The Guide to Copenhagen: From Anders Ruggiero, Concierge at Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen

The 250-year-old, historic 90-room Hotel d’Angleterre (http://www.dangleterre.com/), is a grand five-star property in an enviable location at the tip of Copenhagen’s famed shopping street Strøget, overlooking one of the city’s most classic squares; Kongens Nytorv and , and a block from the iconic Nyhavn. Completely renovated in 2013, the plush rooms boast mix modern comforts (Duxiana mattresses, Nespresso machines) with classic charm (soaring ceilings, stunning chandeliers, plump furniture) plus five star amenities: a Michelin star restaurant, Marchal; a champagne bar; and a state-of-the-art spa, gym and swimming pool.  Clients are a mix of celebrities, elite business people and well-heeled families.  Luxury Travel Advisor sat down with top concierge Anders Ruggiero, a member of Les Clef d’Or, who joined the property post-renovation, to find out what’s happening in the happiest city on LondonEarth.

Eating is always a top priority for travelers to Copenhagen, what’s hot?  Not to be missed is the new Restaurant Palægade (http://palaegade.dk/frontpage/) which opened at the end of May for the best local Danish cuisine, perfect for an interesting smørrebrød lunch, delicate sandwiches topped with seafood, eggs or meats. (We ate here on his suggestion, AMAZING).  The team behind hipster hotspots, Relae and Baest (both worth trying) have opened another winner in the new Danish bakery Mirabelle (http://mirabelle-bakery.dk/) where you can watch them make scrumptious bread before you enjoy it. 

Street food?  Of course, a must is the Torvehallerne (http://torvehallernekbh.dk/) Copenhagen’s glass market filled with delectable local and international delicacies—coffee, Danish pastries, sushi, tapas, and Hija de Sanchez food truck, the best Mexican in the city.  Top tips: try porridge at Grød, the BEST coffee in Copenhagen at the Coffee Collective and a flodeboller (fluffy Danish marshmallow enrobed in dark chocolate) at Summerbird.  There’s a truck taking the Danish hot dog to a new level, John’s Hot Dog Deli, just outside the Central Station at Bernstoffsgade, which is only open every second week, as John experiments new recipes the other week, truly amazing (https://www.facebook.com/johnshotdogdeli.)  Also worth a try is Copenhagen Street Food on Papirøen (Paper Island), here you’ll find all manner of food trucks—from Thai and Brazilian to a duck truck and vegan fare, enjoy it indoors in the raw halls or in the sun overlooking the city's waterfront. (http://copenhagenstreetfood.dk/en/).

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For shopping?  So many great places, in Nørrebro, head to Jaegersborggade (also a great foodie street) for interesting artisan design shops, cool pottery and clothes.  Locally, just behind the d'Angleterre, on Kompagnistræde and Læderstræde streets you’ll find more shops unique to Copenhagen, quirky house wares or even high-design games for children. Strøget  has international designer shops, the Georg Jensen Flagship Store, Royal Copenhagen Store and Illums Bolighus, great for interior and home décor as well as HAY 2 floors with home décor and Scandi furniture. In the trendy Østerbro area, have a stroll on Vaernedamsvej, this is considered the Paris of Copenhagen, with charming boutiques and cafes (have a coffee at Granola www.granola.dk) and take in the French-feeling scene.
 

For the family?  Tivoli Gardens (https://www.tivoli.dk/en) is a must, one of the oldest and most charming theme parks in the world; get the unlimited bracelet and kids ride for as long as you like!  Outside the city, there is Bakken (http://www.bakken.dk/english/bakken-the-worlds-oldest-amusement-park), an even older amusement park north of Copenhagen, located in the middle of Dyrehaven, a 4.2 square mile forest park famed for its mixture of huge, ancient oak trees and large populations of red and fallow deer. In July 2015, it was one of the three forests included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Top tip: You can take a magical horse and carriage ride through the forest to Bakken.

Exclusive excursions?  That’s my specialty! Some of the best: taking private boat rides through Copenhagen’s canals, or even better, sail to Spirit of Hven (http://hven.com/index.php/en/start), a whisky distillery on a private island on the Öresund between Denmark and Sweden, to sample a tipple and have lunch. 

Or, more family friendly, sail up the Öresund to visit picturesque Kronborg Castle (http://kongeligeslotte.dk/en/palaces-and-gardens/kronborg-castle.html) and spend some time at the new M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, an amazing interactive museum which opened in 2015, that explores the business of shipping and lives of sailors of yore up to today. (We visited and it is surprisingly FANTASTIC), combined with a visit to the Louisiana museum of modern art (https://en.louisiana.dk/), with its fabulous sculpture garden overlooking the water, as well as works from Kusama, Richter, Warhol, and ongoing special exhibits. Amazing for kids, the Louisiana has a three story building just for children, professionally staffed with art teachers that offer ongoing hands-on projects inspired by current exhibitions.  (We also did this, and it has to be one of the best art museums for kids in the world).

Exclusive access and VIP behind-the-scenes- tours can be arranged for the Royal Danish Concert Hall (www.dr.dk/Koncerthuset), The Blue Planet Aquarium (http://denblaaplanet.dk/en/), or SHHH we can even open Tivoli Gardens in the off season or after hours for special guests.

For bookings at the Hotel d’Angleterre, Travel Advisors should contact sales director, Christina Thostrup ( +45 33 12 00 95) or by email [email protected]Anders Ruggiero can be reached at [email protected].  

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