Design Copenhagen - Part I

Martyn White

Posted on June 06 2016

City visit to Copenhagen to discover more about iconic Scandinavian design and explore the beautiful city of Copenhagen itself. 

Last month I was given the incredible opportunity of travelling to Copenhagen with Amara to discover more about Scandinavian design from some of my favourite brands. I was lucky enough to share this experience with four other talented bloggers, ones that we all know and love; Russell and Jordan from "2 Lovely Gays", Erica from "The Edited" and the one and only Sarah Akwisombe. To say that I had a fantastic experience would be the biggest understatement of the year and I am so excited to be able to share my journey with you. 

Scandinavian bar and lounge design at Hotel SP34 in CopenhagenScandinavian hotel interior design Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen interior shots

During the three day trip, we got to experience some of what this fantastic city has to offer; from museums, boating trips, food, architecture and of course, incredible design! From the moment we arrived, the cameras and phones were out to document the trip and discoveries, ready to share everything with our readers and followers. Our first day was about exploring the city and we were raring to go! 

Being a huge fan of Scandinavian design, I was thrilled to learn that we were staying at Hotel SP34, a beautiful boutique hotel situated in Copenhagen's old Latin Quarter. The design and service of the hotel was everything that you would expect, combining the rich history of the city with innovative materials and luxurious Scandi finishes. 

Bright colours of Copenhagen. Green copper tower against bright blue skyBright colours of architecture and buildings in Copenhagen

After unpacking and freshening ourselves up, it was time to make our way into the city to explore. With the help of a tour guide, we were navigated through courtyards of vibrantly coloured buildings into another world rich in history and culture. As you can see from the unedited images above, the use of colour throughout many of the buildings in Copenhagen is very impressive and they look great at any time of the day, in any weather condition. 

Classic architecture and fountains of Copenhagenblack tower in CopenhagenTraditional architecture in Copenhagen church and university buildings

Something I found quite interesting as we were walking around was that most of the architecture is of a similar height, which visually is quite beautiful. This similarity in height has also made the few taller structures such as clock towers and spires incredibly prominent on the skyline, decorated in beautiful colours and creating striking and intricate shapes, you cannot help but look up and notice these landmarks as you stroll through the streets of the city. 

Styles of architecture in CopenhagenNyhavn colourful buildings in Copenhagen

Slowly making our way toward Havnepromenade to depart on our boat tour, we passed one of Copenhagen's most iconic areas, Nyhavn. Instantly recognisable from its brightly coloured buildings, restaurants and huge crowds, you have not visited the city unless you have visited Nyhavn to take it all in. Our tour guide described the two sides of Nyhavn as naughty and nice, on one side you see vibrant colours, large crowds and busy restaurants and on the other side is the complete opposite, almost calm which makes it the perfect spot to capture photos and take it all in. Martyn White and Sarah Akwisombe Copenhagen 2016Amara Copenhagen Boat Trip 2016Amara Boat Trip in Copenhagen 2016

Having had a few bad experiences with boats in the past, the idea of a Copenhagen boat trip was slightly daunting. Seeing the beautiful weather and calm waters, however, gave me enough courage to step in, sit down and enjoy the ride. It also helped to celebrate such an enjoyable day with two bottles of Champagne and a chance to have a few photos with fantastic company.  setting sail, we were able to see the little mermaid, the opera house and many more iconic landmarks. 

Copenhagen food and restaurant Amara trip 2016Amara group photo on our visit to Copenhagen

A short stroll from the boat was our last stop of the day Paté Paté, a trendy all-day eatery serving French, Spanish and Moroccan inspired food in København. The meal was the perfect finish to the day, giving us time to relax, discuss the antics of the day and of course, take more photos!

With our first day down, copious amounts of food consumed and life memories made, it was time to make our way back to the hotel. I was already looking forward to the surprises in store for our second day.

Visit Copenhagen with Amara Part Two


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