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 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).
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.
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?
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.
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!
So we spent the long weekend in Copenhagen, and I have billion blog posts drafted up! First up the best bit, our dreamy apartment. We finally used Airbnb for the first time, and I’m so glad we did. We stayed in the most beautiful apartment…