|Jumpsuit: £100, American Vintage. Denim jacket: Primark. Sandals: H&M (sold out but buy similar here). Sunglasses: £14, Topshop. Bag: £151.15, Eileen Fisher. Photographs: 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
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|
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.
|Top: Darimeya at Topshop (old but buy similar from Mango here)|
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.|
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:
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|
|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|
|Jumper: £237.10, Eileen Fisher. Skirt: £98, J Crew (instore). Bracelet: Cadenzza. Watch: £125, Shore Projects. Sandals: £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
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).
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!
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: