Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Why

Over the last 15 years, if any place in the world has undergone a culinary revolution, it must be Copenhagen. Now home to two of the world’s most famous restaurants, Noma and Geranium, both with three michelin stars. in January 2019 we had the pleasure of meeting Virginia Newton, Head of PR and Media relations at Geranium, for afternoon tea at the 5* Hotel d’Angleterre in the centre of town. Other places which are easier to get into include Barr, and 108, both founded by chefs from Noma, and Barr occupies the old Noma premises. Both are on the harbour at Nyhavn.

The really striking thing about the city, is the reassuring absence of security. City dwellers move around on bicycles, and leave them outside stores, without even bothering to lock them. The Danish Royal family send their children to a school open to all in the city centre, and they can be seen in the morning, heading off there by bike, with not a policeman or security officer in sight.

The mermaid is obviously a compulsory visit, as is the Palace at Christiansborg, the site of the first development of Copenhagen in the 11c - the foundations of the original walled fort can still be seen in the basement of the current palace.

For the final day, the hotel organised a guide for us for a three hour tour, priced at 350 euros. Kristian was simply excellent. His knowledge of his country and the city is encyclopedic, and he is fluent in English. http://www.toursincopenhagen.com/ His email: (Kristian Søttrup) ksottrup@gmail.com

Where to Stay

71 Nyhavn

We found the hotel on Trip Advisor. It is a former warehouse, converted to a hotel in the 70’s and recently refitted. It is a few minutes walk from the centre, well placed for the restaurants and cafes around the harbour. Comfortable, well run, the breakfasts excellent, and reasonably priced. For something more upmarket, try the Hotel d’Angleterre, right in the centre. The chef used to work at Geranium and we had good reports on the food. Sunday brunch is popular - you need to reserve 5 months in advance!

Hotel 71 Nyhorn

Hotel 71 Nyhorn

Food for a Viking at Barr

Food for a Viking at Barr

The former Noma, now the associated Barr

The former Noma, now the associated Barr

The Corner Cafe - part of 108, also associated with Noma

The Corner Cafe - part of 108, also associated with Noma

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Three days and four nights was enough, to try interesting new culinary developments, pick up some ideas for our coming season, take in a reasonable amount of culture, and relax before our flight out to our next destination, Braemar in Scotland

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