City Files: a day with an {artsy} girl

by Tina on March 20, 2013

in City Files, Copenhagen


My girlfriend, Anissa was in town a few weeks ago.  She is an American but lives in Sweden with her husband and two boys, but we had a few hours of girls-only time in Copenhagen.  While my husband watched her son who was visiting as well and our two boys, Anissa, my daughter and I headed out for a bit of shopping and site seeing.  When you have only a few hours to see the city, much like the tourist books will tell you, the first place to go is the Stroget.  If you are lucky and happen to be there around noon, you might just catch the Queens’ guards marching through on their way to the Palace.


Anissa is very artsy.  She is a singer-songwriter, a crocheter, a amazing clothing designer, and so much more!  So, I had to make sure to cater our time to things that she would enjoy.  We stopped into Plint, one of my all time favorite home shops to peek at the eclectic mix of housewares.


Then we headed to Søstrene Grenes, a fun store filled with everything from buttons and yarn to ceramics and candy.  What I love most about this shop is that everything is very affordable and I never walk out empty handed.


(Although there are several locations around the city, this one has a bird’s eye view of the Stroget just past the check out and a slide for kids to find their way down! Quirky?  Maybe!  But my kids think it’s the coolest thing ever!)


By this time we were getting hungry and on a cold day, the restaurant at the top of Illum is a great place to warm up with it’s eclectic and sophisticated feel.

(The quote is: When you win, you deserve champagne.  When you lose, you need it.” – Napolean Bonaparte)


It also happens to have a rooftop view, which is amazing during warmer weather, too!


But now it was time to shop for a few souvenirs and there is no better place to find more Scandinavian design in one store than Illums Bolighus.  You will find every brand from Ferm Living and Marimekko to Royal Copenhagen and Hay.  Plus, if you really want to have some fun, head up to the furniture level where you can sit on all the high design furniture and giggle a little as you try to take a quick photo without getting caught!


It was time to take my artsy girl back to the streets where she could snap a few photos of street musicians…


And Hans Christian Anderson’s home at Nyhavn Harbor.


Since the day was quickly becoming unbearable cold, we finished our tour at the Queen’s Palace, Amaliaborg.


The day would not have been complete without an least one touristy photo of Anissa with one of the Queen’s Guards!  But, after that, we made a quick dash to the train and headed home to sit by the fire.  It was an incredible wonderful way to spend the day… just us girls in Copenhagen!

Thanks again, Anissa, for allowing us to follow you around for the day!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannef March 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

Oh…you make me miss Copenhagen – but I might come for a visit this summer! Yes!


Tina March 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

@Hannef Definitely! It’s snowing here in March, so maybe July will have a few warm days! 🙂


Juliette March 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Oh, you made me want to visit CPH all over again! =D


Janice Wyatt March 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

That is one massive Queen’s Guard, or your friend is incredibly tiny! C’hagen is such a beautiful city. I love visiting there through your photos!


Tina March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

@Janice She is very popular! 🙂 Maybe one day you can come and visit in person!


Tina March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

@Juliette I hope you can come for another visit soon!


Denise March 22, 2013 at 2:26 am

Is she just short, or is he really tall? It looks beautiful there!


Tina March 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

@Denise haha! She is short like me… under 5’4″. 🙂 I think I need a poofy had like his!


Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist June 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

What a lovely day! We’re traveling to Copenhagen for our first visit in a week and this gives me some good ideas on how we should spend our time.


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