TOP 10 + The Very Best of Copenhagen and Aarhus 2016

Mamakan, September 15, 2016

This is a personal list made by a Danish-born, Singapore-based artist and her Danish friends in film, architecture and design. Enjoy!

 

TOP 10 + 2016

Read it like an insider. 

CPH = Copenhagen | AAR: Aarhus

  1. CPH: NOMA style, forage wild and edible plants on Amager (check out the app byhoest.dk) 
  2. AAR: Dokk1 (award winning library) - free entry - check out the island buildings
  3. CPH: GRO, rooftop open farming, super cool (www.facebook.com/farmengro)
  4. CPH: Goboat. Rent a solar driven picnic boat for a couple of hours - you can bring your own picnic or place an online order with them, including wine
  5. AAR: Moesgaard (Momo) by Henning Larsen
  6. AAR+CPH: Check out yummy leftovers from the restaurants on a clever new app: Too Good To Go
  7. CPH: Christiania - the old hippie quarter (every Sunday in summer they have open air concerts in Café Nemoland)
  8. AAR: Varna, wonderful locations, beautiful walks!
  9. AAR: S’vinbar (winebar)
  10. CPH: Nimb Hotel (luxury)

 

COPENHAGEN

MUSEUMS

  

  • Lusiana (beautiful, a bit out of town)
  • The Design Museum
  • Statens Museum for Kunst (The National Gallery)
  • Ordrupgaard Museum (Zaha Hadid did the extension of the museum)
  • Glyptoteket
  • Your kids will love the Planetarium and Experimentarium museums
 
Nature

 

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Kongens have (the Kings Garden) and all the shops around it!
  • Hang out in the cozy garden oasis Byhaven during summer and listen to free concerts with upcoming artists
  • NOMA style, forage wild and edible plants on Amager (check out the app byhoest.dk)
 
Design

 

  • The black diamond (den sorte diamant)
  • Do not miss the Opera, designed by Henning Larsen!
  • Bjarke Ingels: 8-tallet (Ørestaden) and kraftværk

 

Hotels

 

  • Sp34 (hip!)
  • St Petri (top location)
  • Admiral Hotel (by the sea)
  • Hotel Ipsen
  • Royal Hotel in the center - a living monument for Arne Jacobsen!
  • D’angleterre (the Raffles of Copenhagen)
  • Nimb (luxury)
  • Great AirBnB options!

 

Food

 

  • GRO, rooftop open farming, super cool (www.facebook.com/farmengro)
  • Restaurant høst
  • Relæ
  • Kokkenes Torvehaller - a great food market, Isralsplads
  • Kødbyen (the meat packing district) with a lot of great restaurants - do not miss “Fiskebaren!!” - the Fishbar
  • PapirOen (the paper island)
  • Cafe Victor in the center. An institution, where all the yuppies went - and still go!
  • Restaurant Pluto
  • Restaurant Geist
  • The Market (New - Asian food)
  • Sliders
  • Kaffesalonen (for coffee and drinks by the lakes)
  • Best pizza in town: Rooftop ILLUMS

 

Drinks/Clubbing

 

  • Sunday
  • Arch
  • The Jane Sip
  • 1105
  • Fugu
  • Ruby
  • Salon 39
  • Bar 7
  • Zefside

 

Shops

 

  • Shopping
  • Wood Wood
  • Storm
  • Luberol
  • Lot 29
  • Kasandra
  • Wettergren Wettergren
  • Still leben
  • Casashop
  • Rue vert
  • Paustian 5 min out of the city centre
  • Gothersgade: stine goya
  • Hay design
  • Stilleben design
  • Illums bolighus

 

Must do!!!

 

  • Goboat. Rent a solar driven picnic boat for a couple of hours - you can bring your own picnic or place an online order with them, including wine
  • Rent bikes at østerport station, drive through frederiksstaden through amalienborg (the queens castle, the little mermaid, nyhavn (habour) to islands brygge and the bike bridge
  • Christiania - the old hippie quarter. (every Sunday in summer they have open air concerts in Café Nemoland)
  • Go for a show at the Royal Theatre
 
The tourist trail

 

  • If you have lots of time…..Take an excursion to Helsingør. Go by train and see Kronborg - the scene of Prince Hamlet. And from Helsingør, take the ferry to Helsingborg in Sweden - will take you about 20 min. !
  • The Little Mermaid, yes, she is indeed tiny (but cute...:-)
  • Amalienborg
  • Nyhavn
  • Shopping on Strøget, Magasin og Illum
  • Tivoli (go on Friday’s for free local outdoors rock concerts)

 

For fun!

 

  • Roll through the streets of Copenhagen with thousands of locals at the Friday night skate during summer
  • If you like graffiti, Hall Of Fame in Sydhavnen is a must. Visit it before it gets demolished for new residences!

 

AaRhus

 
Museums (must see!)

 

  • AROS (Modern art) - by Smith, Hammer og Lassen (friends of my dad) and walk the rainbow by Olafur Eliasson
  • Moesgaard (Momo) by Henning Larsen

 

Buildings

 

  • Dokk1 (award winning library) - free entry - check out the island buildings
  • Musikhuset (the Music House)
  • Rådhuset (the city hall by Arne Jacobsen)
  • Universitets Parken (The University)

 

Events

 

  • The yearly Jazz Festival at “Bispetovet”
  • Århus Ø. Market

 

Hotels

 

  • Provence Hotel (charming, like the South of France with outside garden)
  • Guldsmeden
  • Not much actually! Check out AirBnB instead...

 

Food

 

  • Restaurant ET
  • Casablanca and Carlton - (where I used to hang out when I lived there!)
  • S’vinbar (winebar)
  • SubstansGastromet and Frederikshoej (Expensive Michelin style dining)
  • Sjette Frederiks Kro (eating traditional danish food in the forest with sea view)
  • Varna, wonderful locations, beautiful walks!
  • Can Blau, Klostertorv
  • Teaterbodega (an institution of really old fashioned Danish food, men love this place!)
  • Cafe Drudenfuss
  • Check out yummy leftovers from the restaurants on a clever new app: Too Good To Go

 

Parks

 

  • Mindeparken and the Queens Castle (when the queen is in town)

 

Shops

 

  • Latinerkvateret (the Latin Quarters)

 

The tourist trail

 

  • Den Gamle By (the old town, an oldie, but goodie!).
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