I HEART Copenhagen!

This weekend just gone, I visited the beautiful capital of Denmark, the city of the Little Mermaid – Copenhagen. It was once the center of Danish empires and home to palaces, history and lots of Danish heritage. Modern Copenhagen is not a city stuck in the past, but a city full of modern buildings, art and of course, furniture. After spending two nights and three days in the city, I fell in love. Read all about why this city has stole my heart and become my second favorite in the world (nothing tops New York)…
The hotel 
So for our short weekend away, we stayed at Hotel Alexandra which completely reinforces the Danish design aspect that we all know and love. The hotel is decked out in furniture by Arne Jacobsen, Ole Wanscher and Kaare Klint (all famous designers of furniture), but yet it still had a cosy feeling to the place. The rooms have recently gone under renovation and are completely cool, refreshing and minimalist – very blue.

It was the perfect location and I couldn’t recommend it enough for this particular reason, being just 200 metres from Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square and famously renown, Tivoli Gardens.
The Little Mermaid 
Our first pit-stop when we arrived was one of the most famous tourist attractions in Copenhagen, the sculpture of The Little Mermaid at Langelinje Pier. The sculpture appears a lot bigger in images you may have seen showcased across guide books and the internet, however in person the sculpture is very small. She is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s loved fairy tale. A fact that amazed me was, the little mermaid has been victim of vandalism on more than one occasion: twice she has lost her head, once her arm was removed and several times vandals have poured paint over her. It’s a cruel world, but she still exists in all her glory.

Tivoli Gardens 
We were so lucky that we visited Copenhagen during its European outreach of celebrating all things Halloween at the much-loved Tivoli Gardens. This particular event makes Copenhagen one of the most talked about places in the world during this time. The decor was out of this world and something I would imagine the Americans to only be able to pull off. It included over 20,000 real pumpkins, real autumn flowers and candles, candles, candles everywhere! The park’s rides were open and you could enter the Haunted House for an all-round scare-fest. However, the ride that grabbed our attention the most because of its beauty was The Galley Ships. Just look at the colour…

Steak and Lobster 
Our first dinner was at a restaurant based in the Tivoli Gardens called, A Hereford Beefstouw. I ordered a Rump Steak with chive jacket potato and my girl pal ordered a Lobster with chips. The highlight of this entire dining experience was without a doubt something they call, ‘The Garden’. In other words this was a salad bar that offered you every single thing you could imagine from beetroot to carrots to gherkins to peanuts. By the time the dinner arrived, I think we both had consumed our weight in salad. This was most definitely no Harvester…
Food, Glorious, Food
The next morning we took a little walk to the local food market called Torvehallerne, which was just a 10 minute walk away from our stunning hotel. This food hall was a really clean, delicious and warming environment, where we decided to buy our breakfast from. With over 60 stands selling everything from fresh fish, meat, gourmet chocolate to Danish pastries. We sat and enjoyed a Brown Sugar Tart with a hot cocoa and then made our way onto our next destination…

Bringing us to…Nyhavn!
Nyhavn you say? Yes! The most iconic image of Copenhagen that pretty much everyone in the world has seen at some point, the colourful town houses, the clean water and the big boats floating alongside. It was originally a busy commercial port where ships all over the world came to dock, but today the beautiful old houses are renovated into bars and dining spots. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen even used to live at no.20, which is why one of the new restaurants is called ‘The Tinderbox’ as he wrote this and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ in this location.

Freetown Christiania
This is a very bizarre spot in Copenhagen and was established a little later in 1971 by a group of hippies who developed their own society, own sets of rules and became completely independent of the Danish government. 
The nearer we got to Pusher Street, the more I realised we were out of this little city I had begun to love so very much. It did feel a little less easygoing, safe and nowhere near as photographic (although you are not allowed to take pictures in this area due to the hash dealing, which is illegal in Denmark). At the entrance to the park you see a sign that says do’s and don’ts. I think we left shortly after walking around and drowning one Irish Coffee…
Dining in style
One of the highlights of the entire trip was dining at the Norma sous-chef restaurant, BROR. Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman previously worked at the famous Michelin-star dining experience, Noma. Now they have opened this little basement restaurant and it is an absolute must go. The word BROR means brother in Danish, and the food certainly showcased a brotherhood in doing what they love most.We ventured out of our budget for this experience and opted for the ‘a selection of snacks and 5 course meal’ option, which included bull’s balls, cod’s head, pumpkin pasta and an amazing ‘christmas in a bowl’ pudding. I have never dined in such a beautiful city with such intricate food so I would highly recommend this spot in particular, especially if you’re a foodie.

All I can say is for £40 flights and a purse full or Dutch Krone, you need to go and experience the culture, the food and the pure friendly nature of the Danish. Just don’t lose your heart to Copenhagen like I did…

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