Nothing beats January blues better than a city break, so we set our sights on Copenhagen for a romantic way to see in the new decade.
Colourful Copenhagen has so much to offer for a weekend break and was even featured as Lonely Planet’s top city to visit in 2019. We chose Generator Copenhagen for our cute couples trip during January, which was ideal in terms of affordability and its amazing location right next to Kongens Nytorv metro station. Read on to find out more about our weekend break, including our stay at Generator Copenhagen plus our four favourite attractions and food hotspots.
Milder weather makes May one of the best months to visit Copenhagen, but we would recommend January if you don’t mind wrapping up in warm layers. We visited right after New Year’s Eve celebrations and just before the Lights festival, so streets were relatively calm with a healthy buzz and not overly touristy.
Where to stay – GENERATOR COPENHAGEN
Generator Copenhagen accommodated us so well for our couples weekend. It has such a varied customer base and an assortment of rooms at the property, so it goes far beyond the offerings of a traditional hostel.
Whilst waiting at the front desk, there was a large group checking in for a birthday trip, but there were also other couples, some single travellers and even two families, which made us notice that Generator Copenhagen isn’t only meeting the needs of one style of traveller. Opposite the reception, there is a hall with several breakout sofas for people to relax or read on during the day. The social areas are just past this and consist of a large bar, communal wooden tables and a huge games hall with shuffleboards galore. This not only attracts guests who stay here. Many regular locals take over the shuffleboards, often frequenting them on Friday and Saturday nights especially during the chilly seasons. The Generator property also has a pétanque bar and terrace, and an ice bar which we were very keen to experience since we were already wrapped up for our trip!
Our room was a double with an en-suite bathroom equipped with the basic amenities of shampoo, body wash and a hairdryer. I loved the down to earth feel of our room, slightly compact but with lots of space-saving under-bed storage, fashioned for the explorer who is keen to be out and about. They have kept the décor simple but still stylish with pops of colour and design nuances, such as the fish mural and little bookshelves, which made it homely and unique.
Our top 4 things to do in Copenhagen
We headed out to explore Copenhagen by foot to find quaint picturesque side streets and cool cafes to warm up in. We also took note of some top attractions in Copenhagen for our list of must-see’s, our top four choices are detailed below:
We walked down to the river first thing to enjoy the colourfully painted buildings and the Christmas lights that were still strung up on some of the pubs. On our way, we noted lots of furniture showrooms and art galleries which we couldn’t resist stopping to admire.
An absolute must if you are a foodie, this large indoor market has everything from fresh open sandwiches and cheeses to chocolates and flowers.
Visit the Ice Bar
The only ice bar in Copenhagen was conveniently located in the Generator building. We popped in for a drink on Saturday evening to find it busy with guests and – surprisingly – not as cold as anticipated once we donned our hooded capes. We were also pleased to see some small games inside the impressively sculpted bar to keep us entertained. Entry is 125kr per person (around £15) which includes one drink.
Wander around Kastellet
We took a final wintry walk around the pentagon-shaped citadel (one of the best-preserved fortresses in Europe) to admire the glassy lakes coated with thin layers of ice, the stone fountain and the old church.
Where to eat in Copenhagen
Cosying up in toasty bakeries and cool cafes over glögg (Scandinavian mulled wine with fruits) and pastries was a real highlight of our chilly trip. On our first venture out we stayed close to Kongens Nytorv and took a seat at Fars Dreng to plan our route over a quick lunch of eggs and soft rye bread with a hot chocolate that did not disappoint. We also popped into an irresistible cafe called Mormors which was adorned heavily with Christmassy decorations and antique ornaments. They served little pastries called napoleonshatte (napoleon hats) which are small three-sided pastries with a marzipan center. We also tried a very popular bakery chain near to Christiana called Lagkagehuset which was heaving with locals, understandably, as I still think about the delicious sausage pastry I treated myself to. Our last spot had to be for brunch at The Union Cafe just off of Nyhaven. Famously known for pretty plates and instagrammable coffees, we opted to share a mixed brunch with everything from perfectly cooked scrambled eggs to yoghurt and fruits.
Want to explore the city for yourself with Generator? Head to: www.staygenerator.com
If you want even more Copenhagen recommendations, take a look at our 9 best things to do in Copenhagen article.