Last July, we spent 10 days in Italy and it was beautiful but SO miserably hot! This year, we wised up and went north to Copenhagen which proved to be a fabulous decision since temps never rose above 72F/22C! I feel positively rejuvenated after spending the last 3 days in this amazing city with its gentle sunshine, nice breezes, beautiful waterways, bright buildings, friendly locals and amazing food. Today is the 1 year anniversary of my relaunch of my website under the Tall Fashion Adventures name, so I figured what better way to celebrate than to write about one of my new fav cities!
Outfit #1 – Button-back sweater from I Love Tall; Skinny jeans from Banana Republic; Pretty Ballerinas Flats; Kate Spade necklace
We spent our first morning toodling around the Christianshavn area taking in its pretty buildings, nice canals and other sites. This was the first time I wore my Pretty Ballerina flats extensively and I was curious to see how they’d do with some serious city walking. At first, they felt great! Then, I pushed my luck and decided to walk up the 400 steps of the Vor Frelsers Kirke tower (Church of our Savior). Toward the end of my 5 km of walking, my feet were a bit cranky but I think they would have been fine had I not climbed the tower. Overall, I was very pleased with the comfort of these brand new shoes.
The views from the tower were of course very cool!
Next, we wandered over to Nyhavn – one of the most photographed parts of Copenhagen thanks to its rows of bright buildings lining the canals.
After all of our wandering, we were hungry so we beelined it to the nearby “Paper Island” where Copenhagen Street Food market is. We got there about 15 minutes before it opened which was perfect because we were able to wander around and check out all of the food stalls without worrying about dodging around the hoards of people. While waiting patiently for the stall that sells the duck fat fries to open, I made a surprisingly sensible choice and bought a vegan/vegetarian mushroom pizza and fresh juice made of mint, spinach and some fruit. Copenhagen can be a pricey city to visit but there are plenty of somewhat reasonably priced places like this that allow you to try a variety of foods for less than the cost of a typical sit down meal.
Before we left this area, I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of the building where NOMA is. It’s in the bottom level of the building on the left. Cool setting, right?
Next, we decided to do like the locals and rent bikes. I kept the same outfit but swapped my flats for my New Balance sneakers. Riding around with the breeze blowing in my hair and the sun on my face was much more pleasant than hoofing it or cramming onto the buses or trams. Plus, it was a great way to work off all the calories we were consuming. On our first bike jaunt, we rode out to the famous “little mermaid” statue. I know there’s some history here but I think it’s a bit funny that tourists flock out here to see this tiny little statue. I mean…we obviously came to see it too so I can’t throw stones but, after having a quick glance and checking the touristy box of having seen the statue, we were off again on our bikes.
We hopped back on our trusty wheeled steeds and rode over to the Kastellet (“Citadel”) and the picturesque St. Alban’s Church.
They say there’s a first time for everything and this was my first time riding a bike to dinner! I must say – this was very exciting for me. I haven’t ridden bikes much in my life but I think I may have caught the biking bug on this trip! I had observed the locals’ biking fashion throughout the day and it ran the whole gamut from skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, trainers, sandals, heels, so I figured I would probably be OK riding the mere 1.5k to dinner in my sandals. I was right…it was just fine!
We ate at Kødbyens Fiskebar in the understated but hip meat packing (or Vesterbro) district. This fish bar prides itself on serving super fresh simple dishes and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend a visit if you’re in Copenhagen. I loved seeing everyone lounging in the chairs and tables (some made out of tires) in the parking lot as we rolled up on our bikes. Our table was indoors but the big windows opened onto the seating in the parking lot and provided nice breezes and interesting people watching. The ‘Pære-Populær’ cocktail made out of pear, Riesling, bourbon with vanilla (and I think 1 or 2 other things) was seriously the best cocktail I’ve ever had.
Next came the food – I had the raw mackerel to start and then the halibut. Both were amazing.
After we rode back to the hotel, we loitered on the water for a bit not wanting our first day in Copenhagen to end! The goods news was, we still had 2.5 more days of exploring and bike riding ahead of us. Stay tuned for Copenhagen Part 2 coming later this week!
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? What were your favorite parts? Do you enjoy bike riding?