Category Archives: Denmark

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For all my Dutch readers, one of my favorite Dutch lifestyle blogs Dailylin contacted me and asked if I wanted to write down some tips about the city for her readers. As you know, I’m never too shabby to share some hotspots, so I happily accepted her request. You can find my (Dutch) post HERE!

With love,
-Janet

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Most liveable city: Copenhagen

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Watch the video here, unfortunately the video is not embeddable :(

Copenhagen has been voted as most liveable city. To be honest, I’m a bit tired of all those ranking, Denmark has been ranked #1 in pretty much everything: happiest nation, least corrupt, most expensive groceries and of course the Eurosong Festival. But to me these rankings don’t really mean that much, I can still be a sad panda when it’s raining for a week even while living in the happiest country in the world.

However, Monocle’s movie strikes another point that I completely agree with: Copenhagen ís liveable. All public spaces are really for everybody to enjoy. There are many clean parks all around the city, some of them are fancy (Kongens Have), some of them have a harbour pool (Islands Brygge) and some of them have a view of elefants (Frederiksberg Have). There are many well maintained basket- and football courts and I’ve even seen an outdoor trampoline close to Nyhavn. In the multi-culti neighborhood Nørrebro there’s a whole square (Røde Plads) dedicated to living together with different cultures. It seems to be so easy for every organisation to apply for permits to organize cool, fun events all over the city and especially during the Summer there are many free events and parties to go to. I

While living here might be crazy expensive, the city definitely makes up for it with all its great and free facilities and activities!

With love,
-Janet

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Distortion 2013

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Hi guys and girls,

I’m still recovering from Copenhagen most awesome week Distortion. It is a bit like the Dutch “Koninginnedag” but that times a week. There are street parties from Wednesday till Friday and a Final Party on Saturday. My bff visited from Amsterdam and we’ve met heaps of new people. My body is definitely fighting against all the alcohol abuse, so I’ll keep this week nice and slow 😉

I brought my camera the first two days and had to leave it home after because I lost my lens cap :( But here are some of my random pictures of friends and strangers 😉

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With love,
-Janet

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City Guide: Copenhagen – Where to Shop

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This is the last Copenhagen Guide post (for now) about all the shopping hotspots in Copenhagen. You can find my favorite restaurants here and my favorite places here! Hit the comment box, if you have any questions regarding a visit to Copenhagen! My blog is highly biased to the inner-city, because I live there myself. But there are some amazing shops in Vesterbro and Nørrebro too!

Copenhagen is a great city for shopping, however your wallet isn’t gonna like it! For Italian high street brands such as Zara, I recommend you to skip this in Copenhagen: the Danish Kroner to Euro ratio is not in your advantage, therefor most high street brands are more expensive in kroner than in euro (sad face). However, there are great Scandinavian brands which are hard to find in the rest of Europe and of course there is the notorious “Danish Design”!

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Wood Wood, Grønnegade 1, 1107 København K, website

Wood Wood used to be more of a street wear shop, but the last couple of seasons they have shifted more to a high-end concept store. They sell great brands such as Kenzo, Commes des Garcons and ofcourse their own brand.

Storm, Store Regnegade 1, 1110 København K, website

Copenhagen’s concept store, they sell a lot of crazy expensive goodies such as Celine, Balmain and Givenchy. My favorite is their beauty department where they among others sel Diptyque. Definitely a must visit when you like shops such as Colette in Paris.

Christian Louboutin, Grønnegade 6, 1107 København K

Do I need to explain more? Cute little shop, filled with shoes to die for…

Birger Christensen, Østergade 38, 1100 København K, website

At Birger Christensen you will find traditional high end brands such as Celine, Givenchy, and Maison Martin Margiela! To be honest, this is a bit more of a “window-shopping” kind of boutique for me, but they sure sell pretty stuff!

Marc Jacobs, Christian den IX Gade 3-5, Denmark 1111 København K

I love my Marc Jacobs iPhone holder and you can find it in their store!

Acne Studios, Pilestræde 40, website

Who doesn’t loves Scandinavian design? At Acne’s Studios you can find all their mighty fine shoes and jackets (my favorite), while getting impressed by the shops interior.

Holly Golightly Clothing, Moentergade 5, 1116 København K, website
Holly Golightly Shoes & Accessories, St. Regnegade 2, 1110 København K

At Holly Golightly you van find brands such as Balanciaga, Proenza Schouler and Rick Owen. The above shops are all in walking distance from each other, so great to combine (if your wallet is big enough at least).

Pedde & Stoffer, Klosterstræde 15, 1157 København K, website

At Pedde & Stoffer you can find more of the young high-end brands, such as Isabel Marant, Opening Ceremony, and T by Alexander Wang.

B56, Bredgade 56, 1260 København K, website

B56 is cofounded by Stephanie Gundelach, one of the girls behind Denmark’s biggest fashion blog anywho.dk. She and her mom own the place and they have a great sense of trends. You can find heaps of Danish brands such as Stine Goya and Wackerhaus.

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Norse Projects, Pilestræde 41, 1112 København K, website

Norse Projects is known for their minimalistic design, great basics made from good quality. In their shop they also sell other brands such as A.P.C. and Woolrich. Great shop to show the boyfriend.

Le Fix, Kronprinsensgade 9B, 1114 København K, website

Le Fix has a great selection of men streetwear which has a selection somewhere between minimalistic Scandinavian design and Britisch hooligans. The guys working there are really helpful (which is actually quite a refreshing attitude, for Copenhagen’s standards). They sell their own brand and also brand such as Barbour and Stone Island. Definitely go visit, even as girl, because they also have some great accessories. And hey, who said we can’t wear a mens sweater?!

S for Sneakers, Pilestræde 52, 1112 København K, website

Running is HOT in Copenhagen, it seems like everybody is doing it. Which results that there are some great running gear shops. S for Sneakers is something in between the traditional (boring) running shop and quickstrike sneaker shop. They have an amazing assortment of running clothing from brands such as Nike and Puma: Jordan’s, those extra colorful pants or a N.B.A. jersey is what you can find here.

Naked, Pilestræde 46, 1112 København K, website
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Denmark’s largest supplier of sneakers for women, here you can find everything in girl sizes from Nike, Adidas and many more.

Rezet, Rådhusstræde 7, 1466 København K, website

Another sneakershop, who also sells a small collection of clothing. They sell all the big Sneaker brands (Nike, Puma, Reebok, Adidas).

Flavour, Skindergade 19, 1159 København K, website

Flavour is a two-floor shop, where the topfloor sells more sophisticated menswear. On the lower level you van find their street wear collection.

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Everybody knows these brands, so I just listed them for you. You can find all their branches on the link to their website.

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Urban Outfitters, Ostergade 42B, 1100 Kobenhavn, website
& Other Stories, Amagertorv 29, 1160 Copenhagen, website
COS, Østergade 33, 1100 Copenhagen K, website

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Line & Jo, Gothersgade 31, 1123 København K, website

Line & Jo is my favorite Danish jewelry brand. Their style is “tough”, but always refined with a feminine touch.

Jane Køning, Gothersgade 54, 1123 København K, website

Jane Køning’s jewelry are minimalistic and romantic at the same time. Their Love tag is their most known item.

Maria Black, Silkegade 13, 1113 Copenhagen K, website

Maria Black jewelry always has a sort of outer space feeling, a lot of oxidized goods with alienated forms.

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Hay, Østergade 61, (2nd-3rd floor), 1100 København K, website

Hay is my favorite Danish interior brand. It is something in between Ikea (affordable) and Danish design (only affordable when you’ve won the lottery): all of their products have the minimalistic signature and always in happy colors.

Illums Bolighus, Amagertorv 10 1160 København, website

If you won that lottery Illums Bolighus will the place the splurge your money. This 3 floor interior department store literally sells EVERYTHING you van wish for. On the ground level, they sell a lot of cute interior items where on the top levels you can find their furniture collection. Even if you didn’t win the lottery, it is a great shop to wander around and absorb Danish design.

I hope you enjoyed my posts about Copenhagen and feel welcome to contact me if you have any other questions!

With love,
-Janet
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City Guide: Copenhagen – Where to Eat

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To read more about my favorite to do’s in the city, read: Copenhagen – Where to Gohere and click here to read about Copenhagen: Where to Shop

Copenhagen is a heaven for foodies, however it sure can be the enemy of your wallet. There are a 13 (!) Michelin star restaurants in the city, with Noma (former best restaurant of the world) on top. Sure this is nice if you have about 500 euro to splurge on one night, but (unfortunately) this is not my reality. A succeeded holiday for me includes eating at cute, local restaurants/cafees that are not filled up with tourists or screaming kids and are far away from the main street. Little gems, that you coincidentally find on your way. Well, that’s where I come into place 😉 I recommend you to STAY AWAY from the tourist hotspots like RizRaz and Jensen’s Bøfhus (or pretty much everything where there’s a dinner buffet), you might be tempted by the cheaper prices, but I think it’s worth to spend that 10 euro more on your final bill and to eat somewhere cosy. Here’s a list with my favorite places to eat!

NOTE: I would definitely recommend to book a table in advance, you can usually do this on the restaurant’s website. Do expect several no’s when you just walk in without a reservation!

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All over the city you can find these hotdog stands and you have to try them! You have different variations, but I would suggest the “ristet hotdog med det hele” (toasted hotdog with everything). It’s a great little snack, for when you’re saving some belly-space for a nice restaurant later on.

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Another snack place is Paradis Is, you can find them all over the city and they have great italian is. I love the design of the brand and also the fact that their ice cream is without artificial coloring or flavoring. The different flavors are daily home-made and my favorite is the Ferrero Rocher!

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Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, website

I already wrote about Torvehallerne in my Copenhagen – What To Do post, but it’s definitely worth another mentioning. It is a great place to have a little lunch on your way, I do it almost on a weekly basis. I would recommend the city’s best sandwhich (google translate the link), which is a generous French duck sandwich with a mustard dressing. The sandwich costs 55 kr (7 euro) and is actually big enough to share.

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Tolboden, Nordre Toldbod 24 1259 København, website

Toldboden is a place I visit a lot during the Summer, you can visit it for a quick-lunch on your way to the little mermaid or like me: sit there for hours in the sun with a great view over the harbour. Their vision is to work with local and seasonal products, so everything is fresh and Danish. I love their seafood grill menu and I have heard great things about their brunch, which is open every Saturday and Sunday, with a seating at 10 and 12. It’s not cheap, 225 kr (30 euro), but that’s unfortunately what you can expect of Copenhagen.

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Aamanns, Øster Farimagsgade 12, 2100 København Ø, website

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So when you’re in Copenhagen, you must simply try smørrebrød: the famous Danish open-faced sandwich. Aamanns is one of the best smørrebrød restaurant the city has to offer. The menu features a seasonal selection of meats including braised pork breast, beef tartare, free range pork pate, chicken salad and roast beef sirloin; as well as seafood such as sugar-salted salmon, pan-fried white fish, fresh peeled shrimp, and herring prepared in three distinct ways. Each piece of smørrebrød will be dressed with a seasonally rotating variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and light, homemade sauces sourced locally and inspired by traditional Danish smørrebrød recipes.

You can find my review post about Aamanns here!

But not to worry: in case you didn’t manage to book a table at Aamanns in time, there are some great alternatives:

– Ida Davidsen, Store Kongensgade 70, 1274 København K, website
Only open on weekdays from 10 – 17, one of the most famous, but expect prices from 10 to 20 euro per sandwich.
– Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik v/ Frank Due, Fortunstræde 4, 1065 København K, website
A real authentic place, where you have to add a snaps (alcoholic shot) to your sandwich.

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Famo 51, Gl.Kongevej 51, 1610 Copenhagen V, website

Famo 51 might be my all time favorite Copenhagen restaurant. It is a small place, with an a-typical interior, you might even just pass by it without noticing. But it contains everything that I demand from the perfect dinner: the service is great and the food is amazing. There is a daily 5 course menu, which is composed according to season with a focus on only the best produce from Denmark and Italy. They even import their own cheeses, vegetables, sausages from Italy! A menu costs 400 kr (50 euro) and every Friday their daily menu contains only of fish and shell-fish. Oh and before I forget they are Michelin Bib-Gourmand awarded!

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Madklubben, several branches, website

Madklubben is the “cheap” version of new Nordisk food. It is a chain with 6 different restaurants, but every branch lives up to the same philosophy: cheap no-nonsense food (one course costs 100 kr (13 euro), 2 courses 150 kr (20 euro), 3 courses – 200 kr (26 euro) and 4 courses for 250 kr (33 euro) and Danish designed interior. The quality of the food might be variable and the restaurant is always really packed (expect that your neighbor is sitting 5 cm away from you), but besides that: it is a great way to experience some nice food for a more reasonable price. It is a must to book a table in advance!

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Mother, Høkerboderne 9 – 15, 1712 København K,

Mother is located in the meat-packing district and it’s always filled with people. Their pizza’s are AMAZING and not too expensive! A pizza cost around 100 kr (13 euro), and I really can’t explain how good they are. They aim to bring really good simple soul food, where seasonal ingredients are combined with directly sourced artisan products from Italy. Their anti-pasti is worth ordering, as is their gorgonzola pizza with spicy salami. Same as all the above, making a reservation is a must.

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Cock’s & Cows, Gammel Strand 44, 1202 København K, website

Cock’s & Cows is a great place for a chill night with the boys before heading to town, they have pretty amazing burgers and if you book a table after 9 you get your cocktails double up! The burgers are humongous and if you want to have some place for the french fries, you might think about ordering the burger without the bun. The chilly fries are a recommendation!

Hit this to read my review posts about Cock’s & Cows!

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Pluto, Borgergade 16, 1300 København K, website

Pluto is another cute restaurant that has been a big hit ever since they opened earlier this year. On their menu there are several small dishes and they recommend 3 or 4 per person. But the great thing about this is, especially for an indecisive food-person like me, is that you can just share the dishes with the table so you can have a bite of everything! Their “holy grail” is the family menu, which costs 450 kr per person (60 euro), but for this amount you’ll get a stunning amount of 12 dishes!

Obviously, I haven’t tried all restaurants in Copenhagen (yet). The following are restaurants, I still would love to try:
Noma (but for this I have to win the lotto first)
Kiin Kiin (the first Asian Michelin restaurant, outside of Asia)
Kødbyens Fiskebaren (because Fish, what not to love?)
Retour (because it looks darn cute from the outside!

With love,
-Janet

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