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A summer in Copenhagen is very special, we practically live outdoor and in the streets enjoying the long light evenings and nights.
The contrast is huge compared to winter, where the people of Copenhagen stay indoor and enjoy ‘hygge’ in the their homes.
The streets are even fuller, both with people walking around the lakes, hipster and cargo bikes cycling along the canals and the playgrounds and parks are full of people seeking shade and having picnics.
The city has many family friendly places to explore, and with the sea close by, with a 15 minute metro or bike ride. But you don’t even have to leave the centre of town for an afternoon swim, as here are many special areas along the harbour for cooling down in the afternoon.
Start the day with breakfast at the Little Bakery located in the still up-and-coming Refshaleøen.
They make the best bread and coffee (for the parents) and you can sit on the deck outside and hear the city rise.
Other tips for breakfast, depending on where you start your day ...
In a wishful world, mummies would have time and money to shop in between all sorts of family moments. So if the time arises, step inside Holly Golightly's inspiring store, not only are the window displays to die for, but the clothes and accessorize a very well sourced and merchandised. The shop can be found in a side street, close to Kongens Have and Gothersgade.
Other tips for shopping ...
Lot29 Here you will find everything fromyour new colourful Missoni bikini, the greatest dresses and scents. It is located on Gothersgade, close to Café Atelier September.
Vera Vintage Recommended for the fantastic recycling concept with selected sustainable clothing at good prices. Super concept, this is where we make a stand for the future. The shop is based in Studiestræde close to many small shops and cosy bars.
Den Røde Plads, located in the Nørrebro area. The translation would be 'The Red Square' and it is a great playground for the children to burn off some energy.
The space itself was designed by the artist group, Superflex in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group.
Other tips for lunch ...
Pastis, french cuisine in the city centre.
Granola, located in Værnedamsvej, Vesterbro. Serving both Danish and French classics in their ever beautiful premises. The street itself is home to cory and beautiful little flower shops, cafeés, restaurants and bars.
In Copenhagen, children seem to expect ice-creams constantly during the summer holidays.
Tips to the best icecreams in town ...
Kød byens Is is organic and handmade ice lollies, from the trendy meat packing district, Kødbyen, hence the name.
Isoteket makes organic italian gelato, where it is all about the ice cream and nothing else.
Harbour swimming area on Sluseholmen.
Don´t forget to pack your swimwear, so the entire family can have a dip in the harbour areas around town. It is a fresh and laid back break from the city life and the children can jump from the sides and swim safely.
Read more about the designated swimming areas here. See all the areas here.
COMBINING FOOD & SWIM
La Banchina is a relaxing and cosy restaurant at Refhaleøen, as well as a wine bar and it has an on-site sauna. Every day of the week they offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food experiance has it's focus on vegetables and sea food.
Read all about all the food around the Reffen foodmarket here.
Enjoy the evening in Tivoli, the old amusement park in the centre of Copenhagen. Have dinner, eat candyfloss and have fun on the rides, perhaps have a scream while upside down! Or enjoy the view over the city in some of the high carousels.
One of Copenhagens greatest prides and one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. It is beautifully decorated with flowers all around the park.It provides hours of entertainment and has plenty of ice cream parlors, cafes and restaurants. Or enjoy a pizza at Mazzolis, stay late and watch the fireworks before returning home for a great sleep after midnight.
Hotel Sanders This aesthetic hotel is perfect to stay close to the Royal Theater and is wonderful from a brunch to a mom and dad drink in the evening after a long day, perfect for some nights in the middel of Copenhagen.
Rye115 is a family-run boutique hotel is superbly located in the Østerbro district, known as the "child-friendly area" of Copenhagen, close to cozy cafes, versatile restaurants and local shops.
Airbnb so many lovely rent outs for all budgets.
OTHER TIPS & PLACES
Nyhavn, Nofreds Harbour house and Harbour Boat was inspired of the harbour Houses, colours and areas - plenty places to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere.
Christianshavn where you can enjoy the area that reminds us of Amsterdams canals, with bridges connecting the boroughs. See the some of the old houses in beautiful colours. You can find places for breakfast, dinner and drinks. And it is possible to buy a good cheap take away pizza you can eat by the canal.
The canals. Rent a boat from Bådudlejningen and take a break on the water.
Christiana is a beautiful area, left behind from the hippie era of the 60-70s . It was a large military area that has self-built houses, fun places to eat, stalls with handmade items and also where the Copenhagen cargo bike, Christiania Bikes come from.
Take a boat tour around the Copenhagen Canals and listen to the guides tell the stories of the old Copenhagen, a fun way for the children to learn.
Little bonus tips for a family day in the heart of Copenhagen ...
Bring a scooter or a push bike for the smaller children. It is very handy and a bit more of a fun way to go between the stop offs during the day.
Thanks for reading my guide to Copenhagen!
Signe Holst, Co-owner of Nofred
Mother of Yoko, 5 and Noam 8 years old.