Copenhagen has so much to offer in terms of gastronomy, culture and shopping – but where to start? We have teamed up with a handful of local actors, designers and writers, who all have one thing in common; they love their city! During the next couple of months we will bring interesting and honest interviews with some of these people. The third edition is dedicated to the Feinschmecker and blogger Nicolai Klingeberg from My-pleasure.dk.
What is your relationship with Copenhagen?
Copenhagen has always been a part of my life. I’ve experienced the city together with my parents as a child, on spontaneous trips when I was younger – and as a resident in my grownup life.
What is your favorite part of the city – and why?
I have a soft spot for Frederiksstaden where I used to live and now have my office. It is a really central part of the city, but I am moving to a new part of the city soon. Every part of the city has its own charm and I look forward to experiencing a new neighborhood.
What are your favorite places in Frederiksstaden?
I especially love that this area has everything you need within reach – once you go here you do not have to walk any further.
I would recommend going to “Jeppes Badehotel” to listen to jazz and drink a beer. Afterwards, I would continue to “Blomsten”, which is really a place of its own.
If you are lusting for something more hip though, go for a cocktail at Union Bar. Otherwise just hang out at Clarrod’s (a shop with cool furniture and a small cafe), where you can sip a glass of wine or enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Which restaurants in Copenhagen are your favorites?
I have visited “Kjobenhavn” in Dronningens Tværgade A LOT of times, so this has to be my favorite. The restaurant is very laid-back, but it never fails to deliver a perfect atmosphere, which is very unique for this particular place.
More recently I visited “20A” at Ravnsborggade on Nørrebro and that was also really nice.
I am generally drawn to a more casual and laid-back atmosphere when I go out for dinner; places that understand how to mix great food with a festive and personal touch.
Imagine a perfect Saturday night. Where would you go?
There is no such thing as a perfect night without the perfect company, so I will always start out with just that – preferably accompanied by a glass of wine or champagne. I prefer have a late dinner, so I would probably book a table for 20.30 or later.
After the dinner it would be tempting to go to a bar followed by a visit to one of the nightclubs in the city. I used to go out a lot, but recently I try to keep it to a minimum with the late hours.
So which bars/night clubs are your favorite?
The “dangerous corner” by Café Victor and Balthazar is always a hit, but it never really surprises. A visit to the very laid-back “Wessels Kro” will most likely offer both a hangover and weird acquaintances. Going to Sunday (a club in the center of Copenhagen) has also worked very well for me.
The cocktail scene needs a chapter of its own, but there are so many great ones to choose from.
Where will you find the best parties?
You always find the best parties when you are not looking for them! I have often met up with friends for a casual drink, and then the evening has simply evolved into something completely different. Bodegas and nightclubs both have their charm, but private parties should never be underestimated either.
What would you recommend tourists visiting Copenhagen for a weekend?
First and foremost I would always recommend people to visit the city during the summer.The vibrant outdoor life really blossoms during the summer time, so spend as much time as you possibly can outdoor.
There is a lot to do, I recommend going on a boat tour in the canals, making a quick stop in Nyhavn, enjoying a quiet moment in the Kings garden and a walk from “Amalie haven” to Langelinie. It is also nice to bring some food and a bottle of wine to enjoy by the area around “Gammel Strand” while watching the sunset. I would also recommend taking a tour on one of the many city bikes to explore the city from another angle.
Header photo credit: Axel.dk.