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Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

After our disastrous morning in Malmö, we spent the afternoon cheering up at the Tivoli Gardens. Perhaps it’s because I never went to Disneyland or anything as a kid, but I now have a weird infatuation with amusement parks. Not the rides – I’m too scared – but the kitschy fantasy spectacle delights me.

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

Tivoli is one of the oldest such parks in the world and apparently inspired one Walt Disney when he was dreaming up Disneyland. It’s actually quite disappointingly tasteful for the most part, with an olde-world kind of charm. I loved how it was split into geographical zones, from an Oriental area to Egypt and even Britain (well, there was a Postman Pat van).

Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tivoli, Copenhagen

The wildlife-painted carousel was amazing!

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Two hours in Malmö

Oh dear. We had a whole Saturday planned in Malmö for thrift-shopping and eating, but we didn’t factor in the weekend of our visit being Scandinavian Midsummer, which meant that the place was like a ghost town. Nearly all of the shops, restaurants and cafes were closed up.. PLUS the camera that I took a few photos of the pretty central square on broke, so I don’t even have many snaps. Sad trombone.

Malmö
Malmö
Malmö

We caught the train from Copenhagen over the water into Triangeln, a weird little area to the south of Malmö with a very futuristic station. It’s a bit tragic when the highlight of your visit somewhere is the architecture of the station, eh?

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Copenhagen shopping

Copenhagen
Copenhagen

The perfect introduction to Danish style at the Dansk design shops on Istedgade: one for clothing and one for furniture and homewares. Both equally droolsome.

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

Ooh la la. French industrial vintage heaven at No. 40 on Gammel Kongevej. Pretty reasonable pricing and the owner will ship bulky purchases to you. I’m not sure how I managed to leave empty-handed.

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Around Copenhagen

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
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Copenhagen eats

I found there were good eats to be had in Copenhagen -if you forget your wallet wincing painfully in your pocket. Yup, it’s as expensive as everyone warns you. But there’s a pleasing array of traditional Danish food alongside plenty of international options too.

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen

On our first night we popped to Madklubben on the next street to our apartment. It’s modern Danish with a bit of Italian in style and quite afforadable at 200kr (about 22 quid) for 3 courses. We sat at the bar with a view of the open kitchen, and ate delicious rye bread and salted butter followed by gorgeously rich and buttery gnocchi with matsutake mushrooms and the heady scent of garlic and truffle. Our first-night meals on holiday are traditionally terrible so it was nice to break the habit!

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