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!
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!
If you want to take home a real piece of Danish jewellery, then Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern is the place to go! Both designers have been working together since 1990 on their jewellery range. Their products combine distinctively Scandanavian forms with Danish traditions, which still fit perfectly to modern trends. The result is something glamorous, extravagant, spirited and wonderful. The jewellery created by Dyrberg/Kern is certainly not for plain Janes and average Joes. And what if any plain Janes and average Joes accidentally manage to get hold of the jewellery? Well, no problem! Dyrberg/Kern's jewels come with presence and personality at no extra cost.
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!
High over the rooftops of the city, to be precise, on the 20th floor of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, you can find a first class eating paradise. The restaurant Alberto K is, just like the hotel, designed from top to bottom by top designer Arne Jacobsen. And what comes on the plate is crafted with just as much care as the interior. You are served wonderful Italian cuisine with a Danish touch. The set meals don't come cheap, but are garnished with a magnificent view of the whole of Copenhagen. A juicy fact: Alberto K is the Danish Queen's favourite restaurant. That's why there's a table reserved for her here every night.
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:
This is where typical cosiness in Copenhagen is celebrated. As soon as the first rays of sunshine break through, it would seem as if the whole of Copenhagen takes a break in the park, even with their prams and laptops. And of course, they have sandwiches and coffee with them. The Rosenborg Have in the city centre is especially hip. The main attraction is that in the morning, there are practice marches for the Royal Guards in the neighbouring barracks courtyard. And anyone who's interested can also take a look at the Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle).
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.
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.
STAY in Copenhagen:
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.
The modern hotel Copenhagen Island is located directly by the harbour of Copenhagen. The well-lit hotel complex was designed by Kim Utzon Architects and opened in the year 2006. All in all the hotel has 325 air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi internet access. The hotel also offers special rooms for allergic guests that for example differ in terms of special bedding. The restaurant The Harbour offers a far view onto the harbour and the neighbourhood through its glass facade. Since there are numerous conference rooms the hotel is also suitable for seminars of various sizes. The hotel also pays attention to the environment - and that has already paid off. In 2008 the hotel was awarded the Green Key certificate. A double room starts from 200 euros per night.
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.