Bank Holiday Weekend in Copenhagen

I always have a soft spot for Denmark and it was really great to be back in Copenhagen after 4 years. I took advantage of the bank holiday and spent 3 full days there.

The city is still as amazing as ever especially with its buzzing food scene and great nightlife. I wasn’t here to do the touristy things but mainly to catch up with my old friends and to explore the culinary scene!

I arrive quite late on Friday night so it was spent at Mikkeller and Friends for a couple of chilled beers.

Beers at Mikkeller

The next day was spent exploring Copenhagen and eating our way through! First up was breakfast at Grød in Nørrebro. I had the “Oat Porridge 1” which was amazing – it has fresh apples, roasted almonds and their INSANE caramel sauce! I got some strawberries as a topping. It is SO good and the small size is enough to fill you up!

Rasmus, Morten and I then headed towards Nyhavn, then walked around the shops. We went back to the lakes to see the Swoop Freestyle event where people were jumping off helicopters and paragliding down to the lake which was cool to see.

BroensGadekøkken (The Bridge Street Market) is another street food market but I didn’t rate it. We had overpriced meatballs and the queues were ridiculously long! I got a raspberry donut from The Corner at 108 which was delicious then we headed back to chill before dinner.

In the evening, Rasmus and I went to Manfreds for dinner. We didn’t have a reservation but got there around 6:40pm, so we were really lucky to get a seat as it was probably the last walk in one! We had the beef tartare, zucchini with Danish figs, hay cheese and almonds, the braised pork in pumpkin seed butter and spices which was amazing and Swiss chard in a tomato sauce and herring with steamed runner beans. The dessert was lemon curd with Swedish wild blueberries with mint – amazing! Everything was so fresh and the dishes had interesting flavours. It was also very reasonably priced at 300kr each including tips.

Afterwards, we went to Mikkellers again and Silas joined and it was so nice to see him after hanging out 4 years previously at the same place! We then headed to a couple more bars but called it a night at around 2am. To end the night, a kebab is always needed, so we went to Kebabistan and had a lamb durum. So damn good!

Grod porridge
Streets in Copenhagen
Streets of Copenhagen
Raspberry donut at 108
Rasmus, Morten & I at Nyhavn
Beef tartare
Swiss chard, braised pork, runner beans
Cocktails at The Barking Dog

The next morning, I met up with Trine for brunch at Møller Kaffe & Køkken. We shared a bunch of things like the sausages, chicken nuggets, scrambled egg, burrata, sourdough bread with Nutella and all was good!

Afterwards, I dropped my bags off at Trine’s in Frederiksberg and as it was still sunny, we decided to go to Hotel Danmark. It has a rooftop bar with great views across the city and we had some wine there.

Afterwards, we walked towards Nyhavn and caught the water bus towards Refshaleøen. The water bus was free this weekend as there was a load of activities across the city.

Reffen Street Food – these street food markets were so much better than the markets yesterday. There were plenty of options, lots of seating and little queues and it had a great chilled vibe. We shared corn on the cob with chilli and parmesan, the mixed lamb and chicken tandoor platter and a chicken pad Thai. The Indian was luke warm but still ok and the others were tasty.

Love the buildings here!
Indian & Thai

On Monday morning, I met up with Rasmus for breakfast. We went to Granola and had the brunch platter. It came with yoghurt with granola, pancake, smoked salmon, cheese, tomatoes, avocado and egg. It was so yummy and good to try different dishes.

We then walked to the city centre and went shopping. We went back to The Corner at 108 and had the blackcurrant pastry (so good!) and the “not chocolate”. We chilled there for a while to escape the rain!

In the evening, Trine and I went to Restaurant Frank for dinner. Trine knew the head chef so we got a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival which was very nice. The food was amazing! We shared the tartare, foie gras parfait and a taramasalata. For the mains, we shared the lobster tail and the turbot. They were both incredible! For the dessert we shared a chocolate tart. The service was friendly and attentive and it’s a great spot to wine and dine!

Brunch platter
Blackcurrant pastry
Views from Illum
Restaurant Frank
Sharing the snacks with bread
Lobster tail with barbecue, pumpkin and coconut milk
Turbot with broad beans, peas and currant
Chocolate tart with caramel, earl grey and hazelnut ice cream

It was a great weekend away, spending time with friends, exploring the city and eating my way through. There are cheap flights to Copenhagen from London so this is an ideal weekend getaway spot that I would recommend!

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