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Living the Yoga Lifestyle: Copenhagen

September 23, 2019 • By

Visit Copenhagen | Northern Yogi

 

If you’ve read this blog before or follow me on social media you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian, having fallen in love with Stockholm the previous year. Continuing on with my Scandinavian love affair, this year my travels took me to Copenhagen. The city just happens to be one of the most relaxed, cool and vegan friendly cities I’ve visited in 2019.

 

Yogi Life | Northern Yogi

Yogi Life Copenhagen | Northern Yogi

I visited Copenhagen in early Spring (April) and, considering how much further north it is, the weather was beautiful. I took coats and big jumpers, but most days found myself not needing a coat and with my jumper stored in the basket of my bike. The average weather is around 11 degrees which, if you’re reading this post in Oz, will think ‘that’s bloody cold!’ Maybe it’s because I’m used to the chillier weather (being Northern and all...) but I found it pleasant, sunglasses on drinking cappuccino outside kind of weather. We even did cocktails outside one evening, the danish kindly provide blankets for outside seating.

Speaking of cappuccino’s and cocktails, lets chat about the vegan spots I found to dine at (with a little help from my good friend HappyCow)

SimpleRAW Copenhagen | Northern Yogi

SimpleRaw: Quite possibly one of the best vegan restaurants I’ve eaten in. We started with the Rice paper (asparagus, marinated tofu and greens. Served with ginger and chilli dressing) and went on to Tempeh in red wine marinade with pea puree, red wine sauce, miso glazed mini carrots and peas. The place has a really chilled vibe, great wine and great service.

Souls Copenhagen | Northern Yogi

Souls: We ate here twice in our four night visit to Copenhagen, an indication of how good it is. At lunch I opted for the ‘Fall Salad’ and for dinner I chose the Soul burger and truffle fries. Neither did disappoint. A very cool place to eat.

There are lots of vegan street food options but my best tip for finding good ‘eats’ in Copenhagen is to venture away from the main tourist areas as these tend to be a little pricey. Download HappyCow, a free app that will let you search for veggie and vegan friendly places all over the world. I wouldn’t eat when travelling without the help of the little app.

Yogi in Copenhagen | Northern Yogi

Top Tips for Copenhagen:

  • Hire a bike! The danish are big lovers of getting around on two wheels and so Copenhagen is a really easy and safe place to travel by bike. There are bike lanes away from the traffic and you’ll blend in with the locals (always fun). When hired bikes from our hotel for 20kr per day.
  • Go cashless: Copenhagen is a cashless city, like most of Scandinavia, so don’t bother changing your money to Kr. I changed around £70 for taxis and ’emergencies’ but everything else went on the card. Most places don’t take cash, so neither should you.

 

 


Wellness & Lifestyle, Yoga

Living the Yoga Lifestyle: Stockholm

May 23, 2018 • By

The Nest Stockholm

 

I turned 30 this year and, after 30 years of acquiring material wealth, I decided it wasn’t where happiness lies. Happiness lies in moments and memories, so for my 30 birthday I didn’t want ‘things’, I wanted moments.

The first of these moments came curtesy of my beautiful sister who took me on my very first trip to Stockholm! Sweden has been on my must visit list for a long time now but I had absolutely no clue she was planning to take me there for my birthday, it was the most overwhelming of gifts!

We packed our bags and prepared to spend the next 4 days exploring this new land.

Exploring Stockholm | Northern Yogi

We stayed at the most amazing hotel, the Downtown Camper. One of the coolest hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in, the Downtown Camper comes complete with a rooftop pool, Swedish sauna, and meditation net hanging above the lounge area. Plus you can eat your vegan breakfast in a swing!

We stayed in a grande double room with views of the city, a big corner window seat allowed us to chill out overlooking the streets of Stockholm at the end of a long days exploration.

Meditation in Stockholm | Northern Yogi

Although Stockholm has a great transport system, taxis and bicycle rentals, my sister and I decided to walk everywhere. It’s one of the best ways to see the city, we loved getting lost down the winding back streets and stumbling across cool coffee shops and picturesque locations. Plus all the extra exercise we were getting allowed for some guilt free cocktails come evening times in the rooftop bar!

We walked from island to island (Stockholm is made up of different islands). One of the things I loved most about Stockholm is that you can be in the middle of a busy city street one minute and sitting by the peaceful waterfront or in an open green space the next.

Stockholm | Northern Yogi

Vegan Restaurants Stockholm | Northern Yogi

The Swedish are a health conscious nations which means it’s super easy for us vegans to find good food! My hotel had a vegan section in their huge breakfast buffet, if you stay here I definitely recommend the Downtown Granola, the hotels homemade granola. It is SO good! For lunch I recommend the Hawaii Poké (just across from the hotel) which does an amazing vegan tofu poke bowl. There is also an incredible vegan/ vegetarian restaurant called Hermans, it’s a buffet style and you can eat as much as you want for a set price, the food is delicious too.

Of course, I had to find some time to workout and get my yoga practice in. Luckily for me The Downtown Camper has an amazing rooftop studio and during the day it so completely empty. I got the entire studio to myself to flow and breathe and practice and centre. I got to see the beautiful skyline of Stockholm upside down. I’m already thinking about my next visit.

Yoga in Stockholm | Northern Yogi

Stockholm Yoga | Northern Yogi