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48 Hours on the Cheap

As opposed to common belief, you don’t need a loaded bank account to spend a couple of fully rounded days laden with great food and fun experiences in the Danish capital. With this insider guide, we show you where to go for good value for money — nobody will ever notice that you’re out on the cheap!
Monday, July 11, 2016

DAY 1:

09:00 Breakfast at Granola
Start the day at Granola, a nostalgic café located in the bustling Værnedamsvej — probably the loveliest street in the city. Granola offers Danish brekkie favourites: Oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts, skyr (Icelandic drained yoghurt) with honey and granola, and cheese on rye with jam and apples. One of these protein-packed meals will keep you full well into the day, at the mere price of 30-55 DKK. Grab a coffee to go and enjoy it on your walk to our next destination.

10:30 Rent a bike at Baisikeli
Head to Ingerslevsgade 80 and rent a second-hand bike with no signs on that scream ‘tourist’. Exploring Copenhagen as a bicyclist is the equivalent of roaming the streets of Paris like a flâneur, so go get some wheels on. The city’s 400 kilometres of biking lanes will make you feel safe in traffic! To boot, Baisikeli donates all profits to projects in African countries.
 

11:00 Medical Museion
The Medical Museion on Bredgade 62 is a museum dedicated to exploring the culture and history of medicine. From 1 May to 31 August, you have the unique opportunity to experience living artworks that muse on the future of cosmetic and regenerative medicine. British artist Gina Czarnecki’s living portraits of her daughters have been grown from the girls’ actual cells!

13:00 Pay a visit to Her Majesty the Queen
The Royal Family lives just around the corner from the Medical Museion, so saunter your way down the road to Amalienborg. Standing in the palace square, you’ll get an impression of how close the Queen likes to be to the people. The palace also houses the Amalienborg Museum.

13:30 Lunch at Atelier September
Head to Gothersgade 30 for a delicious Scandi lunch. An open-faced sandwich with pumpkin, egg, and truffle mayonnaise will only set you back DKK 85. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Atelier September makes a lovely classic Danish pastry with poppy seeds and remonce.
Photo: City Foodsters 

15:00 Afternoon walk in Rosenborg Castle Gardens.
A walk in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens, the oldest and most visited park in Copenhagen, is a classic summer activity. Also known as the King’s Garden, this used to be King Christian IV’s private garden when he lived in the castle in the 17th century. O, the splendour
Photo: ©Villy Fink Isaksen

16:00 Time for some cutting-edge art
SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark is Denmark’s leading art museum. Every Sunday at 14:00 in July you can go on a free, guided tour in English, and learn about the museum’s masterpieces. 

18:30 Dinner at Gorm’s Pizza
Gorm’s Pizza claims to be the best in the city, and the restaurants in Nyhavn or Magstræde do indeed offer a gourmet food experience in pleasant surroundings. Fresh herbs, artisan sourdough, and carefully selected ingredients make the signature pizza a steal at DKK 115.

DAY 2:

10:00 A summer’s morning at the Open Air Museum
After a full day spent in the heart of Copenhagen, withdraw to the outskirts of the city for a rural experience. The sweeping landscapes and beautiful old buildings across the 40 hectares of land will make you forget time and place. In summer, the Open Air Museum offers horse carriage rides, workshops, guided tours, and many other fun activities.

14:30 Late lunch at Torvehallerne
Feeling refreshed from the country and having worked up quite an appetite, travel back to the city by train – disembark at Nørreport. Right next to the station you will find Torvehallerne, a gastronomic market boasting more than 60 food stalls. A local favourite is Ma Poule’s legendary confit de canard sandwich. Enjoy your food in the sun, and have a look at the neighbouring Israel’s Plads – in summer, you will often find outdoor concerts and performances. 
Photo: Heather Sperling

16:00 Back to history at the National Museum
Continue the historical narrative you started this morning, and stroll through the National Museum of Denmark’s wide-ranging exhibitions. In the exhibition Danish Prehistory, you will find the 3400-year-old Sun Chariot, and the Egtved Girl from 1370 BC is lying peacefully in her coffin.

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Denise Rose Hansen