Copenhagen: Part 1

May 11th, 2011



We arrived in Copenhagen after a 3 hour flight from Reykjavik. Unfortunately due to the time change we were having what felt like breakfast in the late afternoon in Copenhagen. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and trekked over to Cafe Dyrehaven, one of the coolest local spots in Copenhagen.

In the 70s this place used to a really dodgy bar, one could even use the term drug den. Of course like many rough neighborhoods the cafe now caters to young locals in the hip Vesterbro district.

The bar looks as if it has been untouched since its opening.

I knew this place had a reputation for a good Eggs Benedict so that’s what I wanted to get. The eggs sat on a piece of dark rye Rugbrød, the combination was fantastic. I think it may even be better than an english muffin.

Juli had the fried cod with buttery dill on rugbrød.

After breakfast we took a long walk, it’s been a good 2 years since we were last here but everything is still so fresh in our minds.

Danish bike culture is amazing. Then again, we shouldn’t take it too hard. There are no hills, and no notorious bike thieves like we have in Toronto.

We didn’t have much time to visit many shops but we wanted to visit Klassik, one of the largest collections of mid century Danish design in the city. I also really wanted to visit Dansk Mobelkunst which I would say is the best curated vintage shop in the city but it seemed to be missing. Maybe they moved? Maybe we walked right by it and missed it… Next time we’ll write down the address.

A beautiful specimen, a vintage Hans Wegner “the chair”.

Three amazing Poul Hundevad stools, on my wish list for sure.

One of my favorite chairs of all time, the Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen. We sell them in the shop!

There is a really cool street called Jægersborggade which we kept on coming back to during our stay in Copenhagen. It has an amazing collection of great cafes, bars, and some of the best eating in town. For our first night we were off to Manfred’s, opened by former Noma sous-chef Christian F. Puglisi. During the day it is a gourmet take-away, and at night it becomes a tiny special sit down restaurant offering the best of local and seasonal ingredients.

If you can book in advance there is seriously limited seating available. — brunch available on weekends.

We were a little early for our reservation so we stopped by MusiksMag Bar, also known as the music cafe for a drink. We really fell in love with this place, they keep it really simple:

Pour over coffee, cheap red wine, or 40 kroner Carlsberg.

Time for our reservation!

They have a record player in the corner and tons of vinyl, they keep it going until close without skipping a beat.

Our table had a little chalkboard paint on it to label the reservations.

As an appetizer, Juli had the fresh salmon with buttermilk.

I had the creamy cauliflower soup with crunchy croutons, so delicious.

Our main was ox tail, roasted beet, and bulgar. It was a great combination and a wonderful meal, we had to waddle back to our hotel.

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  1. Oh wow, Copenhagen! That fried cod looks amazing, and the vintage Hans Wegner chair- soooo beautiful. Any chance you two stopped by the Designmuseum Danmark for Jasper Morrison’s Danish Design- I like it? I’m dying for a review!

    Your travel diaries are always such a delight to come across as I scroll through my favorite blogs. A real highlight- thank you! ;)


  2. I don’t know if this will be a double post, but my iPad was acting dumb, so I’ll try again..
    I was in Copenhagen yesterday picking up my new coffee table from HAY (don’t forget to visit HAY House, their awesome shop on Østergade), and was thinking of you guys, and your trip to Scandinavia.
    I would love to say hi, and tell you how much I admire your blog (and shop – I would love to visit!).
    Keep posting beautiful moments of Copenhagen, and hope the rest of your trip will be as wonderful as your pictures.

    Best regards
    Daniel from Sweden


    Daniel

    11 May 11 at 4:14 pm

  3. love the chalkboard on the table showing the reservations. very quaint.


    jan

    11 May 11 at 4:48 pm

  4. The light there is so amazing! I envy your constant globetrotting.

    What camera and lens are you using now? Its really fantastic.


    the brick house

    11 May 11 at 5:58 pm

  5. Loving the travel updates! Especially all the food (I’m such a food junkie!) – the rye and fish looks delicious! Looking forward to more!


    Valeria

    12 May 11 at 9:00 pm

  6. Glad I stumbled upon you! Lovely postcards from Copenhagen, i will keep them for my next visit there. Thank you!


    Cristina

    13 May 11 at 5:52 pm

  7. yey, travel update! And what a great timing, I’m just looking for a nice, stylish hotel Copenhagen for my work trip in Sept!


    Jo

    14 May 11 at 3:07 am

  8. Jo: we stayed at Hotel Fox. The good: location and friendly service. The bad: the artist designed rooms were pretty run down.


    John & Juli

    14 May 11 at 4:48 pm

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your moments with us! I love your pics, comments and style! Have a save trip…


    Mel

    18 May 11 at 6:35 pm

  10. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been taking notes on places to visit from your previous trips!


    Javier Garcia

    19 May 11 at 6:28 pm

  11. Don’t forget to stop by coffee collective next time you’re in Jægersborggade. The best coffee in the world in my opinion…..they roast and source the beans themselves through their direct-trade program.

    Have a look at their webpage and blog: http://www.coffeecollective.dk/index.htm


    Christian

    21 May 11 at 9:30 am

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