Nearly every Thanksgiving, Dave and I go away on a trip. Whether it’s because it’s a school holiday, or the fact that neither of us like turkey too much, or the desire to avoid the Black Friday craze, we get away. Last year it was Iceland, another year Vietnam, and another Rio de Janeiro. It works for us and this year it’s Copenhagen.
We’ve never been to Denmark, so we’re psyched, and we’d love your input in the planning. (note: we don’t have to be busy every minute and we don’t need to go to every tourist site).
This is what we have so far:
Airport and Flight: We’ll be traveling on SAS EWR-CPH in economy (yes, I still fly in coach sometimes). It’s my first time flying on SAS – what should I expect? (Our tickets include a checked bag, though I hope not to check baggage).
We’ll take NJ Transit from Penn Station in NYC to Newark airport.
Airport Lounge: At EWR, we’ll visit a Priority Pass lounge – we’ve been to Art & Lounge a few times (it’s okay for what it is), but I also see that there’s a Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Terminal B. Has anyone been there?
Hotel: we already have a hotel for the three nights.
Transportation: we intend to purchase 72 hour public transportation passes (City Pass) good for subways and buses in Copenhagen (though I still intend to walk a lot).
Money: Do we need a lot of DKKs or are credit cards pretty much accepted everywhere? I assume there are ATMs at the airport and throughout the city.
Walking tour: we like to take a walking tour when we arrive in a new city. (Our room probably won’t be ready anyway, and we’ll be bleary-eyed from flying overnight, so the best thing to do is jump in and go for a tour). Since we arrive at 7 am, we have reserved an 11am walking tour with Sandeman’s New Europe (we’ve always been happy with Sandeman’s tours, which we’ve taken in Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Brussels, to name a few).
Meals: Our hotel reservation includes breakfasts. For lunch, we are interested in casual meals. We love food halls and look forward to visiting Torvehallerne and other markets.
Dinners: As for dinners, we usually don’t go for the expensive starred restaurants, and could use some suggestions for wonderful moderately priced local restaurants.
We did make one splurge dinner reservation – at Barr Restaurant – which I’ve heard so much about. However, I’m debating whether to go instead to Host Restaurant, which seems to have more fish and seafood on the menu. And then there’s one by the same owner as Host, Cofoco Restaurant.
Eeks. Analysis Paralysis. I’m getting so confused. Any thoughts?
(There are also a few other restaurants which my friends at The Flight Deal have mentioned to me. In addition to finding great travel deals, they are foodies too!).
I have so many questions.
What restaurants and bars do you recommend? Is wine and alcohol very expensive? (should I pick up a bottle of something duty free at EWR?)
Will the Christmas markets be up in late November, and, if so, which are recommended?
Of course, I will see the traditional sites (and I know not to expect much of the Little Mermaid, but I will have to see her anyway). I love seeing street art and wandering through alternative areas. It seems Copenhagen has so many interesting neighborhoods that I’m confused on where to go. Your guidance and suggestions are appreciated.
Let’s not forget shopping! I love getting lost, whether it’s wandering in the streets, or exploring stores and markets. Everything from supermarkets, to flea markets, to boutique clothing stores.
What else can’t I miss (or must I miss)?
Thanks for all of your help and suggestions!!!!