming canals. Enjoy the scenery while your local guide tells about the sights.

I recommend the Netto Boats to see Copenhagen from the water front. The admission price is 50DKK, (7$) and you can buy the tickets straight at the counter by the canal or on the boat.

Have you been to Copenhagen?

That’s it for this post!

Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

A xx

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