I've been saying many times on my Instagram that Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in the world. I even have this little dream to buy a house on the waterfront and spend long winter evenings enjoying Danish hygge. The most interesting thing is that the two times I was in this city were during autumn and winter - the time when most of the attractions are closed. But it still charmed me with its cosy atmosphere, feeling of freedom and the most stylish people in the streets. And finally, in terms of architecture, Copenhagen has the number one place in my heart - a unique mix of medieval buildings neighbouring with modern structures.
Its rustic fishing ports, modern graffiti and winding red brick streets are made for putting on Instagram. So I got it covered for you and let's get started.
1. Kastrup Sea Bath
I'm starting my list with the place that impressed me the most - an outdoor swimming pool in the sea! This is probably the best kept secret in Copenhagen, which not widely known among foreigners. The wooden structure, designed by Fredrik Pettersson, reaches out into the Øresund with views of Saltholm Island and Sweden. At night it is beautifully lit, looking dramatic and emphasising the architectural form. A treat to visit when no one is around in the fall but I’d like to come back in the summer for a dip!
I would also suggest to walk around the area. Classic Scandinavian nature with its northern sea and dunes will give an amazing mood to your pictures!
Best time for pics: sunrise, sunset
Location: Amager Strandvej 3012770 Kastrup
2. NOrrebro District
Nørrebro is one of that hipster, upcoming districts every city has. With over 55 nationalities living there, it’s one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the city. This multi-cultural region reveals a side of Copenhagen's personality you probably will not discover in any other area. And nowhere is this more on show than at Superkilen – an urban artsy space with a skatepark. The space is divided into three squares that represent equality and peace between the nations that live there. All three squares are worth taking a snap at.
Best time for pics: I would say you can come at any time of the day. We went in the afternoon on a weekday and could get amazing shots.
Location: Nørrebrogade 208, 2200 København N
3. Grundtvig's Church
When I first saw this church it reminded me of the one in Reykjavik. I just love everything about its Scandinavian minimalism - how incredibly unique it is because of its symmetry and lines. The interiors are even more impressive, however, we couldn't take pictures as we arrived just before it closed at 4 PM.
Best time for pics: Check the schedule of the day you plan to visit.
Location: På Bjerget 14 B, 2400 København NV
There is no list of Instagram spots of the city without Nyhavn. These are the first pictures you see on Google when searching for Copenhagen. Like calm oases in the bustling city, the old canals are picturesque spots to go and soak up the maritime and historic vibes you’ll meet here. Sit down by the quay for a while among 1700th century coloured houses, with a cold beer in your hand to cool down in the summer. During wintertime, a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate will warm up the red noses and frozen fingers.
Best time for pics: The street beside the colourful buildings remains busy no matter the time of the year. But there is always an opportunity to snap a good shot from the other side of the river.
Location: Nyhavn, 1051 Copenhagen K
Christianshavn is more chill and less crowded than Nyhavn. You’ll find a lot of Instagram-worthy buildings along the canals including some great examples of modern architecture like Copenhagen Opera House. Plus my dream house I mentioned before is located just right here - Krøyers Plads with amazing eateries next door.
Even though it is worth visiting Christianshavn at any time of the day, picture-wise it works perfectly together with the pink Danish sky.
Best time for pics: sunrise, sunset
Location: Strandgade 98, 1401 København
Copenhagen has many cute little streets just waiting to be photographed. One of the oldest streets in Copenhagen, Magstræde is also arguably the most beautiful. As there are not many bars or restaurants around here, it rarely gets packed despite being one of the most famous places in the city.
Best time for pics: Anytime of the day
Location: Magstræde, 1204, København
7. The Round Tower
The 17th-century Round Tower with an observation deck affords great views over Copenhagen and to Sweden in the distance. To reach the top, you have to walk up an interior spiral ramp with no stairs, designed to allow horses and carts in earlier days to ascend to the observatory. The interiors are entirely white, so it's a nice idea to dress up in a solid contrast colour for some drama in the image!
Best time for pics: At the opening, 10 AM
Cost: 40 DKK for adult (5€)
Location: Købmagergade 52A (Pedestrian street), 150 Copenhagen K
8. StrOget and Amagertorv
Amagertorv Square today is part of the Strøget pedestrian zone, is often described as the most famous high street of Copenhagen. Have a cup of coffee at Cafe Norden to get some amazing views from the top.
Best time for pics: Anytime
Location: Østergade 61, 1100 København
9. Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg is a Renaissance castle built in the 1600s as a vacation home for the Royals. Not only is the castle itself both beautiful and charming, but it’s also set in the King’s Garden, offering additional photo opportunities of tree-lined paths, statues, and a rose garden. My favourite spot for the pics was is in King’s Garden Park, next to the two lovely lion statues.
Best time for pics: anytime, but the castle is usually open 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: inside entrance 120 DKK (16 euro)
Location: Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 København, Denmark
10. Royal Botanical Gardens
Located just next to Rosenborg Castle, botanical gardens are a must to visit. Especially on a rainy day, which happens quite often in Denmark, that could be a great option to brighten up your Instagram feed. This is the place that looks great in a photo, a combination of lush greens and rustic white staircases.
Best time for pics: 10 am till 15:30 pm in Winter; 10 am till 17:00 pm in Summer
Cost: DKK 60 (8 euro)
Location: Gothersgade 128, 1123 København, Denmark
11. Paludan Bog & Cafe
Before the trip, I'd always search online for some photogenic cafes and restaurants in the city. But this place we've discovered simply by walking in the street when I've noticed those hugge interiors from a window. As a big lover of old classic cosy cafes, I was instantly hooked. Located in the Old Jewish quarter, Paludan Cafe has become a gathering spot for students where they study or just meet for a drink. No wonder, as from the price point, it was the cheapest place we've had dinner at! And if you've been to Denmark, you probably would know how planning your budget is important. You can get everything from brunch platters and burgers to salads and sweet treats. It's impossible to make a reservation if you are less than 6 people. As the place is really, really popular, be ready to wait for a while before getting seated.
Here you are surrounded by old bookshelves, which create an intimate, almost library-like atmosphere. In the evening soft dim light will give a cosy vibe to your images. As a digital nomad, I'd just stay there for the whole day working from my laptop.
Best time for pics: anytime
Cost: 5€ for Americano, starting from 13€ for a meal
Location: Fiolstræde 10-12, 1171 København K
12. Moxy Sydhavnen Hotel
Creating an environment that appeals to both today's modern traveler and locals, Moxy Sydhavnen was developed with a collection of public spaces designed to meet the community's dining, drinking and co-working needs. Photogenic spaces with minimalist style are offered here for a very reasonable price.
Best time for pics: gym was my favourite for IG shots and it was empty most of the day. The bar has amazing neon lights in the evening.
Cost: from € 108 for a room with breakfast;
Location: Sydhavns Pl. 2, 2450 København