COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A 100-year-old abandoned warehouse along the
waterfront here has become a shopping promenade, beckoning cruise
passengers with 25 shops and eateries.
"It is now
possible to take care of the cruise passengers who do not want to
go on tours -- those who have already been here three or four times
and just want to relax," Per Schmidt, Port of Copenhagen sales
A 15-month, $20 million redevelopment turned the 1,000-foot
stone warehouse, one of the world's longest buildings, into the
Copenhagen Waterfront arcade.
Abandoned for 70 years, "it looked like something from East
Germany during the war," said Kim Loudrup, the project's owner and
One shop rents Rollerblades for skating along the pier. Homesick
Americans will find American deli and barbeque eateries. Quirky
cafes such as the Meatball, which serves 103 varieties of meatball,
turn up as well.
For al fresco dining, 800 rooftop chairs and outdoor cafes along
the old loading ramp offer waterfront views.
The World's Largest Internet Cafe, powered by Microsoft, can
accommodate 100 e-mailing travelers. The cafe even offers a
"driver's license" course for those uninitiated into computers.
Shopping choices range from Louis Vitton and Cartier to souvenir
shops. The building also houses a tax-refund office.
Locals are joining the party as well: Two new condominium
buildings recently rose behind the promenade, and a third is
planned, Schmidt said.
Copenhagen ranks as Europe's busiest cruise port, with more than
200 ships calling from May to September.