Copenhagen
Traveling to Copenhagen with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Oliver's Garage – Ice cream with Arne Jacobsen in Charlottenlund
Trailing up the coast north of Copenhagen are a string of four white, sandy, couldn't-be-anywhere-else beaches, accessed both by train and by bike. From south to north, Charlottenlund is the third of the four, and it's our favourite east-coast-of-Sjælland beach for the twin reasons that it hosts the super Nordic-looking søbad (sea bath) of minty green pontoons ...
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Nyhavn – Exploring and photographing Copenhagen's prettiest canal
A little like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben do for Paris, New York and London, when you say 'Copenhagen' to anyone – whether they've been here or not – a picture of Nyhavn jumps into their minds. Nyhavn – said 'Noo-hown' – deserves to be the poster place for the ...
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Weekend Play – The 'Green Playground' at Øster Farimagsgades Skole
It's a fact little-known to Copenhagen's visitors that at weekends, the playgrounds of the city's public schools and børnehaver (pre-schools) are open for anyone to romp in. If the suns out (or if it's not, which in this Nordic city is a high possibility!) and the gates are open, they're yours for the taking. This ...
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Fabelab – A soft, sustainable universe for babies and kids
Through an ornately carved doorway on Nansensgade, secreted away between the Botanisk Have and the busy Torvehallerne, sits the studio-store of Danish children’s brand Fabelab. Here its founder Michaela W-B and her small, enthusiastic team busily create soft, organic things ‘for dreamers and adventurers’, many of which are designed for buying now and carrying on ...
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Oliver's Garage – Ice cream with Arne Jacobsen in Charlottenlund
Trailing up the coast north of Copenhagen are a string of four white, sandy, couldn't-be-anywhere-else beaches, accessed both by train and by bike. From south to north, Charlottenlund is the third of the four, and it's our favourite east-coast-of-Sjælland beach for the twin reasons that it hosts the super Nordic-looking søbad (sea bath) of minty green pontoons ...
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Souvenirs from Copenhagen – Airport Danish pastries from Lagkagehuset
When I travel to England (or to anywhere else in Europe for that matter) to see family and friends, I always leave the task of buying small gifts for the airport. Firstly, because there’s a packed little branch of Illums Bolighus there, where you can buy all the beautiful Danish Christmas decorations from autumn through ...
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Danish Strawberries and Podded Peas – Summer's sweetest natural snacks
Come June, there are two Danish snacks that it's imperative you know about as a visitor to Copenhagen: the Danish strawberry and the Danish podded pea. All over the city, little stands pop up selling one or both, and with their arrival, the supermarket vegetable sections become noticeably sweeter. Danish strawberries are, a little like ...
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Nyhavn – Exploring and photographing Copenhagen's prettiest canal
A little like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben do for Paris, New York and London, when you say 'Copenhagen' to anyone – whether they've been here or not – a picture of Nyhavn jumps into their minds. Nyhavn – said 'Noo-hown' – deserves to be the poster place for the ...
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Copenhagen's Harbour Buses – Seeing the city from the water
When you're in Copenhagen, there's water, water, everywhere, and it follows that in this city, the connection to it is magnetic. Great efforts have been made to make the harbour clean enough to swim in, and there are bright orange ladders emerging from it everywhere, so that you can dive in where you like and ...
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The Rundetårn – Up and down, round and round
There are few sights in Copenhagen that so comprehensively combine pluses as the Rundetårn, which can claim all at once to be central, weather-proof, view-filled, unusual, simple and cheap. Meaning ‘The Round Tower’, it is a cylindrical structure topped by a circular, ornately balustraded lookout platform, atop which sits an astrological observatory. The Rundetårn holds ...
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The Changing of the Guard – A march at street level from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace
One of the most 'hyggeligt' (cosy/charming) things about ambling through central Copenhagen at lunchtime, is that you're likely to encounter a group of Danish soldiers marching, upright and focused, right by you. Late morning, every day, they head from the Life Barracks at Rosenborg Castle, out of the gates on Gothersgade (at number 100), and ...
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Weekend Play – The 'Green Playground' at Øster Farimagsgades Skole
It's a fact little-known to Copenhagen's visitors that at weekends, the playgrounds of the city's public schools and børnehaver (pre-schools) are open for anyone to romp in. If the suns out (or if it's not, which in this Nordic city is a high possibility!) and the gates are open, they're yours for the taking. This ...
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Superkilen – A designed urban space celebrating diversity
For true urban play, Superkilen is an inventively rendered park and community space that is deservedly held in high esteem by the design and architecture press. With diversity celebrated through its design and its use, it occupies a huge wedge-shaped piece of land between apartment buildings and busy streets around and between Nørrebrogade and Tagensvej. ...
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Skydebanehaven – A 70-year-old secret playground for Copenhagen's children
If Vesterbrogade feels busier than most other parts of the city, that's because it is – and it's not just a feeling, it's a fact: this is the most densely populated area in the (albeit small) country of Denmark. Its streets edge the main train station, Københavens Hovedbanegård (Copenhagen's Central Station); it's where its red ...
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The Nyboder District – Copenhagen's little yellow houses, all in a row
In the heart of Copenhagen’s city centre sits one of its most charming little areas to stroll and explore. Recognisable from just about every stock image or post card of the city, and from the beautiful film The Danish Girl, the Nyboder District of rich orangey yellow houses, set in rows along cobbled streets, is ...
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Fabelab – A soft, sustainable universe for babies and kids
Through an ornately carved doorway on Nansensgade, secreted away between the Botanisk Have and the busy Torvehallerne, sits the studio-store of Danish children’s brand Fabelab. Here its founder Michaela W-B and her small, enthusiastic team busily create soft, organic things ‘for dreamers and adventurers’, many of which are designed for buying now and carrying on ...
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Ry 70 – Vintage kimonos, handmade children's clothes and flea market finds in a tiny Østerbro shop
On the largely residential street of Ryesgade, is a little peach-pink shop of treasures, where you never quite know what you’re going to get. The store keeps off-kilter hours, sometimes decided by the weather, and when you walk past its single window when it's closed, it’s intriguingly filled with dinky vintage toys and hung with ...
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Souvenirs from Copenhagen – Vintage Danish blue plates
When we first moved to Copenhagen, I noticed many of our Danish friends had cool, eclectic crockery collections that were mixed and matched. There were handmade one-offs from stores like Stilleben mixed with simple white dishes from chains like Søstrene Grene, and there were vintage plates from loppemarkeder (flea markets). I noticed that in among the latter, ...
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Mini Me – Copenhagen's coolest kicks for kids
If Copenhagen has a particular destination ‘high street’ – not so much high street stores as delis, flower shops, bakeries and independent bookstores all beautifully wrapped in a local neighbourhood vibe – then Gammel Kongevej in Frederiksberg is it. This could, to Copenhageners, seem a little strange – because Frederiksberg is actually a municipality all ...
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Hotel Rye – A colourful, community-minded stay in Østerbro
Tucked above a charity shop, sitting beside Absalon Kirke and opposite the pretty cake shop Leckerbaer, Hotel Rye is a place whose owners want you to feel more than at home – they want you to feel part of a community. Located on a quiet street off Østerbrogade, one that’s lightly sprinkled with a couple ...
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Copenhagen Apartments – Three great stays from Kid & Coe
If you want to live like a Dane, the best way to do so is to take up residence in an apartment. Clean-lined, with plenty of characterful touches, these are usually white, feature a sofa in a muted tone, and have walls hosting clusters of prints and images. Danes love white, because it bounces winter’s ...
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Nobis Hotel Copenhagen – Scandinavian splendour with a view of Tivoli
The Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is a beautiful contradiction. It’s housed in a palatially grand former music academy building on the corner of one of the city's busiest boulevards, yet is unstuffy and somehow very quiet. It’s decorated in a contemporary fashion, in blacks, greenish-blues and greys, yet somehow it's warm and inviting. It’s a luxury hotel, that ...
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Getting Around
One of the best things about Copenhagen is its size – its status as one of the world's most compact cities, twinned with it being very flat, means its incredibly foot-friendly. Despite being easy to navigate on foot and of course by bike, Copenhagen has an efficient 24-hour transit system in place that's also friendly ...
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Easy Meals
Eating out with kids is completely the norm in Copenhagen and you’ll never be told they’re not welcome. However, there are several good tips for hassle-free ways to keep them fuelled on the go, in places that are easy to find as you navigate the city. Surprisingly, sandwiches in supermarkets are difficult to find (and ...
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Take a Break
Finding respite in Copenhagen isn’t difficult, especially in the summer. This is a city that isn’t urban or high-rise, so it rarely feels overwhelming. It’s the capital of a culture that places great weight both on the natural world and its maritime roots, which means that in Copenhagen you’re never far from water or from ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
If you’re into coffee, you’re into Copenhagen. Coffee. Here. Is. King. Danes can down coffee like it’s going out of fashion, and they’re incredibly serious about the good stuff. Starbucks has never made great strides here and is rarely encountered, instead there are local coffee chains and bakeries – some of which make the grade ...
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Oliver's Garage – Ice cream with Arne Jacobsen in Charlottenlund
Trailing up the coast north of Copenhagen are a string of four white, sandy, couldn't-be-anywhere-else beaches, accessed both by train and by bike. From south to north, Charlottenlund is the third of the four, and it's our favourite east-coast-of-Sjælland beach for the twin reasons that it hosts the super Nordic-looking søbad (sea bath) of minty green pontoons ...
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Nobis Hotel Copenhagen – Scandinavian splendour with a view of Tivoli
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Tips for your visit to Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a small, compact and family-friendly city. Navigating your way around the city is incredibly easy, however it's always best to know the best tips and tricks. From where to take a break to where to grab the best coffee, here are some insider tips for exploring the city. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
TIPS
Getting Around
One of the best things about Copenhagen is its size – its status as one of the world's most compact cities, twinned with it being very flat, means its incredibly foot-friendly. Despite being easy to navigate on foot and of course by bike, Copenhagen has an efficient 24-hour transit system in place that's also friendly ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Easy Meals
Eating out with kids is completely the norm in Copenhagen and you’ll never be told they’re not welcome. However, there are several good tips for hassle-free ways to keep them fuelled on the go, in places that are easy to find as you navigate the city. Surprisingly, sandwiches in supermarkets are difficult to find (and ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Take a Break
Finding respite in Copenhagen isn’t difficult, especially in the summer. This is a city that isn’t urban or high-rise, so it rarely feels overwhelming. It’s the capital of a culture that places great weight both on the natural world and its maritime roots, which means that in Copenhagen you’re never far from water or from ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Grab a Quick Coffee
If you’re into coffee, you’re into Copenhagen. Coffee. Here. Is. King. Danes can down coffee like it’s going out of fashion, and they’re incredibly serious about the good stuff. Starbucks has never made great strides here and is rarely encountered, instead there are local coffee chains and bakeries – some of which make the grade ...
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