Copenhagen for the Win

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Remember that hypothetical list of favorite cities that I mentioned in Winter in Edinburgh? If not, you should really go read it.

Anyway, let’s just say I’ve found my number one.

My trip to Copenhagen, Denmark this past December was probably the highlight of my year. Not only was it my first time in Scandinavia, it was also the first time I traveled to a non-english speaking (as the first language, that is) country on my own. And it was amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2018.

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I very much consider myself a city girl (in case you couldn’t tell by now), and one thing I look for during my travels is the livability of a place. I mean, why not? Whoever said we had to remain stationary in this life is wrong. I’ve always relished the thought of moving to a new city and submerging myself in a completely different culture.

Besides, I’m young and the world is my oyster or whatever….


Copenhagen was the perfect medium between too small/quaint, and too large/suffocating. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not nearly as large as they come, yet somehow it managed to have that busy, big city feel that I love. And I think Danes are some of the nicest, chillest (we’ll make that a thing if it’s not already) people I’ve encountered during my travels.

I have SO much that I’d like to share, but to avoid losing some of my 18 faithful followers, I’ll just give you the highlights of my trip.


Union Kitchen

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I had to do the typical blogger thing and try out Union Kitchen, a popular brunch spot by the Nyhavn Canal.

My first thought when I arrived…. it was a bit more upbeat (be warned you quaint-restaurant lovers) than I’d anticipated. Though it was somewhere around midday, I had just woken up and my brain was still set to “do not disturb.” Needless to say, that was not the mood I was going for. If you’re not a morning person, you’ll understand what I mean by that.

None of that mattered, however, because once I settled in, that good ole’ Danish hygge got ahold of me, so no regrets here.

The food itself was great, not at all mediocre, and I guess I can say the same about the wait service.

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I had their signature cappuccino, which put them on the map, and the sourdough bread with avocado, beetroot hummus, and greens.

My only qualm with the place was that the lovely, colorful dish you see in the second picture cost me 95kr, which is just about $15.

So I basically paid $15 for a slice of toast….

Toast.

At least it was good, photogenic toast…. or so I keep telling myself.

Nyhavn Canal

Definitely one of the most gorgeous canals I’ve seen thus far.

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Colorful architecture is common throughout Denmark, and is another one of its unique quirks. Everything was decked out in Christmas lights, lying in wait for eager, camera-happy tourists like myself.

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From November 9th to December 23rd, Nyhavn is home to a Christmas market that is chock-full of enough gløgg and hygge to warm even the coldest of hearts. There are also restaurants and shops all along the canal for those who choose to linger a bit.

Basically, what I’m saying is, don’t sleep on Nyhavn if you ever get the chance to visit Copenhagen.

Danish Christmas Snacks

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Æbleskiver

A.k.a., how I imagine Heaven would taste if it were food.

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These are almost like mini pancakes, except they are richer and more moist on the inside…. kind of like a popover. It is usually served with some type of jam, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. I took things up a notch and had mine with white chocolate because who can resist all of that sweet, creamy glory?

You’ll find Æbleskiver at any Christmas market you visit in Denmark, as it’s one of the most popular snacks of the season.

Gløgg

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Gløgg is a Scandinavian Christmas punch made of mulled red wine, spices, raisins and sliced almonds. It’s hot, sweet, and basically all you need on a chilly winter night.

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Seriously, one small cup saved me from frostbite.

Take notes my fellow travelers, this is a must-have if you plan on doing some nighttime street-browsing for an extensive period of time (or you can also just find a warm place to hang, but then you won’t get to try gløgg and that would defeat the purpose of this portion of the post).

The National Museum of Denmark

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The history nerd in me couldn’t resist the allure of learning about Danish beginnings…. vikings, vikings and more vikings.

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I’d also like to take a moment to thank this museum for having an entire room dedicated to lounging and charging your phone/electronic devices….

Strøget

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Strøget is Copenhagen’s busiest, most popular shopping street. It also happens to be the longest pedestrian street in the world, or so they say (who knew people actually measured such things).

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Not surprisingly, there happened to be a Christmas market there as well. I know I mention these a lot, but they are truly one of the best ways to experience the food, drink, craft, and local culture of a place.

Last but not least….

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I just had to throw these in there because it’s not a post about Denmark if it doesn’t depict the plethora of bikes that exist there.

Copenhagen is more bike-friendly than it is car-friendly, and that is SO cool to me.


Thanks for reading!! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post…. feel free to reach out to me if you’d like some more recommendations, or tips on things to do in Copenhagen!!

ALSO,

Please humor me and comment below one place that you think would make your year if you were given the chance to visit!

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