Sometime in 2012 I went to Denmark with a plan to visit the interior and design exhibition called Formland.
When I arrived in Copenhagen I started feeling unwell so I stayed put in the city, which means missing the event. The following day I started to feel better but not well enough to travel to Herning (3hours drive) where the Formland event was. I decided to explore Denmark’s capital instead. The receptionists at the hotel have kindly suggested few places to go. This was not really a holiday travel so I haven’t planned anything apart from my 2 days in Herning supposedly.
Stroget is the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe located at the centre of old city Copenhagen. This street is about 1.1kms long, it is better to wear flats when you decide to shop here.
The Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen
These two department stores have good collections of home accessories. I think I’ve stayed inside these two buildings for good 2 hours between them, just exploring the variety of quality products they have in here. The Royal Copenhagen has a wide selections of good quality home accessories especially Chinaware whilst the Georg Jensen has massive collections of his own signature silver home accessories and fashion accessories.
If you get hungry there are numbers of cafe and restaurants around this area. To learn more of what you can find along this street, check the site below –
From Stroget, I’ve also visited other parts of the city.
Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen
One of the displays inside the Danish Design Centre that caught my attention. It is a nylon looking thin thread that creates a 3D effect as it interacts with the LED back light.
Ettlin Lux fabric.
Interior of Danish Design Centre (Photo credit: Henning Larsen Architects)
I sat on the bench outside this museum to rest my feet and to finish my take-away coffee. I did not go inside. I decided to go to the Denmark National Museum instead. I guess my interest at that time was on the Danish history. Five minutes from this museum is the Tivoli Amusement Park.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum
One of exhibits inside the museum. One of the displays inside the museum. The pattern of its ribs made me photograph this from its back.
Frontal photo of the auroch display (this photo is not mine)
The Aurochs from Vig
The aurochs is an extinct type of large wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia and Nort Africa. It is the ancestor of domestic cattle. The species survived in Europe until the last recorded aurochs died in Jaktorow Forest in Poland in 1627. The aurochs are estimated to have weighed up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) (Wikipedia).
Designer Zoo store along Vesterbrogade.
I found this shop along Vesterbrogade. Quite a typical Nordic home accessories shop. I enjoyed looking around inside and I bought a nice ceramic candle holder from here.
Vestebro district is a busy place just off Copenhagen Central Station. There are many hotels and shops in this area. For more information of places to eat around this area, check this site below.
At the Copenhagen train station
Malmo, Sweden – Sweden was not in my plan at all but thanks to one hotel guest that I’ve met at the hotel cafe who mentioned that she just came from Malmo. She said, ‘it’s just across the bridge from here’. The next day I was at the Copenhagen train station to catch the train to Malmo. I paid about £20.oo (if I can remember) for a return ticket and the trip was about 35-40 minutes each way via the Oresund Bridge.
On the train to Malmo
And I have arrived in another country after a short train ride 🙂
In Malmo, I was greeted by these guys here –
And this little guy here –
The Scandic Triangle
A pedestrian street with shops and cafes
A police building in downtown Malmo. What I like about this building is how the plants become a decor of the building facade.
Someone has kindly put a black top on this statue
Wayne’s Coffee (This photo is not mine). I went in for my favorite coffee here; it was the best cappuccino I’ve ever had!!
Whilst having my coffee outside I managed to start a conversation with a local mom having coffee with her baby asleep in a pram. I asked what else ‘out there’ in Malmo. She said, this is it, maybe few places here and there but where we were was the centre of activities. As I watched the locals for few minutes, I got the feeling that it was pretty chilled out in there.
After my ‘coffee break’ I walked around some more, visiting home accessories stores, went in at Hansa and I did some shoe shopping too. I bought a pair of winter boots from one of the department stores. I think prices in Malmo were cheaper than in Denmark.
A riverbank in Malmo
When I first arrived earlier in the day, these steps here were full of people, just sitting, reading, chatting, eating their sandwiches and just chilling out in the sun basically. I took this photo on my way back to the train station.
And that was it, after few hours I headed back to the train station for Copenhagen. That was worth an afternoon in Malmo.
The Oresund Bridge (taken whilst on the plane back to London)
Thoughts of the day….
“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
― Boris Pasternak