For the last few years Copenhagen has been voted the happiest city in the world. And I must admit, indulging on their incredible pastries every chance I got – I was extremely happy!
Strolling through the city, we stumbled upon quaint little cafes where the locals huddled around cups of coffee, seemingly unaffected by the cold weather. I on the other hand, am still getting used to European winters and so I was feeling more than a little chilly. This however completely slipped my mind as we turned the corner of a small cobblestone pathway and my eyes immediately landed on snow. SNOOOOOOOW!!! Luca still laughs at me when he sees my reaction to snow. Growing up in Italy it’s normal for him, but growing up in Australia, all I ever saw was sun and sand. I couldn’t have been more excited! Camera in hand, I was in awe of the soft white snow that covered the tree branches and blanketed the grass. I’m sure passers-by could tell immediately I wasn’t a local. I was like a kid in a candy store.
Copenhagen is such a beautiful city and with everything in walking distance, we found that a weekend was enough time to explore the city center. The first place we visited was the iconic area of Nyhavn. The harbour lined with colourful 17th and 18th century townhouses, it’s a photographers dream, so yes, Luca was in heaven. It’s also a popular spot for the romantics. On a few occasions we saw couples attaching locks to the bridges and we even saw a proposal.
Situated in the heart of the city is the shopping area Stroget. Insiders tip, visit Hay House (a home ware store) and go to the top floor, you’ll get an amazing view of the square.
Copenhagen is extremely rich in history and one place we really wanted to visit was Christiansburg Palace Tower. After queuing for fourty minutes in the cold, we made our way through security and into an elevator that had an old world charm about it. Fitting a maximum of eight people, we all squished ourselves in and took the short ride up. As we reached the top floor, the elevator came to a stop, but for some reason the doors remained shut. A few seconds later, doors still unopened, the elevator started heading back down to ground floor. Eight strangers squished together in this tiny box all mirrored the same look. That look that said “no way am I queuing up again! I’m not leaving this elevator, we’re going to the top floor.” Ten minutes later and the technical issues had been fixed. Luca and I exchanged looks of relief. We really didn’t want to be stuck in there for much longer. Finally making it to the viewpoint, I can say that it was well worth the wait. Seeing the city from above and the architecture of the houses, was truly stunning.
No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without some amazing food. I had the most delicious braised beef at a place called Zalt Aps, the beef literally melted in my mouth. For dessert, we headed to Lagkagehuset where I had the best apple crumble of my life. On my second serving I was literally dissecting it, bit by bit, in hopes of replicating it back home. Copenhagen is known for having some of the best bakeries around and I couldn’t agree more. I’d go back for that apple crumble alone!