Sorry, I haven’t stopped raving since I got back, as many know I have always been a Scandi fan; a lover of Sweden and a regular visitor to Stockholm, this was my first visit to Copenhagen and I just adored every minute! Copenhagen in comparison appears more relaxed to the grandeur of Stockholm, the green movement is huge, the emphasis of the entire city seems to be one of conservation, recycling and organic food. Everyone looks so healthy, no one seems to be overweight and the most gorgeous men are just everywhere!
And yes I am now putting dill on everything!
Copenhagen inspired me on lots of levels and I would urge you to visit, several friends are off there this summer so here are a few top tips from my visit –
The flights are reasonable and the airport close to the city, don’t be put off by tales of vast expense, it was definitely no more expensive than London!
We stayed at the Axel Guldsmeden – a small hotel, walking distance from the train station and link from the airport. A mixture of Danish and Javanese décor – unusual but really friendly, comfortable and very green; so much was recycled even the power, delicious breakfasts – lots of lovely breads even gluten free! They have good bikes to hire, about £15.00 for the day, do have a cycling trip, there are great cycle paths everywhere – more cyclists than cars.
We ate at Biomio, 5 minutes walk from the hotel – fun and funky supper here, very healthy and organic, lots of salads – all very fresh and full of young green trendys. Located in the old Bosch factory. £20/£25 head.
Radio, a very pared back Danish restaurant opposite the old Radio Concert Hall, the chef is from Noma, they have a vegetable garden outside the city and cook from ingredients grown there.We had the most delicious perserved rhubarb in a dessert with malted ice-cream and the freshest tastiest greens- ever! They show the ingredients of the week on the website – very modern Danish cooking – delicious about £30/35 head.
Try Almanak – right on the water’s edge – you feel like you are eating on a grand old ship.
Fabulous fish and a great vibe at Kodbyens Fiskebar in the trendy meat packing area.
Everyone says you should eat one hotdog ( sorry veggies!) on the street whist in Copenhagen – try the hot dog kiosk by The Nimb Hotel – fab and so is the Anderson Bakery there if you want a true Danish Pastry or the tiny St Peters Bakery.
Don’t miss the Indoor market Torvehallerne– like the Stockholm amazing indoor market this has over 80 stalls and lots of places to eat!The very best sushi, delicious herbs and teas.
Tivoli Gardens, we decided that this large and slightly touristy park is best seen at night from the ultra cool The Nimb Hotel – sit on the terrace with a glass of wine in hand!
Plan a day at the modern art museum Louisiana – an easy 20 minute ride by train to this stunning museum on the beach. Exhibitions change all the time, so check before you go but its just worth a visit to see the sculpture overlooking the sea and the Tara Donovans, the shop is the best I have ever seen in a museum and the café a must for lunch – so delicious and healthy, the best rye bread and tomato and dill salad which I tried to recreate last week, a buffet for £20.00. Closed Monday.
The Design Museum is a shrine to Arne Jacobsen and has some really interesting changing exhibitions. Located in an old hospital it is a great setting for a delicious coffee and cake served by some of Denmark’s most handsome men!
A great cycle from the hotel was to go over bridge to Christianshaun and cycle to see Noma, the fabulous restaurant, unfortunately didn’t have reservations! but we did have a peer through the windows and thought about it for our next trip! From there then cycle along waterways to the wonderful Opera House, from here we caught a ferry over to the other shore and cycled on to see The Little Mermaid ( be warned she is beautiful but very little!)
Nyhavn is the sight on every postcard of Copenhagen, coloured buildings by the canal , it is very touristy but a great place to sit and people watch with a coffee or a plate of pickled herring.
Do’t miss NY Carlesberg Glyptotek in the centre of Copenhagen – a fabulous museum, founded by the brewing magnate. Stunning Greek and Roman sculpture as well as treats from Degas and paintings from Gauguin. The Winter garden in the centre of the building is breathtaking.
Illum – good department store – all great shops around here, try all the back streets for small boutiques
Malene Birger – lovely flag ship store, even smells fabulous! – love her t-shirts and jewellery. Also go to Day around the corner
Masai – Danish casual – fab for tops.– discount store next to main store
Louisiana – the museum store is just exquisite
Lots of wonderful silver jewellery, interiors -loved the lights and bike accessories, bought wonderful coloured bike bells!
and lots lots more!
I enjoy a wonderful blog written by an English girl, Cathy Strongman living in Copenhagen Designs on Denmark – great for lots of good tips and images.
Closer to home go to Vanil – the best Scandi shop in Britain!