Three nights in Copenhagen: Day Two
Our second day in Copenhagen got off to a sunny start. Before we left the apartment. Whilst dry for the first couple of hours we were out, the rest of the day was pretty wet. Did we take an umbrella out that day? We did not. But did that stop us? It did not!
We headed into the central district of Copenhagen to visit Nyhavn Harbour. If you’ve not been to Copenhagen before, but have seen some photographs, this is probably what you will recognise.
Once a busy commercial port, and home to many artists and writers (Hans Christian Andersen anyone?), Nyhavn Harbour was revitalised with its bars and restaurants to become the attraction it is now. And it really is quite beautiful. We walked up and down the harbour, taking in the rainbow buildings and brasseries, before deciding to grab some food.
Beautiful though they are, we didn’t fall into the tourist trap of eating at the harbour. A good thing too, as I later read the restaurants described as “thoroughly missable”.
We ended up stopping at a fairly generic place MJ Coffee, as unfortunately the place I wanted to go to (Atelier September) was full. The screeching of the steam wand in the barista’s milk jug told me everything I needed to know about their coffee, so I stuck with a hot chocolate. I had mac and cheese with chicken and salad, Brandon a club sandwich and some chips. It was alright, with the chips probably being the best part. They just seem to nail them here.
Plight of The Little Mermaid
We took a last walk through Nyhavn Harbour and crossed the bridge for a bit of a walk. By this point, the rain was coming down and only seemed to get heavier, so we ducked into a coffee shop by the bridge called The Corner.
From The Corner, we power marched through the city centre in the rain to Amalienborg Palace. Home to the Danish royal family, we were really surprised at how open the area was. Needless to say, we didn’t hover in the streets long and nipped across the road to peek inside Frederiks Kirke (Frederik’s Church).
By this point, our adventures took a turn for the damper side, as we set out to find The Little Mermaid. Over 100 years old and one of Copenhagen’s biggest sights, she’s not in the easiest place for public transport.
We trudged through Churchillparken (a public park commemorating Winston Churchill), past a fortress, and around a harbour in the freezing rain until we found her. Weather aside, the park and surroundings were gorgeous, and it would have made a great walk any other day!
Thoroughly soaked through, we retreated to our apartment to warm up and nap before dinner.
Being in charge of dining activities, obviously, I found Honey. A restaurant where the menu is designed for sharing, Honey pride themselves on good, simple food from seasonal produce.
We started with mushroom, walnut, parmesan and truffle oil ravioli, and arancini with smoked ham and onion sauce. Alongside this came some absolutely gorgeous, buttery sourdough bread with whipped butter. It was a rich starter, but all tasted incredible.
Next we shared braised lamb and BBQ pork belly. These arrived with an array of sides: braised apple cider, burnt carrot and carrot purée, brussel sprout salad and baked beetroot. We also had something with a quinoa-like texture, tasting of mint, lemon and parmesan. I don’t know what it was, but it was good. The pork belly simply melted, and the lamb fell apart when you picked it up.
Afterwards, Honey offer what I can only describe as a posh ice cream factory. Not an insult by the way. You help yourself to “soft ice” and choose from a board of toppings including brownie pieces, biscuit crumble, meringue, nut brittle and salted caramel sauce. I made sure to get my fill and went back for more.
Another leisurely meal, we were at Honey for over two hours and noticed many of the people around us had been too. By far our most expensive meal yet, at 891DKK (£101 with a tip) it was worth it, as it was also the best we’ve had yet. And probably one of the best I’ve had this year so far!
If you’re looking for a great dining experience in Copenhagen with some serious hygge factor, I would absolutely recommend coming here.