Copenhagen is without any doubt a baby-friendly city. Read about the city’s attractions and places that provide you with all you need for you and your baby to relax and enjoy the big city life.
In Copenhagen you can see parents with kids or groups of mums with strollers everywhere. In cafés, food halls, museums and libraries. There are plenty of classes and workshops for mums and their babies, yoga, pilates, sewing classes just to name few.
Museums encourage parents to come with their children by providing them with changing facilities for the little ones and playrooms and activities for the older ones. SMK and Arken also provides parents with a pram to move around the museum. Many cafes and libraries have changing tables and play areas.
I know that not everybody feels like venturing out in the city with a little baby, but the multitude of places dedicated to parents with kids and social acceptance for showing up in a museum or a café with a little child makes it a lot easier. I also found out that there are plenty of things to do once you are on maternity leave. I’ve tried baby swimming, sanserytmik/puslestik, which is a movement and sound workshop for children, baby-yoga and baby-pilates, baby cinema and sewing classes and I am sure there is still more to be discovered.
Here is my list of baby friendly places in Copenhagen!
Since I live in Frederiksberg most of the places are close to where I live thus I hope fellow mums and dads will help us with expanding the list by sharing their experiences and information about their favourite baby friendly places and workshops.
Cafes with changing tables, play areas and comfortable couches
Maud’s Salon on Gammel Kongevej
One of my favourite cafes to go with a baby, it is spacious and has a nice bathroom with a changing table and a tasteful interior.
The café offers a really nice brunch in the weekends and has a big selection of cakes, tea and coffee and light snacks during the week.
The only minus of this place is that it’s quite pricy, but it’s definitely a place where you can relax with your baby. You can read more about the place here.
Café Laundromat on Gammel Kongevej in Frederiksberg and Århusgade 38 Østerbro
Good food, cosy relaxed atmosphere and a playground area. You can find out more here.
Chez Laurent on Rolighedsvej
Great pancakes! And a big bathroom with a changing table. You can find out more here.
Café Sweet Surrender on Dybbølsgade 49
It’s a baby friendly non-profit café with home-made dishes, a great place if you also have older children as it has a big play area. The café is nice and cosy and has good prices but since it’s a café where many families go it can be quite loud sometimes. You can find out more here.
Museums, Libraries and Other Activities
In SMK and Arken you get a pram and there are changing facilities as well as workshops for kids. Find out more about SMK and the workshops here. Find out more about Arken here. SMK is my favourite as you can combine the visit with a walk in the Kongens Have or Botanical Gardens.
There are many of other museums that have activities for older kids. You can read more about them here.
A unique place created in an old church, “a living room outside your home” as the founders call it. Absalon has all kinds of activities for different age groups; dance, music, yoga, community dinners, exhibitions all you can think about! Amongst them there are movement and singing workshops (Rytmik and Sanglege) for the little babies and older kids (groups are for 4-7 months, 7-12 months and 1-2 years or 2-4 years) and baby yoga. You can find out more here.
Many of the libraries in Copenhagen have a kids corner where the little ones can play and a changing table. I had the opportunity to visit Sundby Bibliotek in Amager and can definitely recommend it. There is a big kids corner and a café and you can also bring the pram inside – there are only 3 spots for the pram inside the library but there is a lot of space outside the library.
My son really liked Puslestik, which is a movement and sound workshop for little kids. I can recommend Puslestik with AOF and Sanserytmik with Frederiksberg Have Yoga. You can find out more about Puslestik here. The classes were in Danish, but I asked our teacher, Laerke Jensen, if my 2 friends who didn’t speak any Danish could join and she was very happy to teach in English.
AOF offers also plenty of other courses for babies and kids. You can read about them here.
Another great activity is Sanserytmik in Frederiksberg Have Yoga Center, which is located in a nice building just in the heart of Frederiksberg Have. Find out more here.
I also tried sewing and design in Krea Rum in Frederiksberg. They have a special workshop for mums so you can bring your baby along. Find out more here.
When I moved to Copenhagen I was amazed by all it has to offer. Once you get to know the city, you notice that almost every day there is something interesting happening. Copenhagen has plenty of festivals, museums, art galleries, libraries and historical attractions, and let’s not forget about the Danish “hygge” and all the cosy cafés and parks and food halls.
And the best of it is you don’t have to say goodbye to all of it once you have a baby!
By Anna Wolthers