The Solo Female Traveler's 4-Day Itinerary for Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is a beautiful and historic city where you can spend hours wandering the cobblestone streets and exploring all that the city has to offer. It's a city known for its art and design, food and fashion scenes, as well as its "hygge" — aka coziness. A city nestled right by the water, Copenhagen has a big city feel, even though the population sits at right under 1 million. You can spend a day exploring the different design and architecture museums the city has to offer, a day eating your way through the different world renown restaurants and cafes and another day satisfying your retail therapy at all of the city's eclectic thrift shops. Copenhagen is a very walkable (& bike-able!) city - get lost in the charm of the city as you walk or bike around and connect with the very friendly locals.

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Day 1: Arrive in Copenhagen

Colorful buildings on the side of a river in Copenhagen and boats floating in the river in front of buildings

If you're arriving by plane or train, the easiest way to get to the city center is via the metro. The Danish metro system is one of the best — it's clean, safe and easy to navigate, with all stops announced in both Danish and English. Check into your hotel and grab a traditional Danish specialty for lunch — smørrebrød. This is an open-faced sandwich with just about anything you could imagine on it: shrimp, egg salad, onions, bacon - you name it. I recommend Hallernes Smørrebrød at the top of the Magasin department store. From here, you can take in views of Kongens Nytorv and the Royal Danish Theatre while you eat.

Check out Kongens Nytorv square and the surrounding area, including the famous Nyhavn street, where you'll see the picturesque colorful houses lining the water that Copenhagen is known for. Snap some pictures here and walk down the street - the views truly don't get old. Pop into Apollo Bar on Nyhavn for an afternoon cup of coffee or glass of wine (whatever you're in the mood for!) and a pastry before continuing with your walk. Make sure to pop into some shops as you wander — there's lots of boutiques like Stine Goya and Storm that are full of trendy gems. If you're into interior design, make sure to check out the famous Hay store —the Copenhagen location is the flagship!

By the time dinner rolls around, you'll almost certainly be in the mood for a glass of wine. I recommend going to Vinoria Lilo, which is a cozy and intimate wine bar with great small plates that will almost certainly satisfy your cravings.

Day 2: Museum Day

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Wake up, have a lazy morning, and make your way to Wulff & Konstali in Norrebro for brunch. At this local spot, you've got the choice to sample 5-7 different things on the menu. From here, make your way to Norrebro train station and take the 45 minute train journey to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek. Wander around and enjoy the museum and its breathtaking waterfront views, and don't forget to grab lunch and a cup of coffee from the Louisiana cafe inside.

Head back to the city center via train right in time for dinner. Grab dinner at Llama, a lovely and popular local Latin American spot, and then stroll over to Ruby, a cozy cocktail bar with an intimate ambience, for a night cap.

Day 3: Copenhagen's Outdoor Sights

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On your third day, grab breakfast at Atelier September - one of Copenhagen's most popular local cafes, which encapsulates the Danish concept of "hygge." After breakfast, make your way to Kongens Have park and stroll around before heading to the Botanical Gardens. Explore the Botanical Gardens. Make sure to check out the butterfly pavilion and Palm House.

Walk or metro to the Torvehallerne food market, where you can get any type of cuisine you're feeling for lunch and check out a beautiful open display of fresh fruits and veggies. If you're up for more walking after lunch, make your way over to Langelinie Park by the water and check out the famous Little Mermaid statue. Fun fact: Hans Christian Andersen was Danish!

After a long day of walking around and exploring some of Copenhagen's outdoor sights, settle into the cozy Lille Bla Vinbar for a glass of wine and some bites.

Day 4: Meatpacking District & Vesterbro

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On your last day in Copenhagen, wake up and grab breakfast either at your hotel or one of your new favorite local cafes. Make your way over to the trendy Meatpacking District to explore that part of the city — there are a lot of shops, restaurants and galleries to check out. Wander around the food stalls for lunch, a lot of which still look the way they did back when the district was still a trading area. From April to October, you can even find a flea market in Halmtorvet Square, which is full of vintage gems.

After exploring the Meatpacking District, head up to the Vesterbro neighborhood, which is also packed with a variety of restaurants and shops. I recommend going to Italo Disco - here, you'll eat some delicious homemade Italian food and more than likely become friends with some of the waitstaff (they're super friendly!) If you want one more night cap before rounding out your Copenhagen trip, I recommend heading back to the city center and popping into Balderdash, a cozy bar with creative and unique cocktails.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Juli Hall's guide, 4-Days of Family-Friendly Travel in Copenhagen.

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