Copenhagen

We recently landed in Copenhagen for a celebratory long weekend and fell in love with the foodie delights, chilled vibes, sensational shopping and laidback culture. With three days to explore the city, we grabbed hire bikes (crucial) and set to explore & eat our way around the Danish capital.

When: April 2016. Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon

Where we stayed: Air B’n’B in Norrebro

FOOD

A key feature of most our travels are the places we eat. Good food in great company is the epitome of holiday success. With my own personal belief of eating to nourish the body, mind & soul and a healthy dose of “treat yo self”, Copenhagen delivered with their fine mix of exceptionally healthy & clean eats, exquisite fine and Michelin starred restaurants and then extravagant sweets & deserts.

GROD

The anticipation of this spot from friends recommendations had been building for quite some time back in London and perfectly delivered with the most PERFECT porridge and additional bonus of insta worthy snaps. In fact, this was such a hit, we returned twice in our short stay, helped non the less by the fact we had chosen to stay literally around the corner. Coincidence? I think not.

Favourite one here had to be the incredible concoction of home made dulce de leche with apples and roasted almonds atop creamy oats, however the apple and vanilla compote with icelandic Skyr yoghurt and toasted nut mix was another worthy winner.

Palaeo Primal Gastronomi / Torvehallerne

Torvehallerne is a foodies delight, a huge glass indoor market area filled with fresh produce, smorrebro stands, interesting coffee and juice stalls and market wares. We made a beeline to the markets with one stand in mind - the Paleo cafe; Palaeo Primal Gastronomi. Sticking to Paleo principles, this cafe creates mouthwatering meals, the seeded bread alone is worth the trip down. We shared a delicious chicken salad and organic burger on sweet potato mash and it definitely nourished the soul! On a sunny day it is a great place to sit outside, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy a fresh juice/smoothie/pint/wine depending on your preferences in a buzzing area of town.

Mirabelle

This small organic bakery and cafe in Norrebro is the perfect place to relax for a late lunch or sundowner vino. Again, a place we returned to twice within the trip, Mirabelle focuses on their exceptional bakery mixed with fresh italian produce, supplied by top chain farmers, growers and producers to ensure their is no lack on quality, with high sustainability levels and ecological standards.

I don't think I have stopped dreaming of the incredible charcuterie board and freshly made Burrata washed down with a crisp glass of rose - it was simple, fresh and perfect.

Apparently, their croissants and cinnamon buns are a must have, sadly we arrived after they had sold out both times... a good excuse to go back!

Papeiron Island

This converted warehouse now homes a trendy street food market similar to Street Feast back in London, but featuring in-house DJ's, an ambient crowd and some delicious stalls. A very buzzy spot particularly on a Friday night, the stalls were fairly typical street food style, yet again delivered with fresh, seasonal produce and tasty treats. A strong Mexican craving was fulfilled here!

Definitely a spot to hit for people watching, a few drinks, some tasty food and some jazzy vibes.

Moller

A favourite past time of mine is Brunch. I have strong feelings of love towards breakfast eats and cafe culture - what can I say? I'm Australian. So when scoping out Copenhagen, a brunch spot was a must. Moller was one of the few spots that really intrigued my breakfast radar and judging by the line and wait to get a table on a Saturday morning, I was not alone in that thinking! The concept here is somewhat "breakfast tapas", you order small dishes to create your own meal or to share as a table. Again, as it seems to be the trend here, everything was fresh, high quality produce, with interesting flavour and texture combinations.

Side note: this place is an Instagrammers dream, with small plates creating perfect snaps and a living wall as a great backdrop!

HOST

HOST comes with a string of design awards, a Michelin star and glowing reviews , non the least from a dear client of mine who KNOWS food. This "New Nordic" restaurant brings a slightly rural Scandi feel with understated elegence and incredibly prepared produce to a seasonal degustation menu matched (if you wish) to an incredible wine list. This was a treat for a celebration, and seated in a beautiful converted wine vault with a flowing menu of incredible cuisine was every bit the special birthday spoils.

Meyers Deli

I think it would be a crime to go to Copenhagen and not have a cinnamon roll, so luckily for me, Meyers deli was located right around the corner to fulfill my desires! This place delivered the goods - perfect baked goods, the cardamon twist actually blew my mind, and then right across the road you have Coffee Collective for an incredible flat white (Australian coffee snob approved), it's pretty much a dream come true.

Manfreds

Seasonal, unpretentious, family style meals focusing on extracting the best quality of organic produce and offerings of Danish farmers, Manfreds is a dream for a satisfied belly. I think I may have actually wiped my plate clean, it was that damned tasty. This was our last stop before flying back to London and by far, soaking in some sunshine on a cool street in Norrebro eating such incredible fare was a highlight of culinary delights from the trip.

PLACES

Norrebro

This neighbourhood seems effortlessly cool, a mix perhaps of the Lower East Side of NYC and De Pijp in Amsterdam. With a laid back ambiance, filled with creatives, cafe dwellers and young families, it's fast growing to be the hottest neighbourhood of the city. With a whole array of cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques lining the streets, it is definitely a worthy place to hang out in for a few days of a city break.

Elmegade

This is a super cute pocket within Norrebro that has some great shops (hello Acne Archive and Hooha Sneakers) and cool cafes. Filled with locals, it's a nice little place to wander, people watch and soak in the atmosphere.

Pilestraede

A long narrow street in central Copenhagen that is filled with some of the best boutiques for Scandi fashion. I'm particularly obsessed with a few brands launching from CPH; think Samsoe Samsoe, Won Hundred, Wood Wood, Norse Projects, and the boutiques here offer a curated selection of items that I am lusting over for my "out of gym gears" wardrobe. There is an emphasis on streetwear, with clean silhouttes and simple designs - which complements my sports luxe feels particularly well! Additonally, I love the fact that there is even a sneakers boutique solely for women here, Naked, which helps fuel an avid kicks collection!

Nyhaven

This is where you will find the row of beautiful coloured houses along the docks that feature in pretty much every photo of Copenhagen. Rather touristy (typically) but a great place to chill in the sun prior to jumping on a boat tour and making the most of a photo op.

SIGHTS

Boat tours

A must do! Jump aboard and get transported all over the city with highlighted features and landmarks that you may otherwise miss out on, the Royal Palace, Little Mermaid statue, Opera House, The Royal Library...a great way to see alot on a limited amount of time and soak up some culture and history amongst all the eating and shopping!

Tivoli Gardens

One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Tivoli Gardens is an impeccably maintained amusement park and pleasure garden right in the centre of town. With beautiful scenery and amusement thrills, I couldn't skip an opportunity to jump on a rollercoaster and soar across the city skylines! Definitely a fun way to spend a few hours. Plus, during the spring/summer they have evening gigs and we lucked out with an amazing show from Bo Kasper Orkester.

FITNESS

So to be fair, during this quick little stay the focus was on relaxation, soul nourishment and exploration, however due to a sneaky little hack we did manage to get in a fair amount of incidental fitness, by riding our bikes all over the city. Cycling our way across Copenhagen was not only an amazing way to see everything and not be hassled by transport issues, but maybe made me feel a tiny bit better about the amount of cinnamon rolls consumed...

I'm often laughed at when I return from each new city and exclaim " I want to move there", however Copnehagen sincerely earned that label from this trip. As a city break, it had the perfect balance of amazing eateries, fantastic shopping, great bars, culture, history and atmosphere. The focus on seasonal, local and quality produce alongside a culture that really appreciates healthy living strongly appealed and provided the ultimate backdrop for a quick escape from London. I couldn't recommend the city enough & am looking forward to the next trip back, maybe next time to check out some of the many Pilates studio's I spied around town!