Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen

The seat of Europe’s oldest monarchy is bang up-to-date and a gastronomic high flyer.

As the gourmets, gourmands and food lovers of the world know, Copenhagen is the city with the secret sauce.

Since 2010, when Noma rose to #1 rank of the world’s restaurants, attention has shifted from Tivoli and the Little Mermaid Statue to the remarkably successful dining scene. Astonishingly, Noma held onto that honor for three consecutive years, dropping only to runner-up in 2013.

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Copenhagen by Design

copenhagenThere’s much more to the gastronomic scene than Noma and Geranium, the city’s other 2-star. In fact, 15 stars to 13 restaurants in 2013 is more than this seaside city has ever received. In late August, the Nordic Food Festival makes it all that much more difficult to book your table of choice… plan ahead.

Take a walk along the picturesque downtown waterfront to appreciate the gifts of the sea and to appreciate the way that this city favors pedestrians and bicycles over cars. Star of the new Nyhavn waterfront is the modernistic Opera House added to the cityscape in 2005.

One more indicator of that the 21st century has well and fully arrrived in the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark — the driverless trains of the Copenhagen Metro now run 24 hours a day. The connection into Frederiksstaden from the airport is only a 15-minute journey. The Metro system is due to expand with a new City Circle Line opening in 2018.

Long-time grande dame of Copenhagen hostelries, the Hotel d’Angleterre dating to 1755, has just re-opened following a renovation. complete with spa, fitness center and swimming pool from December 1, 2013.

Most Danish design fans will mention the Admiral Hotel, a former 18th century grain warehouse; the Radisson Blu,Royal, a 1960 iconic design by Arne Jacobsen; the First Hotel Skt. Petri for its minimalist design and busy bar scene.

And back to the subject of Tivoli Gardens, check out (or check in) to Nimb Hotel, where a sleep in one of the 17 suites (cum wood burning fireplace!) in a
pseudo-Moorish castle covered in thousands of twinkling white lights means waking up inside the gates of Tivoli. Stunning interiors in contemporary Danish design juxtapose the exterior fairyland.

Note that while Denmark was an early member of the EU, it opted out of the euro, so the currency remains Danish krone. At the time of writing, one krone equals approximately 0.13 euros.

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