STAY in Copenhagen:
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.
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,-.
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,-.
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
No artificial ingredients-no colourings, fragrances or preservatives. However, in Pure Shop there are still fragrances from every corner and shelf, because you find yourself in the biggest organic perfumery in the city. Here, beauty comes at no price to either the environment or animals. Of particular interest is upstairs-there you will find a huge selection of organic make-up products. Amongst others on the shelves, there are beauty products from The Organic Pharmacy, Suki Skincare, Logona, Dr. Hauschka, Weleda, Jane Iredale and Organic Glam.
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!
There's nothing in this shop that younger dudes wouldn't wear themselves or buy for their girlfriends. You could also say the salesmen and owners are dudes here, and they know that what they're wearing are the coolest things in town. They stock things like Adidas goods, Stussy trainers and Mark Newson hoodies. The whole range is trendy and has a whole mix of colours. And for good measure there are also skateboards, art books and painting accessories. For if you're not in your 20?s any more: after going shopping in Norse, people will easily mistake you for younger!
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.
If you're in Copenhagen, you must go to Tivoli. It might sound brutal, but it's the truth. In actual fact, it's not only tourists that stroll around here in the colourful heart of Copenhagen; the locals also love it here. It's a pre-requisite though that you like like amusement parks, snack bars and hi-tech tests of courage before you come here! Other than that, Tivoli has plenty of great restaurants and cultural events. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, firework displays mix with the countless lightbulbs on the grounds for a spectacular sight.
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
The Michelin Star doesn't lie: this is the place for fine gourmet cuisine. When Danish traditions are mixed with influences from around the world, some excellent creations are the result. This is certainly the focal point at Kokkeriet. The atmosphere fits perfectly to the food; modern, innovative and in a Scandanavian style. The prices are rather high, but you'll get used to that in Denmark, and the dent in your wallet will be compensated with each delicious mouthful.
You just have to love this cafe-you can sit at small tables under rubber trees, palms and other such greenery while enjoying the best cake in the city. What more could you ask for? The cafe is situated in the winter garden of the ?Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek' museum. At least seven different types of cake and gateaux are served along with dark hot chocolate. If you're lucky, one of the dark chocolate cake with raspberry jelly, apple pie with cinnamon and almonds or the amazingly good strawberry and marzipan tart will be available for you to savour.