Where to EAT and DRINK
Why it's great- A renowned cocktail bar full of the cities nicest Danes.
What to Order- Something strong and traditional to be taken seriously.
Tip- Head straight downstairs for the best bar and dark hidden booths.
Paradis Ice cream
Why it's great- Silly question.
What to Order- As many scoops as you can manage
Why it's great- The freshest, biggest, tastiest pastries you'll ever experience.
What to Order- The biggest one you can see.
Tip- Take a number as if you are at the deli in Asda, otherwise you'll be waiting a while.
Why it's great- Super stylish, great location, staff are so chilled it's insane.
What to Order- Coffee (any kind) and fresh salads made to order.
Why it's great- Copenhagen's version of Borough Market.
What to Order- a little bit from every stall.
Why it's great- The best seafood around, it's gained a real name for itself.
What to Eat- Ask for recommendations from the staff.
Tip- Book before you go! My best friend booked us in 2 months before we flew out.
Why it's great- Fresh, homemade goodness.
What to Order- A smoothie and some breakfast.
Note: The Meatpacking District is a good place to start an evening. Great vibes, everyone drinking outside.
Where to SHOP
Why it's ace- Interiors, done perfectly
What to buy- Artwork and vases.
Note- There is a resident pug that sleeps on the front mat.
Why it's ace- More mainstream but affordable. Really lovely displays and a great balcony of stylish finds. They even sold Orla Keily amongst their own designers work.
What to buy- We bought Typographic pots and sandals.
Tip- Ask for you items to be giftwrapped. It's unbelievable.
Fil de fer>
Why it's ace- The best curated vintage junk shop. Ever. Perfect to add the odd piece to a home, to add some history, or display pieces for your shop or craft stall. Also amazing bits and bobs for props for photo shoots.
What to buy- Furniture, hooks, bottles and other one off finds.
Why it's ace- Copenhagen's version of Yellowstone! They even sell some of the same work as we do. The owners are LOVELY and come to England for their inspiration. The lighting display is very enviable. The perfect shop to spend an hour nosing around.
What to buy- notepads, cards and prints
Why it's ace- A beautiful shop selling Danish designer makers work. Around the edge of the shop, are windows in to their studios! So you can watch them work and buy the pieces there and then. It's lovely to see collections of work, and the place they're made. It really adds to the story of the work. Very clever concept.
What to buy- Jewellery and tables.
Note- I want Yellowstone to have studios now!
Why it's ace- A danish showcase of more than 20 years type design. The staff are lovely and displays are so well thought out.
What to buy- A print, notebook or pot.
Note- The shop was lots smaller than I imagined so at first I was a little underwhelmed. So go with small expectations and be wowed.
Then go next door, for another gorgeous mix of vintage and design.
BUILDINGS that inspire
Why it's nice- Look at it. It's lovely. On sunny days, the front reflects the water too. Inside is a stunning Library.
Tip- Go in the front and walk right through in to the old library building and out into it's gardens. The perfect spot for a quiet sit.
Why it's nice- Great design and lovely atmosphere over by the water.
Tip- Round the back of the Opera House is the School of Architecture. We had a nose around (Kirst has a degree in it!) and sat in their garden which was full of weird and wonderful benches and structures that were designed by students. Act like you go there to sneak in to the studios and peek in at their models and drawings.
Get the boat just up from the Opera House over the river to get to the Design Museum.
Why it's nice- The history of Danish design. The biggest tease to tired legs, you could ever imagine.
Tip- If you look vaguely young, say you're under 26 and get in for free.
Where to WANDER
The canals are stunning, just like Amsterdam. The weather was fantastic when we visited and lots of people were eating and drinking out in communal gardens and along the waters edge. Just lovely.
We were also pleasantly surprised at how many bikes there were. Everyone cycles everywhere. It was hilarious to see people carrying furniture, four children, whilst doing their hair, riding a bike. Effortlessly.
The Palace Gardens were also a lovely place to rest our feet (it also has public toilets) and if you have time pop up the road to the Botanical Gardens. It was closed by the time we got there, but it smelt INCREDIBLE!
A quick note about the airport (it took us far too long to figure this out). Walk all the way through to the exit until you come to the busy 'ticket hall' go through there and up the escalators and walk along to the metro. It only goes one way so you can't go wrong. You can get tickets on the platform.