If you could tinker is a city that in ice cold is comfortable, beautiful simply looks in the thickest Christmas decorations and lights in the dark – then she would have to be like Copenhagen during advent.
More than one kilometre of beautiful things: If Copenhagen is shopping heaven, then the Strøget is the Milky Way Galaxy. Here the international retail chains, Department stores, cafés Bale.The pedestrian street runs from the Town Hall square Kongens Nytorv and is a collective name for Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Østergade.
All Copenhagen is relaxed.Although, the city has a shopping area fully stuffed with people, why, it seems to me a large amusement park in the middle of the Centre and in the winter of below-zero temperatures and only a few hours of daylight-still bright, warm and quiet?
Perhaps it is the serenity of the Copenhagen. They deal with everything and everyone with a slight smile, it seems that nothing so quickly brings them out from the rest. Even in the pedestrian zone will not be jostled or pushed. And when it once somewhere, accurate queues are formed. As for ‘perch’s ‘, the traditional tea action. There are people on the street, with a number in hand, and patiently persevere until they’re.
Aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine
I swim in the people stream through the pedestrian zone, passed on the never-ending rows of storefronts. If it gets too much, I’m turning and rank after a few meters in the narrow, quiet Læderstræde with its small shops, for example. The Nyhavn, the backdrop of colourful facades and rocking wooden boats, are stands that it smells of cinnamon, cloves, and sheep’s wool. The city offers such oases of peace everywhere. And in winter, when the cold face cuts and early breaks the darkness, there will be still more: the Café under the glass dome of the Glyptothek, the Bank in the backyard of the famous flower designer days Andersen, the “tea time” in Nørrebro, the lounge from old cinema chairs in the Lower ground floor of the “designer”Zoo in Vesterbro.
Copenhagen is full of beauty. It is not only the abundance of simple sofas, chairs, tables, cups and lamps in “Illums Bolighus”, the furniture paradise on the Strøget. Not only the cobblestones and subtly decorated facades in the old town, the Smörrebröds, sandwiches are so artfully draped like sushi, the Christmas balls, paper snowflake and straw stars in shop Windows. It is not only the design hotels, the unverschnörkelten churches, the modern building perfectly inserted between old facades, narrow backyards, which look just beautiful.There are also the Copenhagen itself.
None of them speaks to me, but when I go on it, they are talking about now go, and almost always they swarm in from their city. From its traditional department stores “Illum” and “Magasin”, Amalienborg Castle and the Royal family, the small backyard candy factory “Sømods Bolcher”. Also this is probably one reason that Copenhagen seems to shine: because it is loved so much by more than half a million inhabitants.
“Previously, Copenhagen was a village”, says Marianne Stagetorn Kolos and overlooking the pedestrian zone through the Art Nouveau window frames. “Now it is international.” The fifth owner of Copenhagen’s oldest pastry shop, “La Glace”, thinks, you can get food from all over the world, latte macchiato on every corner. But not with her. “I want to just stay the best pastry shop in Copenhagen,” she says.And that means: to the elaborately decorated cakes and cookies, the cookies that taste like cinnamon and lemon, only tea, coffee and hot chocolate is served as such for years.
With the dawn, against three in the afternoon, the city begins to glow.For me, this is the best time. It’s as if there’s a regulation that any street without lights Festoon, no entrance kerzenlos, is likely to remain a showcase without a designer lamp. I’m running on the wet cobblestones in which reflected all these lights, while it is slowly evening.
Like to stay
DANHOSTEL Copenhagen City: stylish hostel, equipped by the design firm Gubi. 1020 beds starting from 16 euro. If you want a room for himself, paying 64 euro, breakfast 6 euros. Youth Hostel card required – there at the reception for 21 euro.
Hotel Fox: Hotel and art gallery. 21 artists had free rein to redesign the 61 rooms: fully tiled in white, wall painting with Swiss mountains – not for everyone, but definitely unique. Dr/B from €150. Skt. Petri: earlier junk department store, now a modern luxury hotel. Dr/B from 280 euros.
Hotel Alexandra: Design hotel with 61 rooms, very central. Bright and cosy breakfast café with views of the Town Hall square. Dr/B from 205 euro.
IDA Davidsen: Here it meets the Frokost, traditional cold lunch with dark sandwiches. Luxury versions, for example with crayfish tails or fish roe – a total of about 250 different Smörrebröds from 7 euro.
Les Trois Cochons: Languedoc Danish cuisine, good value for money, located in the Vesterbro district. Three main dishes to choose, usually fowl, lamb, and salmon. Three-course menu €30. Be sure to reserve!
Kong Hans Kælder: since the mid-1970s the gourmet restaurant for special occasions. Really expensive, really good. Main dishes from 45 euro, six-course menu 116 euros. A Michelin star.
El tapeo: Tapas bar on two floors. No wonder that in the evening mostly all tables fully occupied are-the different advantages and main dishes taste great.
Grøften: traditional restaurant on the Tivoli, in the middle of the action. Formerly a small Café, about 130 seats and mostly full. When the become very popular, even celebrities here like to eat. There are for example Labskaus or roast pork, but also lighter Mediterranean dishes. Kitchen closes at 22: 00.
Restaurant Jacobsen: outside of Copenhagen, in Klampenborg at the coast road – but worth the way. For great views of the sea, great food and stylish interiors, such as the famous Jacobsen egg and Ant chairs.
Hviids Vinstue: Glögg, the Danish mulled wine, steams in the advent season on every corner, it tastes especially good at this wine bar. The blend of red wine, port wine, cognac and rum is applied in August.Spices, raisins and almonds to (Kongens Nytorv 19) come in advent.
Café Special: popular meeting place for lunch. We can meet tourists here rarely, because the Café is tucked away on the fifth floor of the Postal Museum. Great views of the city. Recommended: simple fish dishes to 10 euros (Købmagergade 37).
Café Glyptoteket: great place to relax and enjoy the winter garden under the glass dome of the Glyptothek. Good pastry counter. After strengthening the way the art collections worth.
Laundromat Café: located in the cosy of Nørrebro. Some come to the laundry washing, the other for coffee drinking. And both have Internet access, about 4,000 books, chess and backgammon Board.
Designer Zoo: Furniture, ceramics, jewelry, candles on two floors, all designed by Danish designers. You work partly in the adjacent work areas.
Könrøg: small shop with selected parts of young fashion designers.Oblique, colorful, good contrast to all the international chains in the Strøget around the corner (Hyskenstræde 11).
Kitsch Bitsch: great thrift store, all centrally located in a street parallel to Strøget (Læderstræde 30).
Beadhouse of Copenhagen: From the outside, you can see over the store easily — he is the absolute paradise of beads. Owner Helen Jensen collects them in all shapes, colors and materials all over the world.
Kransekagehuset: small, nice bakery. Impossible to leave this place without one of the pink cardboard boxes full of cake or confectionery (NY Østergade 9).
Sostrene Grene: Wine vases, candles, tea, cloth, wooden toys – and everything is really cheap. It’s fun to forget the time in this beautiful surroundings with classical music in the background. 1973 opened the first of these stores, now exists in Denmark. But much is still reminiscent of a true general store.
Royal Copenhagen porcelain: The finest porcelain in Denmark comes from this factory. Every year at Christmas time: Christmas Festival panels to a specific theme-this year “culinary Christmas tablecloths” designed by Denmark’s best chefs. Cosy café with great cakes offer.
Magasin you North: Christmas shopping on seven floors: the “magasin” is Scandinavia’s largest department store. On the third floor, there is a passage to the former den of Hans Christian Andersen.
The largest Christmas market is spread over the entire area of the Tivoli. More are:
Nyhavn Christmas market: Stalls with fur hats, carvings, biscuits and mulled wine (13 November to 22 December).
Christianias Christmas market in the “grey Hall’: on the former barracks site in Christianshavn. Eco sandwiches, crafts, and live music on the weekend very full.
Christmas market at Axeltorv in Helsingør: half an hour north of Copenhagen, Shakespeare aficionados know the place as the scene of “Hamlet”. Artists and artisans exhibit their works.
Skating: In Copenhagen, there are many ice rinks for example Frederiksberg Runddel Blaagaards Plads, Lindevangspar – ken, Genforeningspladsen. The Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn and Strøget is particularly beautiful and central to ice skating. Also a pair of skates can be rented for around five euros.
Cycling: In the cold weather? Yes, there are the wheels of “Bycyklen-København” anywhere in the city. Flipping a coin, and here you go there-but only within the area provided for this purpose
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