Thursday, 4 February 2016

    Travel to... | Copenhagen - Day One

    This weekend I headed on a short city break to Copenhagen. I love going on city breaks and exploring new places. When you're working hard all year it's nice to break it up with a city break here and there.  This year I vowed to travel even more. Last year I did plenty of travelling but there is always more to be done. 

    Copenhagen has always been on my list of 'must visit' and I'm so pleased I went. It's such a beautiful city full of happiness. It was voted the happiest nation and you can clearly see why. Even though during the 3 days I was there it was very cold, windy with sporadic showers; people were still so cheery. We decided to use Air BnB for our trip and we stayed in this beautiful apartment which was a short bus ride from the centre of Copenhagen, you could even walk from there. Such a great experience with my first ever Air BnB rental. When we arrived, we picked up a tourist travel card for 72 hours which cost 200 dkr so about £20. If you're there on a city break this is perfect and great value. We headed to drop our suitcases off at the apartment and collect the keys. Our Air BnB host -Mai, was so kind. She offered some fantastic recommendations and made us feel so welcome. 

    For lunch we headed to Restaurant Sch√łnnemann. A highly recommended traditional Danish restaurant. It's even featured in 'Where Chefs Eat' book; given that -  it is very wise to book ahead to be sure you get a table. From walking in and being greeted I knew I was going to enjoy it. The staff were all so polite and friendly. Onto the menu; wow, there were so many great sounding dishes it made it hard to decide. I eventually  chose the Lobster Salad and then Minced Beef, they were both so delicious. My boyfriend went for the traditional 'smorrebrod' (an open sandwich);you start with Herring then onto Plaice then finish with Beef. I've never had Herring so he let me try a little and it was yummy though a very acquired taste and it's traditional to pair the Herring with Schnapps, the reason being is the winters get very cold, the Danish eat lots of high fat and rich foods and the Schnapps is used to balance that. I love restaurants that the waiters offer you all this information and naturally too. It's never forced to gain an insight to the inspiration behind a menu. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough - if you're in Copenhagen you MUST visit. 

    After lunch it was time to shop, which was perfect timing or I might have drifted into a food coma. We headed to Norse Projects; one of my boyfriend’s favorite ever shops. The staff in there were so kind and he came away with a really nice new jumper. We also headed to Hay which was my idea of heaven. I love homeware and spend far too much money on it, but Copenhagen's full of incredible design shops I couldn't miss. Day 2 was full of lots more design shops and the Design museum, so be sure to head back soon to read all about that. 

    Dinner that evening we headed to Cocks and Cows - a recommended burger restaurant. They have won best burge three times. The burger was yummy and I had a side of twisted fries with blue cheese cream dip which were to die for. If you love burgers you should head here. The interior is a cool american diner but it doesn't let you forget you are in Copenhagen with some Scandi design shining through. There was such a buzz and cool vibe there and full of locals too. If you head here get there early and go to their bar underneath called 'Spencer' my boyfriend had the best Gin and Tonic ever and their cocktail menu looked great. 

    I hope you enjoyed reading up on day one of my time in Copenhagen. If you have any questions - feel free to comment below or drop me an email. Come back to the blog soon and you can read up on day 2&3. 

    Have you been to Copenhagen? What's your favorite thing about city breaks? 

    Lots of love, 

    N x 

    P.S I have pinned the places that I visited during my stay in Copenhagen. Click each pin to see more details. Enjoy!


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