20 Top Things to Do in Copenhagen in your 20s

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Photo of Aliki Seferou
26 July 2017

Copenhagen offers plenty of activities and experiences no matter the time of day, a person’s age or style. Since time alone isn’t always enough to discover the right places and things to do, here is an insider’s guide for people in their 20s looking for something to do during their time in Copenhagen.

These neighborhoods shouldn’t be missing from your list

Nørrebro and Vesterbro are Copenhagen’s coolest neighborhoods attracting the city’s young crowd. Nørrebro is known as the multicultural area with second-hand shops and flea markets while the gentrified Vesterbro is Copenhagen’s hip area with tattoo studios and organic restaurants.

Nørrebrogade | © Aliki Seferou

Roam around the city on two wheels

Bicycles are Copenhageners’ main means of transportation, and it should it be yours too while visiting Copenhagen. The endless cycle routes and the city’s small size make it easy and fun to roam around on two wheels. For those feeling active enough, take a bike trip and discover a neighboring city.

Autumn and bicycles in Copenhagen (Søerne) | © Kristoffer Trolle/Flickr

Stroll around the colorful street with the cozy cafés

Discover the trendiest neighborhood in Nørrebro and indulge in organic meals and ice-chilled cocktails. Jægersborggade is a meeting point for the city’s young hip crowd, so spend a morning discovering the stylish art galleries and cozy cafés.

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Do some shopping at the stylish second-hand shops

Strøget may be Copenhagen’s main shopping street and one of the longest in Europe, but the city’s second-hand shops have some real treasures for low prices that young fashionistas will appreciate. Multicultural Nørrebro and the hip Vesterbro brim with stylish-vintage shops including Prag in Nørrebro and Episode in the city’s center.

Second hand shop | © Onur Bahçıvancılar/Unsplash

Go bargain hunting

When spring arrives, Copenhagen flea markets set up all over the city selling all kinds of stuff. During the weekends, bargain hunters stroll around packed knickknack booths at Thorvaldsens Flea Market while fashion lovers never miss Vera’s Market.

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Take a ride at the world’s oldest amusement park

Visit the world’s oldest amusement park and take a ride on an 82-year-old wooden roller coaster. Bakken’s special location in a deer forest (Dyrehaven) makes it the perfect destination for a day trip. After riding, enjoy a picnic under the ancient oak trees.

Bakken, Dyrehavevej 62, Klampenborg, +45 39 63 35 44

Bakken | © Aliki Seferou

Experience a five-day street party

Those lucky enough to visit Copenhagen in the beginning of June should definitely check out Distortion. For five days, street parties take place in different neighborhoods all over the city with DJs and live concerts starting from afternoon and lasting until late at night.

Daily Dak Distortion | © Benjamin Quarcoo/Wikimedia Commons

Explore Christiania’s smoky bars

Freetown Christiania can’t be missing from this list. Café Loppen’s concerts, jazzklubben’s jam sessions on Sundays, an indoor skate park, and a great lake surrounded by a vast forest are some of the reasons to stop by the hippie district.

In der Freistadt Christiania im Sommer 2015 | © Schorle/Wikimedia Commons | © Schorle / Wikimedia Commons

See the city’s attractions from water

Copenhagen owes much of its beauty to the picturesque canals that cross the city. Those visiting Scandinavia in the summertime, discover the city’s attractions from the water. Rent a boat that doesn’t require a license from Goboat, grab some delicacies and drinks, and enjoy the view.

Copenhagen by sea | © Maria Eklind/Flickr

Dive in Copenhagen’s canals

Take a dip in the North Sea’s cold waters at one of the specially-designed outdoor-harbor baths. One of locals’ favorite—at Islands Brygge—is usually packed, so try to find another one nearby that isn’t as crowded if possible.

Copenhagen Harbour Bath – Islands Brygge | © webjay/Flickr

Hit the city’s parks

Once spring arrives, parks get packed with locals savoring cold beers and delicious meals after surviving another long Scandinavian winter. Heading to one of the city’s parks is the perfect way to mingle with Copenhageners. Fælledparken, Frederiksberg Garden, and The King’s Garden (Kongens Have) are among locals’ top choices.

Summer in my neighbourhood | © malouette/Flickr

Spend a day in the Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen) offers plenty of options and activities from morning until late at night. Roam around the area’s art galleries, savor in a juicy burger at Tommi’s Burger Joint, and finish the night in the district’s vibrant nightclubs.

Morning in Kødbyen, Copenhagen | © Kristoffer Trolle/Flickr

Visit a photography exhibition

Those looking to add some cultural activities to their itineraries but the city’s museums don’t fit the bill, visit the Photographic Center in the Meatpacking District or the Royal Library’s photography exhibition and learn more about the art of photography while rummaging through dozens of stunning images.

Art watching @ Musikmesse Frankfurt | © Jörg Schubert/Flickr

Check out Copenhagen’s new urban space

Hang out at the city’s new hidden gem, PostBox, an urban space where workshops, concerts, and other cultural events take place. In the elegantly-decorated space, visitors can indulge in a warm coffee, a cold beer, or a delicious brunch. Even though it opened only one month ago, it has already become locals’ favorite.

PostBox, Bernstorffsgade 34, Copenhagen

© Martin Marinov

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