Sunday, 17 April 2016

a long weekend in copenhagen.

Nyhavn Copenhagen

Oh Copenhagen, you are so lovely. You're so clean, so vibrant, so friendly, so cool. I didn't see enough of you over the four days I was there, but here's what we did manage..


First up, where we stayed. There were 7 of us on this trip, so we needed to find a place big enough to house us all comfortably. We were in luck! We trawled Airbnb and found this gorgeous penthouse apartment within our budget and with plenty of space! 

It was my first time using Airbnb and I will definitely be using it again. It was so easy, great to be able to message the host with any questions, and we loved having a home away from home.

If you use my referral link you will get money off your booking, so get planning a trip! 

Copenhagen penthouse apartment


Copenhagen penthouse apartment
Copenhagen penthouse apartment

On our first day, we just had a little wander around and some lunch & drinks out. The first thing that struck me was the beautiful architecture, often covered in bold block colours or graffiti. The roads were pretty quiet for a city too, due to the amount of bicycles! The city is flat & every road has a wide cycle lane, so it's very easy to get around by bike. This is unfortunately something I missed out on this time, but if I ever go back I'll definitely be hiring a bike! 


Copenhagen graffiti

Copenhagen bicycle
Copenhagen bicycle
Copenhagen street style
Bodega Copenhagen

After wandering for what felt like eternity, we came across Bodega, a cool cafe bar which had a small lunch menu with familiar things like burgers, and slightly more Danish fish dishes and of course, herring. 

A bunch of us had the pork sandwich. I never knew a pork sandwich could be so good! It was basically two pork steaks in a bun, with pickled cabbage, gherkins etc. So tasty, so messy. I tried the herring too, which was alright, but I probably wouldn't choose it again myself.. 


Bodega Copenhagen
Bodega Copenhagen
Copenhagen graffiti
Blood oranges

After some more wandering we came across a food market called Torvehallerne, with both outdoor stalls and more permanent mini-shops inside these big glass buildings, selling fresh ingredients as well as snacks and meals you can eat there. 

Definitely worth a visit if you want to cook something fancy for dinner, to pick up some bottles of craft beer, or need a good quality snack.


Succulents
Mikkellen craft beer

fresh fish


We finished up the night in our local pub.




The next morning the boys cooked a hearty breakfast and we made our way to Nyhavn - aka an Instagrammers dream.

This little harbour inlet is full of colourful houses and beautiful old boats. I think I took a picture of every single building, but that was a little too much for the blog, so my favourites are below.


Copenhagen feminist graffiti
Nyhavn Copenhagen
Nyhavn Copenhagen
Nyhavn Copenhagen
Nyhavn Copenhagen


We tried to get a boat over to Christianshavn to head to the spiral church, but we timed it really badly, so we walked the long way around, stopping to jump on the trampolines, and fall pretty dramatically in some cases.



spiral church copenhagen

This photo doesn't do the church justice in any way. You can spot the spiral spire from miles away, and it's actually a lot higher than it looks here. 

We made our way up the tiny, higgledy-piggledy, worn away staircases, stopping to let people come down, peeping through dusty windows until we finally made it to the outdoor spiral staircase. It was cold, it was windy, it made me feel quite unwell - and I'm not usually scared of heights - but those views were worth it.

Every time we walked past afterwards, we couldn't believe we'd walked to the top of that tiny spire - it looked so flimsy! 


spiral church copenhagen
spiral church copenhagen
spiral church copenhagen

We had a quick coffee and something sweet, then walked a couple of minutes down the road to Christiana - a commune which doesn't seem to conform to all the common laws, but they have their own - no running, and no photographs.



christiana copenhagen
christiana copenhagen
christiana copenhagen
Mikkellen craft beer

Next we headed towards Tivoli, stopping at Mikkeller Bar - a bar that had been recommended to us numerous times. It was quite pricey, but boy were the beers tasty. I had one called Susan, and she was perfect.


Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

And then it was time for Tivoli - the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world!

We started off on a couple of the more tame rides, moving on to the Star Flyer (the world's second tallest carousel) which was actually quite terrifying. I also went on a drop tower, and The Demon. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I've finally been on a rollercoaster. In one of the prettiest, oldest amusement parks. And I loved it.


Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

That night saw us heading back to the apartment for a few more drinks, and a few of us ended up staying up until 5am. Sunday morning was a slow start. 






We split off into three as we wanted to do different things - two went to the zoo, two did the Carlsberg tour, and India, Will and I headed to the Copenhagen Street Food Market.

It was SO GOOD. There were so many different kinds of food, it was really difficult to choose. In the end I chose pulled duck in a brioche bun, Will had an amazing dish of Brazilian meats, salsa, corn and potatoes, and India had Korean chicken. We were hoping to have cheesecake afterwards, but the stall had sold out - heartbreaking! 

The market is open Thursday-Sunday lunchtime 'til late, and I highly recommend heading over there.


Copenhagen street food market
Copenhagen street food market
Copenhagen street food market
Copenhagen street food market


We wandered around a little more, stopping to buy pastries before heading back to the apartment for a little nap. 

The cemetery where Hans Christian Anderson is buried was our meeting place before dinner. It's not like a cemetery you'd imagine - more like a park with a few pretty graves dotted around. It's more of a park.

Together we all headed back in the direction of Nyhavn to have dinner at a place that had been recommended to me - I can't remember who suggested it but I want to say THANK YOU because it was so delicious. 

Bistro Royal does possibly the best beef I've ever had! It wasn't cheap but it was absolutely worth it. A few of us chose the grilled beef cuvette - which you carve yourself at the table - so a huge hunk of meat turned up for us all to share, as well as sharing bowls of perfectly crisp chips and salad. I love this communal style of eating. The beef was incredibly soft and tasty. You really must have a meal here if you're a lover of meat! 


Bistro Royal Copenhagen
Bistro Royal Copenhagen

We headed home via the local pub where we met some hilarious old men and laughed so much. I turned in early, while the others stayed up playing card games.


For breakfast on our last morning we had sandwiches, pastries and juice, before packing up our belongings and heading out for our final adventure.




The Little Mermaid Copenhagen

We headed towards the sea to visit The Little Mermaid - which was lovely until a coach load of people turned up and you could barely see it. We moved on and explored the area a bit - stopping in to an old fort with a beautiful windmill - before heading central for some late lunch.






Our Copenhagen trip was finished off with a smørrebrød - a Danish open sandwich. Because we decided to eat by Nyhaven - a very touristy area - it was rather pricey, but it was tasty. If you want to try some authentic smørrebrød for less eye-watering prices I'd head to the food markets instead.


This super cool city made me feel so safe and relaxed, I would definitely feel comfortable enough to head back there on my own. And I think I might need to, as I didn't get to go shopping...





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24 comments

  1. Your trip sounds dreamy, love your photos. All the food sounds so delicious. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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  2. Oh my! I loved my very short trip to Copenhagen a couple of years ago, now I want to go back even more!! I will be bookmarking your recommendations :) x

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  3. The pictures look beautiful and I love how that apartment is decorated. Looks like you had an amazing time. Definitely somewhere I'll consider visiting after seeing this photos and reading this post x

    owlsinthesummer.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Sounds like you had such a nice time! Copenhagen is beautiful, especially now in spring. I live just on the other side of the bridge and if the train tickets wouldn't be so expensive (plus stupid border controls), I would be there all the time. You should definitely come back for shopping, there are so many great stores, not only for clothing, but also for interior!
    Patti Shifting Tales

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  5. Looks and sounds like a brilliant time had. You covered loads, and lots of stuff I'd love to do. Ah Mikkeller beer too, great choice! They're a really fun brewery. Glad you made the fairground too, I'd be right there.

    Buckets & Spades

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  6. Your photos are just amazing Lyzi, so so gorgeous! I've always wanted to visit Copenhagen, it looks like such a dreamy city, I want to go even more now I've read your post! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Wauw great pictures! I really need to visit!
    x Hannah
    http://theadventurouslifestylelab.blogspot.be/

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  8. Copenhagen looks so enticing in your photos, full of colour, delicious food and interesting places. And you packed so much into such a short time! Wonderful Copenhagen.... as the song goes x

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  9. I loved just scrolling through your photos - soso beautiful, I'd love to visit Copenhagen one day!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  10. This is fantastic. I'm going to Copenhagen again this summer and this has just made me feel so much more excited! Your photos are beautiful :)
    Lucy xoxo
    lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. This sounds like a perfect little trip, I enjoyed reading about it so much and Copenhagen looks so cool and beautiful, I hope I'll be able to visit it sometime soon! :) And the food <3 <3

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  12. So fun to see you enjoy Copenhagen ! I myself am from just a little outside from Copenhagen but I love to visit as often as I can! :)

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  13. I've always wanted to visit Copenhagen, it looks so beautiful! The penthouse you stayed in looks so nice! And all that food looks delicious :)

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Looks like such a cute city and so much character! Your food pics also look amazing.

    Lauren Rose

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  15. absolutely stunning photos! Copenhagen is now definitely on my list of places to go!

    Hannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

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  16. Awesome post, Lyzi, almost like being there...except I wasn't, and wish I had been. Thanks so much, Ardith

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  17. I just came...

    ...that food!

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  18. Gorgeous pictures! I can't believe I've never been to Copenhagen even though I lived right next to it (in Finland) for 23 years.. I'm a bit mad at myself, actually! It looks very beautiful indeed :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  19. Copenhagen looks absolutely amazing! I've wanted to visit for a few years now, and seeing your photos is just making me want to visit more! The food looks absolutely amazing too - especially the open sandwich and the street food things!
    xo April | April Everyday

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  20. Gorgeous gorgeous photos. Copenhagen is definitely on my dream travel list and i'm hoping to tick it off this summer! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  21. Gorgeous photos and some seriously delicious food snapped there! I cannot wait to explore Copenhagen!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

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  22. I had to come back and comment to say I've just booked Copenhagen for June! I wondered if you have any tips for me? Is it quite a compact area and easily walkable to attractions or is there public transport?
    Did you have a set budget for eating out etc, I've heard it can be quite expensive there
    Ahh, so sorry for the Q's. I'm on Twitter if you can reply that would be so helpful! @peachesandbear

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

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  23. It looks so picturesque! I've wanted to go and see the little mermaid for ages, I'm glad your experience with air bnb was good, I've never booked through them but I love the idea definitely will be trying it now, looks lovely.

    love roz x
    imnothungover

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  24. Lovely photographs! It sounds like you had a great time :)
    Take care x

    SERENBIRD

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