My Copenhagen Journal
One missed flight, one 3am train and an extra £230 later, we finally landed in the Danish capital.
When I first visited Copenhagen a few years ago it instantly became my favourite destination. Paris is beautiful, New York is awe inspiring and Liverpool has become my second home but the Danish capital, with it’s appreciation for design, it’s acceptance of slow living and it’s abundance of great coffee shops and eateries, tops my list.
When I saw return flights from Liverpool for £30 myself and my girlfriend Meg jumped at the chance for another visit. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that it didn’t quite work out that cheap – we somehow missed our flight out and ended up paying an extra £115 each for an early morning flight the next day.
The missed flight left us with around 36 hours to soak up as much of Copenhagen as we could. Having said that though, there was no rushing. We took our time to enjoy a few coffees, to stroll around the coloured streets and embrace a slower pace of life for a few days.
Tip : Copenhagen is relatively small. Most of the city is manageable on foot but a bicycle rental is a great way to explore the less central areas.
Having missed our flight on Friday afternoon, we boarded a 3am train from Liverpool to Manchester, caught the 6.45am flight and landed in Copenhagen at around 10am local time. Checked into our amazing AirBnb by 11am we set out in search of a bite to eat (with a detour to Original Coffee) at Souls, a wonderful vegan restaurant in Nørreport with a great brunch menu.
From there we walked into central Copenhagen for a walk up Rundetaarn to catch a view of the city from probably its best vantage point. With the mornings caffeine fix waining, it was on to Atelier September for a top up. The rest of the day was spent wandering the city, popping into stores like Acne Studios and Norse Projects before grabbing tacos (the best I’ve ever had) from Hija de Sanchez at Torvehallerne.
The 3am train caught up with us around 8pm so we grabbed some fresh bread, olives and hummus and went back to the AirBnb for an early evening.
Notable Places To Visit
Original Coffee – Quite a few locations but my favourite is the rooftop at Illum. Their ‘En Foss’ on the menu is a flat white fyi.
Christiansborg Palace – The changing of the guard is worth catching.
Souls – Vegan restaurant who excel at brunch.
Rundetaarn – For a great view of the city from above.
Nyhavn – The classic tourist destination with beautiful houses.
Norse Projects Store – You know what to expect here.
Tivoli – Old time carnvial, theme park.
Hija de Sanchez – The best tacos you’ll find in the city, from the chef behind Michelin star restaurant Noma.
Outfit Of the Day 1
T-shirt – Uniqlo U Long Sleeve (shop here)
Trousers – Uniqlo washed jersey ankle length (shop here)
Shoes – Tread By Everlane Off-White (shop here)
Tote Bag – Campbell Cole (shop here)
Hat – Norse Projects (shop here)
Refreshed from our early night on Saturday, we made an morning dart for possibly my favourite coffee shop in Copenhagen, CUB Coffee. The basement level cafe hosts an impressive collection of designer lighting from Louis Poulsen and &Tradition, while their home baked goods and coffee supplied by Copenhagen Coffee Lab are up there with the best in town.
Having filled up on cortados and pastries we set off to check out the National Gallery. The sun was out so after a walk around the interior we grabbed a Hay Palissade chair and caught a few rays outside before exploring some of the cities interior stores – Paustian, and the Fritz Hansen showroom.
We’d heard a lot of great things about Mother, an Italian wine bar and pizzeria, so before the sun went down we made our way to Copenhagen’s meat packing district to try it out for ourselves. The pizzas, made with sea water and sourdough, did not disappoint.
Tip: I’d highly recommend the Bufala – made with mozzarella, tomato, vine tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil.
Notable Places To Visit
CUB Coffee – Possibly my favourite coffee space, decked out with Louis Poulsen lighting and great coffee.
National Gallery – A stunning piece of architecture with a great cafe inside.
Acne Studios – Perhaps check out the archive and pick up a bargain from last season.
Atelier September – No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a visit here.
Lefix Store – A new discovery for me. Menswear store selling contemporary streetwear brands.
Paustian – Fantastic store with brands such as Vitra, Artek, Carl Hansen & Son and Son of a Tailor.
Fritz Hansen Showroom – Tons of interior inspiration from a brand favourite.
Mikkeller – For all your craft beer needs.
Mother – Their sea water and sourdough pizza is delicious.
Outfit Of the Day 2
T-shirt – Uniqlo U Longsleeve (shop here)
Overshirt – Form & Thread Studio Overshirt in Brick (shop here)
Trousers – Uniqlo relaxed fit ankle length (shop here)
Shoes – Common Projects Achilles Low (shop here)
Monday was, which will come as no surprise, another good coffee day. First up was Democratic, a coffee shop attached to Copenhagen’s main library and a million miles from any cafe you find in a library back home. They’ve got their own in house pastry chef and trust me when I say, he does a standup job.
Before checking out and catching our flight we stopped at Torvellaherne for some food (a wrap from Paeleo for me) and another coffee. Coffee Collective had an amazing Geisha on filter – a light bodied Colombian that hit the spot perfectly.
Tip : If you ever spot a Geisha coffee in a decent coffee shop I’d recommend trying it. They’re a little pricier but always worth the few extra quid.
Notable Places To Visit
Democratic Coffee – Come for the coffee, stay for the fresh pastries.
Wood Wood Store – Selling their own brand items plus pieces from select brands such as Commes des Garcon.
HAY House – Showroom for the Danish brand featuring their best in furniture, lighting and home accessories.
Samøe & Samsøe – The Danish brand’s flagship store
Illum Bolighus – Scandinavian design / homeware store
Torvellaherne – An urban mix of street food vendors and fresh produce
Coffee Collective – They’ve got a concession in Torvellaherne but their stores are worth a visit too.
Outfit Of the Day 3
I’m back in Copenhagen this week for 3 Days Of Design along with Utility Design so if you’re interested in interiors make sure to keep an eye on my stories as I’ll be documenting what’s new and exciting with brands such as Menu, Muuto, Ferm Living and Fritz Hansen, among others.