søndag den 19. februar 2012

Porridge in Jægersborggade

If you are cold in the harsh Scandinavian winter, GRØD (which means porridge) in Jægersborggade is the place to go. They serve all kinds of porridge, including risotto and congee. The only other dish you can get is a small fresh salat which is only 25 DKK, but it is meant as a side order. This might be necessary if you are very hungry, because the portions are not that big.

Even if you're not that into porridge, you should consider giving it a try. You can have breakfast, lunch and even dinner as the menu changes from day to evening.

The owners make sure the ingredients are seasonal. So right now, in February, you can warm yourself on for example a hot pot of risotto with Jerusalem artichokes, or in the morning just a good old-fashioned oatmeal porridge with apples and nuts or caramel sauce.

The small cafe opens at 7:30 am on weekdays and the cafe has newspapers and magazines to read while you enjoy your meal.

Porridge mixes if you want to make it yourself.

You can buy different kinds of oats and grain mixes at the café. That way you can cook up your own little pot of joy at home.

The menu is only in Danish, but the lovely staff will surely translate it for you. The prices range from 25 DKK for the salad or a dessert porridge, 30 DKK for breakfast and 50-60 DKK for dinner.

The interior is nice and simple in a very Scandinavian way. The café doesn't have too many seats, but it makes the atmosphere warm and "hyggelig".

Hot congee with chicken, ginger and peanuts.

Risotto with Jerusalem artichoke and parmesan cheese.

When in Jægerborggade you should definitely check out all the other small shops in the street with everything from delicate food and pastries to clothes, pottery and music. Jægersborggade is Copenhagen's no. 1 hipster street in this upcoming part of Nørrebro, so expect lots of Ray Ban sunglasses and oversize clothing mixed with a friendly atmosphere and definitely room for everyone.

In one end of Jærgersborggade you'll find the charming cemetery Assistens Kirkegården, where you can find the graves of legends such as H.C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. At the other end of the street you can turn the corner and head down Stefansgade, another street with lots of nice cafés and shops popping up at the moment.

Also, you should take a walk in Nørrebroparken, the park nearby, which is about to be renovated and even nicer and greener.

Jægersborggade 50
2200 Copenhagen N

Opening hours:
Weekdays 7:30 am - 9 pm
Weekend 10 am - 9 pm

Cuban "hygge" on Amager

If you are up for a ride all the way out of Amagerbrogade, something good awaits you! Down the street Ingolfs Allé, close to Amagerbrogade no. 200, you will find a Cuban coffee shop called Ingolfs Kaffebar. Here, you can get Cuban kitch and Danish "hygge" (cosiness) all in one.

Brunch at Ingolfs Kaffebar.
The café offers brunch, coffee, tea, Cuban beers, lunch, snacks, cake, steak, live music and so on. The portions are large and the food is home-made and yummy. In the summertime you can get Bucanero or Cristal (Cuban beers) and listen to live music in their lovely garden.

The ladies' room.

Fun for kids and other simple souls.

The entrance to Ingolfs Kaffebar.

After enjoying your coffee and snaks, we'd recommend a stroll down the street and around the neighbourhood. This is where Amager reveals it's charm and proofs there's more to it than just Amagerbrogade. A walk down to Amager Strandpark - a large, typical Scandinavian beach with great views towards Sweden and the Øresund Bridge - is the perfect way to end you visit to Amager. And you can grab the metro right from Amager Strandpark to go back to the center. How practical.

Ingolfs Kaffebar
Ingolfs Allé 3
2300 Copenhagen S

Opening hours:
Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 am - 10 pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sundays: 10 am - 6 pm

Brunch 125 DKK
Sandwich 85 DKK
Steak 185 DKK
Café latte 30 DKK
Cristal bottled beer 30 DKK

søndag den 12. februar 2012

Frozen city

Winter has finally come to Copenhagen. The lakes in the middle of the city are frozen, which gives the city a whole other look. It is now safe to walk on some of the lakes, but not all of them. Look for signs saying it's safe - or ask people around you. There is an official list of which lakes are safe to walk on, but it's only in Danish. "JA" means safe, "NEJ" means not safe.

Even if you don't dare to walk on the ice, a walk around the lakes is just as pretty.

If you get cold walking around in the Nordic winter, treat yourself to a cup of hot coffee. Near the lakes we recommend: