Copenhagen Day One – my birthday!

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday Breakfast – kanelsnurre and a double latte!

Koen and I are just back from a week long vacation in Copenhagen, Denmark. I can’t say enough how much fun we had! Exploring, eating, drinking…just relaxing.

We got in just in time for dinner – so we decided to go somewhere closeby and easy in Nørrebro, Banana Joe. Banana Joe is a no frills burger place run by Banana Joe himself. We enjoyed our burgers and fries outside taking in our new surroundings. After dinner we made 2 stops. First to Cafe Plenum for a glass of wine, then to Ølbaren to try a couple of Danish beers.

Koen and I made the best decision by deciding to stay in Nørrebro. Maybe you can already guess, but Nørrebro is the northern district of Copenhagen. It’s referred to as the multi-cultural neighborhood, because of the mix of cultures. This means a lot of great restaurants and shops. VisitCopenhagen.com describes it as “Vibrant, colorful, casual and young at heart.”

 

Outside Banana Joe

Outside Banana Joe

 

Delicious burger and fries

Delicious burger and fries

 

Inside Cafe Plenum

Inside Cafe Plenum

 

Birthday Eve drinks

Birthday Eve drinks

 

Almost birthday girl

Almost birthday girl

 

Ølbaren

Ølbaren

 

Inside Ølbaren

Inside Ølbaren

 

First Danish beers of the trip

First Danish beers of the trip – Flying Couch and Gamma IPAs

 

The next day, our first full day, was my birthday! Koen let me make all of the decisions for my special day. So we started off on the Jægersborggade, the most famous street in Nørrebro, with kanelsnurres from Meyers Bageri, an organic bakery, paired with coffee from The Coffee Collective, a business whose mission is to supply the best coffee from the best farmers fairly. The Coffee Collective is also the first open roastery and coffee shop in Copenhagen. The two are on the same street right across from each other. The Jægersborggade is what dreams are made of! Every shop is an artisinal masterpiece and we constantly were shopping or eating somewhere on the street every day of our trip.

 

Jægersborggade

Jægersborggade

 

Meyers Bageri

Meyers Bageri

 

So many delicious choices!

So many delicious choices!

 

The Coffee Collective

The Coffee Collective

 

We enjoyed breakfast in the Assistens Cemetery, where Søren Kierkegaard is buried before heading into the Indre By district, aka the Inner City.  In Indre By we did all of the touristy things: Nyhavn, Amalienborg, The Little Mermaid, and the Round Tower, stopping for lunch at DØP for organic hotdogs.

 

Assistens Cemetery

Assistens Cemetery

 

Closeup of my birthday breakfast: kanelsnurre and a double latte!

Closeup of my birthday breakfast: kanelsnurre and a double latte!

 

Søren Kierkegaard's grave

Søren Kierkegaard’s grave

 

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

 

Me in front of the Nyhavn

Me in front of the Nyhavn

 

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

 

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

 

Koen and me in front of the Nyhavn

Koen and me in front of the Nyhavn

 

View of the Christianshavn from Indre By

View of the Christianshavn from Indre By

 

Amaliehaven

Amaliehaven

 

Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family

Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family

 

Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen

Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen, featuring the Norse goddess Gefjun

 

Another view of Christianshavn from the Little Mermaid

Another view of Christianshavn from the Langelinje Pier

 

Me pretending to be the Little Mermaid

Me pretending to be the Little Mermaid

 

Unveiled on 23 August 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.

Unveiled on 23 August 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.
The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince. (visitcopenhagen.com)

 

Rundetårn, aka the Round Tower, a 17th century tower first built as an astronomical observatory

Rundetårn, aka the Round Tower, a 17th century tower first built as an astronomical observatory

 

View from the top

View from the top

 

View from the top

View from the top

 

View from the top

View from the top

 

The Observatory, Europe's oldest functioning observatory

The Observatory, Europe’s oldest functioning observatory

 

DØP, organic hotdogs!

DØP, organic hotdogs!

 

So many combinations

So many combinations

 

Koen's classic roasted hotdog and my French hotdog with wild garlic and pork sausage

Koen’s classic roasted hotdog and my French hotdog with wild garlic and pork sausage

 

Then we headed back to Nørrebro to visit the Natural History Museum. We finished the day back at the Jægersborggade for an aperitif at Antidote followed by dinner at Manfreds, the sister restaurant to the Michelin star Relæ. At Manfreds we took the Chef & Sommelier’s Choice Menu – 7 courses and matching wines, plus one extra course. Every dish was a delicious surprise! Manfreds is the first natural wine bar in Copenhagen – meaning the wine is created through spontaneous fermentation. It reminded me of the Belgian lambic beers.

To end the evening we picked up dessert on the way home from Nicecream, a vegan “ice cream” shop.

Perfect first day!

Heading back to Nørrebro

Heading back to Nørrebro

 

Closeup of one of the lamps

Closeup of one of the lamps

 

Just walking and passed the chickens on a wall

Just walking and passed the chickens on a wall

 

Natrual History Museum!

Natural History Museum!

 

Misty

Misty and orbicular granite on the walls from more than 1.5 billion years ago!

 

Touching a dinosaur arm bone

Touching a dinosaur arm bone.

 

Darwin's Gift to the museum - a box of barnicles

Darwin’s Gift to the museum – a box of barnacles (Darwin’s letter to the museum is also in the display)

 

Bird skulls

Bird skulls

 

Skeletons

Skeletons

 

So many skulls!

So many skulls!

 

Whale heart

Whale heart

 

Whale skeleton

Whale skeleton

 

So many beautiful eggs

So many beautiful eggs

 

Birds..

Birds..

 

.. and more birds!

.. and more birds!

 

American lobster

American lobster

 

One of only 2 dodo skulls in the world!

One of only 2 dodo skulls in the world!

 

Room of skeletons

Room of skeletons

 

More skeletons

More skeletons

 

And me sitting with skeletons!

And me sitting with skeletons!

 

Antidote

Antidote

 

Inside Antidote

Inside Antidote

 

Birthday drink

Birthday drink

 

Manfreds for my birthday dinner

Manfreds for my birthday dinner

 

1: Mackerel with fennel and creme fraiche

1: Mackerel with fennel and creme fraiche

 

2: Tartare with rye bread crumbles and horseradish (extra course)

2: Tartare with rye bread crumbles and horseradish (extra course)

 

3: Charred onions with shaved Danish cheese

3: Charred onions with shaved Danish cheese

 

Sourdough bread to go with the dishes

Sourdough bread to go with the dishes

 

4: Cucumber seaweed salad with water cress

4: Cucumber seaweed salad with water cress

 

5: Cauliflower couscous cooked in chicken fat with sourdough crumble and marigold leaves topped with a slow poached egg

5: Cauliflower couscous cooked in chicken fat with sourdough crumble and marigold leaves topped with a slow poached egg

 

Blanched and steamed celeriac with Danish herbs and lemon zest

Blanched and steamed celeriac with Danish herbs and lemon zest

 

7 & 8: Roasted cabbage with hollandaise and tarragon served with Danish organic pork

7 & 8: Roasted cabbage with hollandaise and tarragon served with Danish organic pork

 

Nicecream for dessert!

Nicecream for dessert (open until 10PM!)

 

Vegan

Vegan “ice cream” selections

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