EAT in Copenhagen:
The reason why the cook here loves to come to the tables of his guests here to find out personally if they're satisfied is clear-who wouldn't want to be praised for such fine food? The set meals are always fine, and change weekly. They are also chosen depending on the season. Onion tart, salmon tartare, crayfish, artichokes, lamb medaillons and wondeful Danish desserts are all on offer. For afters, cheese doesn't only fill your stomach, but is a challenge of a different sort, because you're spoilt for choice. The cheese cart is filled with 50 different types of cheese!
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'.
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!
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.
Cigarettes, cigars, snuff and pipes have been sold in this fragrant shop since 1864. A packet of Camels, please? Woah, wait a minute! You don't have to smoke manufactured cigarettes here; instead, you can also try over 100 different tobacco blends from the premises. Queen Margaret II thinks this place is great-she personally buys her Karelia Slims here, which she loves to smoke in her pyjamas out on her castle balcony in the morning!
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:
A walk along the waterside promenade Langelinie begins with the imposing fountain called Gefionspringvandet, which shows the Goddess Gefion and her four sons, depicted as bulls. The walkway leads past the yacht harbour and the Little Mermaid statue. The lady, who looks out over the Øresund, was made by sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913. It was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, who was so touched by Andersen's fairy tale about the Little Mermaid and her Prince that he wanted to present the city a landmark made from bronze. Many people say that the Little Mermaid is overrated, but she's sweet whichever way you look at her. And as she's there, you might as well go and make up your own mind.
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.
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!
STAY in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
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.