Tuesday, 11 April 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark

City Break Guide: Copenhagen, Denmark

We snagged a good deal at the Copenhagen Island Hotel. lt's located near a train station, which is only a stop away from the Central Station and a half hour walk to the City Centre. It wasn't the best of hotels, definitely more accommodating for people on business, but it is pet-friendly! But the staff were friendly, the room was spacious and we had a view of the harbour which was lovely in the mornings. My other hotel recommendation is Hotel SP34, a trendy boutique hotel. Be ready to be infatuated by their Danish interiors and their rooftop terrace which has a view of the city. 

When in Copenhagen, it is only right to drink coffee and eat copious amounts of pastries right? (Well, that's what I told myself.) In the morning, take a stroll towards 108's The Corner for their coffee and their in-house Danish pastries, using only seasonal ingredients, their selection is always accommodating to what is fresh and best. If you're not near-by, there is an abundance of Ole and Steen branches dotted across the city, head in for a latte and their infamous and cinnamon buns. (And if you're not planning to head to Copenhagen anytime soon, head to their London branch in Piccadilly Circus!) 

The coffee culture is real. Recommendations? Coffee Collective Cafe is home to the young and stylish; using fresh beans to create their perfect cups of coffee. Another popular cafe located in the city centre is Atelier September, pretty interiors and the perfect spot for people-watching. 

For lunch, pay a worthy visit to Andersen Bakery. My friend Sarah recommended I try this spot, and I'm so glad I did. A Japanese chef by the name, Shunsuke Takati, was infatuated by Danish baking and opened up this bakery; serving up traditional Danish pastries which are heavenly, and pastries with Japanese influence – matchabolle for example. In addition to being a bakery, it also serves up gourmet hot dogs, which are house-made, in a delicious brioche-bread. We opted for the Spicylicious and the Beef hot dogs – a definite must when you visit. 

A must-try in Denmark is their smørrebrød. The famous Danish open sandwiches which consists of buttered slices of rye bread with a variety of toppings/accompaniments. We visited two spots, both as good as each other. Fleisch is located in Copenhagen's Meatpacking District serves smørrebrød for their afternoon menu. As soon as you sit, you'll immediately start to feel cosy, or what the Danes would call hygge, with their wooden chairs, propped up with furry blankets and candles on each dining table. If a table at Fleisch isn't possible, since it is located in the Meatpacking District, you will be surrounded by other restaurants – opt for Paté Paté next door.

The other was Kronborg Restaurant, in comparison to Fleisch, its aesthetic is more traditional and homey, oozing a more old-school vibe. If the weather permits, take a seat outside and enjoy the sun as you chow down on delicious open sandwiches. We opted for the pickled red herring (a must!), the paté and the Danish meatballs. All were absolutely delicious, but my favourites was the red herring dish. 

For dinner, head over to Restaurant Honey, located close by to Nyhavn. The concept of the restaurant is Asian-style of dining, sharing dishes together as a table, which creates a friendly and social atmosphere on the dining floor. Choose a main course, from lamb, pork to fish, which is then accompanied by their daily garnishes which changes according to seasonal ingredients and what the chef prefers. For our dinner, we were served gnocchi in brown butter, baked celeriac with truffle butter and chives, fried apples with cottage cheese and tarragon, and a salad. Even if you don't have space in your stomach for dessert – make space! Their soft-serve ice cream topped with in-house toppings was the perfect way to end the meal. A self-serve service enabling you to choose your choice of ice-cream and toppings (and it's unlimited!) Honey was definitely my favourite dining spot during my visit. 

108 is the sister restaurant of the best restaurant in the world (in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014), NOMA. Although it would have been quite an experience, NOMA was far to expensive, upwards of £300 per person. Both restaurants are known for their reinvention and interpretation of the Nordic cuisine, using only seasonal, fresh produce and famous for their fermentation kitchen which they share together. Hence we opted for 108, a cheaper alternative to experience New Nordic Cuisine. We discovered 108 through watching MUNCHIES video, and we were in awe with the way the head chef, Kristian Baumann, spoke about the food and its process. However, we left.. disappointed, not because the food wasn't good, but it was average. I didn't leave feeling "this was a great meal, I'd go again." For reference, we ordered cured squid, raw norwegian scallops, braised ox tail and beef short ribs.  My favourite dish there was the scallops because of how fresh and delicate the dish was and its execution. But the other dishes were again, average and nothing too special. Nonetheless, one day, I would love the opportunity to dine at NOMA, they are currently closed, but what they have in the works sounds amazing – watch their video here.

If you're feeling something different, I recommend heading towards Copenhagen's Street Food Market which is behind NOMA and 108 in Christiania. Open from 12pm till 8pm, it's an optimal place to grab lunch or dinner. Similar to Shoreditch's Dinerama, there are a variety of different cuisines for 50DKK and upwards, in addition to alcohol too. If the weather permits, sit outside in the sun and bask in the weather with a cocktail in one hand and food in the other by the water front. Otherwise, there is indoor seating to accommodate for any rainy/cold weather. I highly recommend trying the fish and chips and the duck and chips located on the left hand side of the market upon entering. 

For sweet treats, a foodie's spot in Copenhagen is Gelato Rajissimo which serves up delicious gelato and the famous waffle stick with melted chocolate and sprinkles! A perfect treat whilst you're walking along Nyhavn. Another choice is Osterberg Icecream located in Osterbro, selling delicious ice cream with unique flavours like jackfruit and durian! A definite must-do in Copenhagen.  

Denmark is famous for its fashion, interior design and it being the happiest place in the world. So firstly, shopping is must. Fashion recommendations include: Playtype, Acne Studios, Weekday and Norse Store Women. If you're into stores similar to Dover Street Market, Storm is a must-do. To shop Danish interiors, try out Frama, Dansk Made for Room, which sells a selection of designers famous for their homeware and design; and a beautiful ceramics store called Keramik and Glasvaerkstedet.
Visit the Botanical Gardens inside the University of Copenhagen, its absolutely beautiful. Whilst you're there,pay a visit to Rundetaarn, attached to the University's Library, it provides a lovely view of the city. 

Photography by myself and Josh Theobald


  1. I've never been to Copenhagen but I would love to! Loved your photos and reading through your recommendations. <3


    1. Thank you for your kind words! Copenhagen has been on my travel wish-list for years! I'm so pleased I got to visit, and would love to again!

      Thuy xo

  2. Oh my! What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for the guide.


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