My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar - 8 December

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!


Yesterday I had a Julefrokost (Christmas lunch) in town with my winterbathing buddies. Yep, you remember that I bathe all year round in the North Sea? Current water temperature 2c/35f, air temperature -2/28f. Here we are down at the snowy beach on Tuesday morning. Don’t we look dashing? ;)

Cold (but chirpy) winterbathers!

And here we are yesterday - going in to lunch at Restaurant Maven (Restaurant ‘Stomach’) - with clothes on! ;)

Hungry winterbathers!

Yummy lunch – I went for cold roast beef med det hele (‘with everything’: horseradish, pickles, raw red onion, crispy fried onion, gherkins and capers.

Roast beef 'med det hele'

The city was full of shoppers and tourists. Have you been watching the tv series Borgen? That’s the Parliament building in the background…

Højbro Plads - centre of the pedestrian street

Bering House of Flowers - Copenhagen’s famous florists (and purveyors to Danish Queen ‘Daisy’) – had the most fantastic ‘tree’ inside the shop, adorned with Christmas decorations. It’s very traditional in Denmark to hang a few bare tree branches from the ceiling and hang ornaments from it. Berings’ version was, of course, a gigantic bling, bling version…

Baubles galore!

We popped in to Konditori Antoinette (which, as always, was propped to the gunnels with genteel old ladies and gents) where there were giant heart wreaths in the windows. (You can easily make your own heart decorations – see my post from 6 December.)

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But we weren’t there to look at the decorations…we needed a cuppa and a cake! :)

Cake and a cuppa

We had planned to stop at Hviids Vinstue - the quintessential place to enjoy a glass of warm Danish gløgg but – ak og ve – time ran out on us!

Where to have gløgg? Hviids!

So that was a little peek at Christmas in Copenhagen City. Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)