My love for Scandinavia knows no bounds, from the moment I spent my honeymoon (and birthday!) in Stockholm, to being immersed in Nordic culture and cuisine a mere three months ago in Norway. Copenhagen, though, always has a place in my heart; forever fuelling my wanderlust to do it all over again before it becomes a wistfully distant memory.
These are five things on the itinerary my perfect weekend in Copenhagen would never be without.
In the heart of town, the incredibly chic and beautifully merchandised boutique Birger Christensen is where I make a beeline. Slightly off the beaten track, I love exploring little boutiques along Værnedamsvej in Vesterbro and Pilestræde and Grønnegade for a little designer shopping as well as browsing inimitable Scandinavian labels. Don’t forget to drop into Hay (Østergade 61) – it’s Scandinavian homewares on fleek.
Rent a bicycle and see the city on two wheels.
The first thing that blew my mind about Copenhagen was the sheer amount of bicycles that seemed to outnumber cars on the streets. With quirky hidden back streets and rabbit warrens scattered throughout the city, the best way to see everything when you’re short on time is on a pushbike. My favourite neighbourhoods to explore include Parisian-esque Vesterbro, edgy Nørrebro, and beautiful tree-lined Frederiksberg. Don’t forget to rent a bike with a basket to carry all your Danish pastries and shopping home!
The Copenhagen Opera House is one of my favourite works of modern architecture in the city. Perched along Copenhagen Harbour, the Neo-futuristic design building is the perfect place to end up after walking along beautifully Nordic Nyhavn, ice cream in hand.
For brunch, do as the locals do.
Granola in Vesterbro is a favourite, as is cosy Parisian-inspired café/wine bar Beau Marche in Ny Østergade. Beau Marche is tucked away at the back of its homewares and antiques store which also happens to be my favourite boutique in all of Copenhagen – I could spend hours endlessly browsing here.
Have the best – and most interesting dining experience – of your life.
I was lucky enough to secure a reservation at Noma (it took 3 months of patiently waiting, no less) but the three-hour lunch degustation was not only worth the wait but one of the best experiences of my life. I recommend putting this at the top of your Copenhagen bucket list.
Head over here to read Part 1 – How to Pack for Copenhagen.
Effortless style is in the DNA of all Scandinavians. When it comes to dressing the part on a chic holiday to Copenhagen, the look is all about the concept of less is more: uncomplicated but interesting colours, relaxed tailoring, and simple but sophisticated separates – with a dash of the 70s trend thrown in the suitcase for good measure. Making the case for a certain kind of minimalism involves exuding that Scandi-chic vibe without trying too hard. I teamed up with Country Road this month to share a little of my travel and packing tips for one of my favourite destinations in the world. So with a trip to the Nordic city in mind, what does one pack?
1. The layered effect
Packed two entirely different pieces that you were planning to wear independently of one another? Make your travel wardrobe go the distance by pairing the two together. Here, I’ve layered the Broderie T-Shirt over the Linen Fringed Dress for a play on proportion, colour, and texture.
2. Depend on denim
No travel capsule wardrobe is complete without your favourite denim. My take on the 70s trend involves teaming the beautiful Drop Shoulder Blouse to soften these Indigo Flare Jeans. The illusion of height these jeans give are always welcome, too!
3. New neutrals
Although packing light and right for a holiday usually goes hand in hand with black and white (i.e. go-with-anything colours), live life on the edge a little and include other neutral shades that work just as well as monochrome. I always love adding camel to my travel wardrobe mix – not only does it pair perfectly with white but it also looks great pared back with this season’s burgundy.
4. The easy-peasy playsuit
Something that’s easy to throw on (and wrinkle resistant!) is always one of the first things that goes into my suitcase. Just add a classic wool fedora and a pair of suede ankle boots to give an added 70s vibe to this kimono-esque printed playsuit.
Look out for Part 2 of my Country Road travel series up soon – How to spend the perfect weekend in Copenhagen.
In collaboration with Country Road | Styling by me & Photography by Jamie Lau.
The first thing that hits you in the face – sometimes almost literally – is that there are more bicycles in this city than there are cars. Or so it seems, anyway.
It was that intimidating that we explored Copenhagen on foot instead to get a sense of the city. To be honest, I didn’t know how to ‘take’ Copenhagen at first. It was dirty, dreary, decrepit in certain places and a little shabby in others. My affinity for Scandinavia was suddenly thwarted by the proliferation of graffiti (no stone – or wall – is left unturned) and the absence of the same Scandinavian sensibility that I fell immediately in love with in Stockholm.
We worked hard over the next few days to discover the ‘true’ Copenhagen; the Copenhagen that constantly appears on my tumblr dashboard with its all-white-everything and impossibly chic girls on pushbikes. I discovered that the true beauty of Copenhagen lies not in its Acne outlet in Nørrebro or our mind-blowing lunch at Noma (more on this later), but rather in its extensive network of rabbit warrens that gently persuades you that this city really is the happiest place on Earth.
Currently packing as we’re departing Copenhagen tomorrow, bound for Venice.
I love that to get to anywhere within Europe only requires a couple of hours up in the air. In our case, it’s just a two hour flight from Scandinavia to Italy.
I’ll leave you with a few photos from our week in Copenhagen which, as you can see, involved little more than cafe-hopping and window shopping.
I plan to write a more detailed travel diary when I return so stay tuned for that! We stumbled across many gorgeous breakfast spots and shopping haunts in Copenhagen and I can’t wait to share them all with you.
A typical Copenhagen streetscape. Where you’re more likely to be run over by a pushbike than be hit by a car.
The highlight of our Europe sojourn was always going to be lunch at Noma.
After almost going into cardiac arrest attempting to secure a reservation three (!) months ago at precisely 4 o’clock in the afternoon on three separate electronic devices, it felt so surreal to be walking through the much lauded doors of this Copenhagen culinary institution and seated amongst a select few who also managed to score a reservation at one of the hardest-to-book restaurants in the world.
I won’t give away too much at this point as I do plan to write a proper post on our Noma experience, but I will say that it did not disappoint and that I can (proudly) admit that I ticked off my gastronomic bucket list, fermented grasshopper and crushed ants. Yes, you read that right.
More to come, soon!
Finally, a tiny window of opportunity to update you all as to my current whereabouts!
Right now I’m in the northernmost capital of the entire world. I touched down in Reykjavik yesterday and then went straight from the airport to the most incredible and exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life: stripped off in 2 degrees weather and took a dip in the Blue Lagoon. But, more on Iceland later.
The past few days have been spent wandering around London and getting to know some of her most heart-stirring places and spaces. These are just some of my favourite snaps from London – blooms along Westbourne Grove (such great shopping here!), discovering those red telephone boxes, my favourite iconic London structure – Tower Bridge, and finally, exploring the pretty pastel-ness in Notting Hill as we strolled down Portobello Road.
Not even the rain could dampen my spirits.