When Copenhagen goes all festive and international - I wish! Events are pretty much localized to Faelledparken. It tries to imitate the carnival in Rio de Janeiro but fails. Please don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing event in itself, in that Copenhagen goes multicultural for 48hrs. Fun is to be found for all ages, and the standard is high from those participating. They really, really try!
Faelledparken, opposite national football stadium (home of FCK), centre of Osterbro, follow Osterbrogade from Osterport Station and enter via Trianglen.
The most arty of arty bars with really surreal sculpture that sets the mood - melted plastic, baby doll head lampshades etc. Great food too. The menu has been rather static for years but why change it when it works. Great beer and coffee, wine and tea, whatever your fancies are you won’t be disappointed. Filled with locals and arty types at all times so getting a table can be difficult, but well worth it.
First off, Louisiana isn't located in Copenhagen, but it's a quick and easy train ride away.
Artists featured include Picasso, Lichtenstein, Calder, Moore, Warhol and Rauschenberg. The building itself will satisfy architect buffs and the grounds, with green, grassy hills sloping into the Orestund Strait are gorgeous. Sit outside and sip wine or coffee and Dane-watch (they're a good-looking bunch).
Museum website: www.louisiana.dk/dk/Service+Menu+Right/English
Cross the Knippelsbro bridge to the Christiania district for a slice of Copenhagen’s alternative side. Founded in the 70s when a group of hippies took control of an abandoned military barracks and abstained from Danish rule, it’s a ‘free city’ within a city. Have a coffee along the waterfront and enjoy the paintings, sculpture and live music that seems to spring up everywhere.
Cross Knippelsbro, one of the two bridges connecting Sealand and Amager.
A wonderful building with a fabulous courtyard which has a history of the chair as a permanent exhibition (not as dull as it sounds) with a lot of Arne Jacobsen alongside Kaare Klint.
Oh, and it has the best museum cafe I have ever eaten in.
1260 København K
Phone 33 18 56 56
Guided city walks with focus on shopping, culture and architecture.
They promise no more monuments and museums. Instead you'll see the trendy shops, secret backyards, cool cafés and hot spots of Copenhagen.
This is a small public gallery showing paintings and some sculpture in a former private house (often the best way to show art collections) and concentrates largely on Danish work of the 18th and 19th centuries.
If you like landscape, interiors and small genre painting, this is a good place to visit. The house is around the back of the main national gallery and across a small park.
Stockholmsgade 20. Metro stop Norreport. Buses 6A, 14, 40 and many others (check bus stop signs). www.hirschsprung.de
Try the sausages from a ‘pølsevogn’ - sausage stand - on the street. Traditional Danish fast food at its greasiest. Grab a sausage on a cardboard tray, place two globs of ketchup and mustard next to it, order two pieces of bread and get dipping. These portable sausage stands are so revered as cultural institutions that long lines of cars don’t dare honk when the respective vendor is walking the stand down the streets to get to work on a city street corner.
On a street corner or city square near you
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