Deciding where to get fresh bread every morning would be tough when living in a neighborhood like Norrebro, Copenhagen, but the exquisite cafe and bakery, Mirabelle would win every time. I would quickly ride my bike (with yellow handle bars) over, fight the urge to devour a ham and cheese croissant, order a fresh loaf instead and bring Jack back some sort of treat, probably in the form of a chocolate chip muffin.
I’d stop by Kiosk on the way home and buy a fresh fruit juice and a take away coffee. On days when I don’t feel like bread or eggs, I would stop by Grød instead to have a tasty and satisfying bowl of porridge. If I had a lot of work to do in the morning, I would set up camp at the welcoming and comfortable cafe, Bevar’s. I would order the breakfast plate there, which includes a little bit of everything: eggs, toast, yoghurt, oranges.
When it comes time to do some laundry, I would plan to visit The Laundromat Cafe and simultaneously take care of hunger pains and chores. I love multitasking.
My daily run around The Lakes (also known as Soerne) would be done at 11am, after the waves of bike commuters have stopped and crossing the street feels safer.
When I need to think, I would visit The Round Tower in central Copenhagen to take in the gorgeous view of the city and the bridge (!!!). I would spend sometime inside the tower, as well as out, because the white, textured walls feel calming and refreshing. A small lunch would be had at the Big Apple afterward, this is a place where I would indulge in a healthy freshly pressed juice and a chorizo sandwich. I would choose a quiet table upstairs to do some work or play some chess.
On my way back I would stop by Le Fix, my favorite mens store to buy myself some sneakers and Jack a present. There’s another Le Fix store by our (so called) home in Norrebro but the central Copenhagen location sells a selection of spray paint on the 4th floor of the five story building. I would buy Jack a different color spray paint every time I went and encourage him to be totally artsy. We would probably take the cans into Christiania and do some (legal) damage. I would probably also stop by Carhartt, WoodWood and Norse Projects because it seems Copenhagen is a mecca for impeccably curated menswear stores and Jack would be the best dressed male in town.
At night we would meet friends at either the sleek and moody ØL bar to taste a variety of unique beers, or the grungy and rock and roll Cafe Understellet to hangout and shoot some pool. It would depend on what mood we can all agree on.
Sundays would be pretty awesome. We would go to breakfast/brunch at Kalaset for pancakes. We would then meet our friends (we have SO many!) at the basketball courts nearby, just behind the Torvehallerne Market. After some full court, co-ed, 5v5 action, I would do my grocery shopping at the market. All the stalls are so different and the produce is so fresh! Torvehallerne Market is, predictably, my favorite place in all of Copenhagen, especially when I can grab a seat in Coffee Collective’s corner and people watch while I enjoy a strong coffee. Sunday afternoon would be spent browsing the offerings in the Ravnsborggade Flea Market. (I almost walked away with a second hand Canadian Goose winter jacket for cheap on my first visit! Can you imagine? CANADIAN GOOSE!)
When my parents and friends come to visit I would book them into the adorable, one bedroom hotel called Hotel Central and Cafe in Vestebrø. This is also where I would book Jack and I in for “staycations”, but that’s a different story all together. I would take them to get coffee and avocado toast at the all-white, charming cafe, Atelier September. We would stay a while, enjoying the atmosphere and catching up on life. Later, we would make our dinner reservation at the french restaurant, 20A, just in time. They would absolutely adore it and come to visit as much as possible!
They say the people of Denmark are some of the happiest in the entire world and I want to jump on that bandwagon.