Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

So this trip to Copenhagen happened all the way back in February before I’d restarted my blog. Since it was pretty Wintery when we were there I’ve saved it until it got cold again – because no one wants to look at Winter when it’s Summer! Copenhagen is somewhere I’d heard SO much about as it’s an essential destination for anyone into design and homeware. So here is the first post of three!

Before the trip I did A LOT of research on what to do while we were there. I didn’t want to miss anything. I bought the ‘Lost in Copenhagen’ guide and read lots of blog posts including: Emma’s colourful guideCarrie’s and Design Sponge’s. 

We chose to stay in an Airbnb because it wasn’t too expensive (£71 a night) and literally all the flats in Copenhagen look amazing. The one we chose was in Freideriksberg and had good metro and bus links. We had the flat to ourselves and it was SO pretty. Literally would love my flat to look exactly the same!

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

We went in February and it was COLD. I think it was about -3°C most days and it did make everything a bit harder as we kind of wanted to rush from place to place to get out of the cold. I was wearing 2 pairs of those thick wooly tights everyday with about 452 layers on and gloves, a hat and a scarf. I bought some of those gloves with touch screen so I could still whip out my phone for photos and keep my fingers warm.

The metro station nearest our AirBnb happened to be inside a shopping centre (win!) so on the Saturday morning we had a wander. I LOVE Copenhagen shops, they have the best style. This shopping centre had a Monki, And Other Stories, HAY (whose products pop up everywhere over there), some really nice homeware shops and Sostrene Green which was sort of like a nicer version of Tiger but still super cheap. We went in there a lot!

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

The first place on our list was the Design Museum, which exhibits furniture, technology and crafts. We actually ended up spending more time in the shop than the actual museum, I think at this point we were too excited about buying things!

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

After this we were starving so we walked over to ‘Copenhagen Street Food’ which was a huge warehouse filled with street food stalls everywhere. I’d definitely recommend going as there is so much choice and has such a buzz.

Next stop was Nyhavn, on our walk over there we walked past the palace which had a marching band procession. This was a happy accident but definitely worth seeing. We also walked past this interesting light up triangle which I have since learnt was called ‘The Wave’ as part of Frost Festival 2017. It seemed to react when someone walked through by lighting up and making sounds.

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

After battling past the freeeeezing cold wind by the sea we found Nyhavn (probably the area you visualise when you think of Copenhagen). We wandered around all the pretty coloured houses and colourful boats (and steered Jack away from an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant). It then started to rain quite a lot so we decided to go on a boat trip. This wasn’t the best idea as the whole boat was under a clear cover but as it was raining so much it was VERY hard to see anything. We even went out the back for a bit because I was determined to see something but ended up getting soaking wet! After a little while the rain subsided and then it was really enjoyable. We went into a tunnel and the guide started singing Simon & Garfunkel to us in the microphone which was pretty bizarre! But it was a great way to see the whole city and rest our feet a bit.

Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn
Copenhagen – Design Museum and Nyhavn

For dinner we went over to Mother Pizza which felt like it was in the middle of nowhere but was sooo nice inside. It was also super busy and with pizza being my favourite meal I was very excited about going. However I was a tad disappointed by my pizza, although I think this might have had a lot to do with by this point I was absolutely exhausted!

We had a great first day though and packed quite a lot in. It ended up that we did most of the sightseeing in one day which left all the shopping to be done the next afternoon. My next post will be about all the amazing shops we went to!