Sunday, 20 November 2016

Travel | Day One in Copenhagen

Last year after my trip to Copenhagen I read an article in the Evening Standard magazine, called Crushing on Copenhagen. You can read it here. I was very much in agreement with the article and it featured some of the best bits. However jumping in an uber..? We felt no need to do this during our whole stay.. we cycled everywhere.

I was pretty chuffed to see we'd made it to quite a few of the places the article mentioned.. Hay, Illium, The Royal Smushi Cafe, Tivoli Gardens etc.

There's some amazing bits of the article. "We were also struck by the number of hot dads with babies. Paternity leave in Denmark is the most progressive in Europe and we imagined their Birgitte Nyborg-like partners kicking ass at work while the men cared for the children and probably carved a rocking horse out of locally sourced wood while they were at it". - Everywhere! <3

I'd actually half written a post called 'The Things I missed in Copenhagen'. Little did I know we'd choose to return to the Danish Caption less than 18 months later... It was early September - we'd just landed from our Summer holiday and an email popped into my inbox with the easyJet sale. I trawled through looking around for a good place to travel. And that was it - I decided I'd take The Boy to Copenhagen. We paid less than £100 for return flights for both of us.

My friend Sophie and I travelled to Copenhagen in June 2015, you can read more about that trip here.
There were bits of Copenhagen we of course didn't see, and that's what I'd intended on writing about in that blogpost I found still in my drafts! In brief, the bits we'd missed were - The Round Tower, The Coffee Collective, The Carlsberg Experience and Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island. There are of course plenty of other parts to see.

So how do you go about a city break second time around, with a different person? The answer is get on a bike - cycle around and see it all again. And more. Our flight was early on the Saturday morning (7.30 departure from Luton), getting us into Copenhagen at 10.10. By the time we got to our hotel it was around 11.00. We left our bags at the reception and immediately got going - heading down to Nyhavn first of all - of course it's one of the most famous parts of the city. We wandered along and The Boy had a waffle at the famous Vaffelbageren.

We then headed to get some bikes - we rented them via Bycykel (very much like the Santander bikes here in London). We cycled along to see the Little Mermaid. She is a huge icon in Copenhagen but you may find she's rather underwhelming at only 1.25m tall. Lots of tourists flock to have their photo taken with 'Den lille Havfrue'.

Next we cycled back into the centre - through the grounds of Kastellet which is beautiful - we watched two swans attempting to swim across the frozen lake, by tapping away at the ice. We wandered around the Latin Quarter and found a great little coffee shop for lunch - Buzz Kaffebar, very close to the hotel I stayed in last year, SP34 - you can read more about it in my blogpost here. Buzz Kaffebar was very warm and cosy, we enjoyed our coffees and freshly made toasted sandwiches. We loved the feel of it - and of course the feature of Hygge on the menu!

It was then time to do something I didn't do before - climb the Rundetaarn or The Round Tower. I would definitely recommend climbing the Round Tower to get a perspective of the city, and at less than £3 per person it's a cheap activity in Copenhagen. I have to say I really enjoyed climbing the tower - inside it has a slope rather than steps which makes the climb a lot easier in my eyes both physically and mentally. Previously I climbed the Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn area of Copenhagen. Part of the church tower has steps on the outside of the Spire. There are also 400 steps so it's not for the faint hearted. However I would recommend it  - the view from the the Round Tower and the Church of Our Saviour are great. We could even see The Bridge (have you watched the series? We're a little obsessed with it. More on that later)!

After our climb we went back to our hotel for a rest. Our hotel was the Admiral Hotel Copenhagen which I can recommend. It's a large hotel, which was once a granary. We upgraded to a water facing room which was totally worth it... just look at the view!

Before heading out to dinner. We went to Papirøen (Paper Island) for dinner where you will find lots of street food stalls, under cover. We wanted to go somewhere like the locals perhaps would, although there were also plenty of tourists too. We went rather early between 6 and 7pm and it was already heaving. It seems like the place to go eating and drinking in Copenhagen. Another place I can recommend is Kødbyens Fiskebar, if you're after a top meal out. ( It has a Bib Gourmand in Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2015), or of course there's Noma if you're able to really push the boat out)!

After stuffing ourselves with yummy food and cocktails we headed back to Nyhavn where we found a traditional pub, and enjoyed Gløgg and Carlsberg, of course, for The Boy. We'd had a lovely first day in Copenhagen and soon it was time to rest our sleepy heads. We enjoyed a warm drink in the Hotel bar. A baileys hot chocolate for me! 

Stand by for Day 2..!

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