Overseas journalists can’t get enough of the Danish capital, it seems: Most recently, it was the turn of New York Times writers Seth Sherwood and Frank Bruni to sing the praises of Copenhagen. On July 1, not one but two articles explored the city streets: Seth Sherwood’s 36 Hours in Copenhagen was complimented by a piece on the traditional beer-loving city’s new-found appreciation of the cocktail, Mixing It Up in Copenhagen. Less than a week later, food critic Frank Bruni interviewed star chef Rene Redzepi of award-winning Noma restaurant in Nordic Chef Explores Backyard.
Rather than just referencing the usual spots like the Little Mermaid and Tivoli, Seth Sherwood chose to concentrate on the newest (and coolest) additions to Copenhagen’s cultural map. This was evident from the first hour of his tour, which began in the up-and-coming Ørestad region-paraphrased as a ‘Danish Dubai’ for its ultra-modern architecture that includes the new Koncerthuset. With fellow writer Bruni covering (booked-up-for-months) Noma, Sherwood opted for the most recent addition to the city’s Michelin star club, Restaurant A.O.C, to be surprised and tantalized by beetroot ice cream on a bed of black licorice, before ending the night at the newly reopened Jazzhus Montmartre.
Much of Saturday was spent cycling – and why not? Bicycles are far and away the most popular mode of transport for Copenhagen residents. There was still time, however, for an open sandwich lunch and a look at the hippest and newest contenders for the Scandinavian fashion crown – well, Copenhagen Fashion Week is just a month away.
Sunday afternoon saw a spot of art appreciation, as Sherwood headed for Denmark’s National Gallery Statens Museum for Kunst.
We at NileGuide are pleased to see so many of our own local expert picks and choice POIs included in both articles, including recommended hotels Twentyseven and Wakeup Copenhagen, bohemian bookshop / book cafe Underwood Ink and cocktail bar K Bar.
In his second article on Copenhagen, Sherwood visited cocktail bar 1105 to speak to celebrity cocktail maker Gromit Eduardsen, winner of the Copenhagen Cocktail competition, on the city’s cocktail revolution – that has gone from making ‘80s drinks and ‘an alcoholic slush to get drunk on’ (Eduardsen) in 2000 to the current appreciation for the style and finesse of a decent, freshly-made cocktail.
Food critic Frank Bruni, meanwhile interviewed Rene Redzepi – whose restaurant Noma was recently awarded the title of world’s best restaurant – not in Noma itself but on the coast of Denmark’s Lammefjord, an hour’s drive from Copenhagen, where the star chef was grazing the meadows for the perfect local ingredients for his seasonal, Scandinavian menu, to discuss a love of food that starts – quite literally – at the roots.
Top photo courtesy of Kasper Thye (Copenhagen Media Center). Image of Gromit Eduardsen by Tuala Hjarnø (Wonderful Copenhagen).
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