As you may have spotted from my latest Instagram posts, a fortnight ago myself and my friend Karen headed to the Copenhagen – the land of cinnamon buns and dreamy interiors for a sneaky birthday getaway. Having previously researched the city, I had an inkling that it would be right up my street and what can I say? It more than lived up to my high expectations. From the city’s beautiful scenery and epic food markets to the laid back, super chilled vibe of its residents, it was everything I had hoped for and more! I could easily ramble on all day about my love for the city, hence the length of today’s post but without further adieu, lets get this ball rolling…
The first day of our mini adventure saw us touching down in Copenhagen around midday and heading to our little Danish home for the week. For this trip, we decided to stay at Sleep in Heaven hostel – a handy little home from home situated just 10 minutes away from the city centre. With it’s friendly staff and super chic interiors, I couldn’t recommend this place more to anyone planning a visit to this beautiful city.
Prior to booking our trip we were advised by friends and family that cycling is pretty much the way to go when it comes to public transport. Luckily our fab hostel also offered bike rental for around £10 a day which turned out to be an absolute lifesaver! As I am no keen cycler, the whole bike jazz did take a little bit of getting used to but by the time our three days were up, we felt like absolute pros, chic Danish local pros (even though this was probably far from reality). Upon finding our feet / pedals, we quickly began to work our way through our mini Copenhagen bucket list. First up on the list was lunch at Next Door cafe which totally hit the spot. Along the way we also stumbled across “Buzz”, a homely little coffee shop that quickly became our regular hang during our visit – don’t you just love it when that happens?
Once fuelled by our amazing lunch and coffee we decided to have a little mooch around and find our bearings – which was a lot easier than I had imagined (thanks Google Maps). But in all seriousness, the city’s cycling lanes made it super easy to safely navigate around the city.
Later that night we headed to the highly recommended “Neighbourhood” for pizza and Gin cocktails for my birthday meal, then to a draft beer hall called “Warpigs” in Copenhagen’s cool Meatpacking district. I have to say, I never thought I would see the day that I would cycle home from the pub in heels and flared trousers but hey ho there’s a first for everything right?
Our second day in sunny Copenhagen started off with a trip the the famous St Peters Bakery aka cinnamon bun heaven – start as you mean to go on right? I can confirm that these cinnamon filled gems are the best I’ve ever tasted and most definitely worth the trip alone. Once we had met our daily cinnamon bun quota we headed over to “Nyhaven”, you know… the place where everyone takes snaps of those amazingly beautiful multicoloured houses? There’s just something about pastel coloured buildings that never gets old, right? Here we sat and enjoyed a lovely ice cold drink in the sun – feeling #blessed. Although this area was super pretty I would recommend skipping out on eating / drinking here for anyone on a tighter budget as we ended up shelling out £7.50 each for a glass of diet coke – tragic!
Next up on our agenda? Paper Island food market! After hearing so many great things about the market – and drooling over one too many an Instagram, we were both super excited to see what it had to offer. Turns it it offered ALL of the things. Korean street food, Danish Smorgasbords, Greek Mezzes, you name it! We were totally spoiled for choice. In the end I opted for a mouthwatering pulled pork burger from Oink Oink followed by an iced chai latte from Silver Streak Coffee Club. Both of which were just sheer bliss. This place is truly a heaven for foodies!
After taking in all that Paper Island had to offer, we cycled on down to Christiania – Copenhagen’s free town / hippy commune. I must admit, I really didn’t know what to expect but this beautiful town turned out to be one of the most unusual and thought provoking places I have ever visited whilst travelling. If you haven’t heard of the Christiania before – the town is self governing – run by the people, for the people sort of thing. It even has its own set of laws which have been created by the Christiania community.
Whilst visiting I was totally taken in by the laid back nature of the town and its people. I was also surprised by the complete absence of any digital technology in the area. Other than at the main tourist entrance I didn’t see one head locked to a mobile phone screen or one hand reaching for an insta-snap. Although this was a bit of a culture shock for me as a self confessed digital obsessive, it really makes you think about what life would be like with a little less screen time. If there is one place I would recommend visiting whilst in Copenhagen – Christiania would be it.
Our last day in the city (boo) began with the breakfast of all breakfasts at Det Vide Hus cafe – and trust me, this avo toast tasted just as amazing as it looks! Once refueled we headed on over The Round Tower where we took a little break to take in some of the best views of the city. This was a really cool way of catching a bird’s eye view of the grounds that we had been cycling around all week, it really is beautiful isn’t it?
Whilst in the city centre area we also took the opportunity to have a little browse around some of the city’s little Aladdin’s cave-esque shops – which were full to the brim with chic homeware bits and pretty (useless) trinkets that you totally need in your life. And yep, I did come home with two mugs, a milk jug and a coffee scoop – all of which were total necessities #noregrets. If you are big into “Tiger” stores which seem to be popping up in the UK then Copenhagen will be right up your street!
All shopped out, we decided to take a stroll around Ostredsparken park (cinnamon bun in hand). This hidden gem was such a fab way to kick back and relax after our day of cycling / shopping our way around the city. Finally, for our “last supper” meal we decided to head to … yep, another food market. This time, Torvehallerne. Again, the market was filled so many amazing stalls each offering dishes that looked amazing. In the end, I opted for a classic Barbacoa Taco from Hija de Sanchez. Followed by a coffee infused Mr Whippy from the “must visit” coffee hotspot – The Coffee Collective which was an absolute dream.
As you can tell, I fell head over heels for the beautiful city of Copenhagen. I cannot wait to head back and do some more exploring in the (hopefully) near future. I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some travel inspo whether you have a trip planned or are adding it to your travel bucket list!
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