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A NightOUT: Copenhagen

A NightOUT: Copenhagen

With so many incredible restaurants and bars in Copenhagen, it can be hard to choose. This is how we spent our night.

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

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