We arrived in Copenhagen with friends on a side trip after a week in Turkey on the boat we had chartered before. It was our first time in Denmark so we acted like real tourist. We checked into newly remodeled hotel NYHAVN 71, located on the canal and street Nyhavn. The hotel is written up in many magazines and publications, but just know that the rooms are very small with little or no place to put anything. We took a suite which did give us a little more room, two little drawers and a single rod for hanging things.
We arrived late afternoon so settled in and had an early dinner at a lovely restaurant, PALAEGADE, AT PALAEGADE 8, walking distance from the hotel. The menu was small but the fish was served simple and delicious. Good wine list and beautiful salads and desserts.
The next morning we were met by our guide for a walking tour of the city. Our guide, Anita Page, email@example.com, spoke perfect English since she had spent some years living in the U.S.. Anita gave us a great overview of the palaces where the queen and family lives and the history of the whole area. She explained how the water ways worked for shipping today and for hundreds of years past. The culture of Copenhagen’s bicycles, about the many taxes the people of Denmark pay and how the new buildings are playing into Copenhagen today. She did a great job of helping us understand in just 3 hours the many parts of the city we should visit and why.
The cities marathon was happening, plus it had started to rain so we headed to lunch. The hotel “D’Angleterra” has a 1 star restaurant, MARCHAL, I had read great reviews, but did not take into account that it was Sunday brunch and the very fancy crowd left us only seats in their beautiful bar. We had a great lunch with a glass of rose as we watched the rain fall outside and the runners go past. The area just behind the hotel is a very upscale shopping area and perfect for walking and exploring. Since the streets in this area are closed to traffic and the hundreds of bikes going past you can walk and shop with ease. This is a city made for walking, bike riding and getting around by boats, we logged over 18,000 steps by 3 pm and it was time for a rest.
We had dinner a couple doors down from the hotel since it was raining and a friend had recommended a small place called HUMMER. The beautifully painted buildings on one side of the street and the canal on the other, with no car traffic, makes for perfect place to sit outside on nice days and evening enjoying local cuisine. We shared fresh oysters to start and whole grilled lobsters to follow. Nyhavn Street is busy all day and evenings with tourists, school children eating ice cream and parents walking with babies in buggies.
We were up for an early breakfast in the hotel and off for a canal tour on a small boat run by the company called HEY CAPTAIN. You meet the boat behind the hotel on the main canal. The guide was young and made our tour with 5 other guests informative and making sure we were warm with blankets as he toured us through small side canals and the large main water way running through the city.
When we got back to the hotel it was starting to rain again so we took a cab to an area called TORVEHALLERNE, of course I must visit the food halls of every city. There are two glass building with small stands offering all types of local cuisine, flowers, candy and wine. We found a place to sit and shared small tastes of their famous sandwiches, smorrebord, fresh local oysters and a duck confit sandwich.
We had to take a quick side trip to see the very famous LITTLE MERMAID bronze statue. She is sitting on a rock welcoming guest to the city through the harbor. She was brought to life through a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
Our dinner this evening was an amazing delight. We made reservations before coming at the 1 star restaurant KIIM KIIM, a set menu of Thai cuisine that you will want to never end. We were greeted with a warm welcome and seated downstairs at a low table where our waited told us about the first part of our evening journey. We were presented 8 different small tastes, each presented beautifully on a different plate or vessel. To our surprise the owner stopped by and told us about his personal journey to creating not just this restaurant but 18 other concepts, including one in Bangkok.
We were then taken upstairs to our table where the dinner portion of the evening began each of the following 8 courses were accompanied by a different wine chosen to complement the course. This was one of the most memorable meals I can remember, if you ever have a chance be sure to go to KIIN KIIN.
The next day we went to the Design Museum of Copenhagen, amazing how many of the chairs and dishes came from Danish design. We had a light lunch of local fish and chips and headed to the Christiania area, made famous during the 60’s and 70’s as the area that the hippies would hang out in. Today it is much the same as it was back then with young people selling small amounts of hash and pot at little make shift stands. This area is about 25 acres where many hippies of all ages still live and play music. Marijuana is not legal in Denmark, but this area seems to exist despite the laws.
We headed home because once again the wind and rain was coming. Dinner this evening was at a fish restaurant THE PESCATARIAN, firstname.lastname@example.org, this is less than a year old and doing a fine job. You choose from 4,6, or 8 course menu with our without matching wines. The food was interesting and beautifully served by a couple of young well trained waiters. We took the 6 courses and the wine pairings, there was plenty to eat and the lovely breads and homemade butter served on a Stone was a perfect start.
The next morning we check out, stored our luggage and since it was raining hard we decided to take the hop on hop off bus to see what parts of the city we missed. We did hop off at their Danish Museum and wandered through their galleries for a couple of hours. I often take the HOP ON HOP off tour the first morning I arrive in a city that I have not visited before. It is a great way to get an overview of a city and know what areas you will spend time in during your visit.
We took a late afternoon flight to London where we spent the night at the Sofitel Hotel in terminal 5. Anytime we are close to London for a night we take the underground into Paddington station. (Be sure to take the express train) other wise the local make about 15 stops and take a full hour. We had a fun dinner at KERRIDGE’S BAR AND GRILL, a very upscale English style bar with true English food at its best. I had the best fish and chips ever. Then we just grabbed an Uber back to the hotel.