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Experience architecture through the food scene of Copenhagen

10.1.2023
Author: Mikkel Noa Klein
Photo: Adam Mørk

Copenhagen is well known for being an international gastronomic capital and the city is rich in architectural landmarks. Why not combine great gastronomy with great architecture? Here is a guide to some of the restaurants in Copenhagen where spectacular architecture plays a major role

Restaurant Silo

Restaurant The Silo has a spectacular view from the 17th floor of the former grain silo from 1962 in the area of Nordhavn. The Silo was completely renewed by COBE Architects in 2017 and turned into 39 unique apartments with public access to the restaurant on the top. The building is a world-class example of Copenhagen’s adaptive reuse of the harbor and its buildings. The industrial buildings and structures of Nordhavn have played a key role in defining the identity of the harbour. By retaining the identity and repurposing the robust durable concrete structures, Cobe was able to preserve the area’s heritage and minimize the CO footprint.
For lunch Restaurant Silo serves Danish open-faced sandwiches with a modern twist. For dinner the menu is French/Italian/Nordic and they also shake up some tasty cocktails.

Restaurant Silo
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Restaurant Silo
Address:
Helsinkigade 29, 2150 Copenhagen
Neighborhood: Nordhavn
The kitchen: Nordic cuisine
Price level: €€
The building: COBE Architects (2017)
Nearest metro: Orientkaj Station
Link:
restaurantsilo.dk

TRIO Restaurant & Bar

On the 10th floor in Axel Towers right across the street from Tivoli Gardens you can visit TRIO Restaurant & bar. Axel Towers consist of 5 towers and is the vision of new Danish architecture, gathering people who live and work in the city by featuring both offices, shops, eateries, public gardens, and restaurants. The Michelin-starred restaurant AOC opened their 'sibling restaurant', TRIO, on the 9th and 10th floor in autumn 2017.
In the restaurant, you can watch the buzzing life of the city, and the furniture in the restaurant is designed by renowned Danish architect, Poul Kjærholm.
The menu is Danish cuisine and the cocktail bar is worth a visit as well.  

TRIO - Axel Towers
ATP Ejendomme

Address: Jernbanegade 11, 1608 Copenhagen
Neighborhood: Central Copenhagen
The kitchen: French/Danish
Price level: €€€
The building:
Lundgaard & Tranberg (2017)
Nearest metro: Main Central Station
Link:
restauranttrio.dk

Almanak i Operaen

The Copenhagen Opera House is designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen, and several Danish artists have contributed to the decor, among them Per Kirkeby who has created four bronze reliefs, and Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who has contributed the three light sculptures for the foyer.
Whether you fancy some of the city's finest smørrebrød, abundant seafood, or a great dinner in Copenhagen before a performance at the Opera – the newly opened Almanak i Operaen can provide. The view from the restaurant is breathtaking with the waterfront right outside the windows, and Amalienborg Castle and The Marble Church across the water.

Almanak i Operaen
Det Kongelige Teater

Address: The Royal Danish Opera House
Neighborhood: Holmen
The kitchen: Nordic Cuisine
Price level: €€
The building:
Henning Larsen Architects (2005)
Nearest metro: Christianshavn Station or the waterbus stop Operaen
Link:
almanakioperaen.dk

Aamanns Replik at The Royal Danish Play House

The Royal Playhouse is designed by the Danish architectural practice Lundgaard & Tranberg and received a RIBA European Award in 2008 for its architecture as well as a Red Dot Design Award for the design of the chairs. It is built in a long, slim, deep-brown brick that was specially developed for the project. The exterior is dominated by a continuous glass-encased top story with offices and backstage facilities for the actors. The glazed foyer facing the water runs along the entire length of the building. It affords panoramic views of the harbor and contains a café and the restaurant Amaan’s Replik which serves Danish smørrebrød for lunch and Nordic cuisine for dinner. Aamann is famous for smørrebrød in Copenhagen, and everything is organic and homemade.

Skuespilhuset
Ty Stange

Address: Sankt Annæ Plads 36,1250 Copenhagen
Neighborhood: Central Copenhagen
The kitchen: Danish open-faced sandwiches for lunch and Nordic cuisine for dinner
Price level: €€
The building:
Lundgaard & Tranberg
Nearest metro: Kongens Nytorv or the waterbus stop Skuespilhuset
Link:
aamanns.dk/restaurant/aamanns-replik

Bistro PanPan

Bjarke Ingels Group has completed a circular enclosure at the Copenhagen Zoo to house two giant pandas that have been relocated from Chengdu, China. Its form evokes the Chinese yin-yang symbol, providing separate areas for the male and female bear so that they can't see, hear or even smell each other until mating season.
To offer a more immersive experience, BIG has also incorporated a French-Asian bistro for visitors so that they can dine in line with the lush landscape.
While watching the pandas eat bamboo you can enjoy the famous moules mariniéres and homemade spring rolls.

Bistro PanPan
Frank Rønsholt

Address: Inside Copenhagen ZOO
Neighborhood: Frederiksberg
The kitchen: French/Asian
Price level: €€
The building: BIG (2019)
Nearest metro: Fasanvej St.
Link:
bistropanpan.dk

Restaurant No. 2

From the restaurant, you have spectacular views to Blox (OMA (2018), The Black Diamond (Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects 1999), and The Circle Bridge (Studio Olafur Eliasson (2015) is right outside the window. The bridge is made of five circular platforms, and it contributes to a larger circle that forms a pedestrian route around Copenhagen Harbour, where people – cycling, running, walking – can see the city from a very different perspective. As many as 5,000 people cross this bridge each day. 
The restaurant is run by AOC which has two Michelin stars. The menu at No. 2 is described as Nordic luxury and in addition to the food and wine No. 2 offers a range of drinks in a fusion of homemade, innovative, and classic.

The building itself where No. 2 is based was designed by Henning Larsen Architects as part of a large-scale masterplan in a former industrial part of Christianshavn, and it was constructed to house the headquarters of the bank, Nordea.

Restaurant Nr. 2
Anders Sune Berg

Address: Nicolai Eigtvedsgade 32, 1402 København K
Neighborhood: Christianshavn
The kitchen: Nordic cuisine
Price level: €€€
The building: Henning Larsen Architects
Nearest metro: Christianshavn Station
Link:
nummer2.dk

Restaurant Nærvær

The Krøyers Plads site has been an architectural and political battlefield for more than a decade. Over the years, local organizations and politicians have rejected five architectural proposals for various reasons, until Cobe’s and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects' final building design for this historical site on the Christianshavn harbour front was approved. Rather than inventing a new building type, Krøyers Plads is a reinvention of the industrial warehouse adjacent to the site. The new Krøyers Plads consists of three residential warehouses that fit into the existing environment, based on insights gathered from locals living in the neighborhood.

The restaurant is very popular, especially during the summertime. Restaurant Nærvær (which means to be present in Danish) serves a variety of small dishes and is also famous for its brunch.
 

Nærvær
Daniel Rasmussen

Address: Strandgade 87, 1401 Copenhagen
Neighborhood: Christianshavn
The kitchen: Nordic cuisine
Price level: €€
The building:
Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and Cobe (2016)
Nearest metro: Christianshavn St.
Link:
naervaer.dk

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