SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
One thing is clear: anyone who tries to leave Denmark without taking home something designer for their home will surely regret the decision. Because the Danes and their neighbours aren't famous for their funny, practical and aesthetically pleasing living ideas for nothing! Here, there are ideas that you can easily take home with you in a suitcase. Glass vases, candle sticks, odds and ends, bags and nicknacks...anything is possible, the only thing they can't guarantee is plain design! A real treasure trove of souvenirs and presents for your and other's homes.
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.
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
The coffeehouse reminds one of Vienna, and the menu of Paris, while the dignified chic is distinctly Bohemian. In Victor, you can sip white coffee all afternoon, and for anyone who likes the nobler side of life can also order a glass of Champagne and some oysters. Cafe Victor was outfitted by 12 top Danish designers, so it's very stylish to look at. Despite that, you don't have to sit here like you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, instead you can sit back casually and simply relax. That's why Victor quickly became one of the most popular meeting spots in Copenhagen. Here, right in the centre, is where many a long night begins...
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
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.
Drinking coffee and doing good - it has a ring it. You can exactly do so at Café Retro Norrebro in Copenhagen. But let's start right from the beginning: in 2005 Café Retro has opened in the Danish capital with a nationally new idea. The staff at the non-profit café consisted mainly of volunteers and the entire revenues were donated directly to Third World countries and people in need. The success reflected the validity of the café and seats became increasingly rare. 2008 the concept underwent a revision and in 2010 - in addition to Café Retro - Retro Norrebro was opened. New feature of the revised concept: events that support creativity and the constant exchange between guests. Exhibitions, workshops, concerts and discussion panels take place while snacks and cake are being served. Some bring their own sushi into the café that is located on Jægersborggade street. But always with the ulterior motive of helping those in need.
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.
STAY in Copenhagen:
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,-.
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.