A weekend in Copenhagen
For my boyfriend's birthday, his sister got him the best possible present: a weekend away, in a city we had wanted to visit for a long time: Copenhagen. Believers and strong supporters of the hygge way of life, we embarked on this trip with a heart as warm as a Danish home.
Since the weekend was a present, we didn't pay for the flights or accommodation, but we did know that Copenhagen was a pretty expensive destination. Overall, the prices are about 50% higher than Dublin. It's important to keep that in mind when you plan your trip but that shouldn't put you off because it is all very worth it.
Food wise, Copenhagen offers the best experience possible and eating there is probably - bold statement alert - as enjoyable as it is in Paris. After all, René Redzepi's Noma, the local food glory, has been ranked best restaurant in the world four times in the past decade so it seems quite deserved.
We stayed in the Kong Arthur, a lovely hotel very well located right in front of one of the city's inner lakes, near a new food market that we strolled a shameful amount of times. We arrived on Friday afternoon and had a quick drink in our room - the staff knew it was my boyfriend's birthday and a nice bottle of wine was waiting for us. That is how to win us in a heartbeat.
For dinner, we tried one of the restaurants of the hotel, La Rocca. Nordic food had to wait but it was perfectly fine by me as my seafood linguine were absolutely wonderful. The only fly in the ointment was the strong voicing and look of disapproval and disdain I received when I dared ask for parmesan for my pasta. The waiters may have been Italian, I feel sorry for them if they have never added a hint of cheese in their seafood linguine.
The next day, after a lovely walk in the city, we went for brunch in Kalaset. The experience was a bit painful as it was Saturday and the whole city seemed to have decided to go for brunch at the same time. I guess it was a bit strange to see how busy all the restaurants and cafes were inside considering the quietness of the streets. The coffee there was lovely and the brunch was pretty tasty yet not mindblowing.
We walked around the city centre in the afternoon, finding shelter in various shops to escape the cold for a few minutes, and went on a boat tour, which I really recommend especially if you are only there for the weekend as it allows you to see and learn a lot about the city in just an hour.
After freezing all day, we took advantage of the hotel's spa and spent a couple of hours in the jacuzzi and the steam room. Never ever did I enjoy sweating so much as it allowed me to feel my toes again and get the cold out of my bones.
After a drink in Empire, a beautiful beer bar with a great atmosphere, we had dinner in Baest. We were recommended the pizza and tried four very different ones. Our conclusion: although we enjoy a bit of creativity, our favourite toppings for pizza are the simplest. The four pizza we had were all delicious but we agreed on the winner: mozzarella, semi-dried tomatoes and Parma ham.
On Sunday, we followed the lead of Richard Ayoade aka Travel Man - my personal hero. We visited the Rundetaarn (round tower) and enjoyed the view over the city in spite of the hopeless grey sky. We then visited a strange place called Christinia, which is basically a self-proclaimed autonomous community where smoking weed is tolerated. It was funny to see / borderline creepy and worth the visit.
For lunch, we had some delicious smørrebrød in Aamanns. This traditional dish which used to be a simple piece of buttered rye bread is back on trend thanks to some talented chef who got creative with the toppings. My favourite one was the avocado, which was basically the best avocado toast ever.
In the afternoon, we visited the Design Museum and its amazing chair collection. We absolutely loved it and have a great time choosing our favourite seats that we couldn't sit on. Before heading to the airport, which is my new favourite airport in the world, dethroning Singapour, we stopped at Mormor's and nibbled on a delicious cookie while looking at the quirky decor.
These two days were a great first experience but we quickly realised that we had to come back to see more of wonderful Copenhagen and use the one one and only word we learnt: Tak!