Earlier this week we had a very short escape to Copenhagen and even if this is not a travel blog at all,we still thought it would be nice to share a post on our little trip. As we had some business to attend to and a husband with a twisted knee, the trip did not allow for too much walking around. But we can share some insights nonetheless for those who might be considering a trip to Copenhagen.
Our business meeting was in Vesterbro, so we took the train straight to the main station. This is situated right next to the famous Tivoli. This is a beautiful little park and inside you also have some great restaurants, and they set up shows and concerts here throughout the year. It only opens 1st April for the main season this year. There are numerous other restaurants in the area around Tivoli as well. With one of the most famous and traditionally Danish being Tivolihallen. They serve traditional Danish “smørrebrød”, which are sandwiches loaded with traditional topping like liver paté with mushrooms and bacon, herring, shrimps, cold cuts etc. If you want to go proper Danish style, you get them on dark rye bread too.
I have had the pleasure of eating here a few years ago and it is greatly recommended. Another traditional “smørrebrød” restaurant is Told og Snaps in Nyhavn. These are by far the most renowned ones and normally require table booking. But you’ll find a lot of other small establishments that serve the traditional smørrebrød too.
As very few places were open, and we had to deal with a small handicap, we had lunch at another famous or infamous place, the Hard Rock Cafe. If you want something lighter, there is a small bakery just across the street called Lagkagehuset, which is part of a chain, so you’ll see them around the city. They have nice freshly baked bread, baguettes, buns and small cakes. A block down, you also find one Jensen’s Bøfhus which is a chain of steak restaurants. And the list goes on if you have the time to walk in either direction.
At Hard Rock, you know what you get. Massive drinks if you would like and huge portions of food. But both the burger that Ralph had and the nachos that Silje had were decent. Everything seemed fresh and we’ll prepared. However, the nachos plate barely looked touched when Silje was finished. So it is a bit of a waste when you look at the portion sizes.
If you want to do some shopping and see the “real” Copenhagen, then you should make your way to Strøget and Nyhavn. This is the main city center where you’ll find shops and cafes (Strøget) and restaurants and bars at the waterfront in Nyhavn. Many major attractions are within a short walk from this area (or in the area), the mermaid, the overall area itself, the opera, Amalienborg castle etc. If you make your way into the city center, I stongly recommend that you take the time to explore the little side streets and alleys. You will find many nice little niché shops and cafes and also a large amount of organic oriented places. Copenhagen is a wonderful city to walk around and explore.
We have as you may be able to tell, been here before and would like to go back soon.
This time, we took the train back towards the airport and stopped at Ørestad, where you have the big Fields shopping center right next to the train station. Here, Ralph could relax with his injured knee at the Starbucks and Silje could do a little bit of shopping before the flight home.
We didn’t come home completely without a couple of little Danish delicacies and one of them was particularly well received by the boys. Some delicious Danish “Flødebolle”, cream puffs. These are basically marshmallow fluff covered with chocolate. Extremely sweet and yummy! 🙂 We got some from Magasin Chokoladefabrik. Magasin is a major department store chain in Denmark and they have had their own chocolate factory for over 80 years. These are so nice, fluffy and sugary. In their deli section, you get the own produced chocolate and also a couple of other delicious Danish brand treats, such as licorice from Johan Bülow and chocolate and marzipan from Summerbird.
On our way home, we had a very nice sushi dinner at the airport at Yo Sushi, which was a very pleasant experience. This is the conveyor belt type of sushi restaurant where you have the chefs in the middle and you pick food as it passes you on the belt. Delicious and fresh sushi. Well run, clean and tidy kitchen. Definitely recommend this as a stop at the airport.
Hopefully we will be back soon! 🙂