I’ve been lucky enough to visit quite a few places over the past couple of years, and some of them have carried hefty price tags – London, New York, Sydney and now – Copenhagen. It’s true they’ve all be on the pricier side, but in each stop there’s always been opportunity to budget. However, with Copenhagen, it seemed like the challenge was slightly harder.
I think they key ultimately is to make sure you’re prepared for how much it will cost when you’re there. Copenhagen is an absolutely gorgeous city, and one that I loved visiting and am already trying to plan another visit in sometime soon. But it certainly wasn’t the cheapest. Luckily I had planned quite a few ways around spending too much money when there, and I want to share my tips….
Do Your Research
As our trip to Copenhagen was a surprise birthday gift for my fiancé, I had planned already a few stops to go that weren’t on the pricey side. Just as I didn’t want to gift him a trip to a really expensive city with no contingency plan – that might be a bit mean.
I had ready plenty of articles on the most reasonable places to eat – and was recommended Høst, Faetter Faetter and to visit the food market opposite Nyhavn as cost effective places to eat. In regards to drink, most places were quite pricey, pretty much starting at £30 for a bottle of wine… But if you look around and check where’s cheap-er beforehand, you won’t get stuck looking for places when you’re there.
Copenhagen is the cycling capital, where cyclists are giving priority on the roads and so you don’t have to worry about swerving around cars and buses. It’s also the cheapest option (apart from walking everywhere of course) but it’s quicker to get around via bike and in Copenhagen it’s so so easy!
I’ve mentioned this in my specific Copenhagen cycling post, but we used Donkey Republic app which we found to be super cost-effective, especially as you could pick up a bike and drop it off all over the city and hire it from 30 minutes up to two weeks at a time… so it worked for any price or time frame you needed.
Copenhagen is certainly not cheap for alcoholic drinks. A bottle of wine on a restaurant menu sits at around £30 a bottle, which is a lot more than we’re used to here in the UK.
On our first evening in Copenhagen we spotted a lot of the locals sitting by the river with drinks and decided to join in. Why not after all. There was a local outdoor food market nearby where you could pick up drinks – both alcoholic and not. For an Aperol spritz and a beer it came to around £14 between us, which is quite pricey for a usual round.
That evening when we looked around further we realised the majority of our fellow river drinkers were actually doing a BYOB (bring your own bottle) job, and drinking from their own bottles. So we did as the locals do, and the next evening we grabbed our own booze and drank that by the river instead and it was just as enjoyable and not as expensive! I would definitely recommend sitting by the river with a drink if the weather is good, and as far as we could tell there were no rules against bringing your own – so go ahead!
In pretty much any city you visit you can find a view point. Most of them end up costing you an arm or a leg, but I’m happy to report that the Rundetaarn is not the case. For roughly around £2.50 you can climb the Rundetaarn, which is a circling tower with sloping insides, which means no steps!
Not only do You get a great view of Copenhagen from the top, but the inside looks pretty fabulous as well, with plenty of photo ops. There’s also a little map challenge you can pick up if you’re with children – or just immature like us – which makes it quite enjoyable on the walk up!
Lobster? Why Not!
One thing we noticed is that in most restaurants most meals sat around the £25-35 price range, which also applied to your usual pricier options like steak and lobster, bringing them down to normal price compared to the rest of the menu. So if everything on the menu is expensive, why not go for what would usually be too expensive back home?
We went to a really lovely restaurant on the canal called California Fusion, and the menu included a lot of options that sat around that price, with the option for a whole lobster at £50 we decided to order it to share and I’m so glad we did. It was my first time ever having Lobster, and my fiancé taught me how to use the crusher to get it all out. It ended up being one of my favourite memories from the trip.
So, if you’re going to Copenhagen anytime soon, or even thinking of booking a trip I hope this post has helped. Copenhagen may be one of the most expensive cities to visit, but if done right it doesn’t have to be too costly! This is my final Copenhagen post, but there’ll always be more photos on my Instagram @GrundyTravels!
Thanks for reading x