GEO Lifestyle: Making The Most of Your Trip to Copenhagen, Denmark
On the lead up to the world-renowned EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition, and six years on from when it was last stationed in Copenhagen, we’ve done a little research on what to do while in this beautiful waterfront city and compiled our top picks into a single article for just you.
Recommended Restaurants in Copenhagen
Modern decor meets quirky vintage in this exquisitely designed restaurant in the heart of Copenhagen. Interiors inspired by the works of Arne Jacobse, Café Royal offers Dry Aged Steaks, Daily Specials, Sharing Platters, Weekend Brunches and Copenhagen’s most sought-after Afternoon Tea. With a Josper Grill as the open kitchen’s centrepiece you’re sure to get your steak grilled, flamed or sautéed just the way you like it, with a reputable and friendly team on hand while you relax and dine in true style.
No one does brunch and lunch quite like the Danes! Serving a selection of soused herrings, cured salmons, meats and a wide selection of Danish schnapps and aquavit in an historic 18th Century building, Restaurant Amalie is known far and wide throughout the city for its traditional Danish cuisine combined with a touch of modern elegance. Only open from 11:30am – 4:00pm, there’s a chance whilst you're busy in the conference centre that you might not make it here. However if you’re arriving a day before the conference or staying for the weekend after – we’ve heard this is a must-have location on your 'to do' list. If you’re going before the Ice Breaker on Monday – take it easy on the schnapps!
Close to so much water, we can’t expect much fault from the Danes when it comes to preparing seafood. Ironically located in the old meat packing district, Kødbyens have a wide selection of fish, squid and shellfish alongside a daily ‘bycatch’ special. The bycatch is essentially the accidental catch; however, to avoid food waste this Fiskebar makes efficient use of every catch! Sourcing from coastal fisheries, using passive fishing gear such as nets, pots, hooks and traditional Danish seines, this fishing style has much less impact on the ocean/sea-bottom and biodiversity in contrast to other methods such as trawling.
At Kødbyens Fiskebar you can either dine within its modern interior or outside on wooden benches, while enjoying a drink, resting your feet on nautical style deck chairs. Perfect after a long day on your feet in the conference centre.
A truly symbiotic relationship between art and food, Restaurant Krebsegaarden combines fine dining with local art. The menu is always guaranteed to be inspired by the art being exhibited – changing when the exhibit changes. Different approaches to the menu are taken when a new exhibit arrives; basing dish choices on artist origin, regional themes of the art and personal food favourites of the artist. A simple, yet elegant menu, you’ll not need to worry about an overwhelming dose of food choices with just 3-4 choices per course. However, do not let simplicity be a put-off, this restaurant located within a 200 year old building, comes with a near perfect score on Google and TripAdvisor.
The Olive Restaurant
Eat more of what makes you happy! The Olive restaurant is a small family-operated restaurant focusing on casual, home-cooked food., and nothing makes you feel happy quite like that does! Offering a simple yet diverse choice of dishes, The Olive’s menu provides both meat and fishes courses. For 360 DKK The Olive also provide a set menu of 4 courses, finished and sealed by my personal all-time favourite desert – Crème Brûlée. While I doubt it’s a match for my Nan’s homemade Crème Brûlée, the dessert course also offers a selection of cheeses to finish the meal.
Things to Do in Copenhagen
Mid-19th Century entertainment and amusement park, opened in 1843. Complete with antique rollercoaster; also offering more rides, games, ballets, musicals and concerts throughout its open seasons (Summer, Halloween & Christmas). Denmark is actually home to the two oldest, operating amusement parks in the world, the other being Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg.
For more information, tickets & schedules visit: https://www.tivoli.dk/en/
The Little Mermaid
Or, as the Danes would say – “Den lille Havfrue”. The Little Mermaid was sculpted at the beginning of the 20th century from solid bronze by artist Edvard Eriksen, perhaps his most famous piece of work.
Situated by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade, this statue, based on the famous character created by Hans Christian Andersen for the fairy tale of the same name in 1837, has become as iconic to Denmark as The Statue of Liberty to New York and Christ the Redeemer to Rio de Janeiro. Some of us might know her from Disney's motion picture, but her story originates from way before!
For more information on its history and where to find it visit: http://www.mermaidsculpture.dk/thesculptor.php
Nyhavn, essentially meaning New Harbour, is another iconic favourite from Copenhagen. Waterside restaurants, cafes & bars are characterised by brightly coloured 17th & 18th Century traditional, Scandic-style buildings. The perfect place to rest those feat following a busy day on the conference floor, tucking into a local dish while sipping Danish Schnapps.
For more information and a list of restaurants visit: https://www.nyhavn.com/home
If interior design is your ‘thing’, and to experience a contrast in the currently-trending ‘minimalist’ approach favoured by most Danes, then a visit to one of the most important rococo complexes in Europe is a must. Situated Downtown Copenhagen (Indre By) and home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace, Frederiksstaden truly marks décor, history, culture and style typical of the Late Baroque movement in the 18th Century. This district is characterised by exquisite design and architecture and is home to renaissance era castles & gardens. Here are some places to visit while in this area:
- Amalienborg Palace - https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/amalienborg-palace-gdk492887
- Christiansborg Palace - https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/christiansborg-palace-gdk420896
- Rosenborg Castle - https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/rosenborg-castle-gdk410582
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Located 35km north of Copenhagen, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art embraces style featuring a wide range of modern art including sculpture, paintings, films and more from as early as the 1940s to present day. Featuring exhibits from world-renowned artists including Lichtenstein, Warhol, Kiefer, Giacometti, Hockney, Picasso, Klein and Rauschenberg, this gallery comes highly recommended to aficionados of modern art. Adding to the spacious exhibit villa is a surrounding of beautiful gardens edging onto the Øresund Sound. Accessing the museum is easy via train from Copenhagen and the venue even offers a well-reviewed buffet lunch to replenish your energy for maximum viewing time.
Currently on exhibit are the works of expressionist painter Gabriele Münter & pop-art guru Ed Ruscha.
Visit https://en.louisiana.dk/ for more information.
GEO ExPro at EAGE 2018
GEO ExPro will be at booth #1017 in the Bella Conference Centre throughout the duration of the conference. Come by our booth for a free copy of GEO ExPro Vol. 15, No. 3 and a chance to enter our conference raffle. We’re a friendly bunch, so feel free to pop by just to say hi – we always love to see familiar faces, meet our readers and introduce new folk to our magazine.
Prizes at EAGE 2018
- "An Introduction to Exploration Geophysics with Recent Advances", a book by Martin Landrø and Lasse Amundsen, based on their long running column in GEO ExPro magazine (take a sneak peak here).
- Two sets of ‘Earth Collection’ Ceramic Coasters, featuring the famous geological sites of Punakaiki (New Zealand) and The Grand Canyon.