Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Frugal City Guide: Copenhagen

Jumpsuit: £100, American Vintage. Denim jacket: Primark. Sandals: H&M (sold out but buy similar here). Sunglasses: £14, TopshopBag: £151.15, Eileen FisherPhotographs: Christopher O'Donnell
We had such a great weekend in Copenhagen, if you've not been then you must add to your list. The food, the shopping, the cobbled streets. And I love that for a European city, there's lots to see, but at the same time you don't feel any pressure to see all of it (unlike Paris or Rome - too many sights, too many must-dos!). We spent most of our time travelling between restaurants to shops and it was just perfect.

WHAT TO DO

RENT BIKES



We didn't rent a bike until day 3, and this was a mistake - we were exhausted. Copenhagen's not huge but it does take a while to do it by foot.  We cycled home from dinner in under 6 minutes when the previous night it had taken 30 mins. The city is totally set up for it, a bit like Amsterdam and it's not as dangerous for traffic like London. Literally, everyone cycles. And you can seemingly dump the bikes anywhere (as long as they're locked), and pop in for a coffee, a quick shopping spree etc. 




We particularly loved cycling through the area of Norrebro, tons of cool bars, shops and restaurants (this is where the Acne Archive store is!). If we were to book again, we would probably book an Air BnB in this area as you're close to all the best dinner and breakfast spots.


One of the many cool corners of Norrebro
A great street is Jægersborggade - home to Manfred's restaurant (known for its vegetable dishes AND steak tartare - what a wonderful contradiction), Coffee Collective and lots of cool cafes.



Manfred's
And Vaernedamsvej is a great street for breakfast spots (and flower stalls). We loved the charm of Granola - like stepping back into a 1930s Milkbar.




NYHAVEN



The real tourist part of the city, but still you must visit (but maybe don't sit in the touristy cafes outside). When we walked through these gorgeous pastel buildings, brass bands were playing and it was such a wonderful atmosphere.


PAPIROEN


Just across the water from Nyhavn (you can grab a boat over, or it's a short cycle journey - to walk was quite long-winded as we found out!), it's the old home of the Danish Press (hence its name: Paper Island), a real industrial area which has the sun on it pretty much all day long. It's now home to tons of amazing street food stalls, people sunbathing outside whilst enjoying the views over the city. We loved it here, all the food looked (and tasted) amazing and so reasonable.
Top: Darimeya at Topshop (old but buy similar from Mango here)






THE BOTANICAL GARDENS

If you love foliage, you'll love it here. A tranquil spot in the centre of Copenhagen. Just don't go up the stairs inside the conservatory if it's warm outside!





Dress: £65, And Other Stories (in blue). Sunglasses: Prada at Sunglasses Hut (buy similar here). Sandals: £24.99, H&M (bought instore). Bag: £151.15, Eileen Fisher.

BE OUTSIDE

If there's one thing to notice about the Danish, it's that they enjoy the outdoors. Especially in the summer, nights are light and pretty much any outside space is filled with people drinking and hanging out (but in a good way!). We bought some ciders and took a pedalo out on one of the lakes and it was glorious. 

Top: Darimeya (old but buy similar from Mango here) Jeans: £36, Topshop. Sandals: £24.99, H&M (bought instore)


WHERE TO EAT

It will come to no surprise to you that we basically based our entire trip around restaurants. Copenhagen has a real foodie scene, and we embraced it. The key is to eat more street food in the day, thus saving money for the fab (and always) atmospheric restaurants at night. Here were a few favourites:

Torvehallerne Market

This was close to our hotel, so we ended up stopping by a few times - it's basically Papiroen on a smaller scale. Great coffee, juice bars, queue-worthy bao and well, everything.

Dress: £65, And Other Stories (in blue)



I can't tell you how good these Bao tasted - roughly £10 for both of us for lunch

PATE PATE


If you only go to one expensive restaurant (roughly £85 for 2 with drinks), make it this one in the trendy meatpacking district (to be honest, pretty much all the restaurants here are worth trying) in Vesterbro. Amazing atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff and the food was so fresh, so tasty and made me eat things I never would have picked. We went for the sharing plates (the burrata and the cured salmon were out of this world), but saw other couples sharing the chicken and chips which we were also jealous of.



The meatpacking district
Top: £55, And Other Stories. Skirt: £83, Baukjen. Sandals: £180, ATP Atelier (or buy similar from And Other Stories here)Earrings: £69, Cadenzza
Meatpacking District by night


Without doubt the best pizza I've had. Ever. Sourdough, super fresh produce and not frightened of seasoning, my mushroom pizza was perfection. A really affordable place too, with dinner for two at roughly £35 (and the bar opposite does a v spicy Bloody Mary).



Jumper: £237.10, Eileen Fisher. Skirt: £98, J Crew (instore). Bracelet: CadenzzaWatch: £125, Shore ProjectsSandals: £180, ATP Atelier. Bag: Jigsaw (old)






Looking for the chicest avocado on toast in town? This cool cafe is the fashionista's favourite, does great iced coffees too, and is right by the cool shopping streets. Need I say more?







WHERE TO SHOP


Where not to shop, really? All the Scandi brands we love: Ganni, DAY Birger et Mikelsen, By Malene Birger, Acne. They're all here, and mostly around Gothersgade. But I was more interested in the interiors stores. Sadly I didn't get to do as many as I expected as the day we had planned for shopping was Constitution Day so everything was closed (maybe a sign?!), so we had to make a rather rushed dash to the shops on the morning before our flight (and still managed to buy a few things!).

Other streets near Gothersgade worth mentioning are Ostergaard with Hope, Illum, DAY Birger, Acne and Maria Black. Store Regnegade had fab interiors stores, cafes and Ganni.



2 floors of absolute beauty. I wanted everything. And what I loved was that there were plenty of items to buy on a budget, too. We bought a small cushion for £35 (about £10 cheaper than in the UK), some matches (which I adore) and a pointless pink pot which I will love forever.





SUPERLOVE 

One of the many stores along Gothersgade. I love the mix of interiors and fashion here, and it stocks one of my fave Danish brands Mads Norgaard.


ARTIUM

This store, right by Tivoli was one we just stumbled upon but I wish I had more time. Stocking brands such as Normann Copenhagen, Antoni posters, Kortkartellet (fab map prints) and Nord by Thomsen (gorgeous jewellery). 

MUNK

Another tiny little store we just happened to stumble upon, but everything was so beautiful and minimal, you almost didn't want to touch anything!



STILLEBEN

When you walk into a store and their use of colour makes you question everything. The best range of prints, pottery and furniture, all curated beautifully. We couldn't leave without buying a print (and then framing it via Ikea when we got home).




I hope you found this City Guide useful, as always I love to hear your thoughts (or if you have any recommendations!) @thefrugality.

Top: Darimeya (old but buy similar from Mango here) Jeans: £36, Topshop. Sandals: £24.99, H&M (bought instore). Bag: Sezane (sold out)


And on the subject of City breaks, here is a little video I filmed with Hush on what I pack for a minibreak away:

8 comments :

  1. Amazing photos, I definitely want to visit Copenhagen one day, it's so picturesque and beautiful!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! And it really did feel like a break, rather than running around like stressed tourists ;)

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  2. Glad you liked Copenhagen...it's so clean compared to London for starters! Now you know you can get returns for 30 quid there is nothing to stop you from revisiting!

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. SO clean! I know, it actually cost me the same to get a train to Oxford today :(

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  3. Loved this review :) I went to Copenhagen last year with friends and I am DYING to go back with my bf, so I'm happy to have you're recommendations. We stayed in Norrebro and it was such a cool area. I'm definitely pinning this post to my travel board x

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    1. Thank you! And with such affordable flights it would be a crime not to go back!

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  4. You look so pretty and the photos are beautiful! :) x
    Helena - Swedish girl in Tokyo
    http://www.ilenczfalva.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/helena_de_ilenczfalva/

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