For the last few years Copenhagen has been voted the happiest city in the world, and I must admit, indulging in their incredible pastries every chance I got – I was extremely happy!
This was by far my favourite area of Copenhagen. Lined with colourful seventeenth century townhouses, cute cafes and incredible boutiques, I had the best afternoon strolling along the river, a cup of hot chocolate in hand as I passed locals who unlike me, were seemingly unaffected by the cold.
If you’re into interior design then the shopping area of Stroget is where you want to be. I’ve never seen so many boutiques in one spot, focused entirely on items to make your home cosy. I wanted to buy everything in sight! We did our shopping (or in my case window shopping) on Saturday, which was lucky because had we decided to do it on Sunday, the majority of stores would have be closed.
We stumbled upon an interiors store called Hay House, which I highly recommend a visit too if you have time. Because even if you’re not in the market for a new chair or lampshade, a trip to the stores top floor will have you seeing an incredible view of the cities square.
CHRISTIANSBURG PALACE TOWER
After forty minutes queuing up, we made our way through security and into an elevator that had an old world charm to it. Reaching the top, I can say with certainty that the view was well worth the wait. Seeing the city from above, the architecture of the houses, snow blanketing the streets, it was truly amazing.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
This sculpture is the most famous mermaid statue in the world. Located at Langelinje Pier it’s the second most photographed site in Copenhagen after Nyhavn. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersons’s fairytale, it’s over 100 years old. Tourists flock to this area so to beat the crowds an early morning trip is best.
WHERE TO EAT?
For an amazing meal you can’t beat Zalt Aps. We went here for dinner and it was so good we returned the next day for breakfast. They do a great mixture of both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, and I opted for the braised beef. It was the best braised beef I’ve ever had and the portion size was huge. If I ever go back to Copenhagen, this place will definitely be one of my first stops.
For dessert, or even just a sweet treat, Lagkagehuset is where you want to be. Copenhagen is known for having some of the best bakeries around and I couldn’t agree more. My sweet tooth, and the baker in me, was in absolute heaven!
WHERE TO STAY?
Located a two minute walk from the main Copenhagen station, Hotel Astoria makes a great base for exploring the city. Providing guests with a free glass of wine in the evenings and free coffee in the mornings, we were all smiles when the concierge informed us of these extra perks.
The hotel is situated within the red light district, however having said this, Copenhagen’s red light district is considered one of the safest in the world. We didn’t actually realise we were in said area until we got back from our trip and a friend mentioned it to us. The only indication thinking back on it now, was the odd erotic shop we walked past.