We feel so super lucky when work means that we get to travel. Neither of us have ever been to Copenhagen before so when we found out that we had the chance to go there we jumped at the opportunity!
After a super speedy flight we arrived to what can only we described at the most calm, clean and serene place ever! As we stood on the pavement waiting to cross the road a sea of bicycles came past us all ridden by thee most tall, slim and gorgeous humans going about their chic daily lives. Feeling a little bit left out that we did not have our own bicycles we made do with our feet and started to explore the City.
Immediately we were surrounded by an abundance of colourful buildings and cute quirky cafe’s that we just could not get enough of looking at (and of course taking photos of!)
The warm sunshine meant that there was a lovely vibe about the place with everyone sitting outside eating their Smorgasbord and drinking their morning coffee. I think we must have walked up and down the same cobbled street three times trying to decide which spot to choose for brunch as they all look so heavenly.
Our first brunch spot was the exquisite Cafe Okko on Laederstraede, which turned out to be one of our favourite cobbled streets for cute cafes and restaurants. The signature brunch at Cafe Okko is highly recommended, and comes in sweet little slate bowls . We love picking at different things and trying new foods, so these were perfect for us!
Usually when you think meeting you think boardroom, but for one of our meetings we found ourselves on a boat tour with some of our lovely clients for Amelia Jane London. Drifting along the canal we were able to to see much more of Copenhagen and realised just how much there is to see. A canal trip here is something we would definitely suggest doing while in Copenhagen, much of the city is more easily visible from the surrounding water and connected easily by canals, as well as the fact its essentially a costal city, being also by the sea! One of the most iconic landmarks of Copenhagen is The Little Mermaid, and you can’t really visit the city without having at least seen her! This is easily done from the canal trip, and dare we say it, but we were quite happy to simply view the mermaid from the canal as she is is quite a way from the city centre if you were to walk.
One of the most beautiful and iconic parts of Copengahen is Nyhavn, which is a must see especially for a first visit. It refers to the area that one would possibly picture when thinking about images of the city, the beautiful coloured houses lining the canal. The colours here are so vibrant, and give the area a historical Scandi feel that is elegant and uplifting. There are so many gorgeous cafes, restaurants and even a little ice-cream and waffles café which we obviously had to visit, only because both are traditional Danish treats of course!
Speaking of food, we couldn’t not mention gorgeous Hope Café (@hopecph), a cute little vegan café that we had scouted out on social media and that was just as instagrammable as we had hoped! We opted for the breakfast bowls and they come highly recommended, together with coffee with almond milk. Although neither of us are vegan, we do like to try and be healthy most of the time, and it is always interesting to see how beautifully thought out and presented vegan recipes and dishes are. Hope is cute, and was definitely a hot spot for hipsters on laptops having their morning meetings together over coffee and matcha tea.
Copenhagen is home to Stroget – one of the longest shopping streets in Europe – and it certainly is long but we weren’t complaining! We spent a few hours walking up and down and enjoying the different shops that we don’t have in the UK, BikBok, Monki and Envii are all really great for high street shopping with a Scandi twist, and for the ultimate luxury department store, we checked out Illum, which was so beautiful we just had to have lunch at the sunny roof terrace restaurant where the sun was beautiful and we almost felt like we were up in the alpine mountains!
Somewhere we had heard a LOT about in Copenhagen before visiting was Christiania, this is a neighbourhood in Copenhagen characterised by its autonomous nature. The “freetown” is home to 850 residents and is essentially a hippie style anarchistic society. The area is brilliant for photography, we enjoyed taking photos of the incredible works of graffiti art that covers the warehouse buildings in this neighbourhood.
All in all, we had an amazing time in Copenhagen and would definitely recommend it for a serene, Scandi city break!
O & A Xx