In Danish there is an untranslatable word ‘Hygge’ that you may have heard of before. It roughly means ‘a cozy experience’, and my mission whilst in Copenhagen was to fill my boots with as much Hygge as possible. It was quite easy really, particularly during christmas week, when decorations were lining the streets and shop windows; and cafe chairs were covered in blankets and sheepskin. Dreamy.
The desire to just feel as cozy as possible started when I booked the hotel. The Axel Guldsmeden could not have been a better home for us during our stay. It’s located a stones throw away from Copenhagen Central station, and a short walk from the heart of my favourite district in Copenhagen, Vesterbro. Inspired by Balinese resorts, but with a true Scandi feel. The room was small, but when it’s a cozy christmas experience you seek, then it couldn’t have been more perfect. (I also have it on good authority that the two penthouse suites with private terrace’s and hot tubs are a little more spacious if you’re feeling that way inclined).
Not only was the room lovely, there was a small but perfectly formed spa in the basement. I would’ve gladly spent my whole holiday in the jacuzzi if it wasn’t for the limited opening times, and the looks I got from some other guests after I’d been hogging it for an hour. But thanks to those guys I got to see a bit of the city as well.
My favourite thing about the hotel was it’s eco credentials. It made me feel a lot better about all the emissions I’d let out on the plane.
Nyhavn – Starting with the tourist stuff, we headed over for a look round the Christmas markets (no better than the ones we have here if you’re wondering…) and of to Nyhavn. Nyhavn is quite an iconic picture of Copenhagen, the colourful buildings alongside the Quay make a great introduction to the city, and it’s right by all the main shopping streets, and beautiful department stores if you want to get spendy when you’re there.
Tivoli Gardens – All. Of. The. Lights. This was quite an experience. I was nervous going in, as I’m pretty much terrified of rides, and as far as I was aware before I entered Tivoli Gardens is a theme park. But it is oh so much more than that. I ate Candy Floss about four times the size of my head; drunk hot chocolate with far too much brandy mixed in it; walked through a Christmas tree garden; and general just oohed and aahhed at all the beautiful lights, and buildings in this ultimate Christmas wonderland. Of course it isn’t christmassy all year, the themes are changed for each season, but if this was anything to go by I’m sure they will go all out whatever time of year!
Madklubben – Verstrobro – This place is another Hygge filled experience, that’s perfect for a bit of luxury when away. The food was absolutely delicious. We had a sharing meal, which was very impressive when it came over, and tasted even better than it looked.
Bistro Royal – A little more budget friendly, this place does Scandi minimalism to the max (pun not intended). Not only is the decor about as white, and beautiful as you can imagine, but the menu was minimal too. There are about 6 options, most around the 100DKK mark (about £10). My burger was yummy, and I have it on good authority that the danish sandwich was too, so if you are looking for a simple, affordable lunch spot in the centre of Copenhagen this might be it!