Copenhagen's new Asian wave
Some of the most talented chefs in Copenhagen are leading a new wave of Asian restaurants, combining principles from the New Nordic Food Manifesto wit...
A well thought and executed urban strategy has developed The Carlsberg City District into a city district with a curated gastronomic scene combined with unique design and cultural experiences. A lively and diverse selection that gives them an obvious international orientation.
Besides being home to an architectural and historically unique setting, The Carlsberg District is quickly also becoming a gastronomic destination and cultural and design hub.
To secure a diverse and vibrant neighbourhood, a part of the district’s urban strategy has been to specially invite all restaurants to open their place in The Carlsberg City District. This creates a curated and diversified gastronomic and retail scene generating a vibrant and lively neighbourhood. As the first urban strategy in Copenhagen, every zone is carefully thought out regarding restaurants and shops.
Every restaurant is handpicked for each zone, making sure that only one pizzeria, one burger joint and so forth is located within the same zone creating small independent food scenes.
There is nothing random about the selection of the places that are invited to open, as they all must meet The Carlsberg’s City District’s specific demands and values, making the rental into a special contract. Furthermore, important themes like quality craftmanship and micro-production have been focal before the selection to continue the legacy of the Carlsberg Brewery.
In accordance with their international imprint, The Carlsberg City District features unique cultural and design experiences. Here some of the stores are seen to be very destination oriented, chosen with a more futuristic attitude in mind, for example, designer Henrik Vibskov’s showroom and store, and mixing it with more everyday stores that are also essential for a district.
The Michelin recommended smørrebrød restaurant Aamanns has opened Aamanns Genbo at the lively Kildepladsen. In the past, Aamanns has received international recognition for their way of modernizing the Danish smørrebrød. At Aamanns Genbo, they are focusing on smørrebrød both as takeaway and, in the restaurant, supplementing with a sourdough bakery, a small café and a small sale of delicacies. The place ranges from breakfast to an afternoon bar to be a place you can always swing by like a neighbour.
In the vibrant Købkes Plads, you will find the sustainable and organic vegan bar and eatery Beyla. Founded by two Australians in 2016 with the original name Souls and the purpose of offering worry-free food on the go and eating vegan without discovering it’s vegan. Beyla has a laid-back vibe while still embracing high-quality and locally sourced food, even using produce from their agriculture in Nørrebro. Beyla is part of the Ark Collection, including Restaurant Ark and Bistro Lupa.
When the brunch place Cadence opened in The Carlsberg City District in 2021, it was with the purpose of elevating the Copenhagen brunch scene. The duo behind has been brought in from the successful brunch place The Sixteen Twelve in Jægersborggade. Cadence’s main goal is to refine the brunch meal into a culinary experience by pushing a health-forward brunch, where fermentation plays a special role in their arrangements. Cadence also has an adjoining bakery, where it will be possible to buy croissants, pies, and sourdough bread, while their baristas serve coffee from Coffee Collective. In addition, Cadence will also sell a selection of their own fermented goods, such as Kombucha and fermented almonds from their brand Cultured.
Located in a modernized Carlsberg malt silo Carls Øl- and Spisehus embraces the heritage of the brewery workers who worked there for 150 years, being a brasserie, gastropub, bar, café, restaurant, and venue with a casual atmosphere. The place has a strong focus on beer having over 20 beer taps and the world’s largest selection of Carlsberg’s craft beers at its disposal.
With its strong focus on sustainability from sees to cup, Coffee Collective has grown to become one of Copenhagen’s most popular coffee bars and brands. The Carlsberg City District’s Coffee Collective is located at the bottom of the industrial Pasteurs Tower, where high ceilings form the frame of the uniquely designed space. The coffee bar receives roasted coffee daily, shipped from Coffee Collective’s roastery in Frederiksberg.
In The Carlsberg City District’s Brewers Square, it is possible to enjoy one of the world’s best burgers in unique historical surroundings. The burger joint Gasoline Grill, well-known for its simple, no nonsense-burgers made from organic ingredients with a focus on quality, was named one of the 27 best burgers in the world by Bloomberg in 2017. The delicious burgers can now be enjoyed in the Hammershus, the previous boiler house of Carlsberg and later canteen for the workers.
While Hotel Ottilia has been named one of the best transformation projects in Copenhagen, they do not keep this project to the hotel guests only. The boutique hotel wants to make everyone feel welcome because they serve the entire area, not just hotel guests. In the morning, guests can experience an organic breakfast while the open lobby turns into a bar at night with a view of the old silos.
The forces behind the two hyped bakeries, Benji and Alice, have merged and opened a joined bakery Københavns Bageri. Benji and Alice have both been recognized in Copenhagen for their high quality of baked goods, which people have been willing to stand in line to get their hands on. With Københavns Bageri, the two previous noma employees want to cultivate the original baking tradition creating products rooted in and saluting the Danish baking history, art, and practices.
On a corner in the Carlsberg city district, the former noma chef Philipp Inreiter has opened his Japanese-inspired eatery Kōnā and continued the success of his Slurp ramen joint, a joint located in Nansensgade and known for its long queues of ramen-lovers. At Kōnā, you will find their ramen residency downstairs, where you are seated around a U-shaped counter overlooking the open kitchen, where the food is prepared. Here the classic homemade ramen classics from Slurp are served and combined with Kōnā specials, which are flavours made specially to be served at Kōnā. Upstairs you are greeted with an informal izakaya bar serving real Japanese-inspired comfort food snacks and drinks.
Lĭquo is an Italian wine bar located in the small square next to J.C. Jacobsen’s Garden and Pasteurs Tower. It is Surt’s Italian Giuseppe Oliva, who is behind the bar, and the place also originally functioned as the storage facility of Surt until Giuseppe realized the uniqueness of the space. Lĭquo continues the Italian focus from Surt, specializing in Italian wine from all 20 regions of Italy to show the diversity of the Italian territory. The wine bar additionally serves drinks such as vermouth and negroni and a selection of charcuterie, cheese, and snacks. The name Lĭquo means ‘to liquify’ in Latin and refers to their products being liquified from grapes, tomatoes, and olives. At the same time, ‘to liquify’ also refers to the liquid heritage of Carlsberg’s brewery.
STUDIO is a modern gourmet restaurant serving Nordic minimalism with a French fundament while trying to set new standards for sustainable gastronomy. The Danish ingredients and produce are the centre of attention, all selected and refined with care, with the Michelin-recommended chef Christoffer Sørensen in charge of the kitchen. STUDIO is located at the very spot where the source for the clean water sprung out back in the brewer days. A water source there was the main reason why the Carlsberg Brewery settled where it did. The water has also inspired the restaurant’s interior, which features specially designed artwork.
The pizzeria Surt, which means sour in Danish, makes Neapolitan-style pizzas with a strong focus on sourdough pizzas, fermentation, and locally sourced products. With their approach to making pizzas relying on the process of sourdough without using any industrial yeast, Surt has found its perfect location in the Carlsberg City District being a historical beer fermentation site. As a result of their method of kneading and the sourdough’s daily disposition and identity, every pizza served is unique. The place is owned by Italian Giuseppe Oliva, who has a history in places like Tribeca NV and the renowned pizzeria Bæst in Nørrebro. And with his pizzeria Surt, Giuseppe wants to pay homage to raw materials and his gastronomic roots served in casual settings.
In the rustic basements of what once was a Malt Magazine for the Carlsberg brewery, the luxurious spa concept AIRE Ancient Bath has found its Copenhagen-based home. AIRE Ancient Bath has opened in the rustic space for a spa universe with thermal baths, massage rooms and just plain comfort.
The Iconic family-owned design company Carl Hansen & Søn, representing more than a hundred years of Danish Design, has opened their flagship store in The Carlsberg City District. The design brand is specialized in creating outstanding furniture and produces iconic furniture from renowned Danish designers like Hans J. Wegener, Arne Jacobsen, Børge Morgensen, Kaare Klint etc.
Right by The Carlsberg City District’s iconic Star Gate and Chalk Tower, multi-artist and designer Henrik Vibskov has opened his concept store. Here Henrik Vibskov has based his fascinating and creative universe and studio. From Thursday to Sunday, the Archive Store is open, selling creations from previous collections, archive pieces, samples, prints and different experiments from the Danish designer.
The Danish kitchen and furniture concept Stillark have opened its showroom and office in the heart of Flaskehalsen, which will be the lifestyle, design, and interior area in The Carlsberg City District. Stillark creates furniture, kitchens, and inventory with a strong focus on craftsmanship, detail, and architecture to make it last a lifetime.
The Swiss gallery Von Bartha has found its first international outpost in the iconic and historical Chalk Tower in The Carlsberg City District, continuing its reputation for using distinctive architectural rooms. In the 75 m2 space, Von Bartha creates a meeting point between modern and contemporary art with an associated small courtyard that will feature sculptures.
Hotel Ottilia is a 4+ star luxury Boutique hotel with 155 rooms located in two previous buildings used by the Carlsberg Brewery. The building is famous for its distinct façade, covered in 64 discs covered in gold leaf. The transformation from an industrial building to a luxury hotel has received several recognitions and was named the most beautiful building in Copenhagen in 2019 by the municipality of Copenhagen. Inside and outside the hotel, you will find original elements from the history of the brewery buildings incorporated into the interior and design. The hotel includes unique social areas like a lobby bar, rooftop bar, and fitness room.