Text and image by Sarita Rajiv
A life without love is like a year without summer, goes a popular Swedish proverb. And what’s love without romance right? I like Valentine’s Day: it’s that dash of romance that brings a certain zing in our ordinary every day. But then I’m not entirely satisfied with a dash, so I’ve got a truckload of romance coming your way. Here’s the first of The Orange Gift Bag’s Valentine’s Day gift ideas. I call it 5 Scandi ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denmark; it’s an evening of hygge guaranteed!
1. Go sensual with Date Night at Cinemax
Head over to the movies and book a Date Night at Cinemax where they offer a ticket deal that comes with popcorn, soda and Anton Berg chocolates. And guess what they're playing on Valentine’s Day? The erotic Fifty Shades of Grey! Two Date Night tickets will cost you about 280dkk. You can also go to Empire Bio and cuddle up on the love seats or kissing seats at the back row.
2. Dine out without breaking the bank
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." ―Virginia Woolf
Dining Week comes to the rescue of those of us who would like a fine dining experience without breaking the bank. Copenhagen Food Magazine and San Pellegrino have come together this year for Dining Week which takes place during February 9-15. They've handpicked some of the city's best restaurants -- including Almanak, Orangeriet, Höst, Nimb Bar N Gril, Llama and The Red Box among others -- to put together a 3 course menu for a reasonable 200 dkk/person. I'm thinking Virginia Woolf would approve.
3. Jazz it up with a night out at Wallmans
If you're looking for a Valentine’s Day experience in Denmark with a bit more razzmatazz, Wallmans is the place for you. The setting is the beautiful Circus Hall at the Wallmans Circus Building. It's got the unbeatable combination of food, entertainment and a great atmosphere. Start your fun night out with a 4-course dinner (did I mention chocolates too?) coupled with an extravagant performance and end it with a party at their nightclub.
Prices ordinarily start at 529 dkk/person; you can also order a special Valentine’s Day package that costs a bit more.
4. Be wildly adventurous, dive in for a winter dip
This one is pure Scandi and for all the thrill seekers with an inner Viking in them. Go winter-bathing this Valentine’s Day with your partner; I guarantee you this is one Valentine’s Day experience in Denmark you’ll never forget. The icy cold water followed by the warm sauna is an adrenaline rush like no other. Check out the host of outdoor swimming pools that have winter bathing facilities here.
5. Hygge and romance at home
You know that romantic candlelight dinner everyone talks about? Do it at home. After all, candles and winter are practically inseparable in Denmark. Cook up a Scandinavian meal (get some inspiration here), cosy up on the couch later and watch a Danish romcom. Den Eneste Ene, En Kort En Lang and Italiensk for Begyndere are some of the popular ones. Create your own hygge.
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