Copenhagen - home of stunning architecture, beautiful people and the very best of Nordic Cuisine.
Characterised by fresh, local ingredients, and simple flavours, Nordic Cuisine has grown in popularity and recognition around the world in recent years. Restaurants such as the impossible-to-book Noma are leading the way in showcasing the best of Scandinavian ingredients and traditional, yet reinterpreted cooking.
We have put together a list of our top three favourite restaurants in Copenhagen, who are serving some of the best in modern Nordic fare anywhere in the city.
The Union Kitchen Store
Strandstræde 21, 1255 København. +45 33 14 54 88. theunionkitchen.dk.
Just a stone’s throw away from Nyhavn is the uber sexy Union Kitchen, a trendy cafe popular with Copenhagen’s hipsters and foodies alike. The decor is achingly cool- grey-on-grey, complete with rustic furniture and modern Danish lighting. The menu is ever changing, and varies from season to season ensuring that only the freshest and most local ingredients are offered.
The brunch menu is to die for, serving many of the classics with a Scandinavian twist, such as the eggs Benedict served with toasted sourdough bread, local Danish bacon, spinach and pomegranate. Best of all is the ‘Balls of the Day’, varying everyday, is a mouthwatering combination of homemade meatballs served with interesting Danish pickles and sides.
The Royal Smushi Cafe
Amagertorv 6, 1160 København. +45 33 12 11 22. smushi.dk.
Decorated with playful paintings and instillations, with designs by Danish icons like Holmegaard, Bang and Olufsen, and Fritz Hansen, Smushi is an absolute delight to visit. Complete with beautiful marble topped canteen-style tables, famous Jacobsen ant chairs, iconic china from Royal Copenhagen and silverware from luxury Danish brand Georg Jensen, a trip to Smushi is indeed the ultimate Danish dining experience.
Smørrebrød + Sushi = Smushi, a thoroughly unique Danish cuisine to originate from Copenhagen. Centuries old Smørrebrød traditionally consists of a dense rye bread served with a range of toppings including roast beef, herring and smoked salmon. Founder, Lo Østergaard, inspired by her travels through Japan, has succeeded in breathing new life into an old and much loved classic. The food here is typically stacked in complementary layers like sushi, bringing out flavours from the meat, fishes and dressings.
There are also many Danish classics on offer which are well worth trying, like the ‘rød grød med fløde’- a red berry pudding with cream, and ‘æblekage’- the Danish equivalent to apple charlotte. Of course you will have to sample Smushi’s fine coffee selection which are of the finest quality and are carefully selected by in-house coffee expert, Rud Christiansen.
Christiansborg Slotsplads, 1218 København, Denmark. +45 3337 3100. taarnet.dk.
Located in Christiansborg Slot tower, above the home of the Danish Parliament, is the fabulous Tårnet Restaurant, owned and directed by prolific restaurateur Rasmus Bo Bojesen. The setting is stunning, with a beautifully enigmatic interior complete with views out over Copenhagen; Tårnet is a great treat that absolutely does not disappoint.
Lunch is thoroughly enjoyable and very affordable, serving contemporary smørrebrød and Danish cheeses. Afternoon tea, which boasts some of the finest sweet treats in Copenhagen, all of which lovingly made in Tårnet’s in-house bakery, is also worth trying.
However, the dinner menu is magnificent; each dish telling a story of traditional Danish cooking with local and always seasonal ingredients. Each dish is impeccably presented, with minimal pretension and maximum flavour. The Haddock, pea and wild mint soup served with locally produced goats cheese is delicate and utterly delicious.