kith and kin

sweden: stockholm

Click here for my 36 hour guide to Stockholm, part one and part two.

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denmark: copenhagen

Where to eat:

Granola - This restaurant is located on Værnedamsvej which is like the busiest and trendiest shopping street in the Vesterbro neighborhood. This place has a very 50s dinner vibe and is clearly something of a local favorite as it was packed with Danes, families, couples, and groups of friends all enjoying their very traditional Danish dishes. I had the chicken salad with mushrooms, pickled cucumbers, and smoked bacon on rye bread.
Copenhagen Street Food Market - Never fail to locate a city's food markets. This one is located on Papirøen (Paper Island) and features a plethora of mixed cuisine classic street food dishes. It has a cozy atmosphere, with fire places you can sit in front of with friends while enjoying your meal. It also has outside seating areas that overlook the Copenhagen city sky line -beautiful!
Mirabelle's - Totally obsessed with this bakery located in Norrebro. With a very stylish yet simple Scandinavian interior, Mirabelle's is one of the up and coming sourdough bakeries of Copenhagen. We thoroughly enjoyed their fresh pressed apple juice (so good!!) and their danish breakfast (pictured above). 

What to see:

Vesterbro - Neighborhood in the city that, of course, attracts the cities hipsters for its trendy boutique's, flower shops, cafes, and attractive architecture. We wandered around this neighborhood, discovering shops and getting a bite to eat. 
Norrebro - Another trendy neighborhood that sits above Vesterbro and is across from the Copenhagen botanic gardens and the National Gallery of Denmark. Reminded me a lot of Williamsburg (maybe a few years back). 
Botanic Gardens - The botanical gardens of Copenhagen's University are gorgeous, as is the surrounding park, especially if it is a nice day (which it fortunately was when we visited).
Christiania - Weirdest place I have ever been. Worth the visit.

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For a meal:

Le 404 - located in Le Marais, probably the best Moroccan food outside of Morocco... probably.
Mercí - also in Le Marais, this multi tiered concept store features a cafe, restaurant, used book cafe, clothing, and household goods store, and more. Mercí has more to offer than just food, but lunching on their salads, charcuterie, and medley of freshly baked deserts, before venturing into their various other venues. 
Cosi - this sandwich shop is located in St Germaine area and offers a large selection of affordable sandwiches.

For the sweet tooth:

Pain Pain - colorful, affordable, and delicious patisserie located in Montmartre. We went here nearly every single day for breakfast, so it is safe to say it was a favorite. 
Le Grenier a Pain - an award winning bakery in the heart of Montmartre. We went to this bakery for bread, pastries, and sandwiches. Affordable and delicious. 

To drink:

Etiquette Wines - wine shop located across from the Notre Dame, they sell organic, sulfate free wines. We went in to buy the cheapest bottles they had, knowing nothing about the shop, and not intending to stay for the hour that that we did after purchasing the wines, listening to the shop keeper tell us all about the secret to life and happiness (i.e. wine). 

pairs: montmartre

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To Eat & Shop: 

The Pepper Pot Cafe - quirky cafe in Powerscourt Towns Centre, their mismatched teacups and saucers are charming and their roast pear, bacon, and Mount Callan cheddar is yum.
Considered by Helen James - cafe in the Creative Quarter on Drury Street which on top of serving hot drinks, baked goods, and savory salads options, you can browse designer Helen James selection of kitchenware (I love kitchen goodies).
Kaph - next door to Considered is this contemporary spot serving speciality coffees for relatively cheap, also 1 euro madeleines!
Sheridan's Cheesemonger - cheese on cheese on cheese. 
Fallon & Byrne - grocery store/deli/wine bar/restaurant, lovely building and worth a quick visit.
Murphy's Ice Cream - artisan ice cream shop on Wicklow St serving naturally handmade ice cream with Irish inspired flavors, such as Dingle sea salt or Irish coffee.
Industry & Co. - lifestyle store and cafe, Onni and I basically wandered around the store and imagined furnishing our dream apartment.

Onni and I booked two beds in 6 person all girls room at the Generator hostel, though we barely spent anytime in the hostel, and had about 3 hours of sleep in total, it was overall a good experience and definitely the kind of place we would look into staying at in one of their various locations including Paris, Venice, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. Clean, stylish, quirky, with a bar and restaurant on site, a potentially reliable option for future travels.

ireland: dublin

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Aoife took us to a handful of her favorite places for food and drink in Galway, where we indulged in delicious food made, for the most part, with local Irish ingredients. Here are a few of the places we visited, and some information on what we choose, and ultimately what I recommend you get if you're ever in Galway and hungry.

Griffin's Bakery - historic bakery in center of the city. They serve all day food, we went for brunch and got dirty chai lattes, porridge, and a full Irish
Ard Bia at Nimmos - quirky cafe near the docks, for breakfast get the poppy seed pancakes with orange zest, marinated berries, and mascarpone cream or the all day avocado and eggs on sourdough toast with spinach, herb pesto, and toasted seeds
McCambridge's - restaurant, deli, and fine foods shop in central Galway, get the warm Goat’s Cheese Salad with roast sweet potato, caramelised red onion, cherry tomato & balsamic glaze

ireland: galway

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