My colleague, Thomas, commutes to Copenhagen once a week from his home-base in Jutland, joining us at our office in the capital for 2 days providing him with a weekly challenge, “where do I eat tonight?”. Thomas has already found the perfect lodgings, Sankt Annæ Bed & Breakfast, perfectly tucked in Christianshavn’s historical heart, Copenhagen’s oldest, but coolest of districts. I have pondered about his dilemma. Traveling to another city alone, continually looking for an eating experience that offers personality and authenticity, that doesn’t burn a huge hole in the pocket and gladly caters for single visitors. So Thomas and the hundreds of single visitors to Copenhagen looking for a table for one, here are a few suggestions.
Thirion. Charcuteri & Vins. Located in Princessegade 50, this small, but aesthetic pearl has this vegetarian nodding in appreciation even if the owner, Eric Thirion, serves handcrafted products such as smoked sausage originating from the Ardennes in southern Belgium to the world renowned cheeses stemming from the abbey at Orval. Along with these meats and cheeses, Eric serves a good selection of wines and has an excellent range of trappist bottled beer. Thirion, boasts of three tables for it’s customers to sit and enjoy this unique charcuterie experience. Thirion closes at 17:30, so come early if you want a table.
Rabes Have is all about back to basics. The building was originally a brandy distillery built in 1678 and the café is mainly renowned for it´s traditional Danish lunch menu, i.e. pickled Heering. Rabes Have is popular with the locals and Christianshavn doesn´t get more authentic than Rabes Have. Check the opening times as they can be quite unpredictable.
Morgenstedet. Located in Christiania on Fabriksområdet 134, Morgenstedet offers something completely different, a vegetarian restaurant providing tasty organic food for the residents of Christiania and the thousands of tourists that visit this special location.
Spicey Kitchen is an informal café, serving Indian dishes at very affordable prices. This popular café located in Torvegade 56, is understandably constantly full, but the very friendly staff will somehow squeeze you in. Order a Aloo Gobi with their delicious chapatis accompanied with a Kingfisher beer or two, close your eyes and be transported back to Rajasthan. Works every time.
Sofie Kælderen with it’s killer location on one of Christainhavn’s highlights, Overgaden Oven Vandet, faces the main canal. The restaurant sits around 50 guests with live jazz thrown in. Sofie Kælderen has been one of Christianhavn’s evergreens since the early 1970`s and is the closet Christianhavn has to a gastro pub. Sit outside, enjoy your meal and watch the envious looks from the tourists sailing by.
Christianshavns Bådeudlejning & Cafè is without a doubt, one of Christainhavn’s most unique of locations, which literally hovers just over the canal waters. Every year this café and boat rental, famed for it’s great service and simple food pops up around Easter for the sommer season only to be dismantled again in September. Wonderful place to soak in the canal atmosphere and maybe meet new friends.
Café Wilder is classic Christianshavn with the atmosphere swaying from the volatile to utter relaxation. A small space with a very large soul. Great menus at reasonable prices and excellent service with the nude painting of Anita Ekberg being an attraction in itself.
A table for one or do you mind sharing?