Copenhagen – Onward We Go!

Traveling to Copenhagen with 1 year old. Read more on The Fresh Exchange.

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Tonight we leave for Copenhagen and we are feeling really excited about the adventures we are about to have. We know it will be interesting traveling with Hayes this time around and things are going to look different than our trips have ever before when we have been abroad. The leisurely days of wandering from cafe to cafe or through museums till we are dead are long gone. There are no late drunk nights out in the city and waking up late, but in all honesty, I am okay with that. I am excited to see the world through Hayes’s eyes and to explore places I otherwise may have not because we have him with us. The hunt for the COOLEST things isn’t as much a priority as enjoying the time together as family. A perspective change that I am welcoming with open arms these days.

In all honesty, though I have struggled with thinking about this trip. May is so alive here in Traverse City, I have kind of been sad to think about leaving, but at the same time I am not sad enough to cancel the trip and stick around here. A visit to Copenhagen has been on our list for a LONG time so when the right tickets came up we know we needed to make it happen! If anything my sadness I am having is a wonderful thing because it means I love where we live so much and that alone is something to be extremely thankful for. Going away is a wonderful way to come back home with a clearer mind and new inspiration for your life in a city you already love. That is what I keep telling myself as I pack our bags.

I wrote about our plans for traveling with Hayes abroad and I think many of these things have already held up as packed and planned. I will give a full report when we come back, but so far the whole packing process has been painless and simple. We chose simplicity over anything on this trip since everything is available in the places we are going. Trying to learn to relax as a parent more when it comes to having things on hand.

Though we planned this trip months ago we haven’t really made many plans. I made reservations one night for Mike and I for a restaurant we had been eyeing and I am excited to enjoy that, but we have a short list of must do things on the trip and I thought I would share them. We would love any other recommends of things to do with Hayes or what we should do, though we have a slew of things from people through emails the last few months. I am still wrapping my brain around everything to do.

Here are the 10 things we have on our list to do that are both for us and for us:

  1. Mike and I made a reservation out one night to here for dinner while Hayes stays with his grandparents.
  2. We plan to go to the Aquarium one day because it looks amazing in so many ways and we know Hayes will love it.
  3. We are planning on a few walks down to Nyhaven during the day and evening if we can swing it.
  4. One a nice day we will be going to Tivoli Gardens to experience where the city has fun.
  5. We plan to grab some great coffee here, here, and here.
  6. We will probably visit Round Tower and Rosenborg Castle
  7. It looks as if the Vesterbro area is pretty hip and fun and I saw a few suggestions to have fish at Kødbyens Fiskebar.
  8. We are staying near the Dronning Louise Bridge and there seem to be a lot of great parks in the area so we probably will head to some of those but would love food recommendations in the area!
  9. I have no doubt we will head to this food market multiple times since it is near our Airbnb.
  10. Plan to go to a few gardens such as this one and this one at least.

Make sure to follow along with us on Instagram as we travel with Hayes and enjoy our first trip abroad as a family. So excited to have this experience with Hayes and Mike’s parents! It will be really special.

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  1. A trip to the louisana museum is a must! Its a Short train ride out of the city and It’s oveRlooking the baltic sea. Beautiful sculpture garden, art and great kids areas. The open face sandwiches in the Museum cafe are One of the best i had in denmark.

    Tivoli Is eXcellent too! Grab a fancy cocktail at ruby, the Best paloma ive had and beautiful decor.

  2. Have so much fun!!! I loved Torvehallerne food hall (it was close to my Airbnb as well!). I would also suggest checking out this food hall – Copenhagen Street Food. It is MASSIVE (I am ashamed to admit I spent all day there!!!). It is right down the street from Nyhavn with great views of the water and fires outside. There is great beer inside with almost all the food options you could ever want. PLUS, it is right across from NOMA 😉 Have so much fun!!!

  3. I wouldn’t miss Superkilen (an incredible little park that is interesting for both adults and kids!) in norrebro – also the mikkeller and friends bar in norrebro is nearby, and it is a bit more kid friendly (can sit outside on benches and get tacos from a food truck) than the original mikkeller location in vesterbro. Nearby Jægersborggade is one of the funnest streets in copenhagen too.

  4. good news – copenhagen is SUPER kid-friendly. everyone is toting around a kid or pushing a stroller, so feel free to bring yours everywhere. I ate at noma last september and was right next to a table with a baby! A few more places to add to your list: 1) definitely check out paper island for food/beer/wine and beautiful outside seating on the water 2) the danish LOVE pizza, and mother (in meat town/kodbyen) is some of the best 3) get tacos from hija de sanchez (in meat town and torvehallerne) 4) pack a picnic and rent a goboat to tour the canals for a few hours 5) hit up as many mikkeller bars as you can (warpigs in meat town, mikkeller & friends in norrebro, mikkeller bar in vestebro, etc.). have fun!

  5. Wow, have lots of fun! I visited copenhagen last Year, wHat a great city. Had dinner at host and at fiskebar.. coffee at coffee collective and loved the food market.. have a great time!
    We rented bIclycles one day which was great. The coffee collective in Jægersborggade was lovely, it’s next to kirkegard cemetary and the streat is very nice. Have a great time!!

  6. I traveled to copenhagen a few years ago, and remember seeing babies and toddlers out everywhere. it is a super family friendly city, and i hope you all have a great time!

  7. If you have the time (and the courage, allthough the trains are super doable), you should go to the louisiana museum of art. It’s beautiful – the collection as well as the gardens and the view, and about a half an hour trainride away.
    Enjoy your stay!

  8. Oh Copenhagen! It is just beautiful, but with all its streets and architecture, food and museums it is a wonderful place!:)) I am very glad that you have visited this city. I also think a trip to the Louisiana Museum is a must if you are in Copenhagen!

    Really very friendly and beautiful, it is a good place to spend your great weekend with family or friends)