It’s a tiny country of 5½ million people, but suddenly Denmark feels like the most happening place on the planet. And it is wonderful — though there’s a lot more to the Danish capital than the beautiful little harbor surrounded by quaint townhouses that drew Andersen to the city nearly 200 years ago. Great experiences awaiting the curious traveler in Copenhagen include: [Read more...]
It may sound too good to be true – but these top-class experiences will not cost you a penny. From opera in London to tea time in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, getting to the heart of a destination was never so richly rewarding yet so downright free.
Staten Island Ferry, New York City
Cruises usually cost a packet. Sure, this one only lasts 25 minutes and the cocktail lounge is actually a bar selling beer, but it does not cost a cent. Ferries have connected Staten Island and lower Manhattan since the 18th Century. The tangerine-bright boats that run today have become New York City icons; one, the Spirit of America, is partially made of steel salvaged from the Twin Towers.
Stereotypes of Danish cuisine inevitably feature visions of streaky bacon and swirly pastries. Copenhagen, the stylish Danish capital, is leading the way in this North European culinary revolution. But the city is also dotted with eateries for all occasions and tastes, offering more than just Michelin starred fine dining. Here is CNN’s at-a-glance guide to Europe’s new culinary capital.
For a foraged feast
“Vegetables in soil” offers perhaps the most illustrative and notorious example of Redzepi’s agrarian-focused philosophy. Locally sourced baby carrots, radishes, leeks and celeriac are served on a bed of “soil”, which is in fact a combination of malt flour, hazelnut flour, melted butter and beer. Those with time on their hands should opt for the 12-course “Noma Nassaaq” taster menu. The four-hour degustation begins with a platter of sea-buckthorn with pickled rose-hip petal, and culminates in a Jerusalem artichoke sorbet with apple, shortbread and chocolate discs, taking in a cosmic array of Nordic delights in between.
For quirks and curios
Part design museum, part porcelain china shop, part upscale eatery, the Royal Café is less fine dining, more Mad Hatter’s tea party. Created in collaboration with design legends like furniture company Fritz Hansen, architectural firm Arne Jacobsen and sound specialists Bang & Olufsen, the café is a testament quintessentially Danish design. Aside from a delightful selection of salads, pastries and hot chocolates, the Royal Café is best known for its modern take on traditional smørrebrød — the famous Danish open sandwich typically adorned with meat or cheese.
Den Økologiske Pølsemand
For cheap eats
Readers of Danish newspaper Politken were recently asked to select their favourite Copenhagen eating establishment. The locals voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Den Økologiske Pølsemand” (DOP) — a humble hot dog stand. Everything is organic, from the star attraction of grilled pork sausage to the remoulade and fried onions. The buns are made from slow-fermented sourdough bread and linseed — the sort of thoughtful detail that explains why DOP has so quickly become the people’s champ.
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Source: CNN Travel