5 English afternoon teas to try in Copenhagen

Recently, I had to present a topic in my Danish class. Of course, I picked to talk about food. I mentioned that I missed a lot from home. One of them is Afternoon Tea.

As I learnt from my Danish class, many people confuse ‘Afternoon Tea’ with ‘High-Tea’. They are actually very very different. Delectable cakes, scones, savories and sandwiches are the signatures of an afternoon tea. They are typically elegantly presented in a classic 3 tier stand. Think of it as an afternoon soiree.

Legend has it that Afternoon Tea was started in England around the mid-1800s when Duchess of Bedford wanted something to munch on between lunch and dinner. Afternoon Tea is in fact also called ‘low tea’ as guests enjoy the delicious bites on low tables with comfy sofas or chairs.

High-tea, on the other hand, is less luxurious and more substantial. It is typically some hearty dishes such as meat or fish, potatoes and beans for the working class at the end of the working day.

High-tea has gone less and less common in modern cities but the tradition of Afternoon Tea has flourished beyond the border of England, especially in former colonies in Asia.  

As the rainy Danish summer is hitting us now, I have decided to hunt for some sweet hygge. Here are 5 afternoon tea spots I have found in Copenhagen:

1. Nimb Bar

The luxury hotel serves weekend afternoon tea with a local twist (375DKK). Expect the English must-haves such as scone with clotted cream and homemade jam, as well as the Danish classic flødebolle, a house-made chocolate puff filled with whipped cream.  

Every first Sunday of the month, you can indulge in their champagne Afternoon Tea Extraordaire (695DKK) with a glass of Dom Pérignon.

Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København, Denmark

2. A.C Perches Thehandel

Established since 1835, the legendary teashop is the city’s go-to place when it comes to tea, and their English-style tearoom is the hotspot for sweet lovers. Perch’s classic tea stand (250DKK) offers the quintessential afternoon tea experience. Go back in time as you lounge at Perch’s beautifully adorned tea lounge, sip tea and enjoy a hygge moment, whilst the hustle and bustle of the downtown is locked behind its doors.

Kronprinsensgade 5, 1114 København, Denmark

3. Dronning Louise’s Tehus

‘Queen Louise’s Teahouse’ is a former guest house for the Bernstorff Castle where Christian IX and his wife, Queen Louise, spend their summer with kids and hosts tea parties. Sip tea like a royal in their beautiful rose garden, or in their historical tearoom when it gets rainy and cold. The classic afternoon tea costs 245DKK per person. Located near Jægersborg, Dronning Louise’s Tehus is around 25 minutes from the city center by train.

Slotshaven 12

4. Maude’s salon

The spacious corner cafe has been a popular neighborhood breakfast spot. Less known is their traditional British Afternoon Tea (200DKK with juice, or 250DKK with cava). The vibe there is Frederiksberg casual – meaning Nordic chic with a tiny tiny dash of posh (Jante’s Law won’t allow too much luxury) but truly hyggelig.

Gl. Kongevej 164, 1850 Frederiksberg, Denmark

5. Peter Beier Chokolade

The local chocolate hero has several cafes in town, all serving classic afternoon with a special highlight on its signature chocolate creations. We recommend the newest one in the brand new Axel Towers for the most comfort, thanks to its more spacious seating and natural daylight owning to the café’s large windows.

Vesterbrogade 2V, 1550 København V, Denmark

When the ‘green winter’ hits, keep calm and drink tea!

Geranium opens as a new vegetarian restaurant, Angelika

Denmark’s 3-starred Michelin restaurant and one of the Best Restaurants in the World, Geranium, will pop up as a new ‘summer lunch’ kitchen this June as the establishment is preparing its official reopening.

Named Angelika, the temporary vegetarian restaurant is a tribute to chef Rasmus Kofoed’s mother, serving a host of innovative, plant-based creatives to savor and remember.

The new concept will open from 4 June, Thursday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm for lunch only. A tasting menu is around 650DKK.

Located right next to the charming Fælledparken in Østerbro, the spacious location is bright and airy. Overlooking the greenery in Central Copenhagen, Angelika will offer residents of the city some fine Danish fares with a view.

Telephone: +45 69 96 00 20

Address: Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. Sal, 2100 København, Denmark

5 rooftop restaurants / bars to visit this summer

Let’s be honest – some of us are still in our winter jackets.

But despite the chilly weather – we have been enjoying the sunny days, since errr, the lockdown?

Now that the country is reopening up, we can finally get some air – and all savor some long-awaited gourmet bites.

We are looking forward to visiting these rooftops:

Gro Spiseri

This rooftop eatery is an urban oasis in Osterbro, Copenhagen. Upon climbing up the stairs, you are greeted by a lavishly green rooftop garden, where some of the ingredients are harvested fresh. At the beautifully adorned greenhouse, enjoy a 6-course seasonal dinner served ‘family style’ (495DKK). The menu is very popular and there’s usually a waiting list. So hurry up!

The rooftop bar

The name says it all – Hotel Denmark‘s top-floor terrace is the rooftop bar to be in Copenhagen. Enjoy fantastic view of the city hall, tivoli and more as you lounge and sip cocktails while soaking up all the sun in the airy location. Summer hygge at its best!

Illum’s roof terrace

There are many restaurants at the iconic Illum mall in downtown Copenhagen. Some of which on the top-floor offer a nice alfresco vibe. But to be honest – none of the restaurants are that impressive food-wise. So leave the food to the tourists but you can still have a great time having a cool beer or nice glass of wine at the terrace overlooking the busy Købmagegade. On the other hand, Original Coffee, is our top choice there! It has the best view among all F&B joints in Illums – and the quality of their fares are uncompromised. Grab a cup of aromatic coffee, a piece of freshly based danish pastry and an uninterrupted view of Christiansborg. We simply can’t wait.

CitizenM

Very few Copenhageners know of this new hotel and therefore we have been keeping CanteenM a secret. The new design hotel’s lobby / living room / cafe / bar / restaurant offers no-nonse all-day-dining options with a view. With floor to ceiling windows and a long patio, CanteenM gives you a poster-perfect place to unwind whilst enjoying the spacious view of the City Hall plaza opened up not long again (due to the decade-long metro construction).

DAC Cafe

We don’t know when the museums are going to be opened yet, but when it does, we are pretty sure Denmark Architecture Center‘s topfloor dining spot will be busy again. The spacious cafe has 3 rooftop terraces, one of which has an expansive harhorfront view, and another overlooking the charming old streets surrounding the inner canals. On weekends, get a special deal with exhibition admission and brunch buffet at 185DKK only.

5 hotel restaurants to visit after the corona crisis

As Denmark starts to re-open, the border remains closed. And even when our home country is slowly getting back our little freedom of movement, most others are still struggling with the coronavirus situation. Flights are limited and the hotels are, no doubt, suffering.

Apart from helping the hotels to get back on their feet, dining in hotel restaurants offers several advantages:

  1. Danes don’t really have a habit of going to eat in hotels, unless they are staying in one. As such, you have better luck in enjoying a dining experience whilst keeping a certain degree of distance with other patrons.
  2. Price. Very few are in the mood of spending big bucks right now as many of us are still worried about job security, or work reduction after the economic ad package is over. Interestingly, the hotel restaurants in Denmark are no more / more or less expensive compared to a random burger joints in the city center, with a main costing around 150DKK. Hotel-dining actually offers good value for money if you want to dine-out after weeks of eat-in.
  3. Hotel restaurants also offer fantastic, attentive service compared to other regular restaurants and cafes, that unfortunately cannot afford to train up their staff.

 

So here are some of the hotel restaurants we recommend visiting when they are ready to greet guests again:

Restaurant Noi

The all-day dining restaurant of the luxurious Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is an elegant place to enjoy sophisticated New Nordic fares. Spacious and comfortable, the hotel restaurant offers tasting menus featuring fresh and delightful local ingredients. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy decor, their menu is quite approachable, ranging from around 150DKK per course.

 

Sea by Kiin Kiin

This sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin is 71 Nyhavn Hotel’s Southeast Asian Kitchen. As the border is still closed and many other countries are still in lockdown, you can enjoy delicate modern Thai dishes with a modern twist (at around 145-245 DKK per course, or 375-595DKK for a tasting menu) whilst witnessing Nyhavn without tourists.

 

Vækst

This beautiful greenhouse is Hotel SP34‘s dining hall run by the famed Cofoco group. The award-winning restaurant offers New Nordic dishes with fresh herbs and veggies, accompanied by some seafood or organic meats. A 3-course menu is 300DKK for vegetarians or 330DKK for those who cannot live without meat.

 

Roxie’s

This restaurant and bar in Hotel Herman K is a part of the Kadeau family, which recently faced a near-bankruptcy if not saved by some investors. The concept of ‘social-dining’ might satisfy your hunger for some human interaction after days of being in quarantine. With 345DKK for 6 servings, the menu will comfort you without hurting your wallet.

 

Gemyse

Nimb hotel’s beautiful oasis offers 100% organic greens and serenity. A course starts at 95DKK and the more expensive Sea Fresh Fish is at 145DKK only. After so many days indoor, we can definitely use some airy vibe at Gemyse’s garden.

Restaurants and cafes reopen on 18 May 2020

On 18 May, 2020, cafes and restaurants in Denmark will reopen, after weeks of national lockdown.

Restrictions on opening hours and number of guests are yet to be announced.

Nørrested København Copenhagen Cafe
Cafes and restaurants are set to re-open on 18 May 2020

Food & Beverage ventures have been providing takeaways (madklubben’s deal seems to be rather successful, being sold out rather often) , or turn themselves into grocers (such as Ralæ‘s sister restaurant Manfreds offering organic vegetable packs from its partner-farmers).

Foodies – are you ready to wine and dine again, or you will keep ordering in for a little longer?