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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
It would be a huge error not to pop into one of the many Paradis ice-cream parlours! Try frozen basil and liquorice, or simply go for the classics. It doesn't matter what you do, because everything here is fantastic. And if you have a bad conscience concerning sugar, don't worry about it because all the ice -cream here is produced using low-fat milk. A scoop isn't particularly cheap, but then this word doesn't even exist in Copenhagen! The size is favourable though, and the taste is phenomenal!
STAY in Copenhagen:
There's no better place to situate the Hotel D'Angleterre than in Kongens Nytorv, the royal square. Perhaps it's because of the historical location that not only Kings, but also many Presidents and stars have secured one of the noble suites here in the past. Of course, luxury is the pulse of this hotel, with its Turkish baths, hydraulic fitness centre, noble restaurant with magnificent banquet halls and the exclusive Royal Suite.One night in a double room is available at Euro 444, the Royal Suite for two people is available for Euro 3.550,66.
Hotel Sankt Petri
Chic, chicer, Sankt Petri. No other hotel in Copenhagen can compete with the almost religious levels of design here. And this also goes for the clientele. The unofficial dress code is stylish, or expensive, but preferably both. The building is furnished with minimalism in mind. The rooms with terraces are also noble, and are cosy so that you feel right at home during your stay. People who don't stay here should still check out the Bar Rouge, the Brasserie Petri and the Hotel-Cafe. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?250.
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.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
This is where typical cosiness in Copenhagen is celebrated. As soon as the first rays of sunshine break through, it would seem as if the whole of Copenhagen takes a break in the park, even with their prams and laptops. And of course, they have sandwiches and coffee with them. The Rosenborg Have in the city centre is especially hip. The main attraction is that in the morning, there are practice marches for the Royal Guards in the neighbouring barracks courtyard. And anyone who's interested can also take a look at the Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle).
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.
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.