Friday, 16 September 2016

Travel guide: A long weekend in Copenhagen

No trip for me is complete without a little pre-holiday research, yes I know I'm so spontaneous it hurts. For my birthday last year, Nick and I took a summer trip to the Danish capital and I can't wait to go back again. I'm a magpie when it comes to the Scandinavian aesthetic so I couldn't wait to do it like a Dane for a few days. If like me you prefer to suss out the vibes before you book a trip then you may find this mini guide useful. Takk for reading!

Best time to visit: Summer months - June, July, August.
£££: Won't break the bank for a short weekend unless you're a fiend for fine dining.
Don't miss: The street food market on Paper Island and Tivoli Gardens at night.

Where to stay

This Airbnb was the bomb and has to be my favourite find so far. We stayed in the stylish neighbourhood of Vesterbro in Line's apartment which you can find here. Plonked right in the heart of the area on Krusågade, we had an abundance of cute cafés and bars right around the corner. Our host couldn't have been more helpful making us a list crammed full of local gems, I would highly recommend staying in this laid-back neighbourhood located next to Central Station.

The apartment itself was a dream and it really put the cherry on top of the trip being able to sit out on the balcony with beers and blankets after a day of exploring. You should definitely check out Airbnb the next time you're hotel hunting, it truly is babein' to live like a queen for a bit and still have some pennies left over. If it's good enough for Kim K, it's good enough for me.


Food & Drink

Mad & Kaffe, Vesterbro - Our first food voyage was a short walk from the apartment, a brunch spot sitting on the corner of Sønder Boulevard. Their concept is to create your own breakfast combo by ticking off your choices on the list. This place was voted Copenhagen's best cafe in 2015 so it will be busy but it's worth it for the bangin' scrambled eggs.

Cafe Taxa, Nørrebro - After cycling our butts off one day we discovered this gem on the corner of Jægersborggade and made a pit stop. We sat outside and basked in the sun whilst enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and Taxa's take on huevos rancheros. A great all rounder!

Copenhagen Street Food, Papirøen - Roughly 10 minutes from Nyhavn, this indoor street food market is heaven on a plate. As 80% of our relationship is based around eating, it was essential that we located this bad boy. Offering international cuisine from Korean to Moroccan, the Paper Island trucks boast delicious, sustainable food made with locally sourced ingredients. We sampled the pulled confit duck burger with Sriracha and the Brazilian grill plate below - oh hot daaaang it was tasty.

Meatpacking District, Vesterbro - Such a good place to visit day or night with the markets, plenty of restaurants and colourful nightlife. You could easily stay fed, watered and entertained the whole evening yet walk less than a mile. We went to Tommi's Burger Joint twice because the burgers were so j-j-j-juicy but we probably should have saved some belly room to give the pizza at Mother a whirl. We did try out Paté Paté but to be honest it was a bit out of our price range by the end of the trip so we sacked it off after the starter. Oops! I'm sure it was lovely though...

Fermentoren, Vesterbro - A cozy, craft ale bar with oodles of choice for beer enthusiasts. I must admit a visit here was mainly to satisfy Nick's penchant for pale ale but what I did try was pretty tasty, plus you can buy a standard drink if beer gives you nothing but a bubble belly. Brilliant staff, wonderful atmosphere and a beer named after Ryan Gosling - what more could you need?

Things to do

RENT A BIKE. Your vagina may resemble a mashed avocado afterwards but this is the best way to discover Copenhagen. The city is made for cycling so don't worry about standing out like a sore thumb - literally everyone rides. We had so much fun exploring and it cost roughly £30 each to rent for 3 days. I couldn't think of a better way to get around. Unless of course the bike seat came equipped with ice-cube filled cushions to soothe my battered flaps. Ouch.

The first must see place is obvs picture-postcard Nyhavn, we stopped off here after spending the day at the street food market. You might get ripped off as this is a tourist hot spot, so if you're looking to save some cash just get some road beers from the shop, whack on Spotify offline and perch on the quay side to admire the scenery.

The next day called for a visit to the famous amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Nestled right in the city centre, we didn't know what to expect but absolutely loved it. Strolling down from our apartment late afternoon we arrived in time to experience Tivoli at sunset and as evening came, the place was pretty magical to be honest. Bonus points - there's a Wagamamas inside, hoorah!

Now then, Freetown Christiania the self-governed free state. Your interest in err, herbs, may sway your opinion on whether you stick with or skip this. We went out of curiosity and it was pretty intense, too many dudes in balaclavas for my liking and strictly no cameras allowed. Don't get me wrong it was really interesting to see but I'm not in a hurry to go back. Our final stop was the Botanisk Have at the University, a must for all the green-fingered Grahams out there. Expect beautiful blooms and tropical temperatures so don't skip the deodorant, s'all I'm sayin'.

A truly wonderful city with so much more to discover. Where would you visit in Scandinavia?


  1. It looks like you had an amazing time! Really beautiful images and that food is making me hungry. I absolutely love your blog btw x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    1. Thank you Tiffany! It was awesome and I'm glad you enjoyed reading xx

  2. Looks lovely! I can't wait to visit Copenhagen some day!

  3. nyhavn is a must in copenhagen and i loved it so much. in general, we just wandered around and it was beautiful.

    1. Isn't it amazing! Thanks for reading :) x

  4. Copenhagen looks like such a cool city - the food looks amazing and it seems like you had a great trip :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. Hi Jasmine, thanks for reading! I really like your blog x

  5. wow wunderschöne bilder

  6. Girl your pictures are so beautiful! I'm dying to visit Copenhagen, it looks so stunning - I need to go even more so now I've seen this post!

    Hayley xo

    1. Thanks for reading Hayley, and that's very kind I'm glad you like my photos. I really would urge you to visit, its a beautiful place. Alice x

  7. I keep hearing amazing things about Copenhagen! It looks beautiful, thinking about planning a trip in November!
    Elle Bloggs

    1. Thanks for reading Lauren, it is a lovely place and I would definitely say its worth a visit. Alice x