An English girl and a Welsh man, sitting eating Vietnamese street food in Denmark… There’s no punchline, this was the start of our Copenhagen holiday!
Okay, it wasn’t the official start, but it was the first meal we had there. It was at a place called Lêlê Street Kitchen which was attached to the hotel we were staying at on H.C. Andersens Boulevard 8 called Hotel Alexandra. (More on Lêlê Street Kitchen next time).
The hotel was very easy to get to. From the train station it was a quick walk round the block and we were on H. C Andersens Blvd. We selected the Superior Double Room which was 50s/60s in design and overlooked the main road. The room was on the fourth floor and I have to say that we never heard the road when the windows were shut, so that was a bonus! It had all the usual amenities like a kettle, hair dryer, TV, WiFi and even an iPod dock. You also get money off vouchers from Lêlê Street Kitchen if you waivered having your room cleaned. It’s worth 100DKK per day, can only be used between 12:00pm and 9:30pm and can only use one voucher per person per day, so don’t think you can collect them all up throughout your stay and get a free meal, sorry!
The room was small but clean and the bed was a double, (two singles pushed together) and the top sheets were also single sheets, which was a bonus for me, as Mr Travelstodge didn’t steal the sheets off me for the first time in our relationship. The staff were very friendly and helpful and any questions you had they answered like it was no trouble at all. We needed to print off our boarding passes for our flight home and they let us use their computer and print them off free of charge. You can book direct and see the rooms available here.
After this, we went and had a walk around to get our bearings. We here at Travelstodge HQ do a strange thing on every trip we do… We look for Christmas decorations. That’s right, we scour the internet to find Christmas shops in the places we visit, and Copenhagen didn’t disappoint! We found the Danish Art and Christmas shop located at Knabrostræde 3, 1210 København. There is an absolute treasure trove of decorations here, from the traditional wooden ones, to beautiful glass ornaments and the gordy multi-coloured ones that I remember from back in the 1980s. My Nan had the original ones from the 1970s and these took me back to Christmas in her house. We picked a little one with a very impressive beard, known as a Tomar Gnome / Elves, and a Hans Christian Anderson one with the Ugly Ducklings on the front. The guy who owned the shop talked to us about the Hans Christian Anderson stories. He gave us a website link to visit for further information, including some of the stories which have been translated, which you can find here .
The start of Strøget (street entrance is on the far left)
Once we settled on our decorations of choice we ventured out further and had a walk down the main shopping street in Copenhagen, Strøget, which is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. You will find luxury brands mingling with cafés and budget stores with bars, not to mention restaurants, Disney and Lego stores and even a Guinness World Record store! It’s an eclectic mix which, for me, was okay walking down a couple of times, but it just feels like any other shopping street in Europe. You can find more details about the street, including a list of upmarket brands that are available here .
In my last blog I mentioned about trip-ups. Now, being in the UK, we are used to Health and Safety madness and a mile radius exclusion zone to repair one tiny pot-hole just in case someone falls over and sues the council, so I expected something similar here, but oh how I was wrong! We encountered more open scaffolding than I’ve ever seen and roadworks which makes pedestrians walk into the road with no safety bollards what-so-ever. On our first day, me, Mr Travelstodge and four other people tripped over wooden blocks that were propping up the scaffolding! UK take note…. we never sued the Danish Council, and I suspect neither did the other four people. Travelling makes you appreciate and at the same time criticise your own country. We are lucky having the strict Health and Safety Laws we have, but it does make you wonder if we are too strict.
Next time, food and where to eat… nom nom!