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March 29, 2019
3 days in Denmark: what did we do?

Many days have passed since my trip to Denmark, but since some of you sent me messages asking how Copenhagen was, where did I go and what did I like the most, I thought of going back in time to remember everything that we did there. I don’t know if you’re ready, but I’m already on board along with Giannis and Tarik :-) What’s next?

We arrive in Copenhagen! Who’s waiting for us there? You know him and you love him: Nikolas Stragas! He was our tour guide for the three days that we stayed there. And let me tell you…He is a very good tour guide! Where did he take us? For starters, to our hotel, the St. Thomas. A classic building at a relatively central spot that we visited only for bedtime. You see, these three days, our goal was to gather as many images and flavors as possible of the beautiful Copenhagen! So, we started exploring its flavors by making a stop at Burger Joint. A relatively small store with only one-two kinds of burgers which were accompanied with mayo and…sweet potatoes; all pretty tasty.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark.

So, with a full stomach, we continued our tour around the store. In this area, you can find all sorts of stores e.g. with fish, craft beers, meats, etc. which created a simple and wonderful urban setting. We left there (by car) to visit one more market: Torvehallerne KBH – a large food market in the city center with several stores selling from juices and sandwiches, to flowers and desserts!

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

Next stop? The Hart Bageri. What was that? A very small store in which people kept coming in, shopping, and then leaving. What did they leave with? With one of the tastiest croissants you’ve ever tried, but also with a fantastic bread with natural yeast, full of flavor. At this point, I would like to tell you that -if you love bread- Denmark is definitely a place that you have to visit. Why? Because no matter where you are, you are able to enjoy some delicious bread.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

Then, we headed to Nyhavn Canal, this characteristic spot of Copenhagen with the traditional colorful houses that you just have to take a picture of. From there, we went to the building of ΝΟΜΑ and then, we drank some wine at the 108 Bar.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

And since it was getting late, we stopped at the Wokshop Cantina Thai restaurant to grab a bite. After that, we had one more drink at the Lidkoeb. A three-storey bar with all kinds of drinks, and with the 3rd floor being dedicated to whiskey. And with this drink, our first day at the wonderful Copenhagen ended!

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

On the next day, we had lunch at one of the best restaurants in Denmark, awarded with 3 Michelin stars. This was none other than the Geranium, which is located at the top of Copenhagen’s soccer stadium. The Assistant Head Chef is Thanos Feskos, while you can visit the particular restaurant only upon reservation. There are no waiters. You are served by the chefs themselves, while the menu is set for everyone. Truly unique flavors, but also a wonderful place that we had the pleasure to explore along with some members of the team.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

We got into the kitchen, we saw where the cold cuts and pickles are made (yes, they are all handmade), but also the large space in which the herbs are preserved in ideal conditions to maintain their flavors and aromas. So, right after we enjoyed Geranium’s menu and celebrated Gianni’s birthday, we headed to our hotel for some…rest.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

Our next appointment? At 20.30 to visit another special place. This was none other than the Guldkroen (which, in fact, belongs to Denmark’s Master Chef winner). The inside of the restaurant was inspired by the Viking Age. The food? It was pretty interesting, inspired by the traditional Danish cuisine full of heavy cream, meats, butters, and all these rich (in calories and fats) ingredients!

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

Our last morning in Copenhagen, had us eating Kouign-amann. What are those? They’re croissants with sugar that caramelizes on the outside when baked. We got one simple, one filled with chocolate, and one with almonds. Were they tasty? A lot! If you ever find them in Copenhagen, you have to try them without thinking twice! The day went on with a lot of walking around. You see, it was our last day so we wanted to see and do as many things as possible.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

So, we walked around the multicultural Nørrebro, a special neighborhood of Copenhagen perfect for foodies. We visited the queen’s palace, we hang out…with the famous mermaid, and ended up for a cup of coffee -the best coffee in the city!- at the Coffee Collective. Our lunch involved burgers at the Gasoline. A little store at a gas station that had only one kind of burger and French fries. The burger was truly delicious, just like the hotdog that Nikolas insisted on trying. A hotdog from a street canteen that was probably one of the tastiest hotdogs I have ever tried.

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

In the afternoon, we hang out at Nikola’s place and…prepared for one more dinner. We went to the Baest restaurant which is very well-known for its delicious pizzas that are baked two by two (not more!) in order to be baked properly, while all the accompaniments are handmade.  

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

The Greek chef Akis Petretzikis in Denmark

And like that, with a lot of walking around and with even more food, we got to the day of our departure feeling full…literally and metaphorically! A thank you to my friend Nikolas is more than necessary, since he managed to help us have a complete…taste of the city that he loves, and he managed to make us love it as well.

If you’ve ever visited Copenhagen at some point in your life, feel free to share your ideas and tips under this diary, for those who would like to go too. Because a beautiful experience becomes even more beautiful when you share it ;-)

 

Akis

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