EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
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!
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.
STAY in Copenhagen:
There's no better place to situate the Hotel D'Angleterre than in Kongens Nytorv, the royal square. Perhaps it's because of the historical location that not only Kings, but also many Presidents and stars have secured one of the noble suites here in the past. Of course, luxury is the pulse of this hotel, with its Turkish baths, hydraulic fitness centre, noble restaurant with magnificent banquet halls and the exclusive Royal Suite.One night in a double room is available at Euro 444, the Royal Suite for two people is available for Euro 3.550,66.
This classic four star hotel is ideally suited to business travellers, with its superb location in the centre of the city and its conference rooms. In order to make work just that little bit less of a headache, design icon Børge Mogensen's ideas were put into practice. The majority of the furniture is his work. But honestly said, here, the classic style reigns above creativity. One night in a double room is available from approximately Euro 146,-.
Those who don't know what luxury is should take a quick look at the Nimb Hotel. With only 13 lavish rooms, antiques and a fantastic ambience, this hotel is one of the best in the whole of Europe. The building looks like the Taj Mahal's little sister, but it's both chic and more comfortable than any palace. Inside the building, you'll find a market, a wine store, a chocolatier and a dairy. One night in a double room is available from approximately Euro 400,-.
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.
The city canals
Two highlights rolled into one; a great look at the city and loads of fun! It doesn't matter if you're an adult or child. So what do you have to do? Get into the kayak and away you go! Canoe through the city canals, out into the open sea or through the enthralling harbour area. Of course, you'll be led by a guide, who will look after you and fill you in with plenty of information.
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
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
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!
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!
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.