24 Happy Hours in Copenhagen

I’m always hearing about how happy the Danish are, and after finally visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, I can now understand why.  It may be for financial reasons, or education, or perhaps happiness may be in their DNA (no joke, I read an article that showed correlation between Danes genes and happiness) but whatever reason it is – the air felt a little cleaner, the people a little kinder, and I felt like I had a little more energy the 24 hours I spent in Copenhagen… or maybe they just had really great coffee.


Flight: London to Copenhagen Cost: 23.00 USD

We arrived in Copenhagen a little past one o’clock in the afternoon.  Exhausted we grabbed coffee and a bagel sandwich at Espresso House. We then went to check in to our hostel.

Hostel: Sleep In Heaven Cost: 170 DKK/a night

The hostel had a bar, kind staff, the rooms were very clean and cozy, and there was a lounge with couches and a pool table.  BEST hostel EVER.

What to Do and See:

  • The Little Mermaid: A small bronze statue of a mermaid on the rock – some people find it underwhelming but it was something that I felt I needed to see.
  • Christiana: A hippie commune and I don’t care who tells you what – drugs are NOT legal here, we witnessed the place get raided!  This place is like probably nothing else you will ever see, I suggest checking it out but I am not telling you to go in there and buy drugs – that’s on you! Like I said, while we were visiting the place was raided by a practical SWAT team of police officers.
  • Nyhavn:  This is that adorable area that you always see in pictures of Copenhagen or on Instagram with the boats and the brightly colored houses.
  • Rosenborg Castle and Gardens
  • Frederik’s Church
  • Church of Our Savior: You are able to climb to the top, so this is great for those of you who are obsessed with heights and views of the entire city.
  • Stroget:  A shopping area for pedestrians only, so you don’t need to worry about getting run over by a car while you are in your transfixed state window shopping.
  • Rent a bike to ride around the parks!
  • Trivoli Gardens: The second oldest operating amusement park in the world!
  • City Hall


  • Palae Bar: This was such a funny and cute little place!  Its a pub and the bartender literally takes you in the back to the fridge if you ask for food and lets you pick what you want to eat!  I tried two open-faced sandwiches, (smørrebrød) the fish one was not my taste but the other one I had was (ham maybe?) and that one was pretty good.  I feel that smørrebrød are definitely something you have to develop a taste for, however.  This place is great though and the beer was too!
  • The Food Market (Copenhagen Street Food): This. place. is. amazing.  GO! thank me later – they have everything and anything you could imagine.
  • Espresso House:  Great coffee and breakfast options, plus they’re everywhere! Like Starbucks in the U.S.

Copenhagen was really expensive, in my opinion, we were only there for 24 hours and my wallet was feeling it.  I feel that we saw and did a lot of things within those 24 hours, but obviously we were not able to do it all!

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