Day 3: Room 606, Shopping and Good Eats.
We started the day out with a tour of our hotel. As I said in an earlier post, this was the first boutique hotel in the world. Designed by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, this hotel was the place to stay when it opened in 1960. The hotel kept Room 606 (aka the Arne Jacobsen Suite) exactly as it was when the hotel opened its doors, and one can book the room to stay – but at a steep price. Architecture students from all over Denmark visit the room as part of their education.
This was my second visit to the room; however, I continued to learn more about Mr Jacobsen and his designs. For instance, the vanity was originally designed for his wife. The Drop Chairs in the room – there were only 200 of these produced for the hotel – until Fritz Hansen re-introduced the chairs in 2014.
The best part of the visit was to the rooftop of the hotel. According to the folks at Fritz Hansen, this was where Arne Jacobsen went when he needed time to think. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to stand there as well, and with a spectacular view of Copenhagen. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
We then wasted no time and headed over to Frederiksberg to the Royal Copenhagen outlet. I ended up with some ice tongs and some other random knicknacks.
Then it’s time to eat! Lunch was at the Torvehallerne KBH (KBH being the Danish acronym for Copenhagen) where I had some Danish hot dog with fresh squeezed juice (I did notice there was a lot of fresh juices all over the city).
After lunch it was time to walk it all off with a walk over to HAY House, which is right off the Strøget, a pedestrian walking street (and supposedly the longest pedestrian walking street in all of Europe). As you can see, some wonderful designs that you’d want to bring home – all of it! You also get a great view of the beautiful square right in front of the store.
The day ended with a great dinner at Bror. After getting the 7-course meal the night before, we opted for the much smaller menu for the evening, and it was the right choice.
Actually, the day really ended with a trip to Tivoli, complete with fireworks.
Royal Copenhagen/Georg Jensen Outlet
Søndre Fasanvej 9, 2000 Frederiksberg
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København
2. – 3., Østergade 61, 1100 København
Sankt Peders Stræde 24A, 1453 København
Day 4: Christiania, Church Climbs, Smørrebrød and a little Hygge.
The day started out with a walk into Christiania, the self-proclaimed freetown of Copenhagen. This area of Copenhagen was formerly the military barracks, and was then occupied in 1971. The main street, Pusher Street, still deals in cannabis trade and photography is not allowed (as it is illegal). Walking through the area you could smell the weed almost immediately. Didn’t feel exactly comfortable so we left quickly.
We then headed next door to the Church of our Saviour, which (ironically) is almost next door to Christiania, famous for the stairs that surround the spire at the top of the church. Climbed it. Boy was it high up… but the view of Copenhagen from the east is quite a nice one too.
After all that it was time for lunch at Aamanns for some smørrebrød, the Danish open-faced sandwich. It’s a work of art, isn’t it?
Then (sadly), it was time to leave wonderful Copenhagen for awesome Stockholm. Before that though, we did visit the Royal Smushi Cafe (smushi: a cross between sushi and smørrebrød) for a little mini hygge before heading to the train station.
Øster Farimagsgade 12, 2100 København Ø
+45 3555 3310
Royal Smushi Cafe
Amagertorv 6, 1160 København
+45 33 12 11 22