To celebrate my 26th birthday earlier this year, we went on a 4 day trip to Copenhagen. In the beginning of April, winter was still going strong in Copenhagen, but that is part of the Scandinavian charm I believe. Being a biker and that being my main way of transportation, I loved that the city belongs to bikes instead of cars. The bikerlanes are huge, so it’s a joy to bike through the city. We stayed at the Isbens hotel, which to my humble opinion had an amazing breakfast buffet, there was a wide range of yoghurts, granola, breads, fruit, cheeses and everything was organic. Our room also had great wifi, an extra plus for an Instagram addict as myself.
The thing I was mostly looking forward to was the Copenhagen foodie scene. Our hotel was near the Torvehallerne and we couldn’t resist passing by without stopping for a cinnamon bun at Lauras Bakery or a flat white at The Coffee Collective. The Torvehallerne offers everything you could be craving and it all looks really good. Copenhagen Street Food located in an old paper storage warehouse is bringing a range of culinary influences to the city. This is the place to come for sushi, inventive smørrebrod or Korean burgers, sit near the water if you are lucky and the weather is nice.
To Eat / Have Coffee:
MOTHER, Høkerboderne 9. Located in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, Mother serves you no nonsense, simple Italian food. Go there if you are in the mood for sourdough pizza or the best brunch buffet I have ever seen.
ATELIER SEPTEMBER, Gothersgade 30. Atelier September is without a doubt one of the prettiest cafés in Copenhagen. You have probable seen shots of their delicious breakfast or lunch dishes on Instagram. They were closed due to holidays during our stay, but I have heard one to many good stories about this one not to include it in our list.
THE COFFEE COLLECTIVE, Jægersborggade 10 / Vendersgade 6D / Godthåbsvej 34B. I believe that no trip to Copenhagen is complete without a cup of coffee at The Coffee Collective. As our hotel was near their espresso bar at Torvehallerne, it was our daily routine to stop by for a cup.
GRØD, Jægersborggade 50 / Frederiksborggade 21. Grod which literally means porridge in Danish serves oatmeal in its classic form, but also with a little creativity. Think a bowl of oatmeal with pears and licorice, but also an Asian version with chicken and miso.
COPENHAGEN STREET FOOD, PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8. What used to be an old warehouse is now home to Copenhagen’s first Street Food hall. You can choose from about 40 different food stands, every single one with their own take on street food. And enjoy your meal with a view on the Copenhagen harbor.
STILLEBEN, Niels Hemmingsens Gade 3. Stilleben sells design, ceramics, interior jewelry and graphic prints by Danish and international designers. The selective range focuses on smaller unique productions and young talents. I can tell you it’s hard to leave this store empty handed.
ILLUMS BOLIGHUS, Amagertorv 10. Illums Bolighus is an international flagship store for modern living and interior design. They collect all the goods things Danish interior design offers in one place. From design classics to affordable interior design items, this is a must visit in Copenhagen.
HAY HOUSE, Østergade 61, 2nd floor. One of my favorite design brands HAY originates in Denmark and has become a symbol of affordable Danish design. So a visit to the Hay House is a must.
BOTANICAL GARDEN, Oster Farigmagsgade 2B. The Botanical Garden is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. The light in here is absolutely stunning, and the greenhouses hold collections of palm trees, cacti, succulents, and many endangered species. It’s the perfect place to get out of the city center and enjoy the peace and quiete.
ROUND TOWER, Kobmagergade 52B. Although it takes a serious hike to the top (there’s no elevator), the view is definitely worth it.
ASSISTENT KIRKEGARD, Kapelvej 4. The Copenhagen cemetary is not only the burial site of a large number of Danish notables, but also lovely green and quiet place to walk through.