IN TOWNHelen Ray

Copenhagen revisited

IN TOWNHelen Ray
Copenhagen revisited

I have never seriously considered living anywhere outside of the UK, but if I had to choose a place then Copenhagen would rate pretty high on the list.

This was my 3rd visit to the Danish capital but the first time I had been in Summer months.

My romantic ideas of sitting outside with a drink in hand, basking in glorious sunshine sadly did not come to fruition because it rained heavily the entire time my friend and I were there.

Never the less we enjoyed a wonderful few days soaking up the city (literally)

Some of it was wonderfully predictable and repetitive - like trying to incorporate as many Lagkagehuset chai lattes into the day as humanly possible (if you have never tried chai from here you need to, its the best!)/ Sitting down to potato pizza at Mother, compulsory when in this city/ Swinging by Moss Copenhagen for Zara esque affordable fashion (my long legged friend was in heaven that their trousers fit her pins so well!)


We stayed at Hotel Axel Guldsmeden, a bohemian, Balinese inspired base in the perfect location, a 5 minute walk from the train station and a 10 minute walk from the meat packing district.

New foodie highlights for me this time included a couple of visits to Torvehallerne food market, once at Breakfast time where I tasted the best cinnamon buns ever at Lauras Bakery, and another day at lunch we enjoyed beautifully constructed open sandwiches and rose wine at Hallernes Smorrebrod.

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At Paper island we tucked into fine polish hotdogs from Polse Kompagniet on the recommendation of a certain Mr Rick Stein and the most delicious carbonara I have ever eaten from            Il Mattarello

On our wanders we came across Atelier September and popped in for a nosey around the boutique, although I have to admit I found it a bit underwhelming after all the hype I had heard. In fairness we didn't try out the coffee shop so maybe that's the more popular feature.



A happy, accidental discovery was falling into the path of Faerge Cafe (Ferry Cafe)

On a mission to sample some of the native tipple, we were lured into the brightly coloured restaurant and greeted by a jolly Dane who assured us they had schnapps in every flavour imaginable.

 We took a seat outside by the water and the jolly Dane, who turned out to be Erik Frandsen, chef and owner, brought us drams of rocket fuel berry schnapps, home made by his mother.

The restaurant has been around for more than 150 years and remains today in the rustic style of the 20th Century with wonky doors and floors, exposed timber work and a maritime atmosphere.

On my next trip I am definitely going to come back here for dinner!



The Rundetaarn (Roundtower) is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and a gorgeous architectural achievement.

For all this was my third visit to the city I had never been up the tower.

To reach the top you need to take the gently sloping spiral path at the core of the buidling then once you reach the viewing platform, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of old Copenhagen.

You can read my previous post on Copenhagen here