20 October 2017

Copen hageni zation

Written by Published in Urban Living

Heading to Copenhagen for a long weekend? Here is our insiders’ guide for an eco-friendly break

Denmark’s capital is not just the embodiment of the Nordic best features, it is one of the greenest cities in the world. Located on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager, it’s a vibrant mix of numerous art museums, cutting-edge restaurants and cafes, utility cycling and elegant hotels, making it a perfect cultural getaway.

Sublime Insiders Guide to Copenhagen


Smart Start

If you’re up to make the most of the weekend, a Copenhagen card will be your best friend.

Giving you an access to 79 museums and attractions, it also entitles you to a free of charge transportation across the entire city whether you travel by bus, harbour bus, train or Metro. Booking a Copenhagen card in advance allows you to arrive in Copenhagen and not waste time on hassling and enjoy your holidays straight away. As a bonus, a Copenhagen card provides you with the complimentary discounts in restaurants and entertainment.

Stay Cool

If you are looking for an easy going and chic place to stay you should definitely check the unique collection of Danish mid-century furniture in Hotel Alexandra.

Located right next to the main shopping centre, the Latin Quarter, the hotel offers its visitors a range of pleasingly graceful and stylish rooms that almost appear as time capsules. Furnished with the original classics from the 50’s and 60’s eras, the design of the hotel bring you back in time and let you enjoy the tribute to the masterpieces of the Danish masters.

Should you want to enjoy an evening stroll after having a complimentary glass of wine by the hotel, the City Hall Square is right around the corner, just as Strøget and Tivoli Gardens.

Ride Along

You really want to have a full on Danish experience – join the Bycyklen community.

Cycling in Copenhagen, and in Denmark in general, is a lifestyle. Being one of the greenest countries in the world, citizens really support the new generation of electric smart bike transportation. It is well known as the ‘fourth leg’ of the capital’s public transportation system.

Tourists can very easily grab a bike to cruise around the city and see Copenhagen as a true Dane – on two wheels. The built-in GPS will guide you to the museums, restaurants, events, attractions, train stations and so on. On a personal note, take a ride along the Copenhagen harbour front, further crossing the new Inner Harbour Bridge and passing the new BLOX building, home to Danish Architecture Centre/Danish Design Centre (opening spring 2018).

Tease your buds

Do you feel like expanding your taste buds with some of the traditional Danish dishes? Royal Smushi Café can offer you the traditional open-faced sandwich “Smushi Style” to enjoy.

Serving an authentic and traditional food in a new way, Royal Smushi Café will surprise you with a pleasant combination of a classical Danish cuisine made from seasonal producers served with an interesting twist of authentically presented portions in the size of sushi. While preserving the Danish food legacy, you can also enjoy the area full of the design stores such as Illums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen, Georg Jensen and HAY.

Eating healthy is a no problem when you go to Copenhagen and Gemyse is the heavenly spot for those who want to try a Danish take on the organic culinary.

Located in the heart of the Tivoli Gardens, it is a perfect dinner spot after a day of exploring the attractions of the centre. All of the dishes presented on the menu are prepared with the season’s best organic produce, and edible flowers and herbs from their own garden, featuring fermented and preserved variety of flavours.

Globally inspired diversity of tastes is something to satisfy everyone at the table. Treat yourself to the organic vegetables that play the leading role on the plates and have an ultimate healthy Danish experience. Treated with as much respect as the finest meat, the locally produced ingredients burst with flavour, accompanied by a glass of fine wine.

Another restaurant spot that you should visit is Den Gule Cottage. This adorable, small house sitting by the coast in Klampenborg will become one of your favourite places during the trip.

One of the best features of the cottage is that it is located in the park area of south Taarbæk coast road, which offers restaurant guests an enchanting view of Bellevue beach and Øresund. Covering variety of food preferences, Den Gule Cottage provides the selection of dishes that will satisfy your preferences while guaranteeing a cool atmosphere with a magnificent view.

Love design

Being over 125 years old, the Design museum of Denmark is one of the central exhibition spaces for industrial design, arts and crafts in the North.

Apart from collecting all development within industrial design, furniture design and handicrafts, it provides a space for exhibitions and educational programmes. The rich history of the museum will bring you back to such designers as Kaare Klint, one of the originators of modern Danish design, as well as his internationally acclaimed colleagues Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobsen, who have left their indelible mark on Danish design and architecture as reflected in some of the museum’s collections.

Take a stroll down Bellevue Beach (Danish: Bellevue Strand) on the north side of Copenhagen.

In this area, you’ll find several buildings by world-famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, including Bella Vista or “The White Town” from 1934, Bellevue Theatre and Bellevue Beach Park. Jacobsen designed everything from the tickets and employee uniforms to the Sea Baths distinguishing striped lifeguard towers. Being a design icon and left a strong architectural legacy across the world and her work definitely worth checking if you’re an architect lover.

Rock the boat

The canal tour is another experience you should get while in Copenhagen. The classic ones cover best sights and attractions of the city in one-hour long boat ride.

Departing from only two spots – Nyhavn or Gammel Strand – the tour will tell you more about the history of the city and take you past amazing architecture such as The Opera House, The Royal Danish Playhouse, DOX and The Black Diamond. Don’t be afraid of falling into typical touristic traps with this one, the tour gets you to experience the idyllic harbours and canals of Copenhagen without hassling and rushing into long queues of tourists.

Dream again

Start your day with exploring one of the most cultural institutions in Copenhagen – the Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli takes a position of as a leading Danish provider of entertainment and recreational activities. Starting back in 1843, it has showcased the success throughout its’ long history in offering experiences to its visitors. This year it has already performed 654 experiences among which are music, theatre and dance, Tivoli ballet theatre, summer classical and the Tivoli youth guard.

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