I have been strolling up and down Esplanaden, one of Copenhagen’s most classic thoroughfares for 3 decades and it always continues to captivate me. Stretching from Store Kongensgade to the waterfront at Nordre Toldbod, it parades its excellent urban dwellings, restaurants and cafés such as the hip Babette Guldsmeden hotel, the evergreen eatery, Lumskebugten and the ever popular café, the tiny Kafferiet.
Other facades and interior spaces worth noting is the art deco inspired hair salon Contrast, one of Copenhagen’s oldest existing salons in the city. The decor has an individual zest created by the owner and hair stylist Bo Søballe. Based next door, is the men’s fashion-wear showroom, Martin Asbjørn highlighting collections by the young Danish designer, Martin Asbjørn Bjerre. The facade and spatial scala knits perfectly with Martin’s brand. On the surface, Byens Farve is just another paint store, but it’s so much more. Just stepping into the owner’s, Sven Valling’s universe and breathing in the aromas of the pigments, is a fascinating experience.
12 years ago I tasted an Austrian Pinot noir for the first time at a wine-tasting event at Österreich Vin, which made a lasting impression and put to shame my inadequate knowledge of Austrian wine. Since opening its doors on Esplanaden in 2003, Österreich Vin has blossomed into a major wine importer and still hosts tasting events for those who wish to learn more about Austrian wines.