SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
It's all the rage:acne on your behind! But not the skin problem-instead these are figure hugging jeans. If you're in Copenhagen, then clearly you have to make a trip to these Danish designers. On the other hand, just around the corner is Sweden with their jeans from Jonny Johanson which also have a pretty damn fine cut! The shop is trendily arranged in a puristically northern style, and as well as jeans you can also buy some great dresses, boots and shirts. We can promise you won't leave the shop empty handed!
This man can do the lot; as an artist, he exhibits his projects in the Moma (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. As a drummer, he joined Anders Trentemøller on tour. And now, the Danish genius is trying to make his name in the fashion world, and without further ado has opened his own shop right in the middle of the city centre. His own designs are inconspicuously hip, while also available here are designs from Wendy and Jim, Stine Goya, Bless, Gitte Wetter and Sabrina Dehoff.
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.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
Have you planned on visiting Copenhagen in the near future? Better bring some extra baggage! Of course Copenhagen doesn't lack fashion stores and designer shops, however we prefer doing our laundry. But not just at some random place but at a coffee house. Four men from Iceland, including the current owner Fridrik Weisshappel had the idea to open a launderette that is café and library at the same time. You find pasta, burger or chicken sticks with mashed potatoes on the menu. Besides, the team serves tea, coffee and books. In The Laundromat Café, 4000 books are waiting in the wooden bar to be read. While having a feast of culinary pleasures, your laundry is taken care of in the red laundry drums. The best: for Danish standards you can eat here at little cost. The most expensive dish at the moment is a 250 gram entrecôte with fries for 19 Euro.
The times of drinking holes being down by the Nyhavn are long gone; today, people of all ages meet here, both locals and tourists, from all walks of life. In short, half of Copenhagen head to the Nyhavn after work. Despite the high number of natives in the area, you still have to be careful not to fall into a tourist trap, where you can spend far too many Krone on little quality. Cap Horn is guaranteed not to be a a rip-off for tourists. Anyone who finds themselves here will be treated to local cuisine made from organic ingredients. You must try the freshly landed fish!
STAY in Copenhagen:
At the Hotel Avenue, you can not only count on unique artistic highlights, but also the design concept throughout the whole building, from the lounge to the rooms. It's all exquisite-Missoni duvets, oak floors, sandstone fireplaces and flatscreen TV's. The staff uniforms have all been designed by Day Birger et Mikkelsen. The staff in the ultra-chic clothes are supposed to be the nicest in the city and look after every need and desire of their guests. So better pack your best outfits, because otherwise you'll feel underdressed next to the curtains!One night in a double room is available from ?152.
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,-.
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.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
Jumping in the water in Copenhagen is a challenge at almost any time of year and is just for the brave! Despite that, an excursion to the beach at Amager Strand though is an unforgettable experience at any time. The man-made beach isle of Amager was created in 2005, and today it is a beautiful, 2.5km long lagoon. Here, you can windsurf, canoe, bathe and play volleyball. And for those who forget their swimming trunks, you can simply catch some sun, drink some Øl (beer) and watch life go by. Wonderful!