Cycling to dinner in Copenhagen

Tall Travel Style – Cycling Around Copenhagen

The highlight of our trip to Copenhagen was being able to ride bikes EVERYWHERE. We rented bikes on the afternoon of our first day in town and kept them for the next 3 days. The bike lanes are super roomy and all over town making it very convenient and safe to get places. Being so active every day made me feel quite energized. I think it was a combo of the exercise, the breeze in my hair, the unpredictability of when we might get rained on and the thrill of exploring a new city. Read below for my adventures cycling around Copenhagen.

Outfit 138″ Inseam Grey Jeans from I Love Tall; Palm print tunic from Pretty Tall; Paul Green Sandals; Necklace from Noonday Collection

On our second day, we made the excellent decision of getting an early-ish start. We set out on our bikes around 8:30 which was perfect because the bike commuters had already cycled to work and the tourists weren’t our yet, so we had the bike lanes mostly to ourselves. We rode over to the Christianshavn neighborhood again for coffee and Danish pastries at 108, the brand new venture from the NOMA team. The 108 restaurant and separate coffee shop (called The Corner) had only opened a few days earlier and my cortado and ceps mushroom birch syrup pastry were wonderful. If you can’t get a reservation at either NOMA or 108, at least stop by the coffee shop and lounge on the picnic benches with a good cup of coffee and an interesting danish (or a glass of wine if it’s after midday).

108 Copenhagen

Pastries and coffee at 108 in Copenhagen

Cycling around Copenhagen

Our super bright bikes!

All hopped up on our coffee and sugar, we rode past the cheery buildings of the Nyhavn area again. Unlike the previous day, we had it mostly to ourselves which was really nice. Another perk of exploring early! Plus, the early morning reflections were great!

Cycling Around Copenhagen

Cycling Around Copenhagen Cycling Around Copenhagen

Our next stop was the Rosenborg Castle and, again, there was virtually nobody there. We admired the architecture and enjoyed strolling around the gardens smelling the roses.

Cycling around Copenhagen

Cycling around Copenhagen

Cycling around Copenhagen

Cycling around copenhagen

For lunch, we beelined it to the meat packing area again to try the tacos at Hija de Sanchez. The owner is the former NOMA pastry chef Rosio Sanchez, a Mexican-American 30-something originally from Chicago. I was completely enamored with the bright table coverings and fresh dahlias on each table. Plus, amazing tacos and fresh homemade tortillas always make this California girl’s heart happy. If you’re curious to know more about Rosio and her taqueria, check out her website or this write-up in Vogue.

Hija de Sanchez Copenhagen2 Hija de Sanchez Tacos Copenhagen

To burn off our tacos, we rode 7 km out to Amager Strandpark beach. One of the perks of riding a bike is you cover much more ground and see a lot more “local-ish” neighborhoods than you might if you’re on foot or taking public transport everywhere. I wouldn’t say the neighborhoods we saw on the way to this beach were particularly nice or pretty but it was interesting to see the less touristy side of CPH nonetheless.

Cycling around Copenhagen

Amager Strandpark Copenhagen

Outfit 2 – MARGE Clothing ANNI Shirt and NAJA Skirt (c/o); Pretty Ballerinas flats; Tiffany & Co pearls

On our way to dinner that night, we happened upon some interesting buildings and a pretty church – perfect photo op! I’m so happy about this outfit for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s super comfy yet I feel chic; 2) the skirt, blouse and shoes are all ethically made which fits right in with my Thoughtful Shopping Series. In case you’re wondering, I did NOT ride my bike in my white skirt. Instead, we took a cab to dinner. Also, the Pretty Ballerinas were perfect for traversing the serious cobblestones. I saw several women who were clearly braver than me teetering around in heels on the cobbles but that’s just not for me.

MARGE Clothing Outfit

MARGE Clothing Outfit

Outfit 3Long Elegant Legs Chambray Shirt; Long Tall Sally tank; Banana Republic Skinny Jeans; Madewell Belt

Our last full day in town was pretty laid back. We went back to Hija de Sanchez for lunch (because I can never have enough tacos), explored some interesting neighborhoods and wandered around the main shopping area. I call this my “summer blues” outfit.

Cycling around Copenhagen

Hija de Sanchez Copenhagen

First time eating cow tongue! It was surprisingly delicious!

Hija de Sanchez Copenhagen

Love the donkey piñata named Pedro

And I’ll leave you with one last random picture of me feeling like a local on my bike with some pastries from 108 and another bakery in my shopping bag.

Cycling Around Copenhagen

Your turn…

What makes you feel energized when you travel? Have you ever visited a cycle friendly city?

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  • Reply Andrea@WellnessNotes August 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

    What a great way to explore Copenhagen! I’ve never cycled on vacation, but I love to walk A LOT. I feel much better on a mainly active vacation.

    The tacos look & sound fantastic! Glad you got your taco fix in Copenhagen!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Yes! It was really a wonderful way to explore. That’s great that you walk a lot when on vacation. Usually that’s what we do too so this was a nice change.

      The tacos were SO good. Really makes me want to come home to CA for a bit for more tacos.

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft August 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Stunning photos!!! I need to get to Europe!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you! I hope you make it over here someday!

  • Reply Paula August 8, 2016 at 4:10 am

    It all looks good – the scenery, the architecture, the food, the colors, and last but not least, your outfits!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you! It was a great trip for all the reasons you mentioned.

  • Reply Allison @ The Tall Mama August 8, 2016 at 6:46 am

    What a fabulous adventure! All of your pictures are beautiful, as always and I LOVE your outfits!! x Allison

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much Allison!

  • Reply Lauren August 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    What an amazing time you must have had! I especially love the Rosenborg Castle … the architecture is beautiful and so surreal. And you look fabulous in your MARGE pieces! I’m getting ready to travel to Italy in October, and planning on bringing all of my MARGE pieces as they’re so effortlessly chic and stunning.


    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Yes! It was amazing. Glad you liked the Rosenborg photos. The roses were SO pretty. I couldn’t stop smelling them. How exciting that you’ll be traveling to Italy. Your MARGE pieces will fit in perfectly there.

  • Reply karen August 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I wanna go back now!! CPH is great!! 🙂 Lovely pics and outfits! I was trying on various Pretty Ballerina shoes yesterday in London, and they looked familiar… Now I remember I saw them on you! Didn’t buy any in the end, but they’re nice! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Caroline @ August 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Beth,

    Looks like another awesome adventure! I love following you on your trips and love your tall outfits that come with it! I was in Copenhagen once during summer and I remember it didn’t get dark until late at night. It was 12pm and felt like 6pm. I was smiling reading your article, because my bf Douglas is from California too and whenever we find a good Mexican restaurant in Europe that make some authentic tacos and burritos, it makes him feel a bit closer to home. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 21, 2016 at 5:34 am

      So glad you love my travel write-ups! And yes…the days are quite long in the summertime in CPH which makes for more leisurely explorations. You don’t feel as rushed. How great that your bf is from CA! It’s SO hard to find good Mexican food in Europe so it’s quite the thrill when it happens. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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