SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
You'll soon realise with a visit to Illums Bolighus why the north of Europe is well known for its tasteful design. Of particular interest are the pieces designed by the Danish greats Georg Jensen, Arne Jacobsen and Louis Poulsen. In additon, there are also international creations to marvel at and purchase, for example from Vitra Design and Alessi. Whether you need furniture, lighting or kitchen utensils; everything here is provided in style and is beautifully gift-wrapped.
Bente Skjøttgaard, Steen Ipsen and Martin Bodilsen have known each other for quite some time and have one thing in common: they work with ceramics. Furthermore, they are based in Denmark - a country which is internationally renowned for its ceramics. But the three artists wanted more and decided to provide a platform for aspiring and established ceramicists in Frederiksberg near Copenhagen. That's exactly what they did with Copenhagen Ceramics. They are not sure what the future will bring for this platform. At the moment, however, they host ten exhibitions by contemporary ceramicists ranging from Bodil Manz, Turi Heisselberg Pedersen to Michael Geertse. Potentially Copenhagen Ceramics will turn into a pop-up installation after the scheduled show program is over. It also might become a permanent gallery. In any case, the second floor of an old factory with whitewashed walls is an inspirational frame for the colourful artworks that are presented.
There's nothing in this shop that younger dudes wouldn't wear themselves or buy for their girlfriends. You could also say the salesmen and owners are dudes here, and they know that what they're wearing are the coolest things in town. They stock things like Adidas goods, Stussy trainers and Mark Newson hoodies. The whole range is trendy and has a whole mix of colours. And for good measure there are also skateboards, art books and painting accessories. For if you're not in your 20?s any more: after going shopping in Norse, people will easily mistake you for younger!
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
Drinking coffee and doing good - it has a ring it. You can exactly do so at Café Retro Norrebro in Copenhagen. But let's start right from the beginning: in 2005 Café Retro has opened in the Danish capital with a nationally new idea. The staff at the non-profit café consisted mainly of volunteers and the entire revenues were donated directly to Third World countries and people in need. The success reflected the validity of the café and seats became increasingly rare. 2008 the concept underwent a revision and in 2010 - in addition to Café Retro - Retro Norrebro was opened. New feature of the revised concept: events that support creativity and the constant exchange between guests. Exhibitions, workshops, concerts and discussion panels take place while snacks and cake are being served. Some bring their own sushi into the café that is located on Jægersborggade street. But always with the ulterior motive of helping those in need.
From squatter's area to tourist attraction; Christiania has changed a lot in the last few years. The relaxed atmosphere remains, which comes from the casual dealing of marijuana. Christiania, which lies on the grounds of a former barracks, was taken over in 1970 by hippies, as well as other alternative and unemployed people. But they certainly weren't lazy-they converted their little town into a beautiful oasis. In the meantime, the ground has become rather sought after, which is naturally one of the reasons why Christiania is supposed to be constantly vacated. But before that happens, take a look around, drink a coffee and make yourself comfortable.
This is the complete collection of treasures of tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung (1836-1908)-and it has nothing to do with smoking paraphernalia. Hirschsprung loved art, and collected it passionately. He passed his collection on to the state in 1902. All of the most important Danish painters of the 19th and 20th centuries are all here under one roof. You'll be amazed by the works of C.W. Eckersberg, Christian Christen K?bke and Anna and Michael Ancher.
EAT in Copenhagen:
You just have to love this cafe-you can sit at small tables under rubber trees, palms and other such greenery while enjoying the best cake in the city. What more could you ask for? The cafe is situated in the winter garden of the ?Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek' museum. At least seven different types of cake and gateaux are served along with dark hot chocolate. If you're lucky, one of the dark chocolate cake with raspberry jelly, apple pie with cinnamon and almonds or the amazingly good strawberry and marzipan tart will be available for you to savour.
It would be a huge error not to pop into one of the many Paradis ice-cream parlours! Try frozen basil and liquorice, or simply go for the classics. It doesn't matter what you do, because everything here is fantastic. And if you have a bad conscience concerning sugar, don't worry about it because all the ice -cream here is produced using low-fat milk. A scoop isn't particularly cheap, but then this word doesn't even exist in Copenhagen! The size is favourable though, and the taste is phenomenal!
Have you planned on visiting Copenhagen in the near future? Better bring some extra baggage! Of course Copenhagen doesn't lack fashion stores and designer shops, however we prefer doing our laundry. But not just at some random place but at a coffee house. Four men from Iceland, including the current owner Fridrik Weisshappel had the idea to open a launderette that is café and library at the same time. You find pasta, burger or chicken sticks with mashed potatoes on the menu. Besides, the team serves tea, coffee and books. In The Laundromat Café, 4000 books are waiting in the wooden bar to be read. While having a feast of culinary pleasures, your laundry is taken care of in the red laundry drums. The best: for Danish standards you can eat here at little cost. The most expensive dish at the moment is a 250 gram entrecôte with fries for 19 Euro.
STAY in Copenhagen:
Style in Denmark isn't a question of price. Rather, it's a basic requirement. So don't just ignore Hotel Kopenhagen because it only has two stars. The rooms are simple, but tastefully furnished. The staff are great and the distance to the city centre is reasonable. This is the perfect accomadation for those who like to save money for shopping. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?80.
Those who don't know what luxury is should take a quick look at the Nimb Hotel. With only 13 lavish rooms, antiques and a fantastic ambience, this hotel is one of the best in the whole of Europe. The building looks like the Taj Mahal's little sister, but it's both chic and more comfortable than any palace. Inside the building, you'll find a market, a wine store, a chocolatier and a dairy. One night in a double room is available from approximately Euro 400,-.
71 Nyhavn Hotel
Perhaps the most romantic hotel in Copenhagen is situated where there were once easy women and sea dogs at work. Nyhavn is no longer brutal and instead is now a lovely, charming area for tourists and locals to mix. You can easily spend a day here having a drink by the canal. The hotel is a former brick storage building which has been lovingly and tastefully restored by the owners. If you manage to get away from this lover's nest, then you should definitely go to a sunny square and check out the colourful goings-on down by the canal.One night in a double room is available from approximately ?175.