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.
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!
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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!
At the weekend, once the kitchen is closed, DJ Pult hits the decks, so get on the on the dance floor and dance the night away. From this point onwards, it's less about fancy foods and more about Øl, or beer. Up until then, in this lovely little cellar restaurant, you will be served fantastic food, the cuisine here is reputedly the best in the city. Brunch, lunch and dinner are all to be highly recommended. All three meals have something in common: they're all, without exception, homemade.
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.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
Anything that's good to do with design will end up sooner or later in the Dansk Design Center.This Mecca of design is especially interesting for lovers of eccentric creations. Changing exhibitions show the designer scene from various perspectives. Dive straight into the Danish history of design! The trip through time starts in 1945 and continues right up until 2010. Not only the highlights are shown here. The development of private rooms, work places and public places are also given time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't worry if you haven't been invited to stay at one of the many castles in Copenhagen, because as a guest of King Arthur, you're transported into an ancient fairy tale. There's plenty on offer: a lavish winter garden restaurant, a magical sun terrace and a historically noble interior design. The building is in a discreet court right next to the lake. The hotel is cherished by many celebrities and business travellers.One night in a double room is available from ?225.