Copenhagen was the last stop on our trip and my favorite. It felt grungier and slightly cooler than Stockholm. I also learned that most of my favorite Scandinavian brands (Ganni, Saks Potts, WoodWood) are all based in Copenhagen, which meant the shopping scene was VERY good. We also had some of the best tacos we've ever eaten (seriously), some yummy natural wine, and definitely wished we had stayed for a bit longer.
We arrived in Copenhagen late the night before, which meant we got to start fresh with a full day. We stayed at Hotel Danmark which was well-designed and a good value (we really lucked out with hotels on this trip!). Sidenote - we packed a lot into the first day, so bear with me. After waking up and getting ready, we rented bikes - which I would highly recommend, however, no one warned us how tricky bike parking could be. It's definitely still worth biking, but just know it might take a while to find a parking spot. We kicked off the day with breakfast at Atelier September, which was a DREAM. It was a super cozy spot that felt local, hip, and had great food. After that, we biked to shops in the Indre By neighborhood. Again, let me emphasize, the shopping in Copenhagen was truly some of the best I've ever experienced. Stores are designed beautifully, carry lots of brand you can only find in Scandinavia, and are edited in a way that uniquely reflects Copenhagen (cool but understated). After shopping, we went to Torvehallern, an outdoor food market. Hija de Sanchez had been highly recommended (their chef is a first generation Mexican-American and previously worked at Noma). After quickly consuming 3 tacos and glass of rosé, I was convinced I had never eaten better tacos. (BTW, Hija de Sanchez was featured on the Tacos episode of David Chang's new show, Ugly Delicious). Post-taco, we rode our bikes to to Nørrebro, which is known as the quintessentially hip neighborhood in Copenhagen. Despite having high hopes for the Acne Archive store, I left empty-handed and we made our way to Mikkeller and Friends. For dinner, we went to Apollo, which had been recommended for it's wine selection. We didn't love it, and preferred Ved Stranden 10 (more on that later). After debating if we wanted to go to Tivoli, we decided to go just for the evening, and it ended up being one of my favorite memories of the trip. We realized we'd never been to a theme park together so it felt like a really dorky, fun date night. Overall, Day 1 had me convinved that Copenhagen was my new favorite city.
On our second day, we did more of the same - bikes, beer and shopping. Highlights included Copenhagen Street Food, an industrial food market. The location we went to has since closed, but they're opening a new one in 2018. Afterwards, we went to Ved Stranden 10, which ended up being our favorite wine bar in Copenhagen. They had lots of natural wine options and outdoor seating on the canal. We decided to do our big Copenhagen dinner at Höst. Since everything in Copenhagen had far exceeded my expectations at that point, I had high standards that weren't quite met. It was a beautiful restaurant, but some of the dishes felt excessive. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu, and they ended up sneaking in ~3 surprise courses, so it felt overindulgent in a bad way. If we go back, I think I'd opt for Bæst instead.
On our last day, we took the train across the water to Malmö, Sweden. Scott's parents lived there for 2 years, and we have a friend that currently lives there (Hi Elin!), so we got a VIP tour. Scott had previously been to visit his parents, but I loved getting walking around exploring. We even got to see their old apartment (pictured below). Afterwards, we started our travel back to the US.
All in all, we loved Scandinavia and had such a great trip. Personally, I can't wait to get back to Copenhagen in the future!