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Area guide: Christianshavn

Coloured, narrow houses, bumpy cobbled streets, cosy canals, a moat and 12 bastions: these are some of the things that make Christianshavn absolutely wonderful and unique. King Christian IV made this part of Copenhagen a fortress city in 1618. Today, Christianshavn is home to René Redzepi’s world-famous restaurant Noma, the freetown Christiania, the Opera House, Olafur Eliasson’s new Circle Bridge, many cafés, small shops, and museums.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

See: Funky architecture
You’ll probably start your trip to Christianshavn by crossing the bridge Knippelsbro, from where you can se both Eliassion’s bridge to your right, and the Opera House to your left. Much closer than the grand opera building, you’ll find the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) in a beautiful old warehouse just next to the water. At DAC, you can explore exhibitions about architecture and city planning, and join one of their city tours by foot, bike, or boat. This summer, don’t miss the exhibition 52 Weeks, 52 Cities by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan. Every Sunday, you can join a tour to explore funky new architecture and exciting urban developments in Copenhagen.

Eat: From Nordic to classic
A few minutes from DAC, you’ll find Noma. Even if you aren’t planning on eating there, or couldn’t get a table, it’s such a special place to simply walk past, to see where the fuss about Nordic food started. On the back of the restaurant, you’ll find chefs grilling meat in a makeshift shed – nothing like you’d imagine at a high-end restaurant like Noma. If classic French dining is more your thing, visit Café Wilder. You have to try their burger, goat cheese salad, tartar, and crème brulée. Oh wait, you’ll end up stuffed, but it’s worth it. The big painting on the wall also appears on the cover of the popular Danish band Lukas Graham’s debut album.

Shop: Great design
On the main street Torvegade that crosses Christianshavn, you’ll find the design shop MUNK. This is such a wonderful little shop with cool Danish and international design. Everything is specially chosen to fit the Nordic interior style. You will find lamps, furniture, interior accessories, and artworks. You’ll probably want to take it all home. To find something that will fit in your luggage, have a look at the beautiful trays called FRAME by MUNK Collective, or pick a poster from Paper Collective.

See: Art from the North
North Atlantic House is, like DAC, set in an old warehouse. With changing exhibitions showing artists from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Denmark, you’ll experience art in the North from the inside. This summer, they will show an exhibition with beautiful landscape photos from Greenland by Danish artists Jette Bang and Kirsten Klein (until 21 August).

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Anne-Sofie Stampe