Category Archives: Neighbourhoods

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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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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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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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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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: 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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