On The Road With Generator: Copenhagen
Back in the month of November, we ran our Generator takeover competition. Entrants got the chance to ‘takeover’ our Facebook page and post whatever they wanted. Whoever received the most likes would receive a trip around Europe on us. Local DJs, artists, musicians and bloggers took to the Generator stage. The winner was chosen and here is her Blog on the first leg of her trip to Copenhagen. Introducing Sarah Navin:
Copenhagen has an eerie calmness about it on a brisk winter night. The only sounds are bicycle wheels slicing through puddles on the cobbled streets and muffled voices from the inside of glowing, inviting cafes.
Having just set foot in the happiest country in the world, the overwhelming kindness of the people was quick to impress. Suitcases + confused faces + an open map seemed to be the key combo, attracting help from the locals faster than school kids fleeing when the home-time bell rings. After settling into The Generator, a stone’s throw away from Kongens Nytorv Metro station, first stop was Café det Elektriske Hjorne just around the corner, for a Carlsberg and a hearty serve of nachos.
I was excited to see the morning sun beam on Nyhavn, the iconic ‘google image’ spot in Copenhagen where sailboats meet a row of rainbow coloured buildings. Copenhagen didn’t bless us with sun however, but we soldiered on in the rain, in the high-spirit of the Danes and joined the free walking tour, kicking off at 10.20am at The Generator. Meet at the Town Hall and have a peek at Jens Olsen’s World Clock that does one rotation every 25,753 years, see the changing of the guards and visit the Amalienborg Palace, the home of the much-loved royal family, where Queen ‘Maggie’ is said to smoke up to 60 cigarettes a day.
Copenhagen is also the home of writer Hans Anderson, famous for The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and of course The Little Mermaid, who’s iconic statue peers our across the Langelinie harbour. See Noma, repeatedly named Best Restaurant in the World where it takes 6 months to make a reservation, and listen to the tour guide’s animated stories of Danish aviator/British Spy Tommy Sneum, who reportedly re-filled an aeroplane’s fuel tank while it was blasting through the air en route to England.
Mid-way through the tour we were looking to warm our shivering souls and fell upon the Hotel Chocolat on Østergade street, a must-do for die-hard chocoholics. Taste-test chocolate that has been blending for over 70 hours, and dribble over walls of decorative chocolate concoctions, including chocolate body products available to purchase, or retreat to the café area for a warm drink topped with chocolate whipped cream.
We then took a stroll down Stroget, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street where the fashion-forward Danes stock designers celebrated by rich and famous and where I contemplated how many leopard print high-heels I could squeeze into my suitcase back to Australia.
No trip to Copenhagen is complete without a stop at a street vendor for a hotdog (I went all out and got one wrapped in bacon and sprinkled with crunchy fried onion – hopelessly naughty but nice). Visit the many patisseries for a cinnamon roll or ‘kanel-snegl’ for some good old-fashioned sticky-fingered fun.
Currency conversions of restaurant prices can be a shock in touristy areas, however we found a reasonably priced restaurant with a wide range of foods on offer called Le President just down from the Stork fountain on Amagertorv. Head out to a jazz club in the city or retreat back to The Generator for some drinks at the bar amidst the funky lounges and cute decorative lampshades, or join in the many activities on offer that night– karaoke, DJ sets, a cosy movie or if you’re daring – a sizzling salsa lesson.
Look out for next weeks (or months?) blog where I’ll be in Hamburg.
Author bio: Sarah has been conquering Europe for six months and is a self-confessed chocoholic who tends to take more photos of sweets than the city itself. She is a musical theatre show junkie and a sucker for colourful architecture, royal palaces and snow-topped cottages. See more of her lifestyle writing at Alilcharisma.