Strandgade 93, Christianshavn
This just-opened restaurant—occupying the former Noma space right on the waterfront—is the brainchild of chef Thorsten Schmidt in collaboration with Rene Redzepi.
Overgaden neden Vandet 33, Christianshavn
Tina Seifenfaden Busck had a decade in Sotheby's under her belt when the apartment below her home, in an 18th-century residential building in Christianshavn, came up for sale. The space hadn't been touched in over forty years, so Busck restored the three-room Georgian apartment completely, right down to the oak floors dating from the 1780's. The space is a home once again, but this time, a Danish design-piece filled, completely shoppable one. The set-ups change regularly, thanks to Busck's frequent sourcing trips for Swedish, French, and Italian pieces from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Refshalevej 141a, Christianshavn
This waterside café and restaurant is housed in what was once a waiting room for passengers boarding the ferry. With only two tables inside, the dining experience is an intimate one using mostly Nordic ingredients with some Italian influence. La Banchina often serves only one dish, which guests usually eat outside, cross-legged on the jetty with a glass of natural wine and some crusty bread.
Strandgade 108, Christianshavn
This was intended to be a more casual sister to Rene Redzepi's Noma (re-opening in December), but Restaurant 108 has taken on a life of its own. Run by head chef Kristian Baumann, the food philosophy is deeply rooted in the Danish cultural experience. Berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables are picked at their most fresh and preserved for use throughout the year. Aside from the à la carte menu, there are larger dishes intended for sharing at the table, called livretter—essentially meaning favorite dishes—the idea is to build community and conversation through experiencing food together. Livretter options could be anything from pork belly with salted apples and preserved redcurrants to brown beech mushrooms, grilled greens, and smoked egg sauce. The setting for this rich, comforting food is pretty industrial (stone columns and exposed beams) softened by the warm wooden tables and hints of greenery. Despite Restaurant 108's impressive pedigree, it's a casual experience with an '80s soundtrack. Walk-ins welcome.
Design Werck and Vinwerck
Krudtløbsvej 12, Christianshavn
Part of a design showroom complex—masterminded by Brigitte Bjerregaard—Vinwerck is a cozy, wine cellar-type space that accompanies the design gallery (Design Werck) and café, all located in an old naval building on the canal. The wine itself acts as the décor, there are cases filled with bottles stacked in the corners, and the floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to Malbec. Take a look at the over thirty designers featured in the showroom, stop by the cellar for a glass afterward, and listen to the artists and designers talk shop at the tables around you.