Nathalie our Product Manager and Sarah our Marketing Manager were the lucky two that managed to escape to Copenhagen for a couple of nights to sample the food, drink, hotels and just about everything Scandic! Find out what they got up to during their trip last week.
After a speedy bag drop and fast track through security at the newly revamped Edinburgh Airport it was time to relax before our flight to the hip Scandinavian city of Copenhagen.
Our flight landed 20 minutes early, so we jumped straight on the train from the terminal then a taxi to the front door of our hotel from Central Station – just bliss. Possibly one of the quickest airport to hotel journeys we have ever had!
We were staying at the charming Admiral Hotel just round the corner from the colourful Nyhavn area, looking directly onto the grand modern Opera House right on the water. It was a great location, we walked to everything from here and got a real sense of this pleasant city by foot.
For our first night in Copenhagen we had dinner booked at one of the most quirky restaurants we have ever been too, called Väkst , located about a 13 minute walk from Central Station/Nimb Hotel/Tivoli Gardens area. It had been recommended to us as ‘urban fine-dining without the price tag’ and it very much lived up to it and beyond! We were treated to a full tasting menu with a matched wine pairing for each plate, it was so delicious we didn’t want it to end – from the Salt baked kohlrabi (like cabbage) to the Veal tartar to the ‘cream beer shot’ to finish the meal off it real was just something else. We highly recommend Väkst for all food lovers, it was an amazing experience!
After breakfast (not that we were that hungry after last night), which at the Admrial Hotel was great – we wandered over to the main shopping district to the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Zara, H&M and a stunning department store Illum which is very similar to the likes of Selfridges. As you can imagine we had a good window shop at all the beautiful handbags, clothes and homeware!
Opposite Illum was Café Norden, where we stopped for lunch to sample Copenhagen’s typical Scandic dish– Smørrebrød, which is like an open sandwich so we got some small ones to share (picture). They were delicious and a great quick lunch option in the middle of shopping and sightseeing.
We then ventured out to the Tivoil Gardens area, we actually managed to walk directly there right along the main shopping street we were on. Once there we had a little wander round the Tivoli Gardens amusement park – we had our Copenhagen Cards so entrance was free. The park itself is open during the spring and summer months so as you can imagine it was pretty quiet as it had just opened for the season, probably best to visit during the summer.
Unlike last night we didn’t book anywhere for dinner, but when walking around during the afternoon we stumbled upon a stunning modern looking Asian restaurant called The Market in between lots of high end clothing shops – so that’s where we headed and wow we were so glad we did. We had such mouth-watering food and the whole restaurant had such a buzz to it – it felt like a Saturday night! This place must be one of the ‘cool’ places to go to in Copenhagen that’s for sure.
Another great breakfast at the Admiral Hotel then it was a swift check out, however our flight wasn’t until the evening which was fantastic as it gave us an extra day to explore!
We drifted over to the Nyhavn area from the hotel by foot and jumped on one of the Canal boat tours with our Copenhagen Cards, as we had done quite a lot of walking the day before so this was the perfect way to see more of the city from the water and grab a comfy seat at the same time. We managed to see the Little Mermaid, the Queen’s residence (Amalienborg Palace) and lots of beautiful churches and buildings. Our guide was really informative and very much loved her job, which made the tour really enjoyable.
After our boat trip we had worked up an appetite so grabbed some lunch on the rooftop at Illum – its full of lots of trendy restaurants, bars and cafes all covered by a glass roof on the top of the building! We opted for pizza at Rossopomodoro and it was the perfect choice for filling us up before our flight home.
Before we knew it, we were on route to the airport to catch our Ryanair flight back to Edinburgh!
To find out more about our trip to Copenhagen or to make a booking give us a call on 0131 243 8098 or request a tailor-made quote online.