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a little guide to copenhagen

(travel guide)

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Apollo Bar, Copenhagen

I spent four days in Copenhagen, and now I’m in love – I put together a tiny guide based on my travel diary to introduce you to one of my new favourite cities.

Explore:

  • The many neighbourhoods of the city. We stayed in Nørrebro which is a trendy but laid back neighbourhood only a 20 min walk away from the city center. Colourful houses, cute cafes, creative concept stores and lots of very stylish cyclists (like everywhere in this city) - If you like the north you should also check out the similar but a little more grown up Vesterbro. Want to see something completely different from the pretty city streets? Head over for a walk through Christiania, the free town in the middle of the city, to absorb the atmosphere of homemade houses, bohemian eateries and vibrant street art.

  • Glyptoteket - think of a beautiful old building where a magical botanical garden meets a museum for antique statues. Wander around the past eras and enjoy a post time travel -coffee in the dreamy jungle like indoor gardens. (* free on Tuesdays)

  • Kinfolk - pop in at the office of Kinfolk (located in the city centre) to have a look at their tiny gallery and take in the inspiring aesthetics. If you want to buy their books/ magazines this is the place for you.

  • Design dreams at Frama - an old pharmacy turned into a design shop. Quite possibly the prettiest shop I’ve ever entered. If you like me have a weak spot for pretty spaces be sure to also check out the new boutique of Aure Studio - hmmm… still dreaming of their white painter’s jacket which would be the perfect summer uniform for 2019 - high quality organic cotton (the kind that will last a life time ) sourced ethically from India and sewn in Europe.

  • Arken - a gallery for modern art a 20 minute traintrip away from the city. Easy to get to and a great way to see some more of Danmark. In the summer be sure to check the beach too after having your culture trip through the museum.

  • Design Museum - lots of Danish design in a beautiful old building. Another plus side is it’s free for people under 26 (always a nice surprise if you’re traveling on a student budget).

apollo bar copenhagen - copenhagen cafes

food + drinks:

  • Apollo Bar - perfect for coffee or weekend brunch. Their menu isn’t exactly vegan friendly but they’re happy to veganize dishes.

  • Kalaset - cosy laid back dinner, their brunch menu looks amazing too.

  • Kaf - a vegan cake bakery, no need to explain this one more. Oh my.

  • Atelier September - if I could pick a cafe to move in at, this one would be high up on my list.

  • Pompette - a cosy natural wine bar, wish there were more places like this here in Finland

  • Mirabelle - the best (and possibly most expensive) bread I’ve ever had. Such a treat. So worth it.

a bonus list of things I had to safe for the next time:

los angeles favourites
 

writer: emma ranne
pictures: emma ranne

Gethy Center Los Angeles

In November I spent a couple of weeks under the sun in LA exploring the city.  Here are my tips for what to do and where to go (and what to eat) when in LA. 

How to get around:

LA is a very big city (like very very very big, for someone that’s used to a tiny place like Helsinki). You won’t be able to walk everywhere and most of the locals rely on their cars. However I found that the public transport worked pretty smoothly as a way to get around. Give the local train, metro and bus a try! We also used Uber and Lyft quite a lot. By choosing the version where the driver picks up multiple people  along the way, you save some money plus make it a bit more sustainable as there are more people benefiting from the drive.
 

Where to stay?:

I stayed at my friend's place in Down Town LA which was quite a convenient location as it was quite in the center of the city and it was easy to go to places from there. If you're looking for an Airbnb, check my top 3 suburbs here.  They all had such a good vibe to them!

The Pink Wall, Los Angeles

Top 3 places for art

  1. The Getty Center
    Even if you’re not too much into the more traditional older art I’d give this place a visit. The building is every architecture lover's day dream. I basically just spent a morning here looking at the building from every possible angle, and snapping pictures of the changing light and shadow patterns that the sun created on it. Yeah that was a really good morning.
     
  2. MOCA and the Broad
    Both of these are the place to go if you like modern art. For the Broad I’d recommend you to look beforehand though. I didn’t get to go because the exhibition was sold out for the month.
     
  3. The Stair Streets of Silver Lake
    Silver Lake is a fairly hilly area with lots of stairs around. Most of these are painted with cool street art. There are lots of maps with walking routes you could choose to explore these (+get a good leg workout at the same go)

 

Santa Monica Beach at sunset

Top 3 places for thrifting:

  1. Sleeper, Silver Lake
    A place full of treasures that I found by accident. It’s quite tiny and a little hidden, but they only have gems of vintage clothes and all in all the vibe to this place is really good.
     
  2. Melrose Trading Post
    A groovy market with vintage, local designers, natural beauty products, crystals, food and live music held on every Sunday.
     
  3. Reformation Vintage
    If you love the brand Reformation, you’ll love this one. Be sure to also check out the flagship store of Reformation that’s on the next block. Probably one of my favorite sustainable clothing brands around at the moment. 
     

 

Acai Bowl at Butcher's Daughter LA

Top 3 places for food

LA is the place to be for vegan foodies. There was so much to explore that it was almost overwhelming (haha but still it was great!) Here are some of my faves.

  1. The Butcher’s Daughter
    My favorite for sure from menu to interior. I ended up going there twice even though it was all the way in Venice. Their Acaí bowl was probably the best one I’ve had so far.
     
  2. Grand Central Market
    A vibrant market hall filled with tiny food stalls from pretty much every cuisine you can think of. There were lots of vegan options too.
     
  3. Wild Living Foods
    As good as their name promises. A fully vegan place with a super creative menu. Too bad I discovered it on my last day, otherwise I probably would have gone back for another visit or two.

 

I loved the positive and creative energy of this city, and would love to go back someday!