I’m still on a high from a blissful weekend spent in Copenhagen visiting the amazing Fiona aka #goonsquad, with Sarah and Helen. I have been known to rant on about how much I hate minibreaks, the totally tourist aspect makes me cringe HARD, so it was a delight to be taken around the city by Fiona who was a charming and lolsome guide <3 U! It was a lovely few days of cycling, little cafés with wifi, sightseeing and vintage shopping in the spring sunshine. Oh hai best ever things! There were also a lot of coffeerants/winerants about life, the internet and general biznass. Copenhagen is such a lovely city, the location by the sea means the air is so fresh and clean and cycling is pure, segregated bike lane joy.
CPH (as the cool kids call it) is known for amazing coffee, so I was often high as a kite on a couple of cups of their finest brews. The shopping is also pretty amazing, Copenhagen people look so cool, so stylish but totally pragmatic. The city is packed with stores stocking amazing labels like Samsoe & Samsoe, Whyred, Won Hundred and Stine Goya, whose studio I was lucky enough to go and visit, so look out for that. I also went a bit mad in the Acne Archive shop, that stocks all their samples and past collections, amazing. Their homewares and interiors are famously appreciated but it’s only on going there that I realised how much good design is an integral part of Danish life, it’s not an elitist or class thing, it’s just natural there for people to want beautiful homes.
Here are some of my favourite places from the weekend:
Acne Archive ELMEGADE 21 2200
Pick up a total bargain at this men and women’s store that stocks samples and past collections, I picked up two dresses for £80 each!
Samsoe Samsoe Studiestræde 13 1455
Loved this store that stocks the Samsoe & Samsoe label as well as other Danish brands, super cool.
Henrik Vibskov Krystalgade 6
Designer boutiques are often intimidating but Henrik Vibskov’s multi-brand store is a pure delight.
Genbrug Vesterbrogade 79, 1620
By-the-weight vintage store where you can find all sorts of treasures, I picked up an amazing red silk jumpsuit for my flatmate.
Hay Pilestræde 29 1112
UH-mazing interiors shop, seriously fell in love with their textiles and their rose gold coathangers.
Coffee Collective A/S. Godthåbsvej 34B 2000
These amazing guys are dead serious about their coffee, you can get a bewildering variety of beans, freshly ground in front of you, served in an equally bewildering amount of ways. One for the coffee geeks.
Dyrehaven Sdr. Boulevard 72 1720
Perfect place for a beer and smorrebrod, the traditional Danish open face sandwich, super cool interiors too.
Bang & Jensen Istedgade 130 1650
Lovely place, equally good for the trad Danish brunch or for a shot of Fisk in the evening. On the Istegade street which is packed with cafés and lovely vintage/antique shops.
Madklubben Store Kongensgade 66 1264
Buzzy little restaurant that does great burgers and super cheap bottles of fizz, win!
Mother Høkerboderne 9 1712
Sourdough pizza and cocktails, Mother also do brunch in the morning. In the Meatmarket area with loads of nice bars nearby.
The Little Mermaid is a must-see, she looks so sad and forlorn, I felt sorry for her and wanted to give her a hug. Borgen fans will deffo appreciate a trip to the palace and parliamentary buildings to geek out and I loved the Design Museum, do not miss. The best way to see the impressive architecture of the city is to take a bike ride, it’s not a huge place so you can easily get lost and find your way back!
Baisikeli Ingerslevsgade 80
You can’t not cycle in Copenhagen and it’s such a joy with dedicated bike lanes. Everyone including drivers and pedestrians are totally bike aware, which is a dream. Little tip, cycle on the right side of the lane to let people pass you and if you’re going to stop, raise your hand to let the people behind you know.
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