Here’s my round-up of one of my all time favourite city breaks – Copenhagen! It was a great trip; I loved the food, architecture and the fact that good design is everywhere – from window displays to fantastic products. One of the things that I particularly liked was that everyone travels by bike and most people don’t even lock them up – can you imagine that? So civilised!
The city is really easy to get around and is perfect for bikes as it’s really flat and quite compact. We walked everywhere – a great way to soak in the atmosphere of the place and to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. If we had had more time we would have biked out to the beach with a picnic – next time! The airport is a short taxi, train or bus ride to the city centre and you can even hire bikes and cycle into the city if you prefer!
The main areas in Copenhagen are: Vesterbro, Østerbro, Nørrebro and Frederiksberg. We stayed in the Vesterbro/Meatpacking District area. I really liked it as we were a short walk away from the city centre and close enough to hang out in the Meatpacking District in the evening for food and drinks.
We booked an apartment through Airbnb and it was just perfect. A sunny two bedroom apartment with everything you could want – some beautiful Scandi design classics mixed in with vintage pieces and a fantastic new kitchen, which isn’t pictured on the website yet. The owners were lovely and gave us some handy tips on local places to eat, things to see etc.
We arrived early evening on a Friday and headed out for some food and drinks in the Meatpacking District. I loved this area; it reminded me of a mini Williamsburg in Brooklyn or Lower East Side in Manhattan – laid back and cool, a bit industrial and the perfect place to spend the evening. All the signs of the old factories and warehouses are still there – industrial fixtures, factory windows and original tiles.
We ate at Paté Paté which was formerly a pâté factory. The atmosphere and service were good and the food was fresh and tasty. Dishes are varied in influence from Spain, Morocco and France – the Lebanese cucumber and feta salad was gorgeous!
Another night we ate at Nose2Tail and what a treat that was! We tried the Plank – a Danish charcuterie platter and it was amazing. The staff were brilliant and managed to fit us in on a busy Saturday night, even though we hadn’t made a reservation. The place was really buzzing – definitely a highlight!
There are also some places around this area to grab food and go or sit outside on a bench if you don’t want a sit down meal. Pretty much every bar and restaurant with outdoor seats had little throws and blankets to keep you warm when it got a little chillier in the evening – a nice touch.
We also found a fantastic bakery around the corner from our apartment called Brod on Enghave Plads 7 and sampled some amazing Danish cinnamon rolls – I was completely addicted to them and it was a great way to start the day with a coffee. We were warned that good coffee can be hard to come by in Copenhagen but we had an espresso maker in our apartment, so didn’t need to worry. Another bakery worth checking out is Lagkagehuset – they have shops throughout the city and at the airport, which came in handy for a last chance to devour a cinnamon roll on our way home!
Mikkeller bar on Viktoriagade was brilliant. Mikkeller make quality craft beers and the bar had 20 different varieties on tap. It was great to chat to the staff about what types of beer were on offer and to taste a few samples before finding our perfect beer. I even tried their vodka which was distilled using hops!
Another place definitely worth checking out is the Torvehallerne food market. We took a stroll along the canal paths up to the market and rewarded ourselves with some little bites from the stalls – there are over 60 to choose from and there are lots of tables and benches outside for you to eat at.
One of the best things we did was visit the Tivoli Gardens. I wasn’t sure what to expect and have never been interested in Disneyland and places like that but I had such a great time. Tivoli Gardens is a wonderful, nostalgic amusement park right in the centre of Copenhagen. It opened in 1843 and is apparently where Walt Disney took his inspiration for Disneyland from. The areas of the park are split into different countries and it hasn’t lost any of its original charm. The weather was lovely when we visited so we wandered around, had some ice cream and I took about a million photos of all the kitschy signage!
I mentioned earlier that good design is in abundance in Copenhagen and I was in heaven looking around some of the shops. My favourite was Illums Bolighus – a shrine to Danish design! The department store had some of the best window displays I have ever seen and everything was so well thought out and placed. Obviously I wanted to buy everything for sale but managed to limit myself to a few treats. I particularly loved the Ferm Living section.
Other fab shops to have a peek in are: Atrium, Hay and Stillben. There were lots of nice independent and vintage shops tucked into lanes and cobbled streets that you will find if you wander around – all part of the fun of exploring a new city!
There were so many beautiful buildings in Copenhagen. Here are a few of my favourites, along with some other random sightings:
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