Ready for a little Hygge?
Good morning, good afternoon or good evening to y’all wherever in the world you might be.
As the title might be suggest, I’ve recently returned from a little staycation in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s been a rough few month, so Christian and I felt we needed a healthy dose of Hygge to fill our souls with a little warmth and relaxation. It was a joint decision that a sparkling Christmas market was just what we needed and so we threw a handful of dazzling winter cities into a hat and selected a winner at random. Copenhagen won victorious and our decision was made.
For such a long time I’ve dreamt of visiting Denmark and have longed to sample the Hygge way of life for myself. In order to prepare (and ‘get in the zone’ so to speak) I skipped off to Waterstones bookshop to better my knowledge of the Danish way of life. It can’t be the happiest country in the world for nothing, surely they must be doing something right? Get your mitts on this delight of a read, the bestselling ‘The Little Book Of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking.
Now, don’t let the dark skies and monochrome clouds mask the beauty of this city. It just made the Christmas lights all the more inviting. Here we go, a bombardment of culture, candles and some damn fine nosh.
I would recommend over and over again the hotel we stayed in. From the minute you step inside the door, you’re wrapped in warmth and a constant ambient glow. You’ll notice from the decor that it simply screams Scandi chic. I’d even go as far as to say this is one of the most beautiful and charismatic boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It’s also conveniently located approximately two minutes from the main train terminal, so getting around is an absolute breeze… or, in our case (due to the weather owe had), a wet and windy gust! Attached to the AXEL is also a fabulous eatery called ‘Cafe Du Nord’ this was our regular breakfast spot and I swear I can feel my taste buds waking up just recollecting it.
After doing some unpacking and checking in, we realised we couldn’t possibly absorb any culture on an empty stomach. Breakfast calls… specifically dippy eggs please.
Oh, nothing like a spot of classic sculpture to feel like a third wheel
Poor guy has to stare at ‘The Kiss’ all day, every day. I’d ask to move I think…
When you have a sculpture gallery all to your inquisitive self…
18th Century CrossFit Bunny
Once back at the hotel, we got ourselves all scrubbed and spruced for a fantastic evening at the exquisite restaurant ‘Kong Hans’, keep watching the blog to see a post on our magical evening 🙂 (Also, not sure why my feet look so huge in this photo, I swear to God they are a modest size 6).
If I was to own a bicycle, I imagine it would look exactly like this one.
When only the most simple of stage directions will do… “act natural, darling”
As you might have noticed, the monochrome back drop made visibility a little tricky. It was such a shame as I knew there were fantastic landmarks right next to us and yet, we couldn’t bloomin’ see ’em! After bumbling around pretending to be intrigued for a short while, we took our frozen tootsies and went to find the next attraction. We strolled over to Nyhavn, the infamous little strip of colourful buildings with many delightful cafes and restaurants to choose from. This had to be my favourite little corner of Copenhagen and it didn’t even matter about the fog.
When travelling around various spots of the world, I always get so excited when a place looks even better than the photos you’ve seen in books or the pins from your ‘Wanderlust’ Pinterest board. Nyhavn was just as quaint, just as delightful… I didn’t even mind that all my limbs were 96% numb from the cold.
This wonderful little cafe was actually our finger warming stop a couple of times throughout our trip. There wasn’t anything not to love about the interior, the cakes or the coffee. A definite ‘must nibble’ for any Copenhagen wanderer.
I simply had to add this little doll that Christian and I have named Emma. Side splitting laughter imprisoned us for a solid hour or so based purely on this doll. When we arrived home, we discovered wed taken SO MANY photos of this doll. As a joke, I also changed Christian’s phone wallpaper to this cheeky Scandi minx and he’s yet to change it! I find myself giggling just thinking about it this afternoon.
A palace fit for an Emma I’d say
CANALS AND WINDMILLS
“Wow, so this exhibit is going to have a lot of chairs then?” The answer is yes, if you enjoy chairs, this exhibition is for you.
We decided this looked a little like a sci-fi mental asylum for chairs. Poor little things!
And when we finished at the gallery, it was virtually dark outside, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to stop by the Christmas market before heading back to the Axel…
WE HAD A DINNER PLANNED FOR THE STUNNING: VÄKST
It deserves a post all of its own so please watch the blog for a whole article on Väkst, the restaurant with the indoor greenhouse *swoon*
COPENHAGEN AQUARIUM – DEN BLÅ PLANET
It can be a little tricky capturing the aquatic delights beneath the waves but I have sure done my best. I’ve also included a little collage of the funny faces I found whilst scrolling through my photos. It’s almost like they know to pose for the camera ha!
Who really needs an excuse to hop into a Photo Booth? We have actually never done one together so we didn’t need asking twice…
TIVOLI CHRISTMAS GARDENS
I’ll be honest, I have a very small handful of photos due to the simple fact that it was so magical and the last thing I wanted to do was to keep taking pictures. You try eating sticky delights such as candy floss and then try to use your camera. NOPE! No photos can do these magical gardens justice, so I would thoroughly recommend putting Tivoli Gardens on the top of your list if you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen from November through to Christmas time.
On our final day we thought we’d treat ourselves to a lovely breakfast before heading for the airport. The breakfast did not disappoint. Just a teeny tiny tip, even on a week day, prepare for a wait, the brunch rush is substantial. But, for your own delightful corner of Hygge and scrummy food, I’d sure wait it out if I was you.
I hope you enjoyed my little post on Copenhagen. I’ve been dying to sample the Hygge way of life and visit Denmark for so long and I’m so so glad our random ‘out of a hat’ selection was Copenhagen. I’d love to see what the city holds in the summer months or under a few feet of snow. If I was to visit again, I’d choose a more stable season. It’s tricky to make a city look beautiful when you can barely find your own feet through the fog. Who doesn’t love a challenge though huh!?!
And so from one magical time to the next as we leap into Christmas time. After a trying year, I hope to leave all the turbulence at the front door with the muddy wellies and focus purely on merriment, brandy butter and more roast potatoes than I can physically handle.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Catch up again in the new year and I have sneaky feeling you’ll be surprised with the events of January 2018 and where we’ll be. Watch this space!