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Throughout our stay in Copenhagen we were surrounded by beautiful, simplistic design. It seems to be part of everyday life – locals taking the cold weather in their stride, all wrapped up on their lovely looking bicycles; we saw an amazing bike shop with custom-made wooden frames on one of our walks:

City_Bike shop

Being a lover of everything Danish in design, we visited the Design Museum, which was full of fantastic pieces:

Design Museum_chair   Design Museum_chair2

Design Museum_lighting   Design Museum_lighting2

DM_Puffin_Kay Bojesen 1954   DM_1950 Screenprint

Design Museum_B&O

But we also passed plenty of things to look at while out and about in the city; if it wasn’t a doorway it was a random shop in a residential street, selling lovely design pieces.  Even a florist shop we walked by had a window display that captured something so Danish and unique in style.

City_Florist   City_B&O_modern

City_Ceramics shop   City_Doorway

One highlight of the trip was a visit to BROR – simple food and lovely service in a small cafe environment; the thick, velvet curtain at the door adding to the cosiness!  We went there one morning for a delicious pour over coffee and sandwich made with their home baked bread and watched the world go by. We liked it so much we went back there for dinner when we snacked on cured cod, crispy endive and yuzu with a rye crumb.  Our starter of scallop with carrot foam and sea buckthorn was followed by a main of venison served with blackcurrant purée, beetroot and Judas ear mushroom.  Dessert was a delicious thin sponge with apple, caramel and milk ice cream, with a cheese platter to follow – 3 Danish cheeses with chutney, fruit and nut bread.

Food_BROR_Crispy endive   Food_BROR_dish

On another morning, as it started to snow, we took a walk to the Michelin-starred AAMANNS  – somewhere we’d read about it as a must-go place.  It’s on a street with other lovely restaurants and residential houses painted in very cool colours that looked like Farrow & Ball shades of greys. We couldn’t get a table at the restaurant so went to the deli (which Adam Aamams set up first, before the restaurant) where I couldn’t help noticing the chairs, of course!  Traditional smørrebrød and classic Danish dishes were available alongside homemade schnapps!  We enjoyed dishes of beetroot with pickled walnut and home cured salmon with boiled egg; sounds simple but the flavours were wonderful.

Food_Aamams_beetroot dish

Food_Aamams_salmon&egg   Food_Aamams_bottles

One of the days was sunny with piercing blue skies (still crisp, though!) and we went for a walk along the canal, after which we stopped off at THE STANDARD – it’s a stunning art deco building which is home to three restaurants inside, where lots of families were having lunch.  We ordered a hot toddy from the Almanak restaurant and sat outside; Earl grey, spiced apple, vermouth, whisky and honey – it tasted so good!

Signage_The Standard

Food_Hot toddy