Good Food & Drink
- Torvehallerne KBH: Beautiful huge food market, tons of plants and food stalls, and booths representing lots of the best cafes.
- Hallernes Smørrebrød: Flat breads heaped with gorgeous toppings. We tried the flounder fillet, the roast beef with pickles and crunchy onions, the fried herring, the smoked salmon and the liver pate. Deeeee-luxe!
- Kanalen: Sat at a table beside the canal, this was our fancy evening out, from bread basket start to sip-of-port-and-cheese-course finish, a total treat.
- Mikkeller & Friends: Craft brewery bar in Vesterbro, picnic tables outside, lots of tasty beers (200 mL small glasses, perfect).
- Meyers Bageri: Know what they call cinnamon buns in Denmark? Kanelsnegle, which translates as "cinnamon snail". Know what else is amazing about cinnamon snails? The swipe of chocolate and gushy marzipan that is apparently folded into the dough. Flaky like a croissant on the edges, soft and saturated with amazingness in the snail core. Fricking amazing. We sat outside Meyers in Nørrebro. Also sampled the kanelsnegle at Emmery's, very delicious with a coffee for breakfast.
- Granola: Everyone goes to Granola for breakfast, and it's excellent. Situated on Vaerndernsvej in Vesterbro, which is a delightful little street full of design and paper shops, fromageries and cute shops, and a huge beautiful mural. I had a croque monsieur. James had a softboiled egg with rye bread, and slices of cheese and apple.
- Pixie: Sat on the terrace under the umbrellas and enjoyed mint lemonade and coffee midway through our self-guided walk through residential, quaint Østerbro.
- Louisiana: Worth the 30-40 minute train ride out of the city to a gallery filled with modern art. The setting is gorgeous, right on the seashore with Sweden across the water in the distance.
- Christiansborg Slot: We checked out the royal reception area, which was totally worth it for the gorgeous contemporary tapestries in the Grand Hall. And the book-filled library rooms, lovely.
- Danish Design Museum: Favourite exhibits included the perspectives on how Japanese art had influenced Danish designers, the porcelain rooms, and the halls lined (Museum of Modern Art-style) with lots of examples of comfy Danish chairs. Oh, and the fabric print retrospective, so lovely. We got a few postcards of the fabric prints.
- Rundetårn: Always great to see the city from the top of a tower and viewing platform, plus the passage up is mainly a gentle sloping spiral ramp (as opposed to a stairwell. Whitewashed walls and windows with lovely views on the way up.
Good Places to Walk
- Nyhavn: Candy-coloured buildings lining the canal. Touristy but totally lovely. This is also where we happened upon Kunsthal Charlottenberg on our first night, where the classic courtyard was filled with modern architecture, huge crowds of the coolest Brooklyn-artsy crowd, and lots of places for us to sit under the clear dusk sky. DJ music and such a laid-back vibe, this was the first evidence of Copenhagen's ultimate amazingness.
- Nørrebrø: Across the bridge, beautiful cemeteries and gardens, with the amazing Jaegersborggade road, packed with bakeries, cool design shops, wine bars and more. We also took a self-guided walking tour in the surrounding neighbourhood, to see the residential area and neat street art.
- Østerbro: Residential with lots of neat little details and architectural elements, and some good cafes and shops along the main roads.
- Pretty much an entire city full of JennJ faves, shop windows lined with stationery, delicate artisanal wares, artistic planters full of succulents, etc.
- Stilleben: Prints, notebooks, scarves, textiles, little pottery dishes for plants.
- Playtype: Stationery store full of notebooks, cards and prints.
- Dora: Boutique full of charm, lots of cards and unique gifts and little ornaments.
- Hay House: Furniture, toys, trinkets, neat dish towels, stationery doodads. A design candy store.
- Illums Bolighus: It's a department store, but it's floor after floor of amazingness. And one of only a few places where we could actually test out some of the furniture, "oh so this is how it feels to sit in one of these Danish design chairs, not bad!"