Kronborg – the castle and home of Hamlet
On the northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, you’ll find Kronborg Castle. The impressive building used to be the headquar...
Hotel Hornbækhus offers communal dining every evening of the week, Marienlyst Strandhotel has hosted generations of royalties, and smoked fish will be served right by the harbour at the smokehouse in Elsinore.
Street food, fine dining and communal dining are among the options in Elsinore and its surrounding areas. Below is an overview of the most interesting dining options in the Elsinore region.
Two chefs and two fishmongers opened the doors to Helsingør Røgeri (Elsinore Smoke House) in 2020. From the yellow house on the harbour, they sell smoked fish such as herring or mackerels and handpicked prawns. All four of them are known in their fields, and the chef's Line Storm Hansen and Nicolai Byrholt-Garre work as consultants on the tv program Masterchef as well as running the smokehouse, whereas Tommy Raabo Fischer runs the fishmonger’s shop Hav in Torvehallerne in Copenhagen and Axel Jessen runs Sletten Fiskehus. In the summer months, Helsingør Røgeri serves traditional Danish harbourside lunch outside the smokehouse. Here you’ll find open-faced sandwiches, fish cakes and fish and chips. One day of the year in August (in 2021 and 2022) they also host a crayfish party with all-you-can-eat crayfish, bread, salads as well as snaps to go accompany it all.
The founders Lennart Lajboschitz and his wife Susanne have transformed a wooden house from 1904 into Hotel Hornbækhus based in the seaside village of Hornbæk 17 minutes drive from Elsinore. The wallpaper, pillows and chairs are covered in colours and flower prints, and their aim is to create a place where you feel at home. One way to do this is with communal dining, which can also be experienced in the Lajboschitz’ other venues Absalon and Kanalhuset in Copenhagen. In Hornbækhus, you sit by long tables and every evening at 7 pm dinner is served on large platters in the dining room. The menu is varied, and you can see what’s available three weeks in advance on their website. There is a vegetarian option twice a week, and dinner at Hornækhus could be Tuscan chicken, vegetarian chilli, cod fillet baked with herb crust or a hot pot made with lamb culotte.
Three different restaurants can be found at the historic seaside and spa resort Marienlyst Strandhotel, which is 5 minutes drive or a 20-minute walk from Elsinore city centre. Marienlyst was founded back in 1861 and named after Queen Juliane Marie. It is located right by the shores of the Øresund Strait with direct views of the beach and Kronborg Castle. Many prominent people have dined here throughout time. King Christian IX and his brother Prins Hans used to stay in the best room (number 15) every summer and also a Russian tsar, as well as the Prince of Wales, dined at Marienlyst. Every summer, the current Danish Queen Margrethe II visits Elsinore, and in 2022 she was on her first official visit to Marienlyst. Here, she had lunch at the gourmet Restaurant 1861, where the head chef Nanna Maria Hansen is combining French and Nordic flavours with a focus on seafood and vegetables. In Restaurant Marienlyst you’ll find the morning buffet, and dinners for the standard hotel guests, whereas their bar and brasserie Nordlyst is for lighter lunches and cocktails in the evening.
In the centre of Elsinore right by the Axeltorvet square, you can taste innovative New Nordic food at Restaurant MOS. Here, they serve so-called Nordic tapas for lunch and their evening menu is based on local and homegrown ingredients. The restaurant opened in 2021, and the word MOS is short for the Danish words ‘mad’ and ‘sjæl’ which means food and soul. From Wednesday to Saturday, they serve an evening menu consisting of 12 flavours based on the Danish season, and for lunch, there are options between open-faced sandwiches and the Nordic-inspired tapas consisting of dishes from breaded oysters to courgette fritters. Restaurant MOS is run by the couple Maria Wardinghus Glerup and chef Anders Dolleris.
The street food market Værftets Madmarked is located right on the harbour of Elsinore and inside the buildings of the former Elsinore Shipyard. Under the high ceilings, there is a maritime thread with decorations of shipping materials and old boats hanging in the ceiling. Here, you’ll find street food from around the world such as Greek food from The Black Olive, tacos from Tacos Mexico and Syrian food from Arabi-food among the options. There is also a take on the classic Danish open-faced sandwich with the stall Ristet Rug, which caters for the vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free and gluten-free crowds. The street food market opened in 2017, and it is neighbouring the Culture Yard, the Maritime Museum of Denmark and the UNESCO-heritage site of Kronborg Castle.