Today started off with a wander past Tivoli Gardens (closed), over the train station and into Vesterbro neighbourhood. I had read reviews on good brunch spots in this neck of the woods, and a place called Mother’s stood out for me. We headed off in search of this elusive brunch spot in the meatpacking district. To be honest, if I hadn’t known about it and wasn’t actively seeking it out, we would have either walked straight past it or even disregarded it.
It was down some side street with nothing else and to be honest, on first impression, it really did not look like much however, I trusted in my research and the reviews I read and ventured inside. It was absolutely packed. We probably waited around 10 minutes for a table but not long after we were seated, the queue was out the door!
It was an all you can eat, help yourself kind of set up. I placed my coffee order with the waitress and then grabbed a plate and began piling the food high! There were freshly made sourdough pizzas, salads, meats, breads, muffins and pastries. We were really spoilt for choice. Luckily, you could fill your plate as many times as you could manage!
After a delicious brunch, we headed off on a fairly long walk to the Carlsberg Brewery. We had booked the tour and beer tasting in advance but you can buy your tickets when you get there. We just wanted to make sure we had a space on the beer tasting, which was good thinking because the beer tasting was packed.
The tour itself was nothing memorable. I think if you were really into beer and the process of making it etc. then it would be more enjoyable. I just enjoyed the two free beers (each!) you could have while walking round (you can also have them in the bar if you prefer).The bottle collection though is worth seeing. So many bottles of unopened beer, it’s crazy.
We headed up to the bar after we had finished the tour and got a good position in the beer tasting area. Every table was packed with around 6-10 people. We got to try 3 beers as part of the beer tasting and the best bit was that they were not stingey on the amount of beer you could try. You only had one glass, but you poured as much or as little of each beer as you wanted. There were pitchers to pour any unwanted beer away but I didn’t see anyone use these!
We got to try a pilsner, a bitter and a delicious Christmas ale. The Christmas ale was my favourite by miles. It had a sweet, cinnamon taste that complemented the beer well. I was not however keen on the bitter. At all.
At the end of the beer tasting I noticed a few people sweeping up the leftovers from the other tables. Had I been a bigger beer drinker, I would probably have done the same. No point letting it go to waste!
Feeling a little bit lighter in the head, we left Carlsberg and wandered back to the hotel. The walk was considerably further than we had expected. We should really have hopped on the bus and by the time we made it to the hotel, we pretty much collapsed on the bed!
After a quick nap and a shower, we ventured back out onto the streets of Copenhagen. I had read about this speakeasy style cocktail bar, Ruby’s, near to our hotel and so headed out in search of this bar. It really was well hidden, there wasn’t even a sign or anything outside, it pretty much looked like a house and even after walking in, I still questioned whether we were randomly walking into a stranger’s house. Luckily enough, it wasn’t someone’s house and we were greeted by a very friendly bartender. We took our seats in two huge leather armchairs and began to peruse the extensive cocktail menu.
It was very decadent and felt like we had walked into the 1920s. I really liked it here and would have stayed longer if we didn’t have a dinner reservation to get to. I enjoyed a really yummy cocktail called Elysium. It was actually quite alcoholic. I would highly recommend you visit here if you like your cocktails as much as I do. It is a really relaxed bar with a delicious range of cocktails to cater for all taste preferences.
Reluctantly, we left Ruby’s for Restaurant Puk and our dinner reservation. We had tried to get in here two nights on the run and not had any luck, but luck was on our side and we had managed to get a reservation earlier that day. We headed down into the basement restaurant (a lot of the restaurants, cafes and bars in Copenhagen are located below street level) and were seated in a very old style wooden booth. We had a delicious meal here and you can read my full review here.
With our bellies full and our wallets considerably lighter, we called it a night and headed back to the hotel, feeling content with the day, but sad to be leaving Copenhagen tomorrow.