Our visit to Copenhagen, a few favourites

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The last weekend of February, Tamar and I (without our kids!) spent a few days in Copenhagen, the beautiful capital of Denmark, and we loved discovering this wonderful city. There’s just so much to appreciate — the beautiful architecture, slightly austere and with deep, beautiful colours. The very kind and handsome people. The amount of bikes! The food culture (no surprise that the best restaurant in the world is located right here). The sea, right there. And, of course, the design, apparent in each and every detail of society.

Here are a few of our favourite discoveries. I definitely recommend visiting Copenhagen — we definitely want to go back soon with our kids!

Hay House Copenhagen Hay House Copenhagen
Hay House Copenhagen Hay Hosue Copenhagen

Hay House is the flagship store of the Danish design company Hay, and is filled to the brim with beautiful and inspiring design. Funnily enough it’s located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of an apartment building with a rather unpretentious entrance, but still, everyone knows where to find this beautiful store.

Royal Smushi Copenhagen Royal Smushi Copenhagen

Royal Smushi is a brunch and lunch restaurant with a wonderful, eclectic interior which can only make you happy. They serve delicious ‘smushi’ — beautiful pieces of food art, a mix between the local ‘smørrebrød’ (an open-faced sandwich) and sushi.

Forloren Espresso Copenhagen Folkloren Espresso CopenahgenCopenhagen is filled with the most amazing coffee places. Forloren Espresso became our favourite daily coffee retreat — the super nice owner looks a little bit like a scientist and his coffee is simply amazing!

Stilleben Copenhagen Stilleben Copenhagen Stilleben Copenhagen Stilleben was recommended to us by one of the shop ladies from Hay House, and it’s truly a little gem of a shop. Every single piece of merchandise is so incredibly beautiful!

Atelier September Copenhagen Atelier September Copenhagen Atelier September Copenhagen Atelier September Copenhagen

Atelier September is an initiative of two ex-cooks of Michelin restaurant kitchens. They cook simple and fresh, mostly raw and organic dishes with a strong local influence. The atmosphere here is so fresh and airy, the food is delicious and the space is just beautiful!

Illums Bolighus Illum Bolighus Copenhagen Illum Bolighus Copenhagen

Illum Bolighus is a department store right in the centre of the city and it is filled to the brim with design, design, and more design. If only we had a bigger purse! : ) So wonderful to watch all of this beauty, and make a giant mental wish-list…

copenhagen beach copenhagen beach Wulff Og Konstali Wulff Og Konstali CopenhagenCopenhagen is such a bike-friendly city and it was such a pleasure for us Dutchies to be able to cycle around and discover the parts of Copenhagen that are located a bit further away from the city centre. We cycled along the shore, waved to our friends in Sweden, and had a tasteful, typical Danish brunch at Wullf Og Konstali.

Copenahegn Design Museum Copenhagen Design Museum

The Danish Design Museum is located in Copenhagen and of course we had to visit. It’s just incredible to learn about the history of design of this design-led country and the enormous amounts of design classics that originate from here.

Lele Copenhagen Vietnamese Lêlê vietname restaurant copenhagen

We stepped into Lêlê Street Kitchen, a Central Vietnamese street style restaurant for a quick and super yummy lunch. I wish the Lêlê cookbooks would come in English, they looked incredibly inspiring!

Pate Pate CopenhagenTraveling without our children, we could take full advantage of the great nightlife Copenhangen has to offer — cocktail bars, wine bars, and great restaurants. We spent a lot of time in Vesterbro, one of the hippest neighbourhoods of the world, apparently. (We felt hopeless out of place!) In the former meat market are a few amazing restaurants — we tried the seafood restaurant Kødbyens Fiskebar and had a wonderful (my favourite!) dinner at Paté Paté. We drank delicious wines at Malbeck. We tried Mad Men style cocktails at Ruby’s and Lidkoeb, a super cool cocktail house in an 18th century apothecary located in a difficult-to-find courtyard behind the main street, so mysterious! I promised Tamar that next time I would have a whiskey with him on the top floor, where a sparsely lit bar with vintage leather couches and a private club feel, serves over 200 whiskeys from all over the world… and only whiskey-drinking people are allowed inside!

Tivoli Copenhagen

I can’t wait to go back and visit Copenhagen with our children. I want to visit Tivoli with them, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. I’ve heard the Torvehallern (the food markets) are nice to visit and I’m sure my kid would love that. We didn’t have time to try 42 Raw this time, and Noma was unfortunately closed, but both are on my wish-list of places to eat.

If you know of more places that are worthwile to visit in Copenhagen and surroundings, or have other tips for fun things to do, please do share in the comments! I’m thinking that next time, maybe we can drive from Amsterdam and visit Legoland on the way. And then maybe we’ll cross the bridge to Sweden and see Malmö too…

xxx Esther

PS Something interesting I noticed in Copenhagen when we visited, and a Copenhagen weekend get-away.


Comments (12)

March 19, 2015

Georg Jenson’s daisy range symbolises Denmark for me. My partner is Danish and bought the earrings for me when we first got together……

DAISY has roots in Denmark; this icon has been a favourite for generations of women. The national flower of Denmark inspired this perennial favourite. The daisy is also associated with the royal house of Denmark. When Queen Ingrid gave birth to Princess Margrethe in 1940, Georg Jensen presented her with a special version of DAISY to commemorate the event. Beyond Scandinavia, DAISY is popular for women of all ages. It can be worn as a brooch, bracelet, earring or pendant and with jeans, business or cocktail attire. Like the flower that inspired it, the DAISY collection is joyful and fresh.

March 19, 2015

I love Copenhagen too and also went this year with just my husband! Illum department store… kind of embarrassed to say how long I was there… And I’m a big fan of Hay too. We ate at Geranium which was an amazing experience. Next time Louisiana Art Museum is on my list too! My second time in Copenhagen and still one of my favorite cities.

March 19, 2015

This is a lovely post, Esther! Copenhagen has been on my bucket list for a long time. Your photos make it look so crisp and fresh!

March 19, 2015

Thank you SO much for your post. Although I am from Germany and so close to Denmark I have never been and it has been on my list for way too long. Your pictures, all of this design and food (I didn’t know there was such a strong raw food culture) I am determine to book a flight for this summer while we are visiting my family in Germany. Thank you so much for the inspiration and sharing your tips!

March 27, 2015

[…] (I also saw it on display in one of the world’s coolest shops, Hay House, when I was in Copenhagen recently.) Also, it is an extremely sturdy and durable sculpture, which makes the (steep) […]

April 13, 2015

Can you recommend a hotel in Copenhagen? We just booked the flights! So excited.

Esther in Amsterdam
April 28, 2015

We stayed here: — it was lovely! (Really nice food 😉 ) x

April 26, 2015

I live only a 20 minutes drive from Copenhagen, but I just realised I need to visit soon. I have not been to Copenhagen seens my tweens were born 2 years ago, and all the restaurents you mention were not there when I used the city more. Wonderfull guide to Copenhagen you have made!
If you bring your kids to Copenhagen I can only recoment to take a look at It’s a city guide that tells you everything that is happening for children in Copenhagen 🙂

Esther in Amsterdam
April 28, 2015

Thanks for the tip Maria! x

March 27, 2017

I knew i’d find a great trip report on Babycinno Kids and this certainly didn’t dissapoint! I’ve decided last minute to tag along on my partner’s work trip this week so i’m looking for any last minute tips. So excited to visit and loveee the look of those gorgeous wooden alphabet blocks, did you see those in Illum? They would make a great gift for a little ones birthday, i’ve never seen those in London before?

Esther in Amsterdam
March 27, 2017

Yes I saw those in Illum Bolighus — aren’t they cool? Enjoy Copenhagen — you’re going to love it!! xxx

June 16, 2017

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