72 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN: PART ONE

Travel 

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My sister and I were craving a Copenhagen fix last month, so last weekend that’s exactly where I found myself – we don’t mess around. What we love so much about Copenhagen is that you can walk or cycle so much of it, which means we were able to squeeze a lot into three days. We were blessed with sun all weekend – thank you very much Mr Weather Man – which made the walking a lot more bearable, and was made all the more easy with pit stops for danish pastries at Lagkagehuset and sunny afternoons spent in the atrium at the Glyptoteket.

Shopping is always good to break up the day, as well – I’ve been wanting to go to Hay House for some time. It’s a showroom in the centre of CPH: you’re welcomed into the heavenly world of Hay and are able to buy hand-luggage friendly knick-knacks from their Mini-Market, which of course I did.


EAT

Atelier September – Probably my favourite place in Copenhagen. We had breakfast here on Sunday morning – it was our second visit (we’d been in briefly on a previous trip). It’s the calmest, trendiest cafe, with beautiful interiors and an even more beautiful dog that hangs out and sits at your feet while you eat. Atelier September are known for their unusual food. I had yogurt with zucchini, granola and matcha – sounds scary, but it was deliciously sweet. My sister also recognised one of our fellow diners as fashion designer Olivier Theyskens, who has designed for Rochas, Nina Ricci and Theory. We were pretty pleased, to say the least – I got told off by my sister for staring. I thought I was being discreet!

Lagkagehuset – Head here for the best pastries and snegls – you’ll find one of these dreamy bakeries in various street corners around the city. I particularly love their chocolate cinnamon buns, but a flødeboller never goes a miss, either.

VISIT

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket, Dantes Plads 7 –  This is an art museum built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. There are infinite rooms filled with white sculptures, and a garden and cafe at the centre of the museum. They also have a great rooftop view of Tivoli.

Rundetaarn, Købmagergade 52A – The Round Tower is a structure in the centre of CPH I’ve passed many a time, but we decided to venture in on this visit, were led up a spiralling tower with lovely views at the top, and an art gallery, too.

SHOP

Hay House, Oestergade 61 – The most beautiful interior showroom, which I could have moved into there and then. Their signature scandi design is minimal yet colourful, and I pretty much want it all. You can find the Hay Mini-Market in Selfridges in London if you can’t get to CPH.

Stilleben, Niels Hemmingsens Gade 3 – Stilleben translates to ‘still life’ in English. It’s a homes store, and everything it stocks qualifies as cool.

Designers Remix, Pilestræde 8D There’s not much I can say apart from that I want everything in here – me and my sis spent a while drooling over the insanely pretty pleats.

WEAR

Me and my sister were both sporting our trusty Pumas, coat. I’m also wearing a patterned scarf from & Other Stories, bag from Beck Söndergard, sunglasses from IllestevaJ.Crew white shirt with Bamford jumper and Topshop trousers.

There’s so much to do in Copenhagen – thats not all we got up to! Part two on the way…

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KØBENHAVN / CITY GUIDE 3

CHRISTIANSHAVN

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WEARING

Maje for K-Way raincoat, J.Crew Point Sur jeans and Superga trainers.

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Above and below: Parterre

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Christianshavn is a canal-heavy area of Copenhagen which blends a seafaring Dutch vibe with that distinct sense of Danish modernism.

We headed there in the hope of some up-close apartment snooping ops and of locating Parterre (pictured above), a French-inspired cafe which we’d stumbled across on Instagram.

LOL of the day came a little later, when we stumbled across a group of eager Segwayers (sadly not pictured) outside the Black Diamond library – a bold method of sightseeing, and weirdly mesmerising to look at.

Find Parterre on Instagram here (no known website as of yet).

 OTHER COPENHAGEN EATERIES

Paté Paté

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The coolest restaurant in the already-super-cool Meatpacking District, Paté Paté. Still lots of sister establishments to explore…

Atelier September

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Screen shot 2014-08-03 at 12.08.13 Atelier September, an antiques shop-turned-cafe, has been referenced by almost every hip Copenhagenista. Perfect breakfast spot – they’re famous for their avocado toast.

KØBENHAVN / CITY GUIDE 2

OLUF’s IS

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OLUF’s IS

Olufsvej 6 | Østerbro | København

This little ice cream shop is a bit out of the way, but entirely worth the journey, heatwave or no heatwave. That is all.

WEARING

T-shirt and shorts: Samsøe & Samsøe

Shoes: Superga

Bag: Chloe, Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

(Also starring: lakeside drinks on Peblinge Sø)

KØBENHAVN / CITY GUIDE

NYHAVN

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Gorm's

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Copenhagen has quickly become one of my favourite cities. It’s relaxed, it’s stylish…and everyone seems happy. On my second visit to Copenhagen, we found ourselves roasting in the sweltering heat (quite a contrast from my first visit last April which was quite the opposite; we had snow, to be precise). It’s a very different atmosphere in the sunshine and one I enjoyed very much. I hugely envy their amazing cycling culture along with their stylish sense of design in every aspect of life. Hot dogs are obviously a go to food source – I couldn’t possibly keep track of how many I ate.

VISIT

Nyhavn /  New Harbour

This is a more traditional centre of Copenhagen and a must-visit spot, with restaurants lining the canal – the boat trips allow you to see multiple sights along Copenhagen’s stretch of Harbour.

The Black Diamond  /  The Royal Library

This is probably my favourite building in Copenhagen. Its design is impressive inside as well as its exterior. It’s irregular shape and tendency to sparkle in the sunlight earned it it’s name and is well worth a visit.

The Royal Danish Playhouse and Opera house are two more architecturally beautiful sights – all can be seen from a Nyhavn boat tour!

WEAR
(and swelter in…)

T-shirt and trousers: J.Crew (here) and (here)
Shoes: Superga
Bag: Chloe

EAT

At Gorm’s pizzeria, either at Nyhavn or Magstræde (the Danish equivalent of Pizza Express, except way, way cooler) – so hyggeligt.

 LOL

For more on the Danish hot dog obsession, see: “The Danish hotdog stand” – not to be confused with Hot dogs or legs

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