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CEREAL COPENHAGEN CITY GUIDE

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So ever since CEREAL came out with their new Copenhagen city guide I have had even more of an urge to travel there.. Just look at these beautiful images!

The guide features their favourites places, along with a photo essay of the city + personal essays by chef Rene Redzepi and owner of Gubi, Jacob Gubi. There is also a neighbourhood map and a section of additional recommendations from the CEREAL team.

Here is a selection of the stunning spreads from the guidebook;

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Did you know they also have city guides for London, New York & Paris, as well as a variety of online guides? You can find them all here.

Now excuse me while I dream of Copenhagen for a bit…

// Photo credit: CEREAL

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // OSLO RESTAURANT IN VALENCIA, SPAIN

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OSLO is a vegetarian restaurant in Valencia, a little piece of Scandinavia in Spain with a warm and welcoming atmosphere! It is situated inside a 1850 building where you can discover little special areas throughout the space. The designers, Borja García Studio, has respected the atmosphere of the old building with the wooden beams in the ceiling and the brick wall. This combined with the modern and minimal furniture and touches adds the perfect Nordic feel.

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// Photo credit: Borja García Studio

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DETAILS FROM OUR AIRBNB IN TORINO, ITALY

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Ciao! I’ts been a bit quiet on the blog the last week and the reason is that I’m on holiday around Italy. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username on both is ingridesign) you might have seen already, but the last days we stayed in a lovely airbnb in Torino city centre. It was in a typical Italian 18th century building, but the apartment itself was quite white and modern, with an industrial vibe and quirky details. I thought I would share some detailed shots I took while there, and if you want to see the full listing you can find it here.

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Now I’m off to Alba, so follow along on social media if you want to see more!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORWEGIAN SUMMER MOMENTS

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Earlier this month I spent a lovely week in Norway visiting family & friends, and was so lucky to be there on the hottest week this year to actually experience the Norwegian summer in full. What I love about the Norwegian summer is that on hot days (yes they do exist!) there is still a fresh breeze that keeps you from feeling too hot. On a day like that people tend to spend as much time as possible outside going to the nearest beach or for hikes in the beautiful nature. For me there is nothing like a long walk along the fjord to clear your head and breath in the cool air.

This particular fjord is in Sandnes where I am from, a lovely little place in the region of Rogaland. Even though it is quite small it is actually the 8th largest city in Norway and is located south of the city of Stavanger which is larger and a great place to visit.

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And when we are on the subject of water, there is nothing as good as the seafood selection you find in Scandinavia! In my family we always have seafood on Friday evenings, and my dad goes to our local fisherman to purchase freshly caught prawns, crabs and lobsters on his way home from work. It is the best part of the week for sure, so good and healthy.

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This time I managed to stop by the Swords in Rock! This 10 meter tall monument of three swords is placed in Hafrsfjord, Stavanger to commemorate the battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872. It is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Møllebukta area, on the inner part of the fjord where you can also find a popular beach. The monument is really impressive and a popular photo-op for tourists!

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I also had a trip into Stavanger where I had a walk around in Fargegata (the colourful street), a must-see! It is a street full of wooden houses in all colours with a very creative and fun vibe. Here you can find a range of cafes, bars and little shops – the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a beer in the summer. I went to Hanekam for a outdoor drink, or utepils as we Norwegians would say. This quirky bar has a very cool and vintage interior, with a lot of little special touches like the sink in the toilet thats made out of a whole drum-set.

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And of-course I had to get some deliciously sweet Norwegian strawberries before I left, because it isn’t summer until you do!

Now when its so hot here in Italy I am dreaming about Scandinavian summer days, so I might have to escape back to Norway later this summer.. Stay tuned!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // BYOH MATCHA BAR BY NORM ARCHITECTS

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The BYOH Matcha bar in Copenhagen recently got a makeover by Norm Architects and it looks so lovely and bright with its simple, white interior. The place is filled with items from Menu and has a lot of lovely green additions throughout to match the name perfectly.

Here you can get anything from healthy drinks and smoothies, to salads and sweet treats all with matcha in. On their website you can also purchase a variety of matcha ingredients and find a selection of recipes to create at home.

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// Photo credit: Norm Architects

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // VÄKST

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Väkst is a lovely & green restaurant in Copenhagen. In the middle of the restaurant there is a large greenhouse, built through the two floors of the space, created to transport guest into the sensation of a lush garden – in the heart of the city. Here guests are invited to an informal and Nordic dining experience. The menu takes great emphasis on seasonal vegetables, alongside barbequed steak, full-cooked fish and fresh shellfish.

Lightbulbs and sails are hanging from the ceiling and the floor is painted to look like a giant tablecloth, which together with all the green plants gives you the feeling of being at a stylish garden party!

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// Photo credit: Chris Tonnesen

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