Paper Island, Copenhagen

Paper Island, Copenhagen

Doughnut, Copenhagen

Doughnut, Copenhagen

Sadly this post is the last I have to share from Copenhagen. I put together my mini visual diary and then my travel guide of my favourite places in the city, but I promised I would be back with more on Papirøen, or Paper Island for those who can’t pronounce things in Danish, and the amazing food market you will find there.

I mentioned that the prices in Copenhagen, although were definitely expensive, they weren’t quite as high as we had anticipated. There was however one area that we did fall down on, and that was evening meals. As a word of warning the restaurants in Copenhagen tend to stop serving by 10pm. Now for some that may seem too late to be eating, but here was our dilemma – you’ve been out exploring the city all day, so you head back to your room to chill out and refresh, before heading out for dinner again. By this point it’s about 8pm already, but it’s summer and it’s nice and bright, so no worries, right? Wrong. When you don’t know a place it always takes you slightly longer to get from A to B anyway, but when you get there and discover that dinner is going to cost you £30+ per person, plus drinks, you head straight for the next place and hope it will be cheaper.

And so the circle goes on and on, until you’ve been standing outside four different restaurants and each is more expensive than the next. It’s now 10pm, and even if you could afford something to eat, they’re not serving food now anyway. And that’s your night over. You hit the 7Eleven for a pizza slice and eat it back in your room.

This is where Paper Island comes in. Found in an old warehouse, this amazing food market is an very popular place to eat and hang out in Copenhagen. You can find pretty much any type of food you fancy, from burgers to grilled cheese, to a traditional Danish smorgasbord to Asian food. It’s all incredibly fresh and incredibly well priced. I had a falafel pitta and Dom had a pork filled egg wrap that was also very tasty. This was followed by a caramelised doughnut with ice cream. It was definitely one of the best things we ate and the most cost effective.

For anyone on a budget, or even if you’re not on a budget, Paper Island is somewhere you should add to your ‘must see’ list.

And so that’s it for my Copenhagen posts. It was one of my favourite trips to date and I’ll definitely be back for more in the future. Be sure to check out my Instagram for more photos of the beautiful city and follow me on Bloglovin for all new posts coming up soon!

 

Cocktails, Copenhagen

Falafel pitta

Dog in Copenhagen

Paper Island, Copenhagen

Berlin

Today’s post comes from someone other than myself. Guest posts are not something I have feautured on here before but when Nicole got in touch, explaing how she had so many photos and things to say about her recent trip to Berlin I was all for it. As I mentioned in a post recently, sharing other peoples work should be a regular thing, but especially when it’s about a city I love, about travel and love for experiencing new places – there was no way I could say no!

Berlin for people who like coffee, design, books, magazines and relax

After the recent news of the referendum, the obvious thing to do was to end up in Berlin the following week to enjoy my love affair with Europe while I can.

Berlin Street Art

Berlin

In Berlin, the streets and bike paths and pavements are vast, giving space for the sunlight to fill most spaces in the city, despite the domineering, brutalist architecture. The infrastructure, the layout of the whole city makes sense, and there are far less people than, for example, London so it feels less chaotic and fast paced. It seems as though Berliners are able to live creatively; there is no pressure to fit into a certain box and everybody expresses themselves unapologetically. There is more trust and good will. I’m able to sit outside a coffee shop with my coffee having not paid yet, I can use the public transport freely, without getting stopped by ticket barriers, because you are given the trust that you will buy a ticket anyway. This trust that’s set in the city infrastructure leads to less suspicion and more wholesome residents. It’s friendlier. People smile more.

 Berlin Street Art

Berlin Wall

Berlin’s history is not confined to museum walls, but sits heavy in the architecture and in the concrete beneath your feet. Some of the most famous areas, such as Checkpoint Charlie, have unfortunately been accustomed to tourists, plastered in advertising, souvenir shops, KFCs and Starbucks. However, remnants or the Berlin Wall run from north to south throughout the city and enormous photographs of the build up and break down of it is plastered on the vast buildings, along with relevant information. It’s impossible not to notice the effect that World War Two had in shaping this city into what it is today.

 Berlin Airbnb

Berlin Airbnb

Berlin Airbnb

I stayed an apartment in a historic, beaten up building, with huge spaces and an abundance of natural light. It was close enough to the buzz that you felt like you were among it, but high up enough that I could observe and breathe deeply. It was in a peaceful district, Mitte, set away from the main tourist attractions. It’s a residential area, scattered with bars and wide open spaces. It’s easy to spend an evening sitting in the warm air with a German beer and the sun on your face as the buildings are not too tall.

 Coffee in Berlin

A list of places that are worth your while:

Mauerpark and surrounding area

Mauerpark is one of the bigger parks around Mitte. It’s a sun trap during the long summers, it’s a popular yet peaceful place to listen to live music from unknown or growing artists, or watch graffiti artists create at the top of the hill. You’re surrounded by people from different walks of life, some walking their dogs, some rollerblading, hula hooping, playing basketball, or just lying about listening to good music and getting high. On Sundays, this is amplified, as Mauerpark takes on a festival feeling, the famous flea market (Flohmarkt) pops up, and the food trucks provide an endless array of incredible food, including currywurst, bagels and crepes. You can also watch or even join in with the enormous public karaoke. It’s a must-see.

Just by the park on the south side is The Juicery, who serve the freshest and most attractive smoothies and juices in Berlin. And just round the corner is Bonanza Coffee Heroes, internationally renowned coffee roasters, with kind and talented baristas. The seating area outside is relaxing and sheltered from traffic noise and a perfect place to people watch.

Mauerpark Berlin

Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers

Set back from the (very good) main shopping stretch in Mitte, Father Carpenter is in a private yet sunny courtyard with gorgeous outdoor seating and an incredible light lunch and drinks menu for very reasonable prices (as is everything in Berlin). Nudie Jeans is also right behind it, so never suffer a crotch hole again.

 Father Carptenter Coffee Brewers, Berlin

Westberlin

White and minimal, with a mini library of gorgeous magazines where you can pitch up with your laptop and work, or lavish yourself in print design. The baristas are all English speaking, knowledgable and funny, and have been serving coffees from Drop and Five Elephant recently, as well as salads, sandwiches and cakes. There’s a garden out the back to put your feet up. Be wary of the hoards, three minutes up the road at Checkpoint Charlie.

Westberlin, Berlin

Voo Store

A beautiful store, set back from the high street in Kreuzberg, selling high end brands, gorgeous books, posters and other bits and pieces. It also houses Companion Coffee, which often serves sweet flavour notes and always provides gorgeous latte art. The concrete tables are the cherry on top.

Voo Store, Berlin

Pro Qm

Any fan of architecture/graphic design/fashion design/independent magazines/politics/art and theory will fall in love with this intimate book shop on the east side of Mitte. Very aesthetic and very easy to hunker down and get lost.

Pro Qm, Berlin

 Soda

Also in Mitte, Soda gives way to books on graphic design, an array of independent magazines and the owner has a completely fabulous and grumpy looking bulldog who stands on the door.

Do You Read Me?! Berlin

 Do you read me?!

This small and unnassuming book shop is crammed with magazines, new and old, a mixture of literature and design books, as well as boxes and stacks of archives. It’s quiet and elegant charm makes is an essential place to get lost in.

Blain Southern, Berlin

Blain Southern

An incredible, stripped back building, a little out of the way and not talked about enough. It’s enough of a reason to go and see it for the space and the architecture, but at the moment there’s a vibrant exhibition of satirical oversized book covers (better than I can describe) by a very talented Brit called Harland Miller.

Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin

Bauhaus Archiv

Pho Hoi

The best food I’ve had in Berlin (other than the Currywurst) is actually on the Vietnamese scene. Pho Hoi is in the east side of Kreuzberg, beyond Voo Store and The Record Loft (if you’re into vinyl, look up). It’s got a lovely outside tables to sit in the sun, and I will never forget the duck I ate there.

Berlin

Berlin

Extra stuff

Other coffee shops worth popping into are Nano coffee (near Voo Store etc), Five Elephant and The Barn. You can also pick up Berlin’s speciality coffee map for €3. Other galleries you might want to see are Sammlung Boros, Berlinische Galerie, St. Agnes Church and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art. There’s great shopping around Mitte for clothes and you have to visit Hay.

Let’s love Europe while we can.

 

Nicole in Berlin

 Nicole is a Graphic Designer based in Norwich – check out her work here and follow her on Instagram here.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen bikes

Dom portrait

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.

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Copenhagen guide