My lovely husband surprised me with a trip to Copenhagen for my 40th birthday. We're both into Scandi noir crime thrillers and design, so he picked this fab city as it's not too far away (took us 1hr 40mins on Norwegian Air) and ticks all the boxes, especially the hygge (pronounced HUE-gah - this means being as cosy as possible with friends or family, candles, blankets, films, food - just life's simple pleasures ) and we like this A LOT.
We stayed in SP34, a cool little hotel which has the best Port selection in Copenhagen ( I love Port!) it also has free wine hour!! Yep, you just read correctly my friend, in between 5-6pm you can go into the bar and order the wine that they wish to imbibe you with for free! Brilliant! They have REN products in the bathrooms (one of my fave brands), a cinema room and two very good restaurants attached. Vaskt is one of them which we were booked into on the first night (they also serve breakfast here). This restaurant offers up a fixed 3 course menu with a slightly different twist to each dish. It was all really different and amazing but the sweet made James wince which made me giggle. ( I had opted for the gluten free version which was slightly different and the salted popcorn ice-cream and plums weren't resting in a yogurt that tasted like it been fish smoked! :@ )
If you like food Copenhagen is the place for you. Every meal we had was amazing. The following places blew our tiny minds... Lunch at The Market has got to be one of the best Thai/Asian meals I've ever eaten. We celebrated my birthday at Kødbyens Fiskebar which is a fish and shellfish restaurant and again, this was one of the best meals I have ever eaten!! The food was high class gastronomy but the setting is so chilled and laid back you don't feel awkward. We also ate at the Copenhagen Street Food Market which is full of all sorts of cool little pop up eateries.
We wandered around the city checking out the tourist sights and doing things we haven't done for years because of the children. We rambled through the streets checking out the antique markets in Nørrebro. After antique fatigue had set in we stumbled across Leckerbaer, an amazing little cake shop which also did gluten free cakes! High fives!
We thoroughly enjoyed Copenhagen and our first visit away together without the kids! The Danes have got effortlessly cool down to a T with their stylish wardrobes and chilled biking attitude (no adrenaline fuelled racers here) I now want to own a bike with a basket and dress in tones of grey, black and cream! It was truly lovely being back to ourselves for a bit but after 5 days away we were looking forward to having the kiddos back in our arms, although they didn't seem too fussed upon our return and our rose tinted glasses were shattered a day later with all the whinging and squabbling. Love them endlessly! Roll on our next adventure!