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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