SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
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.
This is the complete collection of treasures of tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung (1836-1908)-and it has nothing to do with smoking paraphernalia. Hirschsprung loved art, and collected it passionately. He passed his collection on to the state in 1902. All of the most important Danish painters of the 19th and 20th centuries are all here under one roof. You'll be amazed by the works of C.W. Eckersberg, Christian Christen K?bke and Anna and Michael Ancher.
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
Rune Jochumsen and Kristian Moeller are in the same league as Tim Mälzer and Jamie Oliver. It's just that they're not quite as famous...at least outside of Denmark. The people of Copenhagen, at least, have known about their talents for ages, and they are also aware that it's just a matter of time before a visit to Formel B is called for. Take the chance and enjoy the quiet before the storm. This place offers a fabulous mix: French cuisine made from Danish ingredients. If you like the taste, which you undoubtedly will, then you can visit again and again and again. The set menu is changed every two weeks.
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!
STAY in Copenhagen:
Hotel Sankt Petri
Chic, chicer, Sankt Petri. No other hotel in Copenhagen can compete with the almost religious levels of design here. And this also goes for the clientele. The unofficial dress code is stylish, or expensive, but preferably both. The building is furnished with minimalism in mind. The rooms with terraces are also noble, and are cosy so that you feel right at home during your stay. People who don't stay here should still check out the Bar Rouge, the Brasserie Petri and the Hotel-Cafe. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?250.
Why don't we just admit it; Hotel Fox is the place to be as far as overnight stays are concerned! The 61 rooms in the hotel were designed by 21 different artists. And what's the result? A colourful and beautiful smorgasbord of accomadation. It means that guests are enchanted by cartoons, mosaics, manga and a South Sea look. As well as that, you get effortless service, and in addition you can hire I-Pods and Bicycles. Hint: book early so that you can pick out your favourite room. One night in a double room is available from Euro 100,-.
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.
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.
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!
Munthe plus Simon
This pair of designers-Naja Munthe and Karen Simonsen-have been working together since 1994. They both mix delicate silk with rough cord to produce gorgeous dresses and extraordinary jackets. These products are often sold in their own flagship store in Copenhagen. And it's not only the clothes that are stunningly stylish-the shop itself is also an aesthetic feast for the eyes. The walls are covered by buffalo leather and the lighting is provided by Venetian lamps.