Friday, 9 August 2013

A day In Copenhagen

So, I have recently visited Copenhagen again, one thing is for sure it may be a small city but this place is full of quirky charm, in it's relaxed surroundings you can enjoy a day of shopping, eating and trend researching. My main purpose here was to visit the trade shows for the up and coming SS14 clothing trends, in-between spotting the newest styles i had a couple of hours to explore what else Copenhagen had to offer and give you some hints and tips to help you on your way if you are visiting the city, here goes...

The main shopping street in Copenhagen is called the Stroget which runs just across the road from Tivoli Gardens (amusement park - well worth a look) up until the Nyhavn water front. If you are doing a brisk walk without stopping it will take you around 20-25 minutes to walk the street, however there is plenty to stop and see so squeeze in a couple of hours if you are planning on seeing what the shops have to offer.

Nyhavn is a beautiful waterfront where the boats come in, there is a line of Restaurants running alongside it, in the Summer you can enjoy your meal outside under the sun or the stars and watch the world go by.

At the front of the Nyhavn you can join a boat tour around Copenhagen which is a perfect trip if the sun is out.

Typical shops you can expect to find in Copenhagen which you may recognise if you are from the UK are; H&M, Vera Moda, Jack & Jones, Topshop and Urban Outfitters. As well as some other fantastic shops stocking Danish brands. The ones to look out for are; Monki, which stocks affordable fashionable clothing, you will find this right at the beginning of the Stroget (near Tivoli end) and another just down the side street opposite Illum department store. Another trendy store for mens wear and ladies wear is called Weekday which stocks Cheap Monday brand and often has a sale on where you can pick up a bargain, this is located almost in the middle of the shopping street. Finally, If you are familiar with Vera Moda then you will recognise the accessories concession Pieces which has it's own stand alone store, there are a few of these located down the Stroget.
One of the greatest things for me about H&M in Copenhagen is that it has a home section where you can pick up a quirky piece for your home, it is definitely worth a look.

Cushion Cover in H&M

Dinner set in H&M

If you are stopping for a light bite or just want to get out of the Sun and rest your feet, then the perfect place to eat is called the Royal Smushi cafe. Situated just before Illum department store (from Tivoli end) you will see a shop called Royal Copenhagen, next to this is an archway, go through this and you will see the quirkiest cafe in Copenhagen, and if you are a cake lover then this place is definitely for you, i dare you to try and eat it all!

The outdoor space for the cafe, with quaint tables and chairs, cute green parasol's and a blanket in-case you get cold.

Inside is decorated with drawings, art and beautiful lighting and furniture, you will not be able to take your eyes away from the walls!

Art wall drawing in the Royal Smushi Cafe

You will not be hungry after a slice of cake this size! For more information and menus on this cafe visit their website: Royal Smushi Cafe

After a stop at this amazing Cafe head up the street to Illum take a left turn, and walk for around 10 minutes, just before you get to the round tower of Copenhagen you will come across a shop on your right called Plint, if you love quirky home ware accessories then you need to step inside this shop! After a trip to an interiors trade fair a year ago i became familiar with a a Danish brand called Rice. They stock funky, fun and functional products and support Global projects. You can find a stockist near you by visiting their website: Rice Or take a look at the stores online shop: Plint

A selection of home ware from Plint.

Next, carry on until you reach the round tower of Copenhagen, and prepare to do a small workout! The tower's walk to the top consists of a steep ramp (no stairs or lift) which is 209m long and spirals the tower 7.5 times, when you finally get to the top and catch your breath you can take in the view of Copenhagen.

...And finally, it seemed only right to include some inspirational images from the trade fairs that i snapped throughout the day.

Design exhibition at the CIFF show at the Bella Centre location.

Images from the Converse stand at Terminal 2 show

Converse brands outdoor space

I liked the way that this book had been sculpted.

My favorite kind of Retro interior lights on on of the stands bars.

Retro radio

Neon lights

It didn't seem right to not have a photo of a bike as there are literally thousands of them in Copenhagen. In Copenhagen you either walk or get a bike which you can hire around the city, it is the best way to get around and see everything quickly and easily and you can burn off some calories too!

However my favorite way to get around would be using one of these old Fiat's!

That's it for now i hope that you have enjoyed my piece on Copenhagen, and once again i hope that i have inspired you in someway.