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If you’re not careful, Höst could be the first and last stop of the night. This farmhouse-style New Nordic restaurant by Nørreport Station is a taste of rural Scandinavia within urban Copenhagen that has become a local favorite that always gives its money’s worth.
They offer a variety of menu options, but the full experience requires the Signature Evening at Höst, which is a three-course meal, complete with a starter, a glass of sparkling wine, and a full wine pairing.
The food is inspired by local and seasonal ingredients used in interesting and playful ways. And in true New Nordic fashion, each course is teased by a small taster plate, transforming the night into a veritable seven-course extravaganza. It’s a lengthy affair, so be sure to book an early slot.
The 20-minute walk from Höst to Oskar provides some much needed time to digest, as well as a walk along (or through) Øresteds Park, once a famous gay cruising site. Situated on the corner of Regnbuepladsen (Rainbow Square), a small square adjacent to the Town Hall building, which was renamed in 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the world’s first legal same-sex union, Oskar is the city’s premier gay café.
Open during the day as a café and restaurant, and known for a very diverse crowd—straight families, firemen, and gay couples—as the sun goes down Oskar becomes one of the city’s hottest gay spots. When we arrived, the remnants of a long Danish summer’s day still hung in the air as people spilled out from the open doors to enjoy the large outdoor seating area. The crowd was a lively mix of young, old, and middle-aged; single, couples, and groups. Laughter pealed out amid the most popular music, with everyone happy to be enjoying the atmosphere. And to experience a bit of history, right around the corner sits Centralhjørnet, the oldest gay bar in Copenhagen, and one of the oldest in Europe!
Photos by Przemek Czaicki