Spring has finally sprung in Northern Europe as well, we have survived the Easter festivities and again another set of university exams are over…so what better to do than take a long weekend off with my foodie “twin” Annariina?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my latest visit in Stockholm to begin these new “travel series” on Blueberryboost that will now be continued with Copenhagen as the next destination. I’d like these series to be an inspiration section on the blog for you to get ideas from, a place where I’ll be collecting must-dos and recommendations from the places I visit – with plenty of food tips of course (you know me).
Destination number two, Copenhagen, is definitely another favourite Scandinavian city to explore and just like Stockholm, it has plenty to offer for healthy foodies – think raw food cafés, street food, fresh fruit markets, juice bars and pretty much anything else you would imagine wanting to try. For the not-so-strict healthy foodie, I’d totally recommend also the meatpacking district, “Kødbyen” with relaxed, mostly bistro like restaurants with flavours from all over the world all next to each other.
On top of the food, what is great about about Copenhagen, is the minimalistic Scandinavian design everywhere and just the overall easy-going atmosphere filling the city, which is in my opinion is much more relaxed than in the other Nordic capitals. Even better, Copenhagen is also a perfectly “compact city” with almost anything within walking or biking distance. In case you are not willing to rent a bike (which is extremely popular in Copenhagen), I suggest just wandering around by foot since that, I think, is still the best way to get most out of everything (and makes it extra easy to stop for a break in the little cafés popping up in every other corner). But then – remember to watch out for the cyclists because they won’t watch out over you!
Below you’ll find a refined list (and lots of pictures) of the places in Copenhagen that we visited & liked. In our terms, all these spots were within walking distance from the hotel. However, apparently, our total was approximately 70 kilometers of walking in four days…so in case you decide to aim as high, I suggest you pack some pretty good shoes.
A newly renovated design hotel with a very central location close to the Central Station, Tivoli and Stroget shopping area. Organic breakfast, REN cosmetics products and that perfectly minimalistic yet lively Danish atmosphere. Very friendly staff and a wine hour for guests every day between 5 and 6.
The Design Museum
Go for the amazing premises, decoration and garden view. And an easy recap on the basics of design classics – just in case you would’ve forgotten who was the designer for that “Barcelona” chair or that “Orb” lamp…
The Flower Markets
No need for further explanations. They are everywhere.
Time machine back to the childhood. Visit this old, almost authentic feeling amusement park on a sunny day, just stroll around and rest your eyes on the beauty of it. Remember to stop and smell the hyacinths…And in case you’re feeling a bit more extreme, you might even want to take a ride.
Raw food: salads, cakes, juice, smoothies – easy, quick, delicious & healthy. Veg(eta)rian. Nice, clean and stylish premises and cool Japanese-style tableware of which we unfortunately were not able to find out the origins. Delicious looking packed muesli, crackers and an own cookbook on sale as well.
Food from the “Stone Age”. Yummy & filling salads with also options including meat and fish – no need to be afraid of not getting enough of those proteins with this menu! Juices, smoothies and coffee as well. We were a bit concerned about the amount of waste from this place since all the food and beverages – even when eaten on place – are served from disposable dishes. Simple, minimalistic interiors to go hand in hand with the food.
Ah-mazing raw and vegan spot a bit outside of the city centre in Vesterbro but totally worth the navigating. Also a bit more special and unique than the “chain” restaurants 42 Raw and Palaeo. Be prepared to wait for your order since apparently the staff is not in too much of a hurry…
Porridge Heaven on Earth. Gluten, sugar and dairy free options available and also the possibility to make your own combo outside the menu or order an extra large +30% porridge. The most extraordinary and well realized concept in a while! We need more of these. (We visited twice.)
Location: “Kødbyen” a.k.a. the meat packing district. Hip & trendy. Not necessarily super healthy but even more delicious and inspirational. Order a wide range of smaller dishes to share (vegetarian options available as well). A booking is recommended. P.S. That staff (!!)
A lively, modern market with plenty of variety including seafood, veggies and fruits, flowers, natural cosmetics and even small stands for the previously mentioned Palæo and Grød. Try the fresh coconuts!
A quite touristic area overall but for that little wardrobe update I suggest you try those smaller boutiques with brands like Samsoe Samsoe, Acne, Filippa K, Wood Wood etc. instead of the big department stores.
The HAY store(s)
The dream concept of any interior design geek and probably one of the coolest flagship stores I’ve seen in a while. Each store is a perfectly refined whole with notebooks and pencils arranged by colour on the shelves, followed by equally colour-coded bathroom, bedroom and living room items. The flagship store even has that obligatory neon sign on the wall…
Another one for those that love design, minimalism and superior quality. The best Scandinavian and international designers brought to one three-floor complex. Reserve at least half an hour for exploring this place.
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Just about my favourite minimalistic yet intriguing concept store with a little bit of everything from clothing to cosmetics to Nikes and artsy magazines like Lula and An Other. Very affordable too!
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