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.
High over the rooftops of the city, to be precise, on the 20th floor of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, you can find a first class eating paradise. The restaurant Alberto K is, just like the hotel, designed from top to bottom by top designer Arne Jacobsen. And what comes on the plate is crafted with just as much care as the interior. You are served wonderful Italian cuisine with a Danish touch. The set meals don't come cheap, but are garnished with a magnificent view of the whole of Copenhagen. A juicy fact: Alberto K is the Danish Queen's favourite restaurant. That's why there's a table reserved for her here every night.
The chefs in Copenhagen obviously know how to be awarded with Michelin Stars. There are about 10 restaurants in Copenhagen with at least one star to their name. noma managed to do this by cooking solely Nordic gourmet cuisine. Lobster from the Faeroe Isles, Icelandic deep-sea crab and musk-ox from Greenland. And as a side serving you get all the local produce; vegetables, cheese and cereals. Refined, creative, and well worth every Krone that you'll part with. In noma, you can enjoy top-notch Nordic cuisine. The restaurant has now been named as the best restaurant in the world by the British ?Restaurant Magazine'.
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,-.
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,-.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.