I'm writing this from Copenhagen today, but these photos are from a dinner at Stedsans on the ØsterGro rooftop farm almost a year ago. When we were in town, Ariela did a stage for the evening and I got to tag along with other guests and press (I got to meet another photographer, Shinsaku Kato, whose work is so beautiful!).
I still think about this dinner even a year later-- that everything is so fresh and local and intentional. It was everything you'd dream about a long dinner in the summertime.
Biggest thanks to Mette and Flemming for having us!
Even though I'm more than a month behind in travel posts, it makes me happy to revisit the photos. Copenhagen was supposed to be my last stop in Europe until I decided on a last-minute day trip to Sweden and until my flight was canceled-- but more on that later.
One clear evening we walked along the harbor and had pizza at Gorm's (another one of Jenna's great recommendations). At first, they didn't seem to have room but within a few minutes, the sweet waitresses decided to sneak us in between reservations. Like every ground floor in Copenhagen, the restaurant is below ground level and feels like a cozy, candlelit basement. We enjoyed white wine and shared pieces of each other's pizzas and made it out in time to see the sun begin to set (at 9pm!).
Nyhavn. (pronounced new-hown)
I'm still surprised that a harbor as colorful as this exists. It was, of course, filled with tourists but it was pretty evident why. Everyone was so eager to remember these colorful 17th century buildings, the tall boats in the harbor and the epicenter of Copenhagen's charm. My favorite tourists were the adorable little boys on the dock (above) and an old Italian couple at the ice cream parlor.
I wanted to stay longer, to sit in a cafe and read alongside the harbor, but they sky turned a moody gray and before I knew it, it was pouring.
After being in so much beautiful countryside, the city was a weird but welcome change. Copenhagen was the first place where "wow, I'm in Scandinavia!" really hit me.
I couldn't get over the colorful buildings-- they stood out especially bright against the overcast sky. This was a new side of Europe I hadn't really experienced before. Copenhagen's buildings reminded me of Amsterdam but everything else felt so cool and modern (and everyone dressed that way!)
This was my only day in Denmark where I explored by myself and it was a really wonderful way to see the city. Thanks to Luciano, Søstrene Grene is my new favorite store. Thanks to the antique market, I found the prettiest ceramic tiles to bring home. And thanks to Copenhagen, well.. just, thank you, Copenhagen.