March 29 2013
The chef René Redzepi and the entrepreneur Claus Meyer have shared the challenge of transforming the Copenhagen restaurant scene into something as crazy as it is inventive while preserving their local values.
Their houseboat anchored in the harbor is the place where anything can happen. There, scientists, chefs, chemists, anthropologists and academics are pushing the boundaries of the kitchen to share and exchange the discoveries that they later put in practice in some of the the most popular restaurants in the city and around the world. Here are some addresses not to miss:
Facing the harbor, the restaurant Noma stands in a crude but refined décor made of light wood. The chef presents a selection of inventive and surprising tapas. (Strandgade 93 – www.noma.dk)
The latest, Höst was conceived and created by the architects of Norm and the designers of the collective Menu. In the middle of a pretty courtyard, it offers a more accessible and traditional cuisine – although still innovative – and with a welcoming atmosphere, pastel tones and lightwood. (Nørre Farimagsgade 41 – www.cofoco.dk)
And in a pristine white decor, the restaurant Radio, opened by Claus Meyer offers an inexpensive table with very good vegetarian products grown in their garden outside of Copenhagen. (Julius Thomsens Gade 12 – www.restaurantradio.dk)
It is in the city center that boutiques include the most prominent designers of the moment.
Another Nué is a 100% feminine and ultra sharp multi-brand. Amongst the sober wooden decor, you can find Carven, Philip Lim but also creations of the eponymous Nué Notes and Lovechild. (Krystalgade 3 – www.nuecph.com)
Wood Wood focuses more on the designers and presents the collections of Comme des Garçons, limited editions of Nike and creations by BOY by Band of Outsiders, and an exclusive line of travel bags in collaboration with Eastpak (1 Groennegade – www.woodwood.dk)
More sportswear, the brand Soulland created by Silas Sadler draws its inspiration from traditional Scandinavian art. The label designs clothes with classic cuts, refined aesthetics and pays special attention to detail. (www.soulland.dk)
“Vesterbro” is the most underground neighborhood of the city with its old refurbished slaughterhouse. The place is full of galleries, restaurants and shops and a new concept is revealed behind each door.
Gallery v1 presents both international established and emerging artists and serves as a platform for a discussion between art and the surrounding society with all forms of media. Right now, the Danish artist Julie Nord is presenting her new drawings there until March 27th. (69 Flæsketorvet – www.v1gallery.com)
For lunch, the Fiskebar, in the wake of the new Nordic food scene has a menu that offers only fish. Inside the white exterior, the open kitchen decor is bright and airy. (Flæsketorvet 100 – www.fiskebaren.dk)
Smaller and cosier Paté Paté develops more Mediterranean inspirations with a dazzling Spanish accented cuisine, alongside by a beautiful wine cellar for the connoisseurs. (Slagterboderne 1 – www.patepate.dk).
Karriere Club is ideal for cocktails and dancing. It has become an institution in the neighborhood and is one of the first addresses of Vesterbro, best known for exposing the first works of the artist Olafur Eliasson. (57-67 flaesketorvet – www.karrierebar.com)
More lounge-like, the recently opened, Lidkoeb is very nice for a drink in leather armchairs in the corner by a chimney fire. (Vesterbrogarde 72B – www.lidkoeb.dk)
And for a coffee break, Granola offers pancakes or cupcakes in a revisited bistro style. (Værnedamsvej 5).
Just next door, Blomsterkuret, the most beautiful flower shop of the city, offers a romantic touch in its mini house with a variety of flowers and cherry branches.
Thirty minutes from downtown by train, the Danish coast houses some a real gems.
Facing the sea, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a true masterpiece that contains a permanent collection to rival many. Here you will find Danish artists from after 1945 alongside Picasso, Giacometti, Dubuffet, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, Henry Moore, and Louise Bourgeois. The park is scattered with sculptures by Calder, César, Laurens, Shapiro, and Sekine. And at the moment, the “Pop Art Design” exhibition is showing the correlation between art and design of that era and their post-70s influence until June 9th.
At the end of the day, strolling along the sea at sunset is a must. The view is wonderful from the Louisiana Museum or from one of the pontoons on the seafront (www.louisiana.dk).
Five minutes away, the largest organic farm in Denmark is spreading its garden. More than 40 farmers cultivate about 700 varieties of fruits and vegetables. A basket is made with varieties of the seasons, delivered door to door with original recipe proposals in a wooden crate or sold on the market once a week. An innovative way to develop new interactions between farmers and cooks and strengthen their relationships.
See the selection of Plume Voyage on the «100% Nordic Travelers Objects».
HAY, the Swedish leader welcomes its guests into a two-floor boutique apartment. A magical place that looks less like a showroom than a well designed home. A child’s corner, bed linen with neon colors, unique wooden pieves but also a wide range of stationery and furniture with clean lines and pastel colors are beautifully presented in this unusual place. (Pilestræde 29 – www.hay.dk).
In the chic corner of the city, a French-Danish family has installed Beau Marché, a vintage furniture shop. A retro atmosphere with a very chic selection taken from the 50s. A wine bar welcomes visitors at the bottom of the yard. (Ny Østergade 32 – www.beau-marche.dk)
Illums Bolinghus remains a must for enthusiasts of furniture and decorative objects. The best designer brands are grouped on four floors to represent all kinds of homes. And displayed at the moment, the photo exhibition of Claudia Munkoboe represented by DASK gallery – (10 Amagertorv – www.illumsbolighus.dk).
Like in the countryside, the Guldsmeden is a lovely boutique hotel in Vesterbro, perfect for long winter days and also very pleasant during the summer. The rooms are cosy with wooden canopy beds, equipped with a small private terrace. The spa, illuminated with candles, warms up in the winter with its hammam, jacuzzi and organic tea to enjoy while you can sit in the garden in the summer with a glass in hand. Ideal for a quiet moment in the middle of the bustling city. www.hotelguldsmeden.com
Connoisseurs will sleep in the room 606 SAS of the Royal Hotel, designed by Arne Jacobsen and preserved in the same state, with the Egg and Swan armchairs designed by the designer. A real dive into the 60s and the world of the famous designer (Hammerichsgade 1).
At the exit of the city, on Oresund road, the impressive station designed by the architect and built in 1937 is still in service. The very modern curved lines are the testament of the master of avant-garde design.
And in Klampenborg, the Bellavista subdivision and the restaurant designed by the designer are all testimony to the legacy of Arne Jacobsen. (Strandvejen 449)