Rise and shine in a miniature version of Paris
Start the day with a solid breakfast at Granola in Vesterbro, an old-world café located in one of the most charming streets of the city, Værnedamsvej. Blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, French toast with orange and berries, or the Danish favourite soft-boiled egg with rye bread, cheese and marmalade, Granola’s menu is unlikely to disappoint. If you have early risers in the family, don’t worry: the kitchen is open from 7am. After breakfast, head across the street to see the smallest hotel in the country, Hotel Central. They only have one room, and it’s perched on top of a cute coffee shop. The atmosphere in this corner of Copenhagen is likely to remind someone in the family of Paris. To savour the feeling, you can always come back later and have dinner at Les trois cochons, a restaurant with a beautiful interior serving up plates as though straight out of a rural kitchen in France.
Unleash the family’s sculptor, mathematician and philosopher
When it comes to friendly museum staff, Thorvaldsens Museum takes the price. They offer lots of fun activities for the entire family, such as drawing workshops and activity packs. The architecture enthusiast of the family will notice the museum’s gorgeous hallways and trompe l'oeil floor mosaics. Why not try solving the geometric riddles in all the rooms together? “Top of the Body” is a takeaway bag full of cool materials – you can make your own sculptured heads and exhibit them in a museum setting at home.
How is art made?
Bubble wrap, paper, yarn, crayons, clay, paint, cardboard. SMK’s Children’s Workshop has everything you need to create a sculpture inspired by the sun. You can paint your travel memories, make an artist book for one of your parents, or just go crazy with soap bubbles. If you are visiting from February the 8th til May the 6th, then the special exhibition Art in the Making should be fun exploring with the family after making your own art work. The exhibition delves into the methods used by various artists, giving you rare insight into the artistic process right from the initial ideas to the fully finished work. A stellar selection of major masterpieces accompanied by rarely-seen sketches and studies allows you to trace the artists’ works and methods, exploring why and how these works ended up looking as they do.
Modernist masterpieces and a royal playground
Designmuseum Denmark offers children of five years and older to try designing for themselves in the family workshop. Check the calendar on their website to see what’s on while you’re in Copenhagen. Bredgade, the street the museum is located in, is also home of a dozen of galleries as well as Medical Museion, a museum and research unit dedicated to the history of health and disease. Fashionistas will probably want to pop into Stine Goya, a brilliant Danish designer who has her shop just outside Designmuseum. For refreshments, head to Mormors, Grandmother’s in English, a cosy café with floral wallpaper and tasty cakes and sandwiches. If you’re a coffee aficionado, Original Coffee just on the other side of the street is just the ticket for a caffeine fix. Royalists might seize the opportunity to pay a visit to HM the Queen’s palace, Amalienborg, residing just behind Bredgade. If sore legs need a rest, King’s Garden is only ten minutes away. The Royal Playground will keep those who are still bustling with energy busy.
Denise Rose Hansen