As I’m writing this post, I’m sat on a plane with some bloke’s knees in my back. He’s snoring and the girl next to me keeps slapping her hair in my face. Not the way I’m choosing to end my trip to Copenhagen, I’m bringing you a round-up of the fourth and final day.
Brunch at Kalaset
After saying a sad goodbye to our apartment, we ventured towards the centre, hand luggage trailing behind. I’d found a cute coffee shop on our way, Kalaset, so we stopped by for brunch.
For Brighton readers, Kalaset is a bit of a cross between Marwood and Salvage, with mismatched furniture, twinkly lights and old radios fixed to the exposed brick wall.
The hot chocolates were very luxurious, topped with marshmallows, raspberries and chocolate sauce. We both chose pancakes with maple syrup and fruit, adding in bacon. These were some of the best I’ve had in a while, with thick fluffy pancakes soaking up the syrup, and a generous amount of crispy bacon.
Torvehallerne and Ørstedparken
We decided to spend our last day on foot, to make sure we’d taken in everything that we could. That and it seemed a waste of money to buy a travel card for one more day, and we’d spent most of the trip walking anyway. So from Kalaset we came to Torvehallerne, an indoor food market split into two buildings.
In one, you’ll find fish, meat, cheese and other fresh produce to take home that day. The other is made up of lots of little cafés, coffee, wine and chocolate shops, with many making ideal gift stops. I have an obsession with browsing anything food related, so this place was a bit of a haven for me. I only wished we’d been sooner so that we could have eaten somewhere!
Directly across the road is Ørstedparken, a lovely public park and with a sprawling lake. We spent some time walking around the lake, watching the ducks and admiring the creepy statues. You could easily forget you were still in the middle of the city.
Christiansborg Palace, Strøget and the Round Tower
About a 10 minute walk from Ørstedparken will take you to Christiansborg Palace. It’s now home to the Danish government, and was once the primary home of the Danish royals. Compared to the summer palace of Rosenborg, it didn’t seem quite as splendid to look at.
You can cross straight into the huge pedestrianised shopping district, Strøget, from here. Not really ones for shopping on holiday, we walked the lanes anyway and browsed a few of the homeware shops for some interior envy.
The Round Tower sits in the middle of Street, with an active observatory, gallery / venue space, and 360° viewing deck. For 25DKK you can walk up to the top for amazing views of the entire city, stretching as far out to the bridge crossing to Sweden. It’s worth a look!
YOBURGER and Coffee Collective
With just an hour left, we headed to YOBURGER out of curiosity for an early dinner. We’d seen one packed out just a few days earlier, which made me wonder if it could be Copenhagen’s answer to Brighton’s Grubbs. A quick Instagram search brought up some tempting results.
The soft, juicy Danish beef patties, buttery brioche rolls and abundance of “magic sauce” made a fantastic burger. The fries, not quite as salty as I’d hoped, were crinkle cut (ever a novelty) and crispy. I’d definitely say go here for a quick dirty burger.
On the last leg of our journey, we stopped back at Torvehallerne so I could get my coffee fix. Coffee Collective is a small but incredibly renowned collection of coffee shops in Copenhagen, and I just had to know before I went home.
My tiny, perfect little cortado packed an insanely fruity punch, and it was everything I’d hoped. The best coffee I had all weekend, so a great end to the trip.
End of Day Four
Fittingly, as I’m finishing this post we’re approaching Gatwick. Looking back, we packed a lot into our last day, and I’m glad I don’t feel like we missed anything.
Copenhagen was a wonderful city with such a warm culture (not to mention a great food scene), and I feel really taken with the place. With hyggelig coffee shops and restaurants that fit my third place criteria on every corner, I can really relate to the Danish lifestyle. I’ve no doubt we’ll visit again, especially as I’d love to see it in the summer!
Have you been to Copenhagen? Do you have any trips coming up soon? Let me hear all about it in the comments below!