The Krane, Re-defining Copenhagen’s Waterfront

The setting was befitting a dramatic scene from yet another nordic TV production and with a wind verging on gale-force accompanied with unrepentant rain, only added to the drama. The location, The Krane, stood majestic and very inviting against a sky so black emphasizing the theme of this innovative project. Secluded in an industrial landscape […]
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Musling Bistro, A Rendezvous Worth Sharing

10 years ago, I sat rather nervously in one of Paris’s oldest restaurants, the splendid Brasserie Bofinger. I was preparing myself for my first encounter with oysters, a life of navigating around this delicacy had come to an end in this establishment on the rue de la Bastille. Since slurping through that tray of a dozen Gillardeau […]
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Sluseholmen In November

As I prepare for my daily ritual of resetting my mind, body and soul by dipping into Sluseholmen’s perfectly chilled harbor waters, I notice the Copenhagen’s skyline has been replaced by dense fog. Not the smog that is ravaging Delhi, Beijing and Paris, but good, old-fashioned November fog. A poem for November. For some reason, […]
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Vegetarian Cuisine Taken To New Heights In Copenhagen

  How the culinary scene in Copenhagen has developed since the millennium is nothing more than a miracle, especially for the vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan community. Gone are those bleak years when vegetarians were subjected to one humiliation after the other. Today, non-meat eaters, with yours truly amongst their numbers, are being fettered with inventive, visually […]
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Neoclassicism Rules In Copenhagen

A blanket of fallen leaves weave golden hues hailing in an Autumn season in Kongens Have, The King’s Gardens, in the heart of Copenhagen. The former summer palace and now a popular culture-café, Herkules Pavillion, is preparing to close down for the winter. A hint of hibernation is in the air. A walk along the […]
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Stevns Klint, A Coastal Walk On Copenhagen’s Doorstep

As Copenhagen goes down a gear or two for the Autumn holidays, the locals are heading for the capital’s international airport, queuing for something that can make up for a lost summer. For us left behind, the prospect of another damp, grey week seems unbearable and yet on Copenhagen’s doorstep there is joy to be […]
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Købmagergade 33, Arket Moves In

Arket, the latest addition to the H&M stable, moved into 1000m² of the ground floor at Købmagergade 33

Copenhagen: A Sanctuary For Healing

The Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center For Cancer in Copenhagen beamed as the facade captured the rays of a disappearing sun. Shining in a sea of red brick, steel and cement, the healthcare center has been receiving cancer out-patients and their loved-ones, providing a sanctuary for healing, counselling and rehabilitation since 2011.

Copenhagen’s Green Roof-tops

The skies above The National Archives green roof-top in central Copenhagen were layered in different shades of charcoal grey. A sudden gush of a cold wind and then a downpour that had tourists, locals and yours truly scurrying for shelter. Volatile deluges like this one, especially during the summer months, have in recent years become more […]
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Sluseholmen Captured In A New Light

11 years ago, the first wave of expectant residents moved into Sluseholmen and I among them. There was a pioneer spirit back then that brought many neighbors together and formed friendships for life. And from a theoretical master plan designed in Amsterdam, a neighborhood and a community gradually developed that still attracts architects, urban planners […]
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KU.BE: Culture And Movement In Playful Interlude

Entering KU.BE, I was immediately met by a shriek of laughter as a young mother landed in front of her slightly bemused child from the spiral metal slide in the play zone. It became quickly apparent this was no ordinary culture and performance center, as my journey through the 4.000m² dispersed on the 4 floors […]
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Rapha Copenhagen: Getting Around In Style

Take a city with a cycling culture that is the envy of the world. Then take a young, vibrant brand designing and producing cycling apparel and accessories that is simply leading the pack. What do you get? The Rapha Copenhagen Clubhouse. It is almost a year now since Rapha invested in the retail concept store […]
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A Vegan Surprise In The Valley Of Campanet

As Scandinavia continues to struggle to shake off the after effects of an El Nino somewhere, there is only one thing to do. Escape. Where better to leave the blustery winds and persistent rain battering Copenhagen, than hiking in the valley of Campanet and roaming the backbone of Mallorca, the mountains of the Serra de […]
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Röda Sten Konsthall: Purring Under Älvesborg Bridge

Scandinavia’s second cities are no longer flying under the radar. Aarhus, is currently wooing international visitors as the host as European Capital of Culture 2017, with an impressive array of cultural experiences on parade. On the other side of the Kattegat, Sweden’s perennial number 2, Gothenburg, has its own and very distinctive, Röda Sten Konsthall. This former […]
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Vrångö: A Pearl In Gothenburg’s Archipelago

If island-hopping on Sweden’s southern archipelago is on your summer agenda, then Vrångø should be on your list.

Central Hotel & Café

I can still remember my Grandmother’s dulcet tones, tinged with her mellow Galloway accent, consoling me with “Phillip dear, beautiful things come in small boxes,” after being concerned about not reaching my target height for a seven-year-old. Sitting in Copenhagen’s, technically Frederiksberg, smallest café, Central Hotel & Café, my Grandmother’s words come streaming back to […]
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Kulturtårnet: Above Knippels Bridge

Since 2010, one of Copenhagen’s most treasured landmarks, Knippelsbro, has featured on the front of the Danish 200 kroner bank-note, pushing other celebrated Danish gems aside. A few precious times a day the city’s bike-flow takes a breather as the bridge does what it was designed to do back in 1937, allowing ship traffic to […]
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Egils Deli: A Slice Of Provence

With the summer holidays moving into gear, Islands Brygge’s harbor front transforms into one of Copenhagen’s favorite playgrounds, with a mix of beach volley, fearless skateboarders and the odd traceur going through their Parkour motions. The queues growing outside this harbor front’s cafés, bistros and delicatessens indicate how popular this neighborhood has become. Islands Brygge became one delicatessen […]
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In The Hall At The Royal Danish Playhouse

Since 2008, The Royal Danish Playhouse has been attracting audiences to an array of classical and modern works on its 3 stages. The theatre’s success is not only what is happening on the stage, but its presence on Copenhagen’s skyline and its eye-catching location in the city’s historic districts and of course, the harbor.  The […]
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Lille Nok: Allotments In Copenhagen

By Copenhagen’s standards, Lille Nok is modest in size, just 75 small gardens, compared with many of the city’s other garden associations and yet as I park my bike outside the garden’s perimeter, I’m still in short cycling distance from Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square. Inside the gardens, an insistent male pheasant is putting down its […]
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Vibens Fiskehus: Fish’N’Chips

Despite being perfectly and happily integrated into Danish society the last 30 odd years, there is one aspect from my British heritage that I simply cannot ignore and that is a healthy portion of fish ‘n’ chips, preferably with a portion of “mushy” peas. In recent years an array of Copenhagen’s gastro venues and markets […]
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Kvæsthus Pier: A Space For All Seasons

As the summer finally made a brief, but glorious entrée in Copenhagen, there is probably no better harbor space than Kvæsthus Pier, Kvæsthusmole, to welcome the summer’s arrival. This vast urban space, designed by the Danish architect studio, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, has been a popular meeting point for locals and visitors since its opening in 2016. […]
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Ribe: Light In Dark Places

My first cultural event shortly after arriving in Copenhagen in 1981, was a photo presentation, American Pictures by the Danish photographer and writer, Jacob Holdt. The presentation, documented 4 years of traveling in America, from north to south, capturing and recording the diversity and divisions of a nation struggling with its identity in the 1970’s. Jacob’s […]
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The Wadden Sea Centre

Standing at the gateway to Denmark’s largest national park, the wetlands of the Wadden Sea, I’m immediately struck by the volume and size of the sky and the immense thatched roof of The Wadden Sea Centre, nestling in perfect harmony under it. These vast coastal wetlands, stretching from the southern part of Jutland in Denmark, through […]
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Copenhagen’s Sauna Dwellers

Copenhagen’s winter bathing and sauna culture has never been more popular as the harbor waterfront sees recreational initiatives popping up to the delight of the city’s residents and visitors. It is still hard to believe that just 20 years ago, Copenhagen’s harbor was one of the most polluted in Northern Europe. The Copenhagen municipality’s modernization of […]
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Trends And Traditions Copenhagen 2017

For the third consecutive year, the Danish supplier of interior design solutions, Holmris.Designbrokers were the hosts for Copenhagen’s most impressive event for designers and architects. Yet again, the choice of the atmospheric Locomotive Workshop was impeccable. The 9.000 m² floor space was utilized perfectly for the 105 exhibitors, street-food vendors, the lounge bar and Speakers Corner. […]
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Esplanaden, A Street With A Historic Pedigree

Every major European city probably has its own version of Esplanaden, although few thoroughfares have Esplanaden’s historic pedigree, with over 300 years of architectural styles represented on one of Copenhagen’s most iconic streets. A former military route to the Citadel, Esplanaden, stretching from Store Kongensgade to the waterfront at Nordre Toldbod, parades its excellent urban […]
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Adieu Adendum, Entrer Au Bistrot

The wine bar and bistro, Au Bistro, formerly Adendum, has been providing Copenhagen a little bit of Parisian ambience since opening its doors in 2010. It’s slightly withdrawn location coupled with views over the harbor, have made it a popular rendezvous, especially for colleagues and friends to sample the excellent wine list that has a […]
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Hay: From Local To Global

At the beginning of the millennium, a handful of brands based in Copenhagen, contributed in revitalizing a retail segment specializing in nordic contemporary, minimalistic furniture design and household products. HAY, spearheading this group was  founded in 2002 by Mette and Rolf Hay and have since seen their idea flourish from a modest local store in the Danish capital to a […]
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Recycles: Craftsmanship And Sustainability Combined

It was the sign over the counter that caught my eye. The Raleigh sign in all its neon retro glory, took me back to my home town of Nottingham, when this bike manufacturer was the pride of the East Midlands and the UK. I shared my nostalgic story with the co-owner of Recycles, Mikkel Due, […]
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From Kihøskh To Rbabarrab

For Copenhagen’s residents, Kihøskh, really needs no introduction. This organic corner shop that boasts an impressive selection of international magazines, organic croissants from the bakery Brød, a world-class selection of bottle beer and a healthy choice of cactus for heaven’s sake, Kihøskh is no ordinary corner shop. This compact pearl has been attracting beer enthusiasts […]
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A Danish Classic: Smørrebrød Diner In Copenhagen

Denmark’s classic open sandwich, smørrebrød, is truly experiencing a renaissance in Copenhagen with quality restaurants and cafés reinventing their own interpretations of this ageless meal. The latest homage to this traditional dish is to be found in the heart of Vesterbro, Enghave Plads. Enghave Smørrebrød opened last month sitting shoulder to shoulder with its equally hip […]
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Copenhagen: Bageriet Brød

February and the winter’s first heavy snow can’t discourage Danes standing in queues at Copenhagen’s array of outstanding bakeries ordering their favorite versions of Fastelavnboller, (Fastelavn Buns). These popular pastry gems, pumped with creme with a variety of flavors ranging from nougat to rhubarb, topped with glazing, are baked and sold leading up to the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. […]
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A Copenhagen Icon: H. C. Ørstedsværket

It’s a race against time as the sun is sinking and H.C. Ørsted Power Station’s shadows are as black as the coal that once fueled its furnaces and photographing this Herculean building is not only challenging, but feels forbidden. For as long as I can remember, H.C. Ørsted Power Station has dominated South Harbor’s skyline. The deep red […]
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Copenhagen Dining Week 2017

Week 7. The calendar week that Danish families have penned in months before with the realm going into winter holiday mode. And while Copenhagen’s schools, kindergartens and roads lay barren, the city’s restaurants are filled to the brim as the popular food festival, Copenhagen Dining Week explodes into life. Copenhagen’s restaurant scene and food culture […]
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Copenhagen’s Secluded Gem: Wilders Plads

There are winter days in Copenhagen when bone-marrow chilling winds from Siberia relent and clouds evaporate. For a moment the city is bathed in February sunlight with a snippet of warmth. There are many places in Copenhagen where one can feel the teasing sensation of sunlight caressing a cheek, but there is no place like […]
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Copenhagen’s Frost Festival: Braving The Wave

The impressive light and acoustic installation, The Wave has arrived. Beached on Copenhagen’s most impressive pier, Ofelia Plads, surrounded by the city’s spectacular cultural icons such as The Royal Danish Playhouse. And on a bleak February late afternoon, with a bitterly cold wind ripping across this vast open space, this magical 80m long and 4m […]
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Copenhagen: Krøyers Plads Rejuvinated

For more than a decade, plans for developing one of Copenhagen’s most prestigious and historical waterfront locations, Krøyers Plads, were continually rejected by local community organizations and politicians, vigorously believing that the designs were failing to respect the identity of Christianshavn’s waterfront. The bruised egos of an international and domestic architectural community had to take […]
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Meyers Bakery Class And Distant Memories

My first memory of bread was back in Nottingham in the early1960’s sitting in my aunt’s kitchen, legs and feet swinging in anticipation, being tormented by the smell of her luscious thick slices of toast supporting slabs of melting butter. Recently a dear friend reminded me of that same toast we used to devour in that very kitchen […]
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Kids City, Building Blocks In Christianshavn

With Copenhagen’s population expanding by almost 1000 new residents monthly, the city’s authorities, urban & spatial planners and architects are having to seek innovative and alternative solutions to accommodate the pressures of urban living, especially the challenges of providing child-care physical environments. Kids’ City, is undoubtedly Copenhagen’s most ambitious pre-school, day care centre and youth club […]
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Eyja Guldsmeden, A Place To Dwell In Reykjavik

Reykjavik, 11.10 am and no hint of daylight. The rain is hitting this lava island with such anger that Thor would be impressed. Fortunately, I have found refuge at Eyja Guldmeden Hotel in the Icelandic capital, the latest addition to the Danish hotel group specializing in creating a hotel experience based on organic values and […]
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English For Beginners

Christmas Eve and Copenhagen feels empty as thousands of its residents migrate west to be reunited with friends and family on the mainland of Jutland. Today is undoubtedly the highlight of the Danish calendar, climaxing in one synchronized exchange of gifts under candle lit Christmas trees. Retailers in the Danish capital have witnessed a positivity […]
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Copenhagen Contemporary: 88 Zebra Finches Take A Bow

As a teenager growing up in Nottingham in the bleak 1970’s, I often found solace in my mother’s small aviary filled with curious and chirping Orange Cheeked Waxbills and Zebra Finches poking their beaks into my pockets. These colorful, fragile birds had a knack of weaning a smile. And so it was again, albeit in another […]
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Ship Ahoy: Kahyt & Kaffe

As tower cranes punctuate Copenhagen’s Sydhavnen, hinting at the intensive and welcome development in this area, there are still a few docks that are attracting attention for all the right reasons. One of them is Tømmergraven. Wedged between Havneholmen and Enghave Brygge, this earlier hidden dock has suddenly become a focal point. Today the Tømmergraven is home to […]
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Urban Rigger Afloat

A northerly wind rips through Copenhagen’s harbor whipping the water into a frenzy. A couple of hardened kayakers battle their way into the wind. I eventually find the Urban Rigger’s construction moored at Refshale Island (Refshalsøen) afloat and remarkably steady considering the blustery conditions. Urban Rigger is yet another creative initiative addressing the challenges of providing affordable […]
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Belvedere Bridge: Connecting The Wharfs

Last week the wings of an eagle landed on Copenhagen’s South Harbor, Sydhavnen, metaphorically speaking, spanning the Belvedere Canal. The opening of yet another pedestrian and cycle bridge, the Belvedere Bridge is another piece in the puzzle connecting Enghave and Frederik’s Wharf.  Although the breadth of the canal is a modest 25 meters, the bridge offers locals and […]
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COBE: OUR URBAN LIVING ROOM

Copenhagen’s transformation from an archaic industrial and harbor metropolis to an environmental and user-friendly city during the last 10 years has been well documented. The rejuvenation of the Danish capital’s waterfront, the pedestrian and biking infrastructure, the redevelopment of public spaces and attracting young families back into the city with contemporary residential projects, have become […]
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Ib Antoni, A Master Not Forgotten

It must be the smallest gallery in Copenhagen. A handful of Italian young tourists are standing shoulder to shoulder, eyes roaming followed by respectful nods. The gallery owner, Mikael Hauberg gives them an informal description of the man behind the works they are absorbing, the graphic designer and illustrator, Ib Antoni. During the late 1950’s […]
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Beat, Joins The Vinyl Revolution

Enghave Plads, one of Copenhagen’s most vibrant squares, has long been barricaded in as the city’s ambitious metro system tunnels away directly under this neighborhood. Despite years of construction upheavals, Enghave Plads has adapted and thrived as a popular meeting place for Vesterbro’s residents. The latest edition to the fringe of this popular square is […]
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Transitional Dwellings: A Place To Be

Stumbling upon Jane Ostermman-Petersen‘s transitional dwellings was as unexpected as welcome. Sitting on the terrace of one of her dwellings, with Jane, on an Indian Summers day with a sky so blue, it was difficult to grasp our location. Refhaleøen, this vast bastion of Copenhagen’s former maritime glory is today a playground, a laboratory for creative […]
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