THE COPENHAGEN REFLECTION - DAY 1
My visit to Copenhagen last weekend was incredibly brief but also truly stunning - I don't think I have ever been to such a visually pleasing city! As I only had about 36 hours, I had to be pretty ruthless to my sleeping pattern and my feet. Here's my lowdown:
After arriving at the hotel and dropping my bag, I went for breakfast at Europa 1989, a cafe I stumbled upon whilst exploring the city centre. And what a fine breakfast it was! The best eggs Benedict, I've ever had and the fact that they were being eaten in Copenhagen only made things ten times better!
Copenhagen has so many nice shops, but seeing as though the clock was ticking, I concentrated on the crème de la crème: Illum Bolighus, Hay House, Bolia, Wood Wood Museum and Acne Archive. I was pretty good, despite all the sale signs, and only bought a shirt from Acne and some stationary from Hay. In hindsight I regret not buying some of the handmade pottery Hay were selling though...
On the way to the Acne Archive, I stumbled across the Botanical Gardens and, as I have a thing for greenhouses, it turned out to be the highlight of my day. Just at that moment the sun decided to come out, too! While Botanical Gardens might not be everyone's thing, the gardens also offer a great lounging spot in summer right by a small lake (which is currently frozen). I cannot wait to see how different the place looks in the summer - yes, I plan to return very soon!
The Botanical Gardens didn't just offer a beautiful greenhouse and lots of plants, I also came across this lovely flower shop. I really liked their presentation and all the flowers up for sale, but due to my hand luggage restrictions I sadly had to refrain from buying any.
As I love all things food, I didn't only visit shops and gardens. On the same road as Acne Archives, you can also find a lovely café called Kaffeebar Vinbar, where I had my third coffee of the day. As their food offerings weren't of a wide variety, though, I ended up stopping by Torvehallerne foodmarket to devour some fish and chips and gaze admiringly at all the food up for sale here - you can get anything from fresh meat and fish, to pizzas and cakes there and all the stalls are really well designed.
After a busy day exploring Copenhagen on foot, I had dinner at Höst. Although a bit on the pricey side, their set menu comes at quite a good price and entails nordic food at its best. All their meals are served on beautiful dinnerware. I love the concept of Höst: In 2011 Danish design company Menu launched a new dinnerware collection called 'New Norm'; soon they realised that the New Norm collection needed to have a food setting to be presented properly, so they joined forces with restaurateurs Cofoco and created Höst. Unfortunately the restaurant was lit by candles and I was enjoying my dinner far too much to pause and take photos...
After dinner I went to the cocktail bar Ruby, which is in the city centre, right by a canal and opposite the Christiansborg Palace. I sipped on a delicious Ruby Daiquiri and let the evening pass by.
Having never been in Copenhagen before, I had initially planned on trying out one of the many Airbnb flats it has to offer. But after a little bit of research and my pay-cheque fluttering into my bank account, I decided to book a room at a nice hotel instead. Hotel Alexandra is situated in close vicinity to the train station and also right in town. I usually don’t really like hotel rooms, they seem to always look the same, no matter what city you’re in, but not so this time! The hotel is beautifully designed and I was over the moon to wind down in the bathtub that evening!
Day 2 of my Copenhagen adventure will follow shortly, thank y'all for reading!