8 Days In Scandinavia With Our Managing Editor Bea Taylor


Copenhagen needs no introduction! With the non-stop peloton of incredibly cool cyclists (not in lycra and helmets, I might add), sweet little cafes and cobbled streets hiding the best vintage stores, it’s little wonder why this is a top destination in every traveler’s Scandinavian itinerary.

Stay at Nimb Hotel (another member of Small Luxury Hotels), inside the world’s second oldest amusement park — Tivoli Gardens! There’s nothing quite like opening up your window to view a pantomime performance on a peacock-shaped stage set amongst beautifully maintained gardens. This is like Disneyland’s cooler older sister (in fact, Tivoli was actually a source of inspiration for Hans Christian Anderen and Walt Disney — there you go!).

Visit Tivoli Gardens. There are rides, performances, beautiful gardens and great places to eat, Kilden being one of them (they grow most of their vegetables on site!).

Obviously, you’re visiting Copenhagen for the shopping, so let’s get into it. Quickfire, because we don’t have all day (although I could go on all day):

For homewares and design; HAY House (predictable, but worth it), Louise Roe, LOU and Studio Arhoj (see the glass blowers and ceramicists at work) — these are a few stores I managed to pop my head into, but in all honesty, you could stroll the streets all day and find great design spots along your way. Many cute cafes also tend to have a design/shop element to them too, and are great sources of inspiration — and coffee!

For vintage shopping; Jerome Vintage, Magnolias and Time’s Up Vintage were all FANTASTIC, however even more can be found in Nørrebro.

Dine at Juno the Bakery for mouth-watering pastries — it’s a popular spot for a reason. Otherwise hit up Hart Bageri or Lille (and go there hungry, because you’ll want to try the lot). Hot tip, if you see any bakeries with sourdough buns, ask to have one with cheese — they’ll slice it, butter it and fill it with local cheese, delicious!

For traditional Danish smørbrød (open-faced sandwiches) paired with Danish beer and homemade schnapps, head to Michelin-recommended Aamanns 1921.

And, for an experience you won’t forget, check out Cykelkokken — dinner on bikes! Well, a beautiful new course at each new scenic spot around the city, traveled to by bike and prepared by a chef who cooks on a specially-designed kitchen bike. This was such a fun dinner, and a great way to see the city — plus you get to join the peloton!

Bea travelled through Scandinavia courtesy of Eurail.

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