As we bounced off the plane into the chilly Danish air, we were full of smiles and merriment. Copenhagen did not disappoint. For a city break, it's the perfect place. Full of cosy coffee shops, independent boutiques, simplistic design, plants, cactuses, friendly people, delicious food… and it’s so eco-friendly & clean!
We felt instantly at home in our little Airbnb in the heart of Vesterbro, just a stones throw from the main town but close to lots of curious little restaurants and bars. In the chill of a January evening, this was a perfect location for a short nighttime commute to all the delicious eateries Copenhagen had to offer.
Copenhagen is renowned for it’s dreamy selection of restaurants and although we only managed to experience a few, they were all such a treat to the taste buds. Our favourite lunch spot was a cosy, candlelit café down a back street in Christianshavn, called Café Loppen. Thai food is their forte and they have a nice little collection of intriguing local beers. Another favourite was a rustic, buzzing organic bistro called Bio Mio in the meat-packing district, unreal burgers and friendly staff. Neighbourhood; the best pizza you’ll ever have and better still it’s all organic and gluten free so you escape post pizza bloat/guilt. Madklubben had an open kitchen so you could watch your meal being created, they also referenced Game of Thrones so we liked it in there.
Everyone from youngsters to elderly folk are so wonderfully stylish in Copenhagen - with countless independent brands & stores, it’s easy to see why. We stumbled upon Hay House, a quaint yet simplistic homeware and furniture store that is the depiction of Scandinavian design. Norse Projects is a brand we’ve admired for a few years now, so it was great to take a trip there. Here’s some other stores you guys should check out if you visit; Street Machine, Wood Wood, Designer Zoo & Acne Studios.
We were fortunate to witness the romance of snow in Copenhagen, a rarity, we were told. We pottered around Christianshavn’s Freetown, slipping around on the ice and walking down the frozen river amongst the snow covered trees. We walked home through Nyhavn, where colourful houses, boats and restaurants line the canal. Even in the depths of winter, you can sit outside amongst the fairy lit trees, wrap yourself up in a blanket and eat and drink to your hearts content. They just do everything right here!
Nørrebro is another great little district of Copenhagen, although we went on a snowy Sunday and only a few places were open! There’s plenty of cute cafés and bars, we sat in the warm by the river and watched the world go by. On our way home we had a look around the snowy Botanical Gardens, a beautiful place even on a cold and frosty day and perfect for any nature lovers!
Our favourite bar was Curfew, a mysterious little cocktail bar in Vesterbro with 1930s décor, romantic lighting and jazzy music. Prices were steep but the cocktails were so worth it…uniquely designed with lots of different gin concoctions.
We came away with a new found love for Copenhagen and the Danish culture. Tak for the hygge time.
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