When you think of great food in Copenhagen, you no doubt think of Noma, the restaurant that took out the title of World's Best four times before it closed. And while there are Michelin-starred restaurant aplenty in Denmark's capital, the simpler street food scene is equally intriguing: hot dogs, smørrebrød and rød grød med fløde (a frozen dessert made with cream and strawberries). So to get a feel for the breadth of Danish cuisine, we asked eyebrow artist and foodie Sharon Lee for her tops picks on where to eat.
Restaurant Barr sits on the former site of Michelin-starred restaurant Noma, which means it has quite the reputation to live up to. The space, on the waterway next to a historic sailing ship, is light and open with an industrial bent. The menu isn’t extensive but what it lacks in length it makes up for in uniqueness: think bone marrow on toast with salted gooseberries or smoked mackerel with tomato and roses, which can be enjoyed as part of a four-course degustation (A$125). Finish your meal with the stroll along the beautiful canal.
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Canal dinner cruise
There are multiple options for cruising along Copenhagen’s latticework of canals but choosing one that sets out at twilight means you can watch the city settling down for the evening. The guide on the Canal Dinner Cruise is multi-lingual which means nothing is lost in translation as you edge past The Little Mermaid, the Amalienborg Palace and the Copenhagen Opera House.
Geranium has three Michelin stars – though could you expect any less from René Redzepi, the man behind Noma? The restaurant sits on the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium (the views are of the nearby Common Gardens), as well as sitting at number 19 on the list of the World’s Best Restaurants. The 20-course Universe menu might seem overwhelming but the flavours are truly exceptional; the standout dish is razor clams served in an edible “shell”.
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The sound of cucumbers with salted strawberries and onions served with last year’s pickle might not inspire salivation but trust us: the food at 108 is incredible. There’s an eight-course degustation option, as well as light, small plates, and the space is only open for dinner. Oh, and the dessert is a far more decadent-sounding hot doughnut filled with caramel – served with seaweed ice-cream.
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Copenhagen Food Tours
If you prefer your meals be taken at the table, then this tour isn’t for you as it covers a lot of ground – literally. It starts at the food market, then stops by the Copenhagen Botanic Gardens for a sip of Danish apple wine and a taste of berries picked straight off the vine. Then, it weaves past a variety of shopfronts and stalls, including stops to try homebrewed beer, artisan cheeses, smørrebrød (toppings, such as smoked fish, on a slice of dark rye bread), liquorice, chocolate, hard candies and even organic hot dogs! Both three- and four-hour tours are available.
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