Copenhagen

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From the way things are going at the moment, weather-wise at least, I think I’ve already had my summer. It was so gloriously warm and sunny in Copenhagen and since then it’s been dreary, rainy and cold. As has become the norm when I visit a new place, I have put together a small city guide of things to do and see, where to stay, shop and what to eat.

I made the point in my Mini visual diary of Copenhagen that it is expensive there. This could probably do with clearing up a bit, as it’s not all out extortionate, where you don’t really want to hand over your money, but everything is about £3-4 more expensive than you’re used to paying. While it didn’t hold us back from doing the things we had planned, it did throw up a few obstacles, especially when it came to dinners. It is also worth noting that it was incredibly cheap to get there (£30 return from Luton!) and we also chose a very reasonably priced Airbnb to stay in. So all in all it wasn’t as bank breaking as I always assumed Scandinavia to be. Now lets get on to the best stuff…

The Round tower, Copenhagen

The Round tower, Copenhagen

The Round tower, Copenhagen

Other than the odd tourist attraction and a few places I’d spotted on blogs and Instagram, I didn’t have a set plan of what to see and do in Copenhagen. We were more excited to just explore the city and with Copenhagen being one of the most stylish cities in the world, people watching was going to be at an all time high! A few things well worth the time are:

Nyhavn – The most iconic area of Copenhagen, surely? Sadly the colourful harbour side is now full of tourist-y restaurants and the odd erm, exotic dance club. But it’s a historic part of Copenhagen and free and you can still get a cracking photo.

The Little Mermaid – It’s been well accounted for that this monument, in honour of Hans Christian Anderson author of The Little Mermaid, is underwhelming to say the least. It’s far smaller than you would expect and if you’re staying in the centre it’s a bit of a trek out to see it. But again, it’s free (no complaints here) and is iconic to Copenhagen, so I feel it’s worth a visit.

The Design Museum – There are a number of museums in the city that took our fancy, but with a limited budget we decided just to pick one. The Design Museum is the most expensive thing we paid for but at 100 DKK (roughly £11) it was still worth the ticket. Housed in a beautiful old building, it has quite a large fashion section and huge collection of Danish design objects and furniture.

Freetown Christiania – I’m not sure how to approach this as a recommendation. It’s a really bloody odd part of Copenhagen to say the least! Established in 1971 by a group of hippies the green and car-free neighbourhood existed with it’s own set of rules for almost 40 years. Have a wander round to veiw the street art and weird-ness of the place, but it wasn’t my favourite area to hang around in.

The Round Tower – This was something I spotted on Instagram, when suddently it seemed like everyone was visiting the city. The tower used to mark the very centre of the city, which helped in the production of maps. It is a slopping tower, so it’s not stairs that you climb, but a nice gradual slope up to the top with fantastic veiws across the city.

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

Copenhagen bikes

Kaffe, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

As with things to do in Copenhagen, I wasn’t really aware of what would be on offer, food-wise, in Denmark apart from a couple of giant Danish pastries of course! We were given some great recommendations before we left and a few from our Airbnb hosts as well.

Original Coffee – I think this is my favourite of the whole bunch. Not only because they do a really good latte, but also because they do two or three set breakfasts that are both tasty and insanely cost effective, especially compared to other restaurants in Copenhagen. Think soft boiled eggs with rye bread and cheese, plus a pot of natural yogurt with berry compote and granola, all for around £5-6. Bargain!

Proviant – Another great breakfast spot. Smaller than Original Coffee, but serving equally as tasty natural yogurt and granola. Dom went for the waffles topped with yogurt and fruit and I got slight order-envy about it.

Cafe Bopa/Cafe Pixie – Since we were staying in the Osterbro borough most of my recommendations are based in that are. Cafe Bopa and Cafe Pixie are two adorable little cafes open from breakfast to dinner. I recommend going for an early evening drink in the sun, but the burgers also looked pretty fab as well.

Papirøen/ Paper Island – I have more on this coming soon, but basically this is the best street food market I have ever been to. It’s also right by the water front, so what more could you ask for?

Meatpacking District – We made a bit of a mistake here by having a giant mid-afternoon Danish pastry, so when it came to dinner time, we were still too full. What a rooky mistake, ey? We headed down to the Meatpacking market anyway and had a beer, but from the look of things it could have rivalled Paper Island.

Design Museum, Copenhagen

Design Museum, Copenhagen

Design Museum, Copenhagen

 

Of course there are for more things to do and places to eat than what’s listed here, but this post is already one of the longest in Girlglobalising history so I’ll leave it there. In terms of everything else in Copenhagen, there are a few things to be aware of:

Transport – Transport in Copenhagen is pretty good. Getting from the airport on the train was fairly easy and not too expensive. There is also a metro system but I have to say it’s not the most extensive. The easiest way to get around in the city is either by foot or by bike. For the first time in a very long time I cycled around a city! Copenhagen is so well equipped for cyclists with almost a second pavement for bikes taking you completely off the road.

Where to stay – Unfortunately I don’t have that many recommendations on where to stay. If you’re on a budget I would recommend an Airbnb. I pretty much fell in love with the apartment we were staying in and it was very reasonably priced. There a lot of typically Danish, stylish places to stay for your trip if a hotel is slightly out of your price range.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

It’s safe to say I loved Copenhagen and am already planning when I can go back to explore some more. It was such a laid back easy city that you can just enjoy your time in, without having to rush round at 100mph.

Has anyone else been to Copenhagen and have some recommendations to share? Let me know for next time! You can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin if you fancy keeping up with any new posts coming up soon.

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The Standard, Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Bikes, Copenhagen

Girlglobalising

My long weekend in Copenhagen seems like an age ago now, but in actual fact it was only two weeks ago that I was swanning around the Danish capital happy to forget about all the half packed boxes left in my flat, and the sheer amount of sorting out we still had to do. I can’t say we’re all that sorted in the new flat yet, but we’re definitely on our way! With the majority of boxes now unpacked and put away where they’ll (hopefully!) stay for a while longer, I’ve had a little more breathing space to finally sit down and edit my photos from Copenhagen.

After the last couple of trips that myself and Dom have been on we were due some good weather (looking at you Berlin and Paris…) and boy did Copenhagen deliver. We landed in sunshine, stayed for three days to revel in it and left to only a slight covering of cloud. It was such a lovely weekend that I actually wandered around saying to Dom ‘Shall we come back in a few weeks?’. The city is beautiful, so clean and so friendly that it was an absolute joy to visit. I wanted to buy everything I saw, I’ve decided that I need a Danish sense of style and I was pretty much ready to move into our Airbnb apartment. All in all, Copenhagen really hit the spot! It was expensive (more on that at a later date) but we still enjoyed our selves and managed to see and do most things that we wanted to.

I hope you like this little introduction to the city, and I can only appologise that it took so long to get myself together! There will be a little city guide coming soon and maybe even a few posts about my new flat! You can always follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin, and let me know if you’ve been to Copenhagen and loved it as much as I did!

The Round Tower, Copenhagen

Central Station, Copenhagen

Copenhagen streets

Paper Island, Copenhagen

Paper Island, Copenhagen

Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen

 

Copenhagen guidebook

I get massively over-excited when I book a trip away and my next adventure to Copenhagen is now only a few weeks away. Normally I buy books, I start thinking about how long I am there for, how much I can squeeze in, what I really want to see the most.

I overload myself with information and I find travel guides made by bloggers until I have so many things to chose from that I don’t really know where to start. When in Berlin earlier in the year my and my boyfriend had worked out what we wanted to see, the places we wanted to explore and then it pissed down with rain the whole time, limiting us to indoor activities only.

For my upcoming trip to Copenhagen I’ve decided to take a slightly different approach, one that’s far more relaxed. To start with we are only there for a long weekend, so it would be foolish to try and get around to everything as well as just soaking up the local vibe in that short space of time.

This time I’m just going to take real easy. I’m not going to plan plan plan. I’m not going to rush Dom out of the room in the morning, and march him to the nearest metro station (I promise I’m not that bad, I just like to get going in the mornings!). I want to experience Copenhagen as a Dane would, with coffee and pastries outside in the sun. With socialising at the local food markets and explore the Tivoli Gardens and be slightly underwhelmed at the Little Mermaid. I’m ready for the Danish interiors and style and general chicness and sophistication and to feel slightly inadequate in comparison.

At least that’s how I’m hoping it will go.

You can follow me on Instagram for the many photos of Scandi interiors that will probably happen, and on Bloglovin to keep up with all new Girlglobalising content!

Copenhagen guide

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I know I’ve already posted about my recent trip to Berlin, with my mini visual diary and then my little travel guide to the German capital. But I couldn’t resist sharing these photos with one last post.

When I first started Girlglobalising I was taking photos on my phone, editing in VSCOcam (which I still do to be honest) and then emailing them to myself, before uploading them on here. It’s a lengthy process but I was still learning and finding my blogging feet, so buying a camera and editing programs didn’t seem like a viable option. Then I did buy a camera – you can read about that here – but still no editing equipment.

Recently though, I have updated my computer, and my boyfriend has so kindly licensed his Adobe suite to me so suddenly I have what you would think would be the dream blogging set up. Only problem now is that learning a whole new program in your spare evenings after work takes a little time, and so Dom also so kindly helped me edit these last few Berlin photos on something a little fancier than my iPhone.

Eventually I will know my way around Photoshop/Lightroom too and will be able to edit my photos without the constant ‘Babeeee, can you help me pleaseeee?’. Do you have any tips or links to some good beginner tutorials? You’d really be making my day! Anyway, without further adieu, here is Berlin looking all splendid and inviting. If you follow me in Instagram you can also catch some Berlin based content on there too.

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A Mini Guide to Berlin

I’m back with my second post on Berlin. If you caught my first, a mini visual diary, then you’ll know that the city made a pretty good impression on me. That basically means that I wanted to stay about a week longer and really explore all the corners of the city. But in my few days there I racked up a pretty good list of things to see and do, places to eat, a few cool shops and coffee recommendations. Berlin is a city that has something to offer everyone so I how you like my little mini guide. And if you’re heading there any time soon – let me hide in your suitcase, yeah? Yes!

Things to see and do:

The Reichstag – The government building in Berlin is an amazing building. For a long time the parliament wasn’t even held in Berlin, but after it was voted in and moved there, they revamped the building and years later a beautiful glass dome was added. You have to pre-book to visit, but it’s completely free as is the audio guide that’s full of information as you make your way round the impressive dome and it’s mirrored installation in the middle.

The Brandenburg Gate – Another important landmark of Berlin. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but again it’s completely free and you can’t really visit the city without a quick stop by.

The Jewish Museum – This is situated in the Kreuzburg neighbourhood, and is housed in a very futuristic building. It is one of the most interesting museums I’ve been to in a long time and not just because of my love of history. The building was designed for it’s impact and again is well worth a visit.

Museum Island – We didn’t actually get to do much at Museum Island, but we did manage a walk around on the one sunny morning we had. There’s so much to see here, including the Germany History museum amongst others.

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Places to shop: 

Weekday, Monki and & Other Stories – While all these shops are actually available in he UK (online) we don’t have actual stores for Weekday and Monki, so if you’re looking for some cool European style then pop in and have a look. The only & Other Stories I know of is in London which I don’t get to visit as much as I would like, so if I were you I would be sure to stop by and have a look at all the beautiful things.

Do You Read Me? – This is a super cool magazine shop, much like Papersmiths in Bristol. It’s found in the Mitte area of Berlin and has every kind of magazine you could want including Cereal, The Gentlewoman and I-D.

Hackescher Markt – This whole area, found on the edge of Mitte is kind of like the German version of Shoreditch. It’s full of little independent shops where you’ll find all kinds of cool treasures.

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Places to eat: 

Kreuzberg – If you’ll looking for really good, cheap food then I can’t not tell you how much you need to get yo self down to Kreuzberg. You will find every kind of cuisine and all for such good prices that it’s practically a steal! Places we visited were a tiny little Vietnamese place called Sen Viet and a market hall called Marheineke Markthalle which is great for a quick lunch stop.

Shiso Burger – We stumbled across this place by sheer luck on our last day. It’s a Vietnamese burger place, really tiny, but by the amount of people waiting for a table it’s clearly very popular. It’s on the edge of Mitte and if a burger is what you need then make sure to pop in.

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Coffee Coffee Coffee:

Chapter One – Again in the Kreuzberg area, this is a really tiny coffee shop. I sampled their Flat White, and while it was a bit stronger than I’m used to, I would definitely be visiting again, you know, if I lived in the area.

Kaffemitte – Another place we came across by chance while trying to find somewhere to shelter from the rain. We intended on staying just for coffee, but from our perch right by the kitchen we were suddenly convinced to stay for lunch too. Eggs are definitely their speciality.

The Barn – I read about this coffee place on our little map + guide and was determined to visit. We ended up in their roastary store (they have a solo coffee shop too) just on the edge of Prenzauler Berg. It’s a really great place to sit and watch the world go by, just as a word of warning though – don’t be convinced into trying something that you’re sure you won’t like! I was persuaded to try one of their speciality black coffees, even though I don’t like black coffee.

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Has anyone else got any recommendations for Berlin? Let me know as I’m already planning when I can go back. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, I’m going to be filling it with photos from my trip for the next few weeks!