Tante T, Copenhagen

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Tante T (otherwise known as THESALON at VIKTORIAGADE): I was really glad my colleagues agreed to come with me!! 5 of us ventured out on-foot, clad in thick winter armoury. We trekked through the blizzard with snow coming down horizontally, and smacking all over our faces. Thesalon’s storefront was a welcoming sight.

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On a good spring day perhaps, you could dine outside.

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Tante T can be loosely translated as ‘Aunt’s Tea’. Despite being a low-key chill-out tea-salon, this tea-salon is no less ostentatious than its fanciful competitors. It has 2 understated tea-rooms painted pristine white, lined with timeless vintage photographs of Danish royalty. There is also an interesting sewing machine refurnished into a table. A variety of seating arrangements makes the place a perfectly conducive spot for social gatherings!

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I love these full shelves decorated with teapots, linen cloths, teacups, bread jams, butters and tea-party knick knacks.

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Tante T is best known for having a variety of 150 teas to choose from! The shelves behind the counter are filled with tins of tea leaves. Sniff-sampling is encouraged – you just need to ask!

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Their glass display showcases their organic home-made desserts and cakes. Everything was so tempting!

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And so we ordered some tea: Rose, Earl Grey Blue Lady, Citrus and a Chai Latte. We also had the chocolate fudge, some cookies and a raspberry marzipan cake. The cakes were less sweet, more chewy, and tougher than the usual eggs and butter mixes. I guess they used more whole-wheat flour and less dairy products. Definitely a healthier dessert option.

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From inside looking out: it was -6°C! I love the quaintness of the tea-salon. Whilst we were talking in louder volumes, everyone else gave us weird stares not only because we were the only Asians – it’s a place that isn’t prone to rowdy crowds. Also, the place is a well-kept local hideout with a regular tea-loving crowd. I’d love to try all their teas…but they have 150 types! That means so many trips, I hope I get to travel to Copenhagen that often.

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Till the day I’ve tried all 150 teas, perhaps I won’t ever tire of coming back.

Tante T
Viktoriagade 6
København, Denmark
+45 32 10 36 10

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Café Sommersko, Copenhagen

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Highly recommended by the counter staff at Urban Outfitters, we decided to have lunch at Café Sommersko, just round the corner off the main street of Strøget. The lunch crowd had more or less dispersed by 3pm, which was the time our stomachs were growling as we trooped onto the café’s upper deck. Sommersko’s menu consists of simple French-Danish fusion – the basic fare plus some fancy coffees with liquers that might interest you if you’re into that!

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I had a Caesar Salad and afternoon coffees. Jasmine had the goat’s cheese salad which was all sour, sweet and savoury at the same time! The food was alright if you disregard the poor service and slow delivery, plus the fact that its a tad pricey. Its a great chillout place if you’re just having a drink with company, otherwise the food was kind of disappointing. As a plus point, though, the view of the blizzard from its windows were really pretty!

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I’m just really glad for the good company of my amazing colleagues to Copenhagen, and they made the meal very much enjoyable. The next time, I’ll remember to just have a coffee with Bailey’s!

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Café Sommersko
Kronprinsensgade 6, 1114 København, Denmark
+45 33 14 81 89

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Bankeråt Cafè, Copenhagen

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I was mad enough to fight the snowstorm in a bid to hunt down Bankeråt Cafè at Ahlefeldtsgade. And every damn effort was worth it! I fell right in love with this little dark room and its creepy ambience. There were taxidermied animals hanging all around, with decapitated doll head light fixtures and funkier window-ledge knick-knacks. The cafè’s casual eccentricity made me feel right at home.

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The Danish word ‘bankerøt’ could be simply translated as bankruptcy, and I wonder why! Everything here is very reasonably priced. A DKK36 latte accompanied my stay-in from the blizzard. Dessert choices were very basic though – chocolate tarts, a walnut cake and brunch sandwiches. Young crowds are known to frequent the area; the combination of Bankeråt Cafè’s full bar selection and its mysterious aura is the main draw for Bankeråt.

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However short a visit I paid, I’m just really glad to have witnessed the cafè’s much raved-about creepy decor! I’m all for anything out of the ordinary and BANKERÅT ranks way up on my list for being one of a kind.

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Bankeråt
Ahlefeldtsgade 27-29
Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 09:30 – 00:00,
Sat – Sun 10:30 – 00:00

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

La Galette, Copenhagen

If you love pancakes, and the French comic series Asterix, La Galette is the place for you!

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The place is a well-kept local secret as it is hidden from the sidewalk. Upon seeing the cardboard Asterix cut-out, you need to enter the gates into the yellow building and walk further in. The owners are French and boy, they do know how to whip up a good crispy pancake!

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In French, the galette is a flat, round or freeform crusty pancake – almost like a crêpe but crispier. La Galette offers both decadent sweet or savoury buckwheat pancakes. The interior is a small cosy space with an open-concept kitchen. From where I sat I could hear the chefs speaking French. When the (cute) chef served up my Pomme Caramel – pancakes with French caramelized apples – he actually said bon appetit and I melted! There’s just something about French men…

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Thereafter my Pomme Caramel tasted extra sweet and yummy!
C’était vraiment délicieux! Merci beaucoup..

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The pancakes are all within the range of DKK 40 – 110. Mine costs DKK 45 and tasted amaaazing. The range of pancakes are really stunning and varied, and you can really trust the chef to deliver the taste of French pancakes direct from Paris. Mes compliments au chef!

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La Galette
Coffee and Pancakes
Larsbjørnstræde 9
Tel: +4533323790
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 22:00,
Sun 16:00 – 22:00
Map

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

The Living Room, Copenhagen

Cafè culture in Copenhagen is amaaaazing! Touched down in the morning at 6am, slept for 3hrs, until the silence of the hotel room made me so darn restless. So, I embarked on the list of coffee-places I wanted to visit! First stop: The Living Room @ Larsbjørnstræde. The street is lined with indie cafès, vintage designer stores, chill-out bars and late-night pubs – the kind of street culture I love the best.

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I took a while to make my choices because there were too many! Had a cuppa piping hot latte and a soft, slightly dry slice of tiramisu. Somehow I miss the tiramisu I had in Frankfurt – it’s more moist and tastes strongly of eggs and dark rum rather than flour and sugar.

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I love the interior of The Living Room – it’s spacious yet cosy and lives up to its name by being ideal for social gatherings! There’s even a dark underground ‘dungeon’ where friends or couples can sink into large sofas for more privacy.

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My view of the sidewalk from the bar-top is just right. Spent close to an hour hiding from the cold (-4°C!!) and reading my book whilst sipping on latte.

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If you’re out seeking for good coffee, I’m sure there are better caffeine joints with tastier brews. For cakes or food, definitely there would be better patisseries out there. I still loved this place nevertheless! It gave me very good vibes. The Living Room baristas were super friendly (one of them chatted with me in perfect English!) and the variety of tables and seats are made to suit any occasion. The Living Room is best enjoyed with good company for the ambience is fantastic. Even if you’re alone, the space is quiet without being stale, and is ideal for that me-time you’re seeking.

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The Living Room – Bars, Coffee & tea, Snacks
Larsbjørnstræde 17
Tel: +4533326610
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu 10:00 – 23:00,
Fri 10:00 – 02:00,
Sat 11:00 – 02:00,
Sun 12:00 – 19:00

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

A slice of Copenhagen

Officially am the mad Asian girl snapping away with her iPhone,
at architecture that citizens of Denmark would have seen all their lives.

Here’s a slice of Copenhagen:
the streets of Vester Farimagsgade 9
as seen through my eyes.

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Taking shelter underneath my umbrella in the drizzle proves to be a disadvantage,
for my hands were really unstable,
and I had zero sense of angle/perspectives.

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Mad love for vintage architecture!!
Classical to be exact, but I’ve not exactly learnt how to differentiate the two.  photo IMG_9760.jpg

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Walked quite a distance considering I have 3 hours to kill between waking up and lunch with the crew. photo IMG_9749.jpg

My favorite hangout in the neighbourhood!
If I could wake up to this everyday, it would be such a blessing.
Felt so at peace with the world just by standing on the jogging path
overlooking this river.
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Beauty in the mundane —
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The hotdog seller was giving me a strange look,
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All these within the hour and I’m still in time for lunch.
Well-worth the 12hours we took to arrive at Copenhagen!

xoxo
Jean

P.S Biggest bonus of my job: catching sunrise 35000 feet above the ground
This is such a bad shot but you can see the sliver of red that indicates the rising sun…
Upclose, it’s absolutely breathtaking.
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