Between the years: A Danish and German winter wonderland

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and some great days off to enjoy with your family and loved ones. If you’re anything like me, you have practically been eating non-stop these past couple of days, and are now feeling like you need a break from food in general! But I’m still at my parents’ house in Germany, and my mom will not stop serving me delicious stuff to eat, so my resistance is futile. I guess I’ll just have to eat extra healthy come the new year (what an original New Year’s resolution!).

I’ll be posting in more detail about the fun Danish Christmas I’ve had once I get back home. But I we were so lucky to have snow both in Denmark and here in Germany (well, re-define lucky when your 8am flight gets delayed because the aircraft needs de-icing), I wanted to share some nice snowy pictures with you!

In Denmark, it snowed in the night from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day, so we woke up to everything covered in a thin white blanket. I love the smell of snow and the freshness it brings to the air, so I went out in the garden to take some pictures.

Down here in Germany, we arrived early on the 26th and there was no snow at all, but again, we woke up to a world in white on the 27th. I had received an amazing new prime lens for my camera, so my dad and I went for a hike through the forest to take some pictures. Aren’t the woods in the snow just so magical?

Have you had snow for Christmas?

A winter weekend in Copenhagen

This past weekend, my parents came to visit, which is always great. Since they’ve been here a couple of times now, they already start to feel at home, and we can skip all the touristy stuff and focus on spending some quality time together, doing what we like.

On Saturday, we started off on Ravnsborggade, where we browsed through the antiques/ vintage stores. I wish I had known this place earlier, because it is amazing! There are at least 8-10 antique stores side by side, and you could spend countless hours hunting for treasure. Some of the stores specialize in furniture, some in clothes and accessories, some in decorations and glassware. And some are just basements crammed full with old stuff - electronics, pieces and parts of furniture, glass panes, old newspapers and magazines, and all sorts of undefinable kitsch. I highly suspect that you could hunt down some seriously great finds in places like this, but you’d probably have to spend hours upon hours.

We didn’t spend much time in each store, but I did find a treasure: this beautiful small Barbour cross body bag, that my dad spotted under a bunch of fur coats and granny blouses!

After our little shopping excess, we were in serious need of some refreshments, so I decided to show my parents the burger heaven that is Halifax. We slouched into a booth in their restaurant near Nørreport station and feasted on their delicious burgers and fries - seriously, best fries in town. I promise! With our full bellies, we only managed to make our way back home for a well-deserved nap on the couch.

After darkness had fallen, we headed into Tivoli, which is just as amazing in its Christmas outfit as it is for Halloween. The theme this year is “Christmas in the Alps” in celebration of the oldest rollercoaster’s 100 year anniversary. I’m always amazed and touched by the beautiful light-and-music show they put on at the lake. Like last year, the music is from The Nutcracker, and the lights and water show is just so pretty. Definitely go and see it! The rest of Tivoli is just as pretty.

To conclude the night, we headed over to the Plaza Hotel’s Library Bar to warm up with a cocktail. There was live piano music, and the girl did a great job. Seeing as there isn’t a lot of room in the bar, they had to get creative with their Christmas decorations! I also felt like a princess for about 10 seconds, while sitting in this awesome throne chair.

On Sunday, we went for breakfast/ brunch - honestly, if my life consisted exclusively of brunch and cocktails, I would be perfectly happy! I picked out The Union Kitchen in a street just off of Nyhavn, and it was a great choice! They are just the right mix of edgy, hipster, industrial chic with a dark twist, and they make great food and coffee - expect a separate post coming soon!

After a quick stint into Magasin, we headed back home, where we spent the rest of Sunday relaxing, taking a walk in the crisp, windy winter weather, making æbleskiver, and cooking a nice homemade dinner. Then, as is a good old German tradition, we watched “Tatort”, a crime series before heading off to bed. All in all, a perfect early winter weekend! Hope you had a great one, too - and have a great week!

A sunny Sunday in Copenhagen

So, just in time for the beginning of the week, the weather in Denmark decided to take a turn for the worse - it feels a good 10 degrees colder than yesterday, plus, it started snowing today. But not the nice kind of big, soft flakes, but the annoying, almost-rain kind, paired with strong winds that blow the stuff right in your face and the cold right through all the layers of clothes. So the best thing to do really is this:

I’m not coming out again

However, yesterday was a very pleasant day. Yes, it was cold and yes, it was windy, but there was some sun, too, and that makes everything better.

I was meeting a friend in the city, and as I was a little early, I took a little trip into Magasin - I swear, just to take a look! - and whoops! found an awesome Filippa K dress on sale. Score!

As we walked out of the store, we saw the Royal Guard on their way to Amalienborg for the daily changing of the guards. So we decided to follow them and watch it a little bit (not that I haven’t seen it about a dozen times, with the viking boyfriend having been a “garder”, but I still really enjoy it!).

Changing of the guards at Amalienborg castle

Changing of the guards at Amalienborg castle

As I said, it was cold, so we decided not to watch the entire ceremony, where they walk around the courtyard and change every single guard separately, but instead head to nearby café Mormors (Grandma’s) on Bredgade. I’ve been here before and I really like this place - it’s an adorable mix between a café and a souvenir/ decoration/ toy store, complete with some cool antique interiors. I can only recommend their coffee and sandwiches, and be sure to try one of the freshly made juices or smoothies. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, they have a great selection of pastries, cupcakes, cookies etc. Definitely a great place for a Sunday afternoon coffee!


Interior at Mormors


I feel very understood here!

Amazing cupcake for the chocolate princess (me!)

Cool old coffee and tea boxes

BIG cup of chai latte and a healthy smoothie - in a Tuborg glass, because after all, this is still Denmark!

BIG cup of chai latte and a healthy smoothie - in a Tuborg glass, because after all, this is still Denmark!

Funny little gift (I think there’s toffees inside)


Love this sign: “Kids that aren’t supervised by their parents will be given free espresso and a kitten to take home!”

All in all, a very enjoyable Sunday! And now please excuse me, I have to get back to wrapping myself in seventeen blankets, putting on wool socks, and drinking obscene amounts of hot chocolate!

But don’t despair, I’m leaving you with this message seen at Kongens Nytorv:


“Don’t worry, the summer will be back!”