Time off work is precious so you need to make sure you get that holiday allowance really working for you and save up those days for big trips. That doesn’t mean you have to stay put the rest of the time though, oh no, there’s plenty of city breaks and UK getaways that are more than achievable in a weekend without using a single second’s holiday allowance. We recently went back to one of our favourite places, Copenhagen, for a solid 48 hours of eating. Here’s how to do it.
Norwegian Airlines has an 20:35 flight from Gatwick to Copenhagen, plenty of time to get down there after work, have a glass of fizz and you’re on your way. Landing in Copenhagen at 23:30, it’s only a 10 minute train ride to Central Station.
Copenhagen is amazing but it sure isn’t cheap. If you’re here for a weekend there’s no need for fancy hotels; save your pennies for dinner and bunk up in a private double room at Urban House. It’s basic but a fun place, and rooms are clean, private and have an en suite bathroom so what more do you need? You can also hire bikes from the hostel, highly recommended as this is the best way to bomb around CPH and see a lot of the city in a short space of time. Urban House is about a 30 second walk from Central Station so the perfect location for a quick trip.
Copenhagen has one of the best food scenes going and if you play the game right, you can pack a whole lot of eating into 48 hours.
Hija de Sanchez
Just because you arrive late on Friday, don’t discount this as a potential eating opportunity. From Urban House it’s a short stroll to one of Copenhagen’s hippest areas, the meatpacking district, and here you can get stuck in to some late night tacos at Hija de Sanchez (open till 2am). It was set up by former Noma pastry chef Rosio Sanchez so you know this is going to be something special, and the freshly made tortillas topped with succulent braised pork belly are some of the best we’ve eaten anywhere (including Mexico!).
Denmark takes its pastries very seriously and Copenhagen is full of amazing bakeries. Our absolute favourite is Meyer Bageri which has a few branches around the city. Start with their rhubarb and custard croissant, a chocolate cinnamon roll and a fresh coffee and you’re set up for the day ahead.
Manfreds + Relae
It’s Saturday lunchtime and things are about to go up a notch. Book a table for lunch at Relae (a few weeks in advance) which is in the trendy Nord district and just so happens to be 40 on the World’s 50 Best list. But before that, there’s just enough time to fit in a quick starter at Manfreds, Relae’s sister wine bar over the road; go for their famous beef tartare which everyone rightly raves about and a glass of wine. At Relae, the largely vegetable-focused menus are either served in 4 or 9 courses, so go for the 4 courses which will give you a good idea of what they’re all about: beautifully presented dishes, with subtle flavours. The good news is this minimal carb-light Scandi food won’t leave you feeling too full!
108 is fairly new on the scene in CPH but as it’s Noma’s more casual sister restaurant, located just a stone’s throw away, you can imagine it’s already creating quite a stir. As such, tables are hard to come by but there is plenty of hope for walk-ins, so arrive when it opens at 5pm and sample a couple of dishes such as cured mackerel with salted gooseberries and braised oxtail seasoned with fresh pine. Hang around in the attached wine bar afterwards and then it’s just a short cycle on to the main event….
Amass is one of our favourite restaurants, not just in Copenhagen, but anywhere. Book a table here around 8pm and get stuck in to the full Amass experience – it won’t come cheap but you won’t be disappointed. Menus change all the time and much of what is served is grown just outside the restaurant on its allotment, visible from the huge windows. This time, we loved the salted mackerel; the pork neck; and the warm freshly baked sage and currant cake. Wine pairings are spot on too and service is relaxed and friendly.
Copenhagen Street Food on the Paper Island
On Sunday for breakfast you’re going to want to go to Meyer Begeri again – seriously they are that good! From there, your lunchtime is best spent at Copenhagen Street Food, a huge waterside warehouse with street food stalls and booze galore. There’s a great atmosphere and once you’ve grazed through as many dishes as possible (creme brulee donuts!) you can sit in deckchairs by the water with a glass of wine in hand; a great way to spend the afternoon.
No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without a hot dog and Døp are setting a new standard with their award winning organic sausages and sourdough wholegrain rolls. These are bang on and good value too so grab a couple before heading to the airport and you’ll be set for the journey home.