This weekend I was host to two lovely English friends, Rosie and James! Rosie has been before at Christmas but it was classically Danish weather, dark, cold, windy and raining most of the time. I anted to show them the sites, what is it like to live here and also some good bars! So firstly we had to get them bikes! As its danish holiday the only place we could find to rent a bike nearby was velorbis, Norreport, the bikes were like arm chairs and it was really easy!
First things first cycle to get some culture. The cisterns opposite Frederiksberg Palace were built in 1856 as water storage for the city. In 1996 the space was excavated and designated an exhibition space. Currently there is a temporary installation by Ingvar Cronhammer and Martin Hall, I had been told that the exhibition should be amazing but I didn't know anything about it. Im going to say the same here - just go! It was cool, refreshing and mediative. It would be a great intermediate space before taking part in an event or seeing a production. Rosie did feel that we were about to take part in a pagan sacrifice, but I did not feel an emotion quite that dark, maybe we should be worried about Rosie?
That evening we ate what can only be described as a 'slap up meal' at my house before putting on bike lights and finding a little festival my friends were holding. At dinner we played the margrethe bowl game. Which is basically the danish homemade version of 'who's in the bag' it is so much fun and can be played by all ages and at all stages of intoxication! 1st round - describe the name on the piece of paper. 2nd round - use one word to describe the person. 3rd round - charades, act out the person. Mrs. Doubtfire was a hilarious round! James was shocked as we cycled home in the danish early summer dawn.
I might be an addict or it could be because Laura's just is great value for money and does the best cinnamon buns in Copenhagen. My guests alway get dragged to Laura's for brunch, which none ever finishes as it is huge and for 90kr you also get a coffee and cinnamon bun thrown in! Once your full, Blågårdsgade is lovely to wonder around or walk down to the lakes to remedy the excessive eating that just took place. Any leftovers you could take with you to the lakes to feed some angry swans or cute ducks (even through I hear frozen peas are better for their diets, thanks QI).
With Copenhagen being a small city day cycle tour can mean you take in all the sites! Parking your bikes by SMK means you can go to the Geology museum (a personal favourite), the botanical gardens and Konges Havn. Every summer the Danish Architects Association runs a competition for a wooden pavilion in Konges Havn, this years 'OMKRING' looks great in photos and it fun to play around in with friends doing 'mock shoots'. From here its around the little mermaid and Kasellet looping past Amalienborg and the Marble Church to Nyhavn for a quick selfie amounts all the other tourists. For our next meal we headed to street food where Rosie and James dined on classic danish hot dogs and we debated what branding was behind 'original British pancakes'. The argument being pancakes are American and crepes are French we brits might love both but if you want to be British its gotta be a scone or crumpet, sorry!
In the evening we went for cocktails at Lidkoeb. Hidden behind cortex on Vesterbrogard, it is sometimes hard to find but well worth walking up a dark ally for. It is a very danish hyggeligt atmosphere inside with three floors and cosy booths to settle into. The building used to be a pharmacists and I do think that as a cocktail bar they could have played on this history more in the interior design - a few subtle hints to distilling and concocting. Instead the interior is stylish with a slightly masculine feel which is reiterated through the bartenders wearing full length leather aprons, that felt slightly like they belong in a butchery.