Travel to: Copenhagen (the happiest city in the world)

I’ve always wanted to go to Scandinavia and first on my list of places to visit was Copenhagen. So, when I saw that The XX were playing there with their I See You tour, I thought it was the perfect excuse to go. 

With its cobbled streets, multi-coloured buildings and everyone getting round the city by bike (even in the snow!) Copenhagen really is the most magical city. As it’s relatively  flat too and has beautiful canals, it’s perfect to explore on foot – or on bike – which then gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a decadent hot chocolate to retreat from the cold!

Copenhagen is a city that’s effortlessly cool and is known for its supremacy of unique Danish design. From the architecture of the bridges and buildings to the incredibly cosy – or should I say hygge – home furnishings and Instagrammable (that should be a word of it’s not already) furniture, they even make water bottles and cutlery sexy – take a look in Illums Bolighus if you don’t believe me! 

In Copenhagen, there’s also an endless list of incredible restaurants to eat at (including 15 Michelin Star restaurants) so it’s really no surprise the Danish are the happiest people on the planet.

Here’s a few the many, many highlights of my trip to this fabulous and romantic city, that I’d highly recommend adding to your list of stuff to do if you get the chance!

Copenhagen Street Food

This incredible indoor street food market is right on the river next to the Copenhagen Contemporary art gallery. Even on a snowy winter’s Sunday evening, this place had a brilliant atmosphere and was busy with people grabbing a bite to eat with friends to round of the weekend. There were probably about fifty different street food stands from Brazilian to Thai and everything in between. It was beautifully lit with fairy lights and burning log fires outside (so hygge) and there was even a sparkly disco cow hanging from the ceiling…! I’d recommend the passion fruit mojitos and chicken chipotle burrito! 

Dinner at Höst

This rustic, candle-lit restaurant with an open kitchen serving contemporary Nordic cuisine is AMAZING. It was fairly pricey (but it seems as though all the restaurants in Copenhagen are pretty expensive) but it was seriously worth every Kroner. We chose the three course taster menu, but they kept bringing out surprise courses too! And it was possibly the best meal I’ve ever eaten. Actually it definitely was. 

I love going to places like this – not that I’ve been to that many – but you end up eating things you’d never normally pick on the menu, but you know they’ll taste absolutely incredible so you don’t mind risking it! We had scallops, mussel soup with squid, hake, veal with beetroot and I don’t even know what the pudding was but it was divine! I think I’m going to dream about this meal for a while…

The Forum 

I love going to gigs in different European cities – we saw Caribou in Paris the other year and I loved it – so when I saw The XX were touring I had to see where else they were playing other than Nottingham. In a spontaneous purchase, I bought tickets that were a plane-ride away rather than just an über ride round the corner, but it was totally worth it for so many reasons. 

This was the best I’ve ever seen the XX play because the atmosphere in The Forum was so electric and the reaction the crowd gave was so energetic and infectious. It’s made me want to tick off even more European cities on my bucket list by finding gigs I want to go to! Next is Bonobo in Madrid (if I can manage to get tickets that is!)

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