STAY in Copenhagen:
Another sign that Arne Jacobsen's has his fingers in many pies. The furnishings here are inspired by the famous Danish designer. Hotel Twentyseven is situated right in the centre of Copenhagen between Tivoli and the shopping street Stroget. The hotel is perfect for younger people who like to have plenty of life right outside their door, including all the tourists. But when the Hotel Twentyseven door closes behind you, you know you've found the ideal place to chill out after a long day in the city! One night in a double room is available from ?153.
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.
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta. Anyone who doesn't realise this should go to Al Mercante and discover the truth. The cooking style here is Venetian and of the highest level. This popular place is restaurant, lounge and bar all rolled into one, and in the expensive city of Copenhagen is a real guarantee of value for money! The people of Copenhagen know this and love coming in their droves to feast like at a real Italian Mamma's! Just don't forget to have a schnapps afterwards; you can choose from a whole range of 30 different Grappas!
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
This man can do the lot; as an artist, he exhibits his projects in the Moma (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. As a drummer, he joined Anders Trentemøller on tour. And now, the Danish genius is trying to make his name in the fashion world, and without further ado has opened his own shop right in the middle of the city centre. His own designs are inconspicuously hip, while also available here are designs from Wendy and Jim, Stine Goya, Bless, Gitte Wetter and Sabrina Dehoff.
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.
It's all the rage:acne on your behind! But not the skin problem-instead these are figure hugging jeans. If you're in Copenhagen, then clearly you have to make a trip to these Danish designers. On the other hand, just around the corner is Sweden with their jeans from Jonny Johanson which also have a pretty damn fine cut! The shop is trendily arranged in a puristically northern style, and as well as jeans you can also buy some great dresses, boots and shirts. We can promise you won't leave the shop empty handed!
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
If you're in Copenhagen, you must go to Tivoli. It might sound brutal, but it's the truth. In actual fact, it's not only tourists that stroll around here in the colourful heart of Copenhagen; the locals also love it here. It's a pre-requisite though that you like like amusement parks, snack bars and hi-tech tests of courage before you come here! Other than that, Tivoli has plenty of great restaurants and cultural events. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, firework displays mix with the countless lightbulbs on the grounds for a spectacular sight.
Nowhere in Northern Europe are there so many restaurants which have been awarded stars as in Copenhagen. That's just one reason why you should try and make it for "Copenhagen Cooking". In August, everything is about cooking and food, the northern cuisine, and the best ingredients in the region. You can look forward to seeing the most creative chefs, the most colourful markets and the most appetising food. Hint: during this time, the gourmet restaurants in the city offer their set meals at discount prices. The idea behind this? So that even gastronomes with empty wallets can join in and eat at a high-level.