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.
The Round Tower
A tower without steps which really works! The Round Tower was built in the 17th century by Christian IV. It was designed as an astronomical observatory. Because instruments for studying stars aren't particularly light, the architect decided to do away with stairs and instead used a 209 metre long spiral corridor which could even be used by a horse. You must go and have a look around! One interesting fact is that the tower was already a tourist attraction back in the 19th century. Etchings of souvenir stalls can be seen in front of the tower.
It's not Disneyland Paris or Phantasialand near Cologne - it's not an amusing park at all. However, Superkilen stimulates smile and brain muscles. The walk-in art project by the Copenhagen architects BIG, German landscape architects Topotek 1, Danish artists group Superflex and the communication office Help encompasses a black marketplace, a green park and a huge playground in pink - adorned by street furniture from more than 50 countries: Brazilian telephone booths, Armenian picnic tables, neon ads from the U.S. and Japanese cherry trees. The multicultural design doesn't come by chance - more than 70 percent of Nørrebro's population comes from abroad. The design concept was developed by designers in hand with the residents. The result is a walk-in art work which has been under construction since 2012. The pink square is already finished.
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
Viola Sky is the first address in Copnehagen when it comes to underwear. The lingerie here is made in pale, but not boring, colours and vintage elements, meaning both the lady wearing it and her partner will be very happy! This underwear makes the clothes you're wearing over the top seem irrelevant. Other than that, there are some fine accessories and beauty products. Who exactly would have come shopping here? None other than Rita Hayworth!
Pede & Stoffer
At last, a shop where the creation of men's clothes is taken care of. A fine selection is available, from suits to streetwear. Even people who hate shopping will love exploring this shop. Amongst many other lovely things, there are clothes from Danish designers Birger Day & Mikkelsen, Jankovich and Tempo on the racks. All-in-all a nice atmosphere and affordable prices.
No artificial ingredients-no colourings, fragrances or preservatives. However, in Pure Shop there are still fragrances from every corner and shelf, because you find yourself in the biggest organic perfumery in the city. Here, beauty comes at no price to either the environment or animals. Of particular interest is upstairs-there you will find a huge selection of organic make-up products. Amongst others on the shelves, there are beauty products from The Organic Pharmacy, Suki Skincare, Logona, Dr. Hauschka, Weleda, Jane Iredale and Organic Glam.
STAY in Copenhagen:
At the Hotel Avenue, you can not only count on unique artistic highlights, but also the design concept throughout the whole building, from the lounge to the rooms. It's all exquisite-Missoni duvets, oak floors, sandstone fireplaces and flatscreen TV's. The staff uniforms have all been designed by Day Birger et Mikkelsen. The staff in the ultra-chic clothes are supposed to be the nicest in the city and look after every need and desire of their guests. So better pack your best outfits, because otherwise you'll feel underdressed next to the curtains!One night in a double room is available from ?152.
Radisson Blu Roya
No, it's not the Starship Enterprise, even though you'll be reminded of it when looking at the building, designed by Arne Jacobsen. The influence of the popular architect is all over the 260 rooms, right up to the 20th floor. Here, you'll find the so-called highlight of the SAS Royal: the Alberto K restaurant with its magnificent views. Want to know how noble it is to stay here? None other than the Queen of Denmark is often seen coming and going. She loves to dine at the Alberto K, where a table is reserved for her every night.One night in a double room is available from approximately ?200.
Hotel du Nord
This classically styled and furnished hotel was only restored a short time ago. However, it still seems a little old-fashioned. But that certainly doesn't mean anything bad, perhaps it needs a little explaining. The hotel has been around since 1882. The 19th century flair hasn't quite disappeared from within, so instead of design, here you get classic elegance. It's not for everybody, but despite that it's definitely a place where you can feel comfortable. One night in a double room is available from ?141.
EAT in Copenhagen:
Amidst the Tivoli, the world-famous amusement and recreation park in the city centre of Kopenhagen, you find The Paul. The Paul is not a rollercoaster or something similar but the gourmet restaurant run by the British top cook Paul Cunningham. Already in 2003 he opened the restaurant in a glass pavilion. His passion for cooking simply came from his passion for eating, as he puts it. As a chubby, young boy with good appetite his career began. At the age of nineteen he stepped in a restaurant near Saffron Walden south of Cambridge and initially learned from cookbooks. Today he carries a Michelin star and creates a lunch and dinner menu twice a month. He cooks modern, Danish-European dishes preferably with fresh sea fruit. Unusual creations like pineapple ravioli can be found on the menu but also classics like fried goose liver. And he has also fulfilled his dream of a Chef's Table. The table for eight person stands right in front of the kitchen. On high, swivelling chairs you can perfectly watch his hands.
If the hole in your wallet has grown too big after only a few days in Copenhagen, maybe it's time to go to Klai's Dinner. The advantage: you get to save money, without comprimising on the quality of food and service. How? Guests are allowed to bring their own wine, which means they can buy this cheaper in the supermarket beforehand. Which means you can sit back and enjoy your 1-3 course meal in this cosy little restaurant without any hindrances.
Behind the name, which is difficult for non-Danes to comprehend, lies a really pleasant and relaxing wine cellar, and so it has been since 1888. And nothing has really changed. Anyone who comes here can enjoy some traditional Danish fare like grilled herring with raw egg yolk, smoked eel and brisket of beef. And for afters? Pancakes of course! Don't let the rustic atmosphere irritate you-Husmanns Vinstue is one of the few restaurants in Copenhagen not to be shoehorned into the designer drawer. That means that you can eat authentic and delicious food.