I am excited to be sharing with you guys about a recent trip to Copenhagen!! To be honest Scandinavia has never particular appealed to me, but after coming across return tickets to for £20 per person we thought it too good an opportunity to pass by.
After hearing about friends trips and reading a couple of great blog posts on the City, I was sold, excited to experience the stylish and simplistic design, clean streets, great coffee and pastries and smart shops. It did not disappoint.
We stayed in a sweet Air bnb flat, just out of the centre of town in the most beautiful community of cobbled streets and yellow houses. As we strolled down looking for the right one, we were struck by the beautiful small community, children's toys everywhere, open gardens with shared washing lines, plants spilling over pavements, unlocked doors and bikes, shared garages and community rooms, it felt a little like stepping back in time to how I imagine we all used to live.
The area is called Brumbley, situated in a suburb of the city. It is an enclave of terraced houses that was built for indigent workers by the medical association in the 1800s, one of the earliest examples of social housing in Denmark.
It was a great place to base ourselves. The flat was pretty small, two bedrooms, kitchen diner and 1 bathroom, four of us squeezed in just fine as we were out all day. The Scandinavian style was noted straight away, smart wooden floors, beautiful lighting and white walls.
From Brumbley we mostly walked everywhere, 20 mins to the center or a 5/10 minuet taxi ride later at night when our feet were weary. The neighborhood was quiet, safe and charming and we felt right at home.
Food & Drink
We planned our trip around food. No kidding. It’s a great way to see a city. We would pin point recommended food and drink spots around the city and make a day walking there and exploring the surrounding area. Nearly everywhere we went had been recommended and all were lovely places. We had a couple more places to try but sadly didn’t have time.
Mikkeller & Friends
Great place for a drink if you’re into Craft Beer and good snacks. We spent a good chunk of time snacking on crisps, amazing beef jerky and trying funky flavors of beers (and i’m not into beer), the place was simple, full of people and had a chilled atmosphere. Simple wooden designs, we all loved it and left to move on to their sister restaurant for dinner.
Best. meat. ever. and I have eaten a lot of meat. Found in the very cool ‘meat packing’ district of Copenhagen, this place is basically a giant warehouse surrounded by other ex meat packing shops now turned into rustic and cool bars and restaurants, but still feeling relaxed and local. Imagine long canteen tables, metal trays, tiled floors, loud music and lots of people. Choose a meat, pulled pork, chicken wings, braised beef, a side of mac and cheese, beans, coleslaw or pickles and a drink, then enjoy.
Tiny but very stylish coffee shop in one of the most well known streets in Copenhagen. We stopped here for a coffee before having a look round of the shops in this area. Something we loved about everywhere we went was that it felt real. The design and style was real and not copied, everywhere was smart and tasteful but it was not trying to be hipster, it just was. Rist was effortlessly like that. Wooden pallets, good independent coffee, small tables, industrial lighting. The perfect place for a stop and to rest your feet.
This great lunch spot was recommended to us by a very cool shop owner. I’m going to admit we all became a little obsessed with him. Shout out to Gus, the most typically Scandinavian man ever, who pulls off double denim ridiculously well.
This was a bar/cafe selling typically danish style food - the smoreboard. These are open sandwiches, typically on rye bread topped with a ton of food! What not to love?
I had haddock, delightfully crispy, with lots of salad and relish, it was a great and filling lunch in another fab location.
I’m going to admit it, this place was a little ‘style over substance’, I left pretty hungry after my boiled egg and slice of toast - but hey, the style was great. Clearly a favorite spot for a Saturday brunch in the City Center, we had to wait a while for a table. This cafe was made up of just 2 long beautiful shared wooden tables, and was full of young families and friends. A lovely relaxed atmosphere with a studio attached. I really enjoyed the style but sadly the food was not quite enough for the four of us needing to fuel up for a big day of walking. Onto find pastries.
Man alive these were good, we found this place again at the airport and all enjoyed a second dose of danish pastries before heading home. It was the perfect spot to find just round the corner of Artilier September, we all needed our bellies filling and it was a match! Divine chocolate, cinnamon, cream, flaky pastries, what was not to love? We sat on a bench outside and enjoyed every last bite before heading out for the day.
Copenhagen Street Food
Recommended by a friend this was maybe my favorite place and such a fun one to have our last meal of the trip. Located across the river in a huge warehouse was tons of amazing food. Deckchairs by the water, fire pits, long full tables, cocktails, craft beers, great street food and pancakes to finish. The place was full, we found a spot outside by the water and enjoyed the evening light over amazing hot dogs, sweet potato fries and beer (or cocktails for me). Happy Heart.
Interior / Design and the City
I could not get enough of the Scandinavian Style. Each and every shop was so tasteful, I literally wanted to buy everything. They truly have an eye for design. I loved browsing the interior design shops for ideas and inspiration, if you love interiors, its a must go! I loved the simplistic and uncluttered tasteful way they displayed everything. This style is really ‘in’ at the moment and I loved seeing it in it’s natural habitat so to speak, where it was not cliche or trying to be cool, not IKEA or copied, just genuine smart design.
The City itself is beautiful, big wide open streets, it felt so quiet and safe for a capital. Colorful buildings, beautiful architecture and all along the water front which is always so appealing.
A favorite of mine was visiting St Saviors Church across the river from the city center - You climb all the way to the top of the spire, through the rafters and bell towers, past long forgotten and dusty gargoyles and up thin and narrow ladders until you come out of the wooden doors and see this beautiful colorful city.