Copenhagen really is Wonderful!! When my husband asked me what I would like to do for my ‘big’ birthday, the answer was easy. I have wanted to go to Copenhagen ever since my love of design and interiors began. Lucy visited Copenhagen at Christmas a couple of years ago and told me I’d love it – she was so right! This blog gives some suggestions for a winter weekend break in the city.
GETTING THERE & ACCOMMODATION
We booked flights with Easy Jet several months in advance – just as well as it turned out to be Copenhagen Fashion week! We travelled from Gatwick to Copenhagen and the cost was £60 per person return. My husband booked an amazing apartment on Airbnb as a surprise. It was an interiors heaven – check out the designer lighting! We were in a very central position on Gothersgade, with easy access to everything Copenhagen has to offer.There are masses of houses, flats, room only and even house boats to choose from on Airbnb, in different parts of the city.
PLACES TO VISIT
There are several castles and palaces in the centre of Copenhagen, we chose to visit Rosenborg Castle as it was easy walking distance from our apartment. It is home to the Danish Crown Jewels and many other treasures and every day at 12.00 noon you can see the changing of the Royal Danish Guard.
We visited the Design Museum of Denmark as a complete contrast to the castle. This is also located centrally. The museum show cases amazing Danish and international designers. There is an exhibition of Danish chairs, lighting and furniture, fashion and fabric and modern product design.
The Little Mermaid statue is a must if you’re visiting Copenhagen as it seems to be the one landmark everyone knows about. It is located on the Langelinie promenade near to Kastellet fortress. The statue is based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson and has been there since 1913. From the centre of Copenhagen there is a lovely walk from Nyhaven, past the Royal Danish Playhouse and Amalienborg which is home to the Danish royal family. We were lucky as it was snowing quite heavily as you can see in the pictures!
Nyhavn is the 17th century waterfront canal area. It is a real tourist trap so winter is a good time of year to visit and avoid major crowds. It is very picturesque with tall colourful traditional town houses. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Tivoli is a traditional amusement park that was built in 1843. We didn’t visit as we thought it was closed during winter months, however we walked past one evening only to discover it does have limited winter opening times. It does look magical all lit up and will definitely be on my list next time I visit.
FOOD & DRINK
You are absolutely spoilt for choice in this fabulous city. Everywhere there are bars, cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance. Although there is every type of cuisine on offer my personal preference on a short trip is to try local food. Here are some of the places we tried and can recommend:
Cafe Det Elektriske Hjørne
Translated as Electric Corner, this a bar that also sells food. It has a great choice of drinks, cool lighting and a lovely relaxed vibe.
Restaurant Ved Kajen
This restaurant is in Nyhaven. Great place for lunch or an evening meal. Lovely dark, cosy interior. Can highly recommend the lunch platter.
Located in a beautiful square, this restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Cozy in winter with a fire and speciality hams hanging from the ceiling.
This restaurant is based in the very cool meat packing district. We had the 10 course tasting menu which was a real gastronomic experience. Some great bars nearby.
This is a bar with 61 craft beers to choose from!
Copenhagen is a shoppers paradise. There’s something for everyone – big designer stores, main stream shops, lots of local independent shops selling everything from antiques, bric a brac, fashion, crafts, art and interiors. Here are some amazing places we found during our stay:
All the bloggers recommend this beautiful store and it really is worth a visit even if it’s just to window shop. It sells all things for the home as well as clothing and accessories.
Kielberg & Co
An arts and crafts shop selling unique handmade pieces, located on Gotherstrade.
A gallery selling contemporary prints – love the typography and maps.
Another beautiful store selling a lovely selection of ladies clothing and accessories as well as prices for the home.
This is a luxury shop so I count afford anything but it is gorgeous to look at and admire the window displays!
Hygge pronounced ‘hoo ga’ is the Danish approach to living life. It involves celebrating the everyday, creates well being, connection and warmth and is the art of building sanctuary and community. We referred to Hygge in our January blog and in Copenhagen it was evident everywhere we went. Pretty much every cafe and restaurant has an outdoor seating area with flowers or spring bulbs, outdoor heaters and blankets, candles and lanterns. People sit outside no matter what the weather – even in the snow – and snuggle up together drinking warming coffee or gluhwein. I found it all utterly inspiring and uplifting. I do wonder why we huddle away indoors in this country during the winter? if this blog has inspired you to visit Copenhagen let us know!!!