Copenhagen part 4

May 25th, 2011

We started our day off right and headed over to the Vesterbro neighborhood to visit Cafe Bang og Jensen for some breakfast. This is easily one of the favorite spots for a morning meal in Copenhagen, and they even offer a Smorgasbord from 8:00 – 10:30. We were a little late for the buffet and opted for the breakfast platter with soft boiled eggs.

The cafe is a nice and modest spot with some great patio seating if you’re lucky enough to get a seat. On the walls hang lots of “Old sailor” prints.

After breakfast we headed over to “The Art Of”, a brand new shop in Copenhagen and a store that I instantaneously connected with and admired the second I walked in the front door. It was randomly recommended to us by a fellow diner at Relæ the night before.

When you enter the store you see a curated collection of small products placed meticulously on grey industrial storage containers. The products range from bull horn combs, Swedish Military knives, and German espresso makers but the collection of products all fit a central theme that is always changing.

The current themes that were being explored in the space were The Art Of Cooking and The Art Of War.

The owner Rasmus Barlby graciously told us amazing stories about many of the products he carries. I think you’ll be hearing a lot about this store in the near future.

We took a walk to visit Keramik og Glasvaerkstedet, a studio / shop that features some of Denmark’s most prominent ceramicists and glass artists. We were definitely on a mission this trip to bring in more from both of these mediums and after a bit of searching we finally found the beautiful corner studio.

During our visit we met with artist Annemette Kissow. The studio had an exhibition featuring her beautiful flower vessels with sprigs of “baby’s breath”.

We really loved the matte white storage containers, salt and pepper bowls, and oak wood handle tea pot.

A little peek into the studio.

With a bit of help from Annemette we were pointed in the direction of our lunch destination.

Aaman’s, arguably Copenhagen’s best destination for modern Smørrebrød.

The restaurant was recently renovated with some beautiful wide plank douglas fir floors, Aalto pendant lights, and Tom Dixon chairs.

They even have white oak Rocket Stools by Eero Aarnio.

If you like this look you can get both the Rocket Stools and Aalto lights at Mjolk!

All of the smørrebrød are displayed with just the essential ingredients on them. When you pick your smørrebrød they take it to the back and dress it up really beautifully.

We ordered 4 to start and some beer. While we waited we checked out their stocked shelves and fridges full of ingredients and prepared take-away food.

We sat down and our 4 smørrebrød arrived soon after.

We had:

Beef tartare with capers, pickles, and potato chips

Pork belly and walnuts

Roastbeef with horseradish and fried onions and

Halibut with dill and cucumber

They were so delicious, easily one of the most enjoyable lunches we’ve ever had.

We decided that everything was so good we wanted to have the chance to try every single style so we ordered 2 more.

left: chickensalad with chives and baked prosciutto

right: baby potatoes with cream cheese, chives and radish.

You may notice that there is always a “crunch” factor with every sandwich. Texture is crucial in a good smørrebrød, you can get a bit of everything in one bite.

Looks like we stumbled across Muuto’s office. We didn’t buzz them (but maybe we should have considering the extreme delay on us getting our Dots shipment).

Guns & Gents, an interesting menswear concept in shop form.

Our last meal in Copenhagen was Fiskenbaren, a new-ish restaurant that had been so hyped and talked about we made a point to get a 8:30 reservation on a Friday to make sure the place was packed and we could fully appreciate the Copenhagen bar/dinner experience.

Tucked away in the meat packing district among some of Copenhagen’s most vibrant and interesting bars Fiskenbaren was once industrial space, and now has an award winning interior with a big fish tank and large square bar in the center of the restaurant. It’s lively and the place you want to be for a casual bite, or drink. I have to admit however the dinner itself didn’t blow me away as much as the reviewers (from all sorts of prominent places) would have lead me to believe. Too much hype can just give you unrealistic expectations.

we started with Danish oysters which were large, fresh, and delicious a great start paired with Juli’s mojito and my gin and tonic. They do cocktails splendidly, although I have heard they have a great collection of wines as well.

We decided to share our entrees so we could have a bit of range with the food. We had the butter cod and mussels.

The cod on it’s own was fantastic, the butter and dill sauce was melt in your mouth delicious. The sides were very unappetizing, and had a taste of burnt lettuce and cigarettes, such a shame for such a delicious fish.

The mussels were good, it was served under cooked apples and bacon. Although dinner didn’t leave a mark with us as much as Relae, I would still recommend Fiskenbaren. You get a glimpse of Copenhagen night life with some good eats, and the atmosphere is great. Plus you can always walk down the street and stop in at Jolene Bar it was crazy busy so much so that there was a guy taking a piss in front of it.

Next stop Stockholm!

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  1. I find it so much fun to read about your trip in Denmark! Really happy that you made it to Aamanns(not particular Danish, but their Chocloate mousse is the BEST in copenhagen). Also Fiskebaren is a really nice place, but not many locals go there.
    Next time in Denmark consider spending one or two days in Fynen and Jutland. I is worth it!


    26 May 11 at 2:34 am

  2. Stop it! I can’t take any more of this great design and everyday beauty! :) Seriously though, I am just LOVING all of your posts – sigh… Absolutely love the ceramics store, that is truly an inspiration to me and when I make it to Denmark it is on my list of must visit places. And Aaman’s interior design and food is drool worthy. I am on the edge of my seat for Stockholm.


    26 May 11 at 6:49 am

  3. The smörrebröd look pretty awesome though I wonder what the true ingredients in the love-stick-schnaps really are.


    26 May 11 at 7:26 am

  4. Oh my God, guys! I was considering to go to Copenhagen in August, but after your inspiring posts I’ll definitely buy the tickets this weekend!! :D
    Thanks for the amazing spots you share with us…

    Mi-Century Home

    27 May 11 at 12:37 am

  5. Hey! Pick me up a copy of IKEA’s cookbook “Homemade is Best” !


    27 May 11 at 2:43 am

  6. completely unrelated to this post- but who designed your coffee table?


    27 May 11 at 6:55 am

  7. Amy, if you mean the coffee table in our apartment it was designed by Paolo Piva

    John & Juli

    27 May 11 at 7:35 am

  8. everything looks so amazing/delicious/beautiful. hope to make it to copenhagen one day :)


    27 May 11 at 9:03 am

  9. Thank you, very inspiring again. Love the ceramics studio and “the art of” shop concept. And you are right

    Cristina Vi

    28 May 11 at 11:01 am

  10. Fiskebar has nice atmosphere but overrated food experience

    Cristina Vi

    28 May 11 at 11:02 am

  11. Cristina – I’ve talked to a few people after coming home, and they say the same thing. I wonder if it started off on a really high note for when all the reviewers were in town.

    John & Juli

    2 Jun 11 at 8:30 pm

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