Week 30: 5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

Hooray, we’ve survived another week in the heat, and the weekend is upon us! I’m doubling up on art this weekend, but if you’re not into that, there’s always food. Or music. Or free movies outdoors! Enjoy your weekend!


Guided tours at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

What – A guided tour through the collection “From block to body. French and Danish sculpture”, which includes pieces by Rodin and renowned Danish artists Sinding, Bissen and Jerichau.

Why – It might just be me, but I’m a big fan of sculptures. And if you’ve ever been to my favourite museum in Paris, the Musée Rodin, you’ll probably take the chance to see some more of his great work. Plus, I love guided tours as they always allow me to learn something!

Where – Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7

When – 24th-26th July, 13h

How much – DKK 15 for the guided tour (plus normal admission to the museum, DKK 75)

More information – Glyptotek website


RAW 2014

What – Denmark’s largest clubbing event, combining mainstream and underground electronic music

Why – Over 70 artists + 8 stages + 6.000 people = 12 hours of music and party fun! (or maybe a fraction of that if you prefer)

Where – Lokomotivværkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A

When – 26th July, start 19h

How much – DKK 170 (standard), DKK 210 (late ticket)

More information – Facebookrawcph.com


Free movies at Ørstedsparken

What – For three nights in a row, MIX Copenhagen is showing movies for free at Ørstedsparken. Since MIX Copenhagen is an LGBT film festival, all movies shown revolve around the subject, with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary.

Why – Watching movies outside is always fun, and with the weather being like this, there’s almost no excuse not to go!

Where – Ørstedsparken, Nørre Voldgade 1

When – 24th-26th July, 22h

How much – Free

More information – Facebook, mixcopenhagen.dk


Shiny Happy People – Danish contemporary art exhibit

What – You might have heard this thing about the Danes and happiness – they keep popping up at the top of all those happiness and quality-of-life rankings. This exhibition showcases seven Danish contemporary artists to explore a bit more of why exactly the Danes are so happy all the time (although a recent study suggests it’s in the genes).

Why – If you’re interested in art generally, and Danish art more specifically, you should take this opportunity to get to know some of the contemporary artists in Denmark. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a great new painting for your living room, too?

Where – Bredgade Kunsthandel, Bredgade 67-69

When – 26th June – 16th August

How much – Free

More information – bredgade-kunsthandel.dk


Creative kebabs in the Meatpacking District

What – The popular Bakken in the even more popular Meatpacking district (Kødbyen) hosts a series of special food events which center around a grill and a popular “drunk food”: kebabs. Served with homemade sides as well as freshly baked bread, British chef Lee Tiernan will be preparing the traditional dish with a creative twist.

Why – If you’re into food, a bit of a hipster atmosphere, and trying new things, you should head out to Kødbyen to try one of these creations!

Where – Bakken, Kødbyen, Flæsketorvet 19-21

When – every Thursday through Saturday between 18th July and 23rd August, from 18h

How much – ca. DKK 50 for a main course

More information – AOK


Around Copenhagen: Spring and snippets

Yes, spring finally made its way to the cold, windy North, and even though I still make the mistake of being overly optimistic about the temperature (even though it looks bright and sunny, it is NEVER warm enough to wear just a shirt and blazer!), the icy winds have turned into breezes, and the wild daffodils and crocuses that started to break through a couple of weeks ago are joined by more and more trees turning green. You can even see the cherry trees blossoming, for example in our own back yard!

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I’ve been out and about a bit recently, both when my mom was visiting and with friends, and I thought I’d share some of my recent discoveries around Copenhagen in terms of food, drink, and a good time.


Food: Sukuri Sushi

This place recently opened up around where I live (Sluseholmen), replacing the sushi chain restaurant WabiWabi. The news of WabiWabi closing was quite sad, because I did enjoy the occasional sushi that was so convenient to pick up from there (not to mention that they make really great sushi!). BUT, my prayers were heard and another sushi shop opened up in its place, with a new chef and team, and a new menu. Needless to say, that had to be tested. And I’m more than happy to report that Sukuri more than matches WabiWabi in terms of selection and quality. I would even say that they are better! Their menu comprises everything from classic makis, inside-outs, and nigiris, to sashimi, salads, rice paper rolls with salad, chicken etc., and appetizers like soup, chicken teriyaki and spring rolls. Their rainbow rolls and the rice paper rolls are amazing, and their inside-outs offer some great new combinations that I hadn’t tasted before. Prices are definitely in the upper range, but the quality totally makes up for it. Would definitely recommend! You can eat in or order for pick-up.

http://sukurisushi.dk/  -   Facebook page


Drinks: SkyBar at Tivoli Hotel

When my mom was visiting, we decided to go for some pre-dinner cocktails at the SkyBar on the 12th floor of the Tivoli Hotel in downtown Copenhagen. Technically, the bar and lounge are part of  the sushi restaurant (Sticks’n’Sushi, also a great place to enjoy some delicious sushi), but you can easily just go to sit in the lounge or on one of the giant swings (yes, swings!) in the bar area, with a view over the Copenhagen canal. Their cocktails are brilliantly mixed, putting a Japanese twist on classics. They are fruity, sweet, zingy and plain delicious. Definitely always worth a visit when you’re looking to impress visitors, as you’ll be able to enjoy a 360° view over downtown Copenhagen. They also have an outside terrace for warm summer nights.

http://www.tivolihotel.com/  -  Sticks’n’Sushi & SkyBar


Food: The Laundromat Café

The Laundromat Café is a chain of cozy cafés around Copenhagen (and one in Reykjavic, actually!). Contrary to what the name suggests, you can’t do your laundry there, but you CAN have an amazing brunch there, or just enjoy a coffee and a sandwich. Their brunch concept is plate-based instead of a buffet, but they will serve you a great choice (fruit, pancakes, sausages, eggs, muesli, yogurt, bacon, …) and you definitely will not leave hungry. They also make great juices and their Chai Latte is one of the best ones I’ve tasted. You can’t make reservations, so be there a bit early if you want to go for weekend brunch!

Their locations are on Gammel Kongevej (Frederiksberg), Elmegade (Nørrebro) and Århusgade (Østerbro).



Around Copenhagen: House of Souls

I’m very happy to present a special review of one of my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen: House of Souls!

As I already mentioned, we went out for dinner on Friday. Normally, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day - I honestly don’t really care that much about it. But since we hadn’t been out for dinner in a while, we thought it would be a nice idea. Also, most restaurants offer special multi-course menus for Valentine’s, and I think that’s a great opportunity to try something you normally can’t order at one of your favorite restaurants. So we selected House of Souls (www.houseofsouls.dk), which specializes in the creole/ cajun cuisine that New Orleans is known for. Since I first tried it, it has quickly become a favorite of mine, because the food is just amazing!

The atmosphere is rather clean, not too much decoration apart from a giant oil painting of world record sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner and some musical instruments. They play soft jazz or blues in the background, which suits the theme very well. The crew is great, always happy and very friendly, including the cutest waiter who will dance while taking your orders!

As I said before, they did have a special Valentine’s menu, which we opted for. It had some very yummy-sounding dishes that are not on the usual menu, so why not give it a try? And we were not disappointed! Every dish was spectacular, and I even ate one of the two marinated prawns, although I usually don’t like shellfish, just because the marinade was so incredible!

Here’s the menu:

New Orleans smoked lobster soup with caviar

Grilled prawns, tomato chips and macadamia creme

Beef tenderloin with green pepper glaze, sauce amore and pommes du pont

Cointreau-glazed pineapple with coconut ice cream and ginger tuille

Appetizer: lobster soup

Appetizer: lobster soup

The lobster soup was simply amazing. It had a smoky note to it, was perfectly seasoned - a pure delight. It came with red caviar on a crispy piece of bread, and I could have easily eaten five portions of this! I wish they would put this on their permanent menu…

Starter: marinated prawns on salad with macadamia creme

Starter: marinated prawns on salad with macadamia creme

As I said, I normally not a fan of shellfish, but these prawns were delicious! Grilled in a spicy and fruity marinade, they harmonized very well with the rocket salad and soft macadamia creme. We also had some home-made cornbread on the side, which was perfect as well.

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Main: beef tenderloin with mushrooms, sauce amore and pommes du pont

I’m not a big steak person, and when I order something in a restaurant or steak house, I always go with the filet. I’m very picky when it comes to meat, and anything that’s fat or “chewy”, I won’t touch. But this tenderloin - beautiful. Great quality meat, prepared to perfection, cooked medium/ medium-well, just how I like it, juicy and tasty. A spicy tomato paste on the side (probably the sauce amore), and some oven-baked potato wedges with a nice seasoning (assuming this is called pommes du pont, even though I hadn’t heard that before). On top of the meat there was a good chunk of home-made chives butter, which complemented the taste of the meat perfectly. All in all, an amazing course!

Dessert: glazed pineapple and coconut ice cream

Dessert: glazed pineapple and coconut ice cream

Dessert - my favorite! As far as this menu had gone, I was already blown away, and the dessert just put the cherry on top. Small balls of fresh pineapple, glazed and caramelized with Cointreau, and a scoop of home-made coconut ice cream. I think the coconut was roasted, which gave the ice cream an especially delicious twist. The pineapples were still warm, so the components played together perfectly.

We chose a white wine (2012 Babich Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand) to go with the entire menu, even though it didn’t quite match the main course. But we’d tasted this wine there before (I’m a sucker for Sauvignon Blanc!) and it is simply great, so we decided we could always order a glass of red for the main course - but in the end, we felt like that would be a bit much wine for us!

All in all, I would definitely recommend House of Souls to anyone looking for a great meal in Copenhagen - it is definitely something completely different from the “standard” New Nordic food you get at so many other great places here. It is warm, spicy, exotic - and amazing! Plus, the prices are absolutely fair, and you can normally get away with sharing a starter and then going for a main each, because the portion sizes are generous (though not wasteful). Definitely try the Creole Duck (comes with a blueberry-rosemary sauce) and the Beef Bayou (with grilled prawns), or go for New Orleans classics like the Seafood Jambalaya or Jerk Chicken. And if you go for dessert (which you should!), I can warmly recommend the cheesecake!

House of Souls

Vestergade 3, 1456 Copenhagen (www.houseofsouls.dk)

House of Souls on TripAdvisor: here