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!
what’s there to do
Nyhavn Lined with colourful seventeenth and eighteenth century townhouses, Nyhavn is a photographers dream. It’s also a popular spot with romantic couples who travel to leave their love locks on the classic Copenhagen bridges. As Luca and I strolled through the area, we stumbled upon quaint little cafes where locals huddled around cups of coffee, seemingly unaffected by the cold weather and we even got to see a bit of snow.
Stroget Situated in the heart of the city, the shopping area of Stroget is the number one place to buy the latest fashion trends and everything home ware. Not much of a shopper when I travel, I mainly just browsed and enjoyed the pretty window displays.
Insiders Tip: A special trip to the top floor of Hay House, will give you a view of the square that you don’t want to miss.
Christiansburg Palace Tower After queuing up for fourty minutes, we made our way through security and into an elevator that had an old world charm to it. Fitting a maximum of eight people in the lift, we squished ourselves in and road the elevator up to the top floor. As we came to a stop, the all familiar ping went off, signalling we had reached our destination. The only problem, the doors remained shut. A few seconds later, the elevator came to life but instead of the doors opening as we all expected, it began heading back down to ground floor. Eight strangers squished together in this tiny box all mirrored the same look, “no way am I queuing up for fourty minutes again. I’m not leaving this elevator, we’re going to the top floor!”
Fifteen minutes later, problem now fixed and all eight of us still squished side by side, we ride the elevator up for the second time. As we reached the top floor and the doors opened successfully, Luca and I exchanged looks of relief. Stepping out, I can say with certainty that it was well worth the wait. Seeing the city from above, the architecture of the houses and snow covering the streets. It was truly stunning.
For an amazing meal you can’t beat Zalt Aps. I ordered braised beef and every bite was better than the last. If I ever go back to Copenhagen, this would definitely be my first stop. 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. The apple crumble was incredible!
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, the hotel has never looked more appealing. The hotel is situated in the red light district, however having said this, Copenhagen’s red light district is meant to be one of the safest in the world. We didn’t actually realise we were in that 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.