If you are visiting Copenhagen a great experience for design enthusiasts is a cup of coffee and bit of cake in the cafe of The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. The hotel, designed by the great Arne Jacobsen, is a wonderful piece of architecture adjacent to Tivoli Gardens and the main train station (Hovedbanegården) in the centre of Copenhagen.
As well as being the architect, Arne Jacobsen designed the interiors and used his famous Swan and Egg chairs.
The cafe entrance is off of Vesterbrogade, and feels like you are in a 1960’s Instagram filter. I always half expect to see a young Sean Connery in the corner, chain smoking and flirting with a beautiful, peroxide Russian spy, called, well something with a terrible double entendre. The service in the cafe is old fashioned classic style, it is criminally quiet in the afternoons, and getting a window seat is not generally a problem.
The view from the other side of the street is Hard Rock Cafe Copenhagen, which for some unknown reason is always packed with tourists.
A quick trip through the lobby of the hotel ‘to visit the rest rooms/toilets’ lets you get a look at the Jacobsen Egg chairs and other Jacobsen designed details. There is also a bar in the hotel’s foyer area should you need a martini cocktail…
The most famous example of Jacobsen’s chairs – for anyone British at least – is from the photo with Christine Keeler who is best known from ‘The Scandal’ or ‘The Profumo Affair’. You can read a great article on it here at the V&A’s website. This is their picture.
View from the cafe. The young Sean Connery and Svetlannalickalov, just out of picture, having a fag…
If you are looking to stay in the hotel, one bedroom remains in the original condition from 1960, and that is room 606 which you can book.
You can read a bit more here from Wikipedia on the hotel. And here on the great Arne Jacobsen.