Final month, on a day that may solely be described as peak-spring, I discovered myself within the coronary heart of Copenhagen, sipping Champagne and slurping oysters. Particularly, Ruinart Champagne and Gillardeau, the “Rolls Royce” of oysters – so fancy their shells come stamped with a emblem. However I wasn’t at considered one of Copenhagen’s many storied restaurants; I used to be, the truth is, at an amusement park. Surrounded by its many rides and flower-decked gardens, this felt like an uncommon indulgence in itself, nevertheless it was simply the precursor – to a 12-course tasting menu courtesy of considered one of Spain’s most enjoyable eating places.
Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s prime vacationer attraction, is thought for a lot of issues: its romantic gardens, century-old picket curler coaster, and are available nightfall, its transformation into an illuminated wonderland. This grande dame of amusement parks has been attracting guests for the reason that nineteenth century, making it the second-oldest working park on the earth. What’s much less identified is that it’s additionally a compelling eating vacation spot. “Nice meals has at all times been within the DNA of Tivoli Gardens, virtually since its opening in 1843,” Mikkel Ustrup, Senior Director at Tivoli Excessive Finish, informed me. “As early because the Nineteen Twenties, Tivoli was internet hosting culinary festivals.”
At the same time as common amusement-park fare goes, Tivoli churns it out with explicit aptitude – liquorice soft-serve, anybody? – however rubbing shoulders with its rides and meals stalls, are among the most quietly revered high-end eating places within the metropolis. There’s Fru Nimb with its huge smørrebrød menu (50 completely different sorts!), the historic Grøften that has retained its good vibes since 1874, and the brasserie at resident luxurious lodge Nimb, with its seasonal French classics and an unbeatable view of Tivoli’s open-air stage. To prime all of it, for the reason that summer season of 2021, Tivoli has hosted a slew of Michelin-starred heavyweights – Copenhagen’s AOC, Koks from the Faroe Islands, and Reykjavík’s Dill amongst others–at pop-up eating occasions which have turn out to be standard-bearers for its modern meals program.