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...
STAY in Copenhagen:
Style in Denmark isn't a question of price. Rather, it's a basic requirement. So don't just ignore Hotel Kopenhagen because it only has two stars. The rooms are simple, but tastefully furnished. The staff are great and the distance to the city centre is reasonable. This is the perfect accomadation for those who like to save money for shopping. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?80.
Another sign that Arne Jacobsen's has his fingers in many pies. The furnishings here are inspired by the famous Danish designer. Hotel Twentyseven is situated right in the centre of Copenhagen between Tivoli and the shopping street Stroget. The hotel is perfect for younger people who like to have plenty of life right outside their door, including all the tourists. But when the Hotel Twentyseven door closes behind you, you know you've found the ideal place to chill out after a long day in the city! One night in a double room is available from ?153.
If you check in at Axel Hotel Guldsmeden you'll feel like being on recreational holiday in Indonesia. Why? Because the interior is a mixture of modern technical facilities with Balinese furnishings - and because it's a wellness hotel. It's located centrally in the hip Vesterbro district and only five walking minutes away from the Tivoli gardens and the central station. At Axel Hotel Guldsmeden people think environmentally friendly. They use renewable energy and ecological and fair trade products. Plastic bottles are taboo and the garden is watered with collected rain water. Furthermore every guest is handed in a folder with information on how to act environmentally friendly. A double room per person and nights starts from 120 euros.
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
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!
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
The Round Tower
A tower without steps which really works! The Round Tower was built in the 17th century by Christian IV. It was designed as an astronomical observatory. Because instruments for studying stars aren't particularly light, the architect decided to do away with stairs and instead used a 209 metre long spiral corridor which could even be used by a horse. You must go and have a look around! One interesting fact is that the tower was already a tourist attraction back in the 19th century. Etchings of souvenir stalls can be seen in front of the tower.
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.
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.