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Wednesday 5th February

Not-to-be-missed-knits and destination tips: Copenhagen

We’re not long home from a wintery weekend in Copenhagen. We battled snow, high winds (seriously, I actually got blown along the streets of Frederiksberg) and rain to try and squeeze as much as we could in to 2…ish days, and I’m sure we didn’t see everything but we certainly covered some ground.

KNIT

We happened upon two beautiful yarn shops. The first was Wadils Garn & Uld (Vesterbrogade 31) with lots of Lana Grossa yarn in beautiful bright shades and, had I had enough/any luggage allowance, they would have sold out of mohair that day. Almost half of the store was full of knitwear including some very Sarah Lund-esque sweaters (of course we started watching The Killing immediately after we got home. If you’re as late to the party as we are join now, it’s really great).

We also popped into Uldstedet (Fiolstræde 13) on our way to Torvehallerne. Also brilliantly stocked, I was particularly taken with the Laines Du Nord Giotto yarn – an Italian flecked yarn in the loveliest of colour combinations. Once again, Easyjet wasn’t letting me bring any of this home, but thankfully we have the internet.

Uldstedet also stocked clothing and accessories and the cutest little balls of sock yarn. I’ll never use this but aaahhhh…

EAT

We weren’t disappointed with anything we ate in Copenhagen – and we managed to find great places that were really reasonably priced too (despite lots of warnings about how expensive Copenahagen would be, we drew the conclusion that it’s as expensive as you want it to be, like anywhere, really). 

Bio Mio (Halmtorvet 19) deserves a special mention for cooking up 2 tired travellers a huge bowl of meatballs when we arrived, even though the kitchen was officially closed. This organic restaurant and bar is located in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District in the old Bosch showroom and retains the old neon signs - we were like moths to a flame. We ate meatballs and red rice, feta and olive salad and warmed up with a cool mint tea.

We’d also been recommended Mother, an Italian restaurant just around the block. Be prepared to wait for your table here, it’s very popular! But our sourdough pizzas were definitely worth the wait.

Our pit stop at Torvenhallerne was one of our favourites. 2 glasshouses in the centre of town filled with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, juices, bread and cakes. Lots of stalls have seating too so we stopped for coffee and the world’s naughtiest pastries – with a side of rye bread crisps, which I’ll definitely be trying to make at home.

DRINK

I’ve just kept this in so I can mention Kaffebar in Norrebro where we met lovely Fiona, Copenhagen-ite (at the time) and writer of Save Our Shoes. The best coffee in Copenhagen apparently, I mostly drink tea, but I can vouch for the Earl Grey.

Fiona’s just left Copenhagen for a new job in Gothenburg - from one beautiful Scandinavian city to another. Good luck Fiona, you’ll be great!

SHOP

Copenhagen is a great place to shop and it was really refreshing to see so many home grown and independent brands on the high street. Some of the best knitwear was certainly in the yarn stores but I also had a hard time being sensible in And Other Stories, Wood Wood (still dreaming of their Kenzo bomber jackets) and the Acne Archive (just around the corner from Kaffebar). Once again, lack of baggage allowance was a nightmare, or a blessing, I’m still not sure…

Acne

 

Also refreshing was what we might deem to be old fashioned opening hours - 5pm closing on a Saturday, and barely any shops open on a Sunday. Thumbs up.

SLEEP

We stayed at the Andersen Hotel (Helgolandsgade 12) and I can’t speak highly enough of the staff and service (on the whole everyone was particularly friendly and helpful in Copenhagen!).

Due to the teeniest glitch with our booking, that Karen sorted out in a matter of minutes, we were given a bigger room complete with a welcome note and fruit plate! Anna gave us some great tips for places to go – the Meatpacking District, Torvenhallerne and Christianshavn – and when we arrived back at the hotel on the Saturday evening it was apparently wine hour, we were sent up to our room with a glass of red and an Earl Grey (me, again). The breakfast was huge and tasty (and included in the room rate) and our room was a cosy retreat from the snow and wind!

Note to wool lovers like me: the hotel sells beautiful Designers Guild woollen blankets, that… I don’t need to bang on about my l*****e a*******e for a 4th time do I?

If you’re looking for a welcoming, well priced, well looked after and well located hotel in Copenhagen, The Andersen certainly fits the bill.

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