Saturday, September 30, 2017

Copenhagen mini break - what I did and how I did it

Copenhagen twice in on year. Hadn't realised that until it was pointed out to me....but this time was more of a chance to experience it in summer - indulge, hang out and live like a local.

I stayed in a wonderful Airbnb in Frederiksberg, full of Danish design and great for inner city living. Close enough to walk to most places, but great for riding. Like Gothenburg, they have Donkey Republic bikes here too - so I could rent a bike for the whole time I was in town.

First stop the food markets, Torvehallerne, one of my favourite places in the whole world. Fresh local produce, food made by ex Noma chefs, caramels, microbreweries....a great place to shop, eat and while a way a few hours.  Dinner sorted and first night a relaxing evening in planning the next 48 hours.

Time to pick up a bike and head out to check out some thrift stores, galleries and shops. Highly recommended is Design Zoo . It's a treasure trove of beautiful designers full of furniture, homewares and jewellery. 

GL Strand is a great gallery to visit and I was lucky enough to see a Tove Jansson (artist who created Moomin characters) exhibition. The streets a block away from the canal are full of antique shops, little designer boutiques and cobblestone walkways. Start at Kompagnistraede and then make your way to 48 Gammel Strand for the gallery.

I'd booked a table at Baest for dinner and was not disappointed. I chose the multi course option which is basically them just feeding you a bunch of highlights from their menu. Way too much food but an absolute delight. Highly recommended and more on that later:

Sunday is perfect for bike rides, coffees and flea markets. The Coffee Collective has branches around town and check out the internet for seasonal flea markets. I visited a great one in Frederiksberg and ended up with a pile of great Danish you do. 

Lunch at Relae - more refined fancy restaurant from the people who run Baest and more flea markets around the beautiful old cemetery park.

One final bike ride to Vesterbro for some wonderful beers at Mikkeller, one of the best places in the world to drink beer:

Copenhagen - let's see if we can make it a trifecta this year. One of my favourite cities in the world. 

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