SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
If you're one of those people who love to buy vintage fashion, but can't stand the musty smell that is normally associated with the shops, then Genbrug is the place for you! Somehow, the Danes manage to keep shops like this tidy, which means plenty of fun is to be had rummaging around the spic-and-span Genbrug. Jeans, leather jackets, ball dresses, military uniforms-anything and everything that's had a place in the past or present can be found here. What's really great is that, unlike in other places around the city centre, these clothes are affordable!
EAT in Copenhagen:
The chefs in Copenhagen obviously know how to be awarded with Michelin Stars. There are about 10 restaurants in Copenhagen with at least one star to their name. noma managed to do this by cooking solely Nordic gourmet cuisine. Lobster from the Faeroe Isles, Icelandic deep-sea crab and musk-ox from Greenland. And as a side serving you get all the local produce; vegetables, cheese and cereals. Refined, creative, and well worth every Krone that you'll part with. In noma, you can enjoy top-notch Nordic cuisine. The restaurant has now been named as the best restaurant in the world by the British ?Restaurant Magazine'.
Ecological, organic and from their own vegetable patch. Two words: everything organic. Nothing, from the meals to the drinks, contains anything that any would-be eco-warrior could possibly object to in it. The main selling point is the taste. It's much better than the usual non-organic food that you find on the supermarket shelves in Denmark, like watery mini-tomatoes and vacuum packed, rubbery salad. Above all, the brunch is great. It includes, among other food, humus, yoghurt and home-made bread. Beware: this legendary brunch is only available at weekends between 10:00 and 14:00.
The Michelin Star doesn't lie: this is the place for fine gourmet cuisine. When Danish traditions are mixed with influences from around the world, some excellent creations are the result. This is certainly the focal point at Kokkeriet. The atmosphere fits perfectly to the food; modern, innovative and in a Scandanavian style. The prices are rather high, but you'll get used to that in Denmark, and the dent in your wallet will be compensated with each delicious mouthful.
STAY in Copenhagen:
This classic four star hotel is ideally suited to business travellers, with its superb location in the centre of the city and its conference rooms. In order to make work just that little bit less of a headache, design icon Børge Mogensen's ideas were put into practice. The majority of the furniture is his work. But honestly said, here, the classic style reigns above creativity. One night in a double room is available from approximately Euro 146,-.
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.
Modern, yes, but over styled? No! The Square is really inviting, and at closer look it turns out to be an exquisitely furnished luxury residence. The nicest thing within is undoubtedly the Junior Suite Deluxe, however a standard room is also more than adequate. Bored by luxury? No problem, you can find plenty of other places because The Square is right in the city centre. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?160.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
In 1750, a twisted spire with spiral staircase was added to the Saviour's Church. And who was the first person to be allowed to climb the 150 steps up the 90m high tower? None other than King Frederik V. The view from the tower over his city must have knocked his socks off. Anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps needs to be free of giddiness though, because the church is really tall and space suddenly becomes very tight. For people who don't want to take the climb, you should at least go and have a look at the church. The altar, with its marble columns and three-storey organ case, are well worth seeing. The altar plinth is borne by two elephants which is a main feature of the decoration. The tower is only open from April to October
Jumping in the water in Copenhagen is a challenge at almost any time of year and is just for the brave! Despite that, an excursion to the beach at Amager Strand though is an unforgettable experience at any time. The man-made beach isle of Amager was created in 2005, and today it is a beautiful, 2.5km long lagoon. Here, you can windsurf, canoe, bathe and play volleyball. And for those who forget their swimming trunks, you can simply catch some sun, drink some Øl (beer) and watch life go by. Wonderful!
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.