Copenhagen Color: Where to Get Your Autumn On

Best Places to Find Fall Color in Copenhagen

A Self-Guided Bicycle/Walking Tour of Autumn Foliage and Danish Café Hygge

(Originally posted October 2016, updated September 2018)

Fall is fantastisk in Copenhagen. Deciduous trees that dominate the landscape start changing colors to coordinate perfectly with the classic Scandinavian architecture painted in rusty reds and oranges and ochres. This town is built for autumn. The long Nordic summer days slowly get shorter as they slip into autumn. It is my favorite season here, even as the light gets less and the air turns cool. Pull on a sweater. Or a jumper if you’re British. Bring layers and something to stave off the very real potential of rain. Fall can be crisp like a tart Danish apple, famous from the island of Fejø, ripe and ready.

But autumn can also be sunny and bright here. In Danish, there is a name for that hybrid season as summer turns to fall, sensommer. It can be sublime. Come soak it up. And even when the weather wanes, as it is wont to do in Denmark, you can enjoy the season change from inside one of Copenhagen’s many cozy cafés and delicious craft coffeehouses.

Yesterday we went on a little color collecting expedition around the city. By bike – naturally. As you do in Copenhagen. And collect we did. When the fallback of the daylight savings happens, I become a bit like a squirrel hoarding away little snippets of color for the dark Danish days of winter ahead.

NOTE: Danish Daylight Savings ends 28 October 2018 at 03:00

So – while it lasts – here are my favorite places to see the colors of autumn in Copenhagen. Do a day out in the city – I’ve organized a fall color collecting tour by bicycle. The route is about 8.5 km. It starts and ends at Østerport Station, but you could jump in at any point or pick and choose where you want to get your Autumn on. 

Visiting the city? Rent a bike and explore like a local. Just make sure to use signals when stopping or turning, stay to the right, ride single file and go with the flow.

Lucky for you there is a great bicycle shop with rentals right at Østerport Station and they have lots of options from city bikes to cargo bikes to get you out cruising. Helmets available and helpful in person instructions available here.

Pedalatleten Østerport
Oslo Plads 9, 2100 København Ø (Track 13 at Østerport Trainstation)

Donkey Republic
Or if you are more of an app person, try Donkey Republic that offers 24/7 self-service bike rental for short periods or for the full day. Download their app, enter your payment and reserve your bike online. With pick up and drop off locations all over the city, this app affords you the ultimate in flexibility.

FALL FOLIAGE BICYCLE OR WALKING TOUR OF COPENHAGEN

The Lakes

Sortedams Sø, Peblinge Sø, Copenhagen

Ride or stroll along the lakes and you are sure to be treated to a fabulous leafy fall color show. Soon the paths will be littered with horse chestnuts or conkers. Similar to buckeyes in the States, the seeds of the horse chestnut trees are inedible, but fun for kids to collect. Stop and sit on one of the iconic Copenhagen benches that line the lakes and watch as swans swim by. When sunny, it is serene. And can be quite the scene with locals out for a run or cycle or just a walk with their peeps.

If the weather is waning, stop in at any of the cafes along the way for a warm up to enjoy the view from inside. We love Original Coffee mid-lakes near the Dronning Louises Bridge. Enjoy your cappuccino, cortado or varme chokolade (with marshmallows) and a morgen komplet breakfast – two pieces of rugbrød, two steamed eggs, cheese, preserves and a little pot of skyr, rhubarb and muesli – perfect to share. My daughter loves the hindbær snitter here – like an excellent raspberry poptart of sorts. She thinks it is the best one in the city. She’s tried a lot.

Iconic Copenhagen City Benches along the Lakes. Den Franske Café tables above.
Sorterdams Sø (Lake) in the Østerbro neighborhood.
Try one of these cafés along the lakes for some cozy Autumn hygge:

Den Franske Café
Sortedam Dossering 101, 2100 København
Lakeside tables and a cozy inside with candles is cute even if coffee isn’t the best.

Café Livingstone
Sortedam Dossering 81, 2100 København
Excellent brunch offering with seating outside and Scandi cozy inside.

Original Coffee
Sortedam Dossering 9, 2200 København
Delicious coffee, pastries, morning brunch plates, sandwiches.

Lagkagehuset 
Sortedam Dosseringen 9 st, th., 2200 København N
Delicious Danish bakery chain offering amazing bread and pastries.

Social Coffee
Peblinge Dossering 4, 2200 København N
Independent Coffee shop serving glutenfree breakfast and lunch options.

Kaffesalonen
Peblinge Dossering 7, 2200 København
1930’s café near Dronning Louises Bro with a lakeside dock.


Assistens Kirkegård

Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N

From the lakes, turn right and head north along Nørrebrogade. You will find a long stretch of gold walls, turn in and discover this beautiful and historic cemetery in the Nørrebro neighborhood. Assistens offers brilliant fall foliage and a serene place to take a stroll. If you’re interested in tracking down the final resting places of Danish legends like Hans Christian Andersen or Søren Kierkegaard – you can do that too.

Didn’t get your coffee fix earlier along the lakes? Stroll the length of the tree-lined center path and exit the cemetery. Cross the street and wander along Jægersborggade, Nørrebro’s favorite street for food finds and fab Danish design.

Recommendations in nearby Nørrebro:

Anderson & Maillard
Nørrebrogade 62, 2200 København
Well regarded coffee café with house-made pastries. Don’t miss the croissants.

Kaf
Birkegade 21, 2200 København
Vegan café with coffee, brunch and the best cheesecake.

Brus
Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København
Time for a beer? Brus has a ton of local craft beers on tap, good food too.


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Torvehallerne

Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K

Turn around and head back down Nørrebrogade towards the lakes again, but this time cross over famous Dronning Louises Bro. You’re headed for Torvehallerne. The glass market. I love this place. A true foodie foray with amazing fresh fish to French cheese and craft beer. Taste the tapas or go Danish and try the topless sandwiches called smørrebrød. You can find brilliant fall flowers and decor and bushels of Dansk græskar – pumpkins.

Plenty to taste at Torvehallerne in Hall 1:

Hallernes Smørrebrød
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København
Cases full of classic Danish open-faced sandwiches. Enjoy with some house snaps.

Hav 2 Go
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København
Take away fresh seafood salads and grains for fish lovers.

Fiskerikajen
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København
Oysters on the half shell or fresh Danish cod fish and chips and cold beer on draft.

Ma Poule
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København
Try the duck confit sandwich, voted city’s best. Fulfills your French market needs.

Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København
A unique selection of craft bottled beer from local gypsy brewer Mikkeller and more.

Omegn
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København
We love the charcuterie board here complete with local pickled vegetables.

Or try these in Torvehallerne’s Hall 2:

The Coffee Collective
Vendersgade 6D, 1360 København

Grød
Linnésgade 17 (Stand A8) 1360 København
Another outpost of Copenhagen’s porridge kings – best oatmeal you’ll ever eat.

Laura’s Bakery
Linnésgade 17, 1360 København
Traditional Danish pastries, breads, and cookies. Try the tebirkes or kanelsnegl.

Hija de Sanchez
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København
Outdoor kiosk serving up tasty tacos from ex-Noma sous chef.


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Kongens Have, Rosenborg Slot

Full of delicious food, it’s time to get back on the fall foliage tour. We’re headed to the Kings Garden, or Kongens Have in Danish. Only a few blocks from Torvehallerne – walk towards Nørreport and take a left on Nørre Voldgade. Take a right on Gothersgade and enter across from Landemærket for a beautiful stroll down the tree promenade fancy in fall’s wardrobe.

The stately Rosenborg Slot (or Palace) holds court in autumn colors mid garden. You will soon see there are so many places for a photo op here. Walk your bike through the garden and head towards the exit opposite the Statens Museum for Kunst. Facing the Palace, take the path to the upper right corner.

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Øster Anlæg Park

Behind the large art museum SMK, you will find a lovely network of trails that wind along little ponds. Look for herons along the edges. Enjoy the colors here as you make your way back to Østerport at the opposite end.



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I know there are others spots around town to see the colors, I shared some others like the classic Dyrehaven further afield near Klampenborg last year. See here for more fall color and why to do Denmark in the Fall!

Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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46 thoughts on “Copenhagen Color: Where to Get Your Autumn On

  1. So pretty. I feel like we are not getting a full show here this year. It’s just been too warm for all the trees to get really gold, yellow, orange, and red. A few have turned, but there’s still so much green. If it were coming later, I’d be thrilled; what I fear is a sudden change from green to barren! Enjoy all your autumn beauty!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thanks kindly Nell! Yes – this is a big thing in the States – fall color touring! I am happy to live somewhere with all 4 seasons (remind me that come January!) Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  2. Autumn is my favorite season, but we don’t see much of it here in Southern California, so it’s nice to see it in other places! I love that you included your route, so others can follow in your footsteps! I often read about interesting things to do in a city, but there’s no information about where the places are…

  3. Such amazing colours – we were here around this time of year (three years ago) but a bit of a greyer trip, apart from all the pumpkins at Tivoli. I do love Toverhallerne too. #farawayfiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yes – Copenhagen definitely has potential for grey days – even in summer! Tivoli rocks Halloween and Torvehallerne rocks ANY time. Cheers from Denmark, Erin

  4. Clare Thomson

    You’d already convinced me that Autumn is the perfect time to visit Copenhagen – now I’m even more certain. These colours are glorious. I love the idea of combining a bike ride through the trees with stops for hot chocolate and breakfast treats. #FarawayFiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Thanks Clare! I don’t know when the perfect time is to visit to be honest. I adore fall and it is very nice here. But summer and christmas are also lovely here. There is something to enjoy in every season! Maybe not January. Although when it snows, it is beyond charming. It just isn’t guaranteed! Go’weekend – hej hej from Copenhagen!

  5. Autumn is a special time of year isn’t it, the way the leaves change colour and when you have a beautiful blue sky, it’s so picturesque. It’s lovely to hear people’s Autumn stories from around the world so thank you for sharing yours with us 🙂

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Hi Angie! I am a HUGE fan of fall and happy that I live somewhere with all four seasons. Cheers from Denmark, thanks for stopping by! Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      So many good times to visit Copenhagen. I love fall in general and this was a exceptionally lovely one here this year! Cheers from Denmark, Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      It was becoming a ritual there for awhile! But now as the weather turns to winter, I’m seeking out a little more candlelit hygge inside! Cheers, Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Haha! It’s really simple actually – making a map on Google. Sign in and make a map getting directions from point to point. Click the “share” button and then you can get a code to embed right on your site. Message me if you want more details! Cheers, Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yes indeed – it has been SOO lovely. I’m hoping for some snow to be honest – Copenhagen in the snow is super charming! Cheers from Denmark!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      This has been an extraordinary fall, but I fear we are on the cusp of winter! First snow in Copenhagen last night! Luckily I got my fill of fall color and think I’m ready. THINK. Cheers! Erin

  6. I feel like I haven’t seen any autumn scenes yet as there’s almost no sign of it in the south of France and I’ve recently been in Vietnam which just doesn’t have the same change of colours. your post has given me a good dose of autumnal colour, thanks! Beautiful photos, I feel quite cold looking at the first lot!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Hi Phoebe! Haha! Those autumnal pics now seem a little balmy compared to the freezing temps we’ve had here this week in Denmark – first snow down already! Cheers from up north! Erin

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      I really think I do – I take so many picture and sit and soak it in every autumn. Need to – especially living in the dark winter of Denmark! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  7. Copenhagen looks lovely in the fall. You definitely have me convinced that I need to visit. (Although, it wouldn’t take much to convince me ;)) #farawayfiles

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Haha! Yes, it isn’t hard to convince people of Copenhagen’s charms – it is quite easy! Thanks for stopping by, cheers, Erin

  8. This looks like a nice route to follow. Lately, I have been more inclined to explore cities by bike. It is easier to cover more ground like that. I would have no problem following your route!

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Especially with how FLAT it is here in Copenhagen and that they have ROADS for bikes – it makes it sooo easy to get around! Cheers, Erin

  9. Copenhagen is certainly pretty in the Autumn! Just makes it that much harder to decide when the best time to come visit haha! Although we talk about moving to northern Germany sometimes, then I’ll be able to go whenever I want! #CityTripping

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      You must come visit Copenhagen – anytime really! It is super charming and unique from Germany! Cheers, Erin

  10. Gorgeous colors! Did you also go to the botanical garden? It really is gorgeous and the glass houses are really nice in the fall. Torvehallerne I think was my favorite place in Copenhagen!

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