&WHAT | COPENHAGEN.

Copenhagen. Beautiful city filled with even more beautiful people. 🇩🇰😍

This was my second time in CPH, yet the city felt completely different and I saw a new side that I loved even more the second time around.

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

RIDE: Baisikeli (Ingerslevsgade 80 | Åbent Man-Fre 10-18. Lør&Søn 10-16) 

First things first, get yourself a bike. They have them all over the city, we got ours from Baisikeli which literally has 1000s of bikes to choose from. I wanted a cute little pink one but my legs were in my armpits riding it unfortunately. The best thing about CPH is that you can literally leave your bike anywhere and its safe. Lock the wheels but we left ours outside a bar overnight and they were there in the morning – how about that London.

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

EAT: Mad & Kaffe (Vesterbro:Sønder boulevard 68, 1720 København V | Amagerbro:Tyrolsgade 6, 2300 København) 

This place is a must. Hungry or not, get your belly here. It was recommended by literally every Dane we met. The Open Sandwiches or smørrebrød (a CPH thing) were incredible, went for the Tartar. Get a side of the crispy fries which are covered in garlic and rosemary goodness and if you have a sweet tooth have a Chai Latte. They are all over CPH and made with this divine powder, spicy goodness.

Copenhagen Design Museum | @andwhatstyle

SEE: Design Museum Danmark (Bredgade 68
DK-1260 København K)

Could literally spend hours here. They had an I AM BLACK VELVET exhibition on Balmain through the years which was divine. Literally all the little black dresses circa 1989 I would bring back and wear today.

The Danish Chair: An International Affair is a permanent exhibition in the museum which affirms that the Danes are responsible for paving the way in terms of where we all rest our behinds. There were a lot of Eames masterpieces in there.

HIDDEN GEM: Room 606, Radisson Blu Hotel (Hammerichsgade 1
Copenhagen V, DK-1611) 

A golden gem, one of my friends Ana who is an artist tried to take us here. Room 606 is the only room in the hotel that has the original preserved designs commissioned by Arne Jacobsen. Arne Jacobsen is one of the most iconic designers from Denmark, probably most well known for The Egg Chair (1958) which was designed specifically for this hotel.

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

SHOP: Moss Copenhagen.

Dotted all around the city, this is a mainstream shop in CPH that I wish would come to London. Massive fan of Scandinavian style, this story has your stylish basics for reasonable prices.

DANCE: Bakken (FlÌsketorvet 19, 1711 København V)

This place is incredible. Not only do they serve pitchers of Gin & Tonic, the DJ, decor and crowd in this place is everything you could possibly want on a night out in CPH.

The DJ looked as if he had been transported from a Back to the Future film and into the club. Instead of using headphones he had a proper old-school, curly cord, string attached phone to hear the upcoming tracks. SO much fun.

We also met lots of gorgeous VIKINGS in the bar, including a whole generational family – with the grandfather, father and sons out to party.

EAT AGAIN: The Greasy Burger Joint. 

Located in the parking lot just outside of Bakken. This burger truck was started by a Syrian refugee. His story was incredible, a side of inspiration with burger is not something you’d expect.

Until next time CPH!

-&what x

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

Copenhagen | @andwhatstyle

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Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland.

Woke up on Christmas morning to a full on white christmas, we’re talking 15cm+ of snow.

What does one do? Head out into the cold to play in the snow. Went to the local park and pond by our house. Neighbours were shovelling the pond to skate and play hockey on the ice whilst listening to Christmas music. So magical and so very Canadian.

Snow place like home. It’s been the happiest of times over these holidays.

Hat: Artizia | Sunglasses: Le Specs x Adam Selman – The Last Lolita | Christmas Jumper: Asos 

-&what x

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

SHOE DOG.

Home for the holidays, which also means that I have more time to finish up the current reads in the works.

My favourite book that I have read all year, Shoe Dog. Phil Knight is an incredible storyteller recapping his inspiring journey of passion, risk, uncertainty but taking bold steps forward anyway. One of my favourite things to do while reading books is to fold the pages with messages that I find interesting or want to look back on. As you can see, there were a lot in this book.

A final thought in the closing chapter of the book really resonated with me. Wise words to go into 2018 (and life) with:

‘It’s all the same drive. The same dream. 

It would be nice to help them avoid the typical discouragements. I’d tell them to hit pause, think long and hard about how they want to spend their time, and with whom they want to spend it for the next forty years. I’d tell men and women in their mid-twenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.’ 

Mission for 2018, find the calling.

-&what x

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

Phil Knight | NIke @andwhatstyle

BERLIN: DAY 5

Time to say Auf Wiedersehen Berlin!

The Store Berlin | @andwhatstyle

Our flight back to London was around 9:00PM which left us plenty of time to enjoy the last delights of the city.

Travel tip: Always book a late flight back, more time to enjoy the city and non-EU passport queues are short.

ART: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum

Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin, Germany

Our first stop was the Harmburger museum. Again, an Insta find by yours truly. They had the Marx Collection on show which featured a piece by Andy Warhol. LOVE him, but unfortunately it was closed. Instead we went through the halls of art – literally a feast for all of the senses. One of the best contemporary art galleries I have ever been to.

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

SEE: The Reichstag Building 

The German parliament building, still fully functioning. Rebuilt after 1933 where it was severely damadged due to a fire. You need to book tickets in advance and bring your passport/ ID to enter. There is an office just across the street where you can do this. Absolutely beautiful – the architecture is incredibly futuristic.

Reichstag | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

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BERLIN: DAY 4

Monday, Day 4 in Berlin. A day that was years in the making.

You see, ever since my first trip to Berlin. I have wanted to go on the Third Reich Tour. A tour that takes you through Berlin and describes exactly where and how Nazi Germany rose to power. I am a bit of a history nerd so this was high on this list. However, the only time the tour runs on a weekend is Sunday at 10AM. Which as you may have guessed – there are some things like Berghain that were above this passion for history.

Anyways, lucky for us at 2:30PM right by Brandenburg Gate my life long (ish) dream of going on the Third Reich tour would come true.

But first, breakfast in bed. As the best Mondays should begin, we ordered the spread of dreams and got breakfast in bed. One of our last mornings in the hotel we had to make the most of it.

After what could be described as the most relaxing morning – I’m talking breakfast in bed, two cups of tea, a 30 minute shower with a full body scrub and a hair mask treatment – we were ready for the Third Reich Tour.

Walked over to Brandenburg Tor and stopped in the newly opened Commes Des Garcons store. LOVE.

SHOP: Commes Des Garcons, Berlin. 

Commes des Garcons | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Commes des Garcons | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Showed the man our tickets and he pointed us in the direction or our guide – James. Originally from Notting Hill, he moved to Berlin to learn German for his girlfriend at the time. She broke up with him before he came to the country but he loved it so much he had to stay.

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BERLIN: DAY 3

More Berlin action from &WHAT. Still seriously considering how to move to this gem of a city.

Sunday. Day 3 in Berlin. This was a very *interesting* day for two ladies from Richmond Hill, Canada and Doncaster, UK.

It started with a wake-up call at 6AM. You see, there is the super club in Berlin – Berghain, located in an old East Berlin power station. Anyone who knows anything about techno music or clubbing in general will have heard about this establishment. The bouncer, Sven Marquardt, is infamously known and even has done a collection with Hugo Boss.

Young Ashley had been here about three years ago with my uni friends. We went at about four in the morning after going to Tube Station in Berlin. Somehow, some way we got it. As you can see, dressed in a white TopShop romper and what look to be office shoes, I am not quite sure what happened there. But it was debaucherous and incredible.

Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Keen to re-live this moment, we were instructed by a friend who does social for a DJ playing at Berghain that weekend to go early in the morning. Sven would be the bouncer pre-9AM so if we didn’t get in then we could go back post the shift change. Told to wear all black and look ‘trashy’ we made the effort. The Verdict: A pass of the hand, not this time ladies.

Feeling deflated and particularly un-groomed, we decided to go for breakfast then sightseeing in our Berghain get-ups.

EAT: House of Small Wonder. 

Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin

House of Small Wonder | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

This place was all of over Insta and has the cutest entrance made of Pinterest dreams. I got the home-made biscuits with poached eggs. These were like little flavoured clouds with salty bacon surprises hidden inside. Drenched in what tasted like the runny egg yolk of Gods.

In short, get this breakfast place on your list when you visit Berlin.

Post breakfast we walked over to Brandenburg Gate where we saw the last day of the controversial anti-war monument art installation by German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni  on show.

SEE: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate | Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

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BERLIN: DAY 2

It’s been a week since we got back from Berlin and I’m not going to lie, each day I spend a good chunk (really, about 20 minutes) plotting out what life would be like if I lived there. Some cities you have a magnetic attraction to – Berlin being one of those for me.

Day 2 in Berlin started off slightly rough for us. Having got in at about 5AM post a (the first) failed attempt to get into Berghain we weren’t at our freshest. Hence why the Day 2 list is significantly shorter.

SEE: Spruth Magers Gallery

Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin, http://www.spruethmagers.com/home

Our first stop post-filling up on cheeseburgers at SH was the SprĂźth Magers Gallery. I have to thank Insta for this one as I got into an Insta Blackhole literally creeping on people that lived in Berlin. As you can see from the photos, I struck Insta GOLD when we found this gallery. Forever – Barbara Kruger was a stunning exhibition.

The room was covered in plastic vinyl quotes from people like Karl Marx that reflect the nature of truth, power, belief and doubt that embody contemporary society. Kruger’s style combines language with mass media, criticising consumerism, desire, political will and the hidden mechanics of power.  This exhibit marks three decades since Kruger’s first solo exhibit in Cologne.

There was another exhibit called Dream Journal by Jon Rafman which was incredible as well. I prefer contemporary art, however this was pure fantasy. Rafman brought to life his visions of dreams in a computerised film that was watched while laying on what was designed to feel like a human. It was shaped like a person and covered in a mix of plastic and styrofoam to give it an interesting texture. The chairs also vibrated to the film (full 4D experience) which provided some mild comfort during the hangover.

SprĂźth Magers, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

SprĂźth Magers, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

CLIMB: Walk up the 400 steps to the viewing point at the Berlin Cathedral. 

Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, www.berlinerdom.de

After our stop at Spruth Magers we walked about 20 minutes over to the Berlin Cathedral. It was 3:30PM and the sun was nearly set – how depressing – it was also raining and freezing cold – confirming this probably isn’t the best time of year to visit if weather is your concern.

We spent about two hours in the Cathedral. I absolutely love these spaces and make sure to go inside the main Cathedral in ever city I visit. Just think about how old these structures are and how much money and labour were required to build these – it is insane. We walked all the way up about 500 steps to get to the look out point. Kira++ app in hand, the view and pictures were incredible.

Cathedral, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

HANG: The Michelberger Hotel (Bar + Restaurant)

Warschauer Str. 39-40, Berlin, 10243, http://michelbergerhotel.com/en/

Post – gallery and cathedral we walked to another crowdsourced recommendation – The Michelberger Hotel. GO GO GO. Felt very much like the Ace Hotel.

The Michelberger hotel had a great DJ, drinks and very interesting people. The kind where you want to know who they are, what they do and pretty much every detail of their lives in Berlin. NOTE: This may or may not be to replicate their lives in a couple years time.

We had dinner at the restaurant inside the Michelberger hotel which was incredible. You have to cross the back patio area into the neighbouring building to find both the restaurant and bathrooms. I got the lobster gnocchi and C had the lamb. Our server was actually someone that C knew from her uni days in the UK – SMALL WORLD. That was some synchronicity and the universe at work.

On our way to the Michelberger hotel we walked the whole length of the East Side Gallery – there will be more on that soon!

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Day 2 verdict: Berlin can do no wrong. I love Berlin. Ich Bin Ein Berliner (I am a Berliner – JFK). 

-&what x