Last week my family and I made use of those lazy few days between Christmas and New Year by heading to Copenhagen for a much-needed break.
We realised beforehand that this would be our tenth trip to the Danish capital, and even though we now feel more like locals than tourists, all three of us where just as excited as ever to be heading back.
We stayed once again at STAY Bryggen which is on the north-west coast of Amager in Islands Brygge. Since having our son Fox seven years ago, my husband and I have swapped the design hotels for serviced apartments, and always receive a super friendly welcome whichever of their three amazing locations we choose.
For me Islands Brygge is always a favourite, as the small but perfectly formed apartment block, which we even saw being built on a previous trip, sits nestled between residential streets and amenities, as well as offers spectacular panoramic views across the striking city skyline.
As you would expect the four full days we had went by in a flash. From hopping on the number 68 bus to visit some of our favourite Copenhagen attractions, such as the Marble Church, the Round Tower and the Designmuseum Denmark; to strolling along the harbour side, down historic Nyhavn, or through the King’s Garden to the incredible Frederiksborg Castle.
We of course stopped off for lots of coffees and pastries along the way, as well as some shopping at HAY House, the Ferm Living boutique and Royal Copenhagen before ending each day with a fabulous dining experience either at POPL or Kødbyens Fiskebar, as well as cooking up our own tasty treats from ingredients picked up at the Torvehallerne food market.
We also spent another fun filled day over in Malmö, jumping on the 30-minute train from Copenhagen Central, while New Year’s Eve comprised of an inspirational morning at the Glyptotek art museum, an adrenaline packed afternoon at Tivoli and a late night filled with the sights and sounds of hundreds of fireworks being set off by happy locals.
Safe to say our Christmas trip to Copenhagen was just the break we needed, with every member of the family now ready to face the year ahead, which will no doubt include a return visit very soon.
All photography by Nicola Capper.
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