Exploring Copenhagen

You many have seen my recent post, Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, where I talked about the fantastic Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen at Christmas. In this post I, want to share my experiences of some of the things to do and see and places to eat when visiting the city.

We flew from Manchester airport with Easy Jet and the flight time was relatively quick at just under 2 hours, but long enough time to get a snack and an all important drink!

We booked a 2 night stay at Wake up Copenhagen (Carsten Niebuhrs Gade) which is only 10 minutes walk from the central train station. It was a great location for getting about to see the city’s sites.

The Hotel was modern, but quite minimal, kind of what you’d expect from Scandinavian design. Our room was quite small and basic, but had everything you’d need. I thought it was good value for a 2 night stay, £180 for 2 people sharing (breakfast not included)

Like a few of European cities, cycling in Copenhagen is the main mode of transport! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bikes in a city (with the exception of Amsterdam)! Watch out for the cycle lanes, there everywhere. We opted to get around via the City tours hop on hop off tour bus, which was 175DKK each.

Nyhavn harbour is an absolute must place to visit and was our first stop we took on the tour bus. Its lined by many brightly coloured town houses and is home to so many bars, cafes and restaurants, it’s known locally as ‘bar street’.

If your planning on visiting during winter, make sure you layer up as it can feel really cold, especially with the wind chill factor.

Don’t forget to take your sunglasses for the low lying sun on an afternoon, like these Polaroid Havana frames* I’m wearing.

I love the classic looking wayfarer shape of these glasses, stylish but practical and the polarised lenses block out any glare.

 

For lunch we found a traditional Danish cafe/restaurant called Nyhavns Faergekro. We both wanted to try something traditional so chose the Danish Smorrebrod, which is basically an open faced sandwich. It’s a very popular dish amongst Copenhagener’s.

Sam chose Salmon which was served with capers an red onion vinaigrette, vesterhavsost cheese, fresh herbs or organic farmer’s bread.

I opted for traditional danish meatballs on organic rye bread with a creamy potato salad. Both were delicious and an ideal size for a light lunch. They were quite expensive for what is just a sandwich at 75 DKK each, which is about £8.50. Drinks are also on a similar par, (alcoholic of course)! expect to pay around 50 to 60 DKK, or £6 to £7.

Sam couldn’t resist also trying a traditional Danish apple cake which looked more like a trifle than a cake, but was tasty all the same!

Back on board the tour bus, the next stop was the famous mermaid statue. The bus stopped for just a few minutes to allow you to take up that photo opportunity.

The next stop we wanted to visit was only a few minutes further ride. Here we stopped to take a look at the harbour and Copenhagen Opera House in the background.

Another must see is Amalienborg Palace, which is still home to the Danish Royal family. If your lucky enough, you might get to see the changing of the Royal guard! Its an impressive looking palace, each of the four identical buildings which overlook the statue of King Frederik V in the middle of the square.

There is also Frederik’s Church or more commonly referred to as the Marble Church, known for its architecture which forms the focal point of the Frederiksstaden district.

The Christian X statue, who was a popular monarch, who served as a gathering point during the second world war is also worth seeing if your passing by.

For our evening meal on the second night, we took a walk over to Nyhavn, where we found a cosy little restaurant on the harbour front, called Cap Horn which had a small selection of dishes on their menu including Venison. I think it was this dish that caught our eye over other menus we looked at!

We were lucky enough to get the best seat in the restaurant beside the open fire place, it was such a perfect setting.

I’d opted for the 3 course Christmas menu, which included beetroot cured Salmon for starter. It came served with horseradish cream of organic creme fraiche and fresh horseradish, fried capers and fresh herbs.

The balance of flavours in the dish was good, although I thought it would of benefited from a bit more creme fraiche and perhaps a little bit of salad.

Sam chose the Jerusalem artichoke soup, served with organic artichokes and organic cream, served with apple squares, crisp bacon and truffle oil.

Sam really enjoyed the soup and commented that it was the best Artichoke soup she’d tried. I did get to try a bit, it was rich and creamy and the truffle oil was a perfect accompaniment.

For main course I had traditional Christmas duck served with prunes apple and warm red organic cabbage with rich duck sauce and small potatoes.

The duck came served with a nice crispy skin, although the breast mea could have been a bit more tender. I thought the sweetness of the apple and sharpness of the red cabbage worked really with the richness of the duck.

Same couldn’t resist one of her favourites, venison, which was served with walnuts, raisins, burnt organic carrot, butternut squash and ricotta.

Sam said that although it wasn’t as tender as some venison she’d had, it was still delicious and rich with flavour.

For dessert, part of my set Christmas menu was Ris a l’amande with organic cream almonds and warm homemade cherry sauce.

I thought the portion size was very large for just one person, I did struggle to eat it, even with a bit of help. Cap Horn is not a cheap restaurant, but do some really good quality dishes. My 3 course set menu was 345DKK (excluding drinks) which is around £45.

I really enjoyed visiting Copenhagen, it’s not a cheap city to visit by any means, but what Nordic country isn’t? If your looking for a mini sight seeing city break, its certainly a place I’d recommend. You can also check out 15 best things to do in Copenhagen

Have you been to Copenhagen? What did you think of it? Let me know below.

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