As soon as my husband and I made arrangements to return to Copenhagen, he of course left the itinerary responsibilities to me. I knew I wanted to visit some of the royal palaces throughout the city, but I realized as time went on in the planning that the itinerary was becoming more of a food tour of Copenhagen (an idea that my husband did not and would not say no to!) with a touch of royalty. Food and palaces – what could be better?
Since we were traveling to Copenhagen with friends, I thought trying different restaurants would be even more exciting for all of us together, especially restaurants that took us out of our comfort zone. One reason why our Copenhagen trip became so food-heavy is because I grew up on Danish food and I wanted to get my hands on as many Scandinavian dishes as I could (I think I cried every time I bit into a smørrebrød!). We all ended up staying at Hotel Babette Guldsmeden (same hotel Tor and I stayed at in 2014) by Amalienborg Palace. Tor and I booked a suite with a balcony that overlooked the palace and Marmorkirken.
For our first night there, we dined at Che Fe Bio Trattoria (literal translation – “What’s Up Restaurant”). It was a bit of poetic justice since while half of my blood is Danish, the other half is Italian. So here I was, speaking Italian in Denmark, dining on delicious, authentic southern Italian food. There are two set menus – meat and fish. Tor and I chose the “pesce” menu and it included plates such as burrata and eggplant caprese and squid ink pasta with a cod cream sauce.
The next day, we spent time shopping along Strøget, Copenhagen’s major shopping street. I popped into Designer’s Remix and Ganni (both Danish brands) while Tor popped into Norse Projects. After shopping, we stopped at Serenity Cupcakes. We hadn’t had lunch yet but do you think that stopped me from devouring cupcakes? The little cupcake cafè was so cute and quaint. They had my favorite cupcake flavor in the world – a rare one of white chocolate raspberry – and a chocolate cupcake with an Oreo baked in the middle. Talk about heaven! We happily enjoyed our cupcakes while sipping on decadent hot chocolate and mochas.
Not too far away is the beautiful Rosenborg Slot, which stands out amongst stunning, manicured gardens in the heart of the city. I had seen so many photos of Rosenborg at my Morfar’s house growing up, so seeing it in person was extra special. We even had the special treat of seeing a Changing of the Guard parade. Every day, the royal guards that leave their post over at Amalienborg Palace march in a grand parade to Rosenborg Palace. I love how Denmark hasn’t let time alter their traditions.
For our second night in Denmark, we took our friends to have dinner at Rebel which features Danish style tapas. Our courses started with an apple mint sorbet which cleansed our palates before we dined on beef tartare, beetroot ravioli stuffed with crab, and lobster with cauliflower. Dessert was a chocolate heaven that was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
The next day, Tor and I continued our food tour by stopping for hot chocolate (and a mocha for Tor) at Mormor’s. We had visited this adorable little coffee spot on our first visit back in 2014, but I wanted to visit it again. It reminds me so much of my Mormor’s house, including the illustrated Royal Copenhagen plates placed along shelves on the walls. We then headed over to Union Kitchen for brunch where we dined on waffles – chocolate and berry waffles for me, chicken and waffles for Tor.
Later in the day, Tor and I walked over to Copenhagen Street Food, a good half hour walk from our hotel and so worth it. Copenhagen Street Food is a large, indoor food market with different restaurants and cuisines serving delicacies all in one spot. It reminded Tor and I of Granville Island in Vancouver. We settled on Made in Italy and tried two different pizzas, something we had been craving for a while.
We wandered back towards Nyhavn and stopped at Vaffelbageren (“waffle baker”) for some flødeis (“ice cream”). Vaffelbageren is well known for its ice cream and fresh waffle cones (hence the name). Even though it was chillier this day, that wasn’t stopping us from enjoying yummy cones.
I didn’t get to try everything I would have liked to in Copenhagen, but all the more reason for us to return someday soon to enjoy more of what Copenhagen has to offer!