December 28, 2017: our first full day.
We start with the Amalienborg district. First the Little Mermaid. It is a good thing that we start there, because it gets more and more crowded along the day. It is cute but very small, not really clean and a dozen of tourists are blocking the view. Since it is Copenhagen’s emblem, it is must-see but it will not take you very long. On our way over, we also got to wander around Kastellet, a nice military compound surrounded by a small parc.
Our second stop is at the Designmuseum! It is great museum, kind of like Paris’ Arts Décoratifs in terms of exhibitions. The collections are quite diverse. Wee see Japanese art and learn about its influence of Danish interior design. We explore some fashion rooms and discover haute-couture dresses by Erik Mortensen exposed in the temporary exhibition I am black velvet (scheduled until January 28, 2018). Best parts, in my opinion, were The Danish Chair and Danish Design Now: modern, colorful, upbeat and originally staged. Both are permanent exhibitions, so I recommend them if you pass by Copenhagen one day.
We stop for a quick lunch at a small Original Coffee, on Frederiksgade street, not far from the Designmuseum, where I try my first Smørrebrød. It consists of a piece of rye bread (a dark brown bread) and a topping (no rules here, it can be whatever you like). I love it! It is the best idea for healthy and tasty lunch.
The first part of the afternoon is dedicated to Nørrebro district. It is sort of a small Brooklyn according to Anne-Laure. We wander between brick-walled buildings and hipster design shops. We then walk to the Storget borough and stop for a hot chocolate at Torvehallerne. A covered market made of steel and glass walls. It is a lovely place to explore and to have drink or something to eat during the day as well as at night. And it is completely illuminated at that time of the year.
Our day ends at Palæo, an original restaurant in a small Storget street : their menu is inspired by the Paleolithic mode. The home-made dishes and freshly squeezed fruit & vegetables juices are excellent!