I am a huge fan of weekend trips. It doesn’t always have to be the two week beach vacation (although that’s also pretty nice!), sometimes it’s just great to break out of the daily routines and spend a night or two away from home. We have a couple of trips planned for this summer, one to Oslo and one to a secret location that the boyfriend will only learn when we’re at the airport. But this weekend, we felt like a much needed weekend break!
Denmark is without a doubt a beautiful country, with green landscapes and the sea all around. And a vacation or especially a weekend getaway doesn’t always have to be far away! I found a great offer in a very nice hotel which included a dinner as well, so we jumped in the car after work on Friday and drove out to the small town of Sorø, located in the middle of Zealand (Sjælland), about an hour’s drive away from Copenhagen (although it turned out to be longer than that due to masses of people leaving Copenhagen on the first day of school vacations!).
The hotel is a Danish “kro”, typical historic inns now turned stylish hotels and lodges. The history of kros actually dates back several hundred years, when a royal decree stipulated that there had to be an inn every couple of miles to ensure that travellers could get food, drink, and rest. Nowadays, they can still be found many places, especially small towns and villages away from the main roads. Some of them even have gourmet restaurants or spas, making them a great choice for a weekend getaway. Many kros offer special deals such as the one we got during the summer period, so be on the lookout! This website has a good overview of kros across Denmark.
Comwell Sorø Storkro
Over the last years, I have become a major fan of risotto. I find it so versatile and universally delicious, and it’s definitely a comfort food for me. Warm and filled with flavors, a blank canvas for whatever you are in the mood for that day (my favorites are classics, though: simple plain risotto, or a risotto with peas and green asparagus, and, of course, mushrooms!). So whenever I’m not sure what to make for dinner, at least one thought goes to risotto. But today, I needed something sweet.
Finderskeepers is a small designer trade fair and market taking place in Copenhagen and Århus. It’s a venue for small businesses, artists and designers to showcase their work, for example in clothing, accessories, interior design, decorations, jewelry, prints, and so much more. If you, like me, are fascinated by smaller brands and individual designers showing great craftsmanship, you should definitely check out their homepage and mark your calendar for the 6th and 7th September, when the market takes place in Copenhagen again.
If you simply can’t wait until then, no reason to get sad now, because the lovely folks from Finderskeepers have set up a pop-up shop in the stylish Avenue Boutique Hotel on the border between the hip areas of Frederiksberg and Nørrebro, and were hosting an opening party on Saturday (which was one of my tips for the weekend).
In the small but cozy and stylish bar and lounge area of the hotel, you were able to enjoy a beer from Nørrebro Bryghus, a local microbrewery, or a maté maté ice tea, while nibbling on some chocolates and browsing through the small tables with the goodies. Brands on sale in the store include SilleKnotte (beautiful leather accessories, I have my eye on the leather shelf straps!), Handcrafted CPH and Nanna Fjord with their simplistic and beautiful jewelry, and many graphic designers and artists with their prints and artwork. I walked away with a small print from Sofie Børsting (who I’ve previously talked about) and one from Michelle Carlslund, who creates the most adorable, playful, almost child-like prints.
Below are some impressions from the shop.
The cozy lounge at Avenue Hotel
This morning, we decided to go and have brunch at a lovely little French café called “Frenchy”, located smack in the city center between Strøget and Gammel Strand (more on that coming later!). After enjoying croissants, crêpes, Bonne Maman jam and macarons, we took a little stroll down Frederiksholms Kanal to catch the harbor bus back home. The weather was lovely, with the sun peeking out between the clouds, and I took the opportunity to further test my new camera. Here are some pictures - happy Sunday everyone!
At Gammel Strand
View down Frederiksholms Kanal
It’s Friday, and that means it’s weekend! Here’s my weekly roundup of things to do in Copenhagen this weekend - hope you have a great one!
What - This is slightly short-notice, I realize - sorry! - but if you have nothing planned for tonight, get on a train as fast as you can and head over to Malmö to experience one of the most important Swedish holidays: midsommar, the longest day of the year. It’s a whole-day celebration, but there will be parties going on all night!
Why - If you can’t make it, at least look at these beautiful pictures from It’s Raining Flamingos and Foxes to get an impression. And put it on the list for next year!
Where - Folkets Park, Malmö
When - 20th June, 10-20h
How much - free
More information - Homepage