Hija de Sanchez
When Rosio Sanchez, Noma’s former pastry chef, set out to open her own restaurant, she chose to go back to her roots. This tiny taqueria is the result, serving a changing variety of insanely flavorful tacos, from the classic spit-roasted pork al pastor, to more innovative renditions, like a fried codskin “chicharron.” Sanchez sources the corn from farmers’ collectives in Oaxaca, and her team makes its own masa and tortillas fresh daily. Get a combo platter of three different tacos, a glass of tepache (fermented pineapple juice) and an avocado paleta (popsicle), and sit at an outdoor table — you’d almost think you were in Mexico.
Hija de Sanchez, Slagterboderne 8, 1716 Copenhagen, Denmark
You have to figure that any club named after a Dolly Parton song is going to deliver. Jolene is every Copenhagen westsider’s favorite place to finish out the night. It helps that there’s no door charge, and that the straightforward drinks — no artisanal syrups here — are reasonably priced. But mostly, the music — largely hot Danish acts — and the atmosphere are the main draws. Although it’s usually packed, it somehow manages to maintain an intimate vibe, somewhere between a club and a chill bar.
Jolene, Flaesketorvet 81, 1711 Copenhagen, Denmark
Prolog Coffee Bar
The folks behind this tiny spot keep racking up awards; co-owner Jonas Gehl won the Danish barista national championship in 2018 and 2019. They take their coffee very seriously — sourcing and roasting beans themselves and brewing it precisely so that the product tastes as much of its terroir as a good wine. Yet for all its devotion to detail, Prolog’s atmosphere is laid-back and unpretentious; witness the giant house-made marshmallows served with the expressive pour-overs. The hot chocolate is out of this world, too.
Prolog Coffee Bar, Hokerboderne 16, 1712 Copenhagen, Denmark
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Amid the meatpacking district’s general revelry you’ll find this bit of culture. One of Copenhagen’s more important galleries, Bo Bjerggaard moved here in 2007 to take advantage of the larger space. The gallery focuses on painting and photography and represents international artists, including Georg Baselitz and big-name stars of Danish contemporary art, like Per Kirkeby and Tal R.
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Flaesktorvet 85A, 1711 Copenhagen, Denmark
A newish cafeteria and bar from the folks behind the perenially underrecognized Spisehuset, H15 mostly serves Danish classics, simply prepared and freshened with a strong emphasis on good organic produce. From the homemade sausages with apple mustard for breakfast to the lumpfish roe and potato salad at lunch to the expertly fried fish served family-style at dinner, it’s all delicious and sold at some of the best prices in Copenhagen. There’s a stage, too, and on weekend nights, the place is given over to live acts and the occasional dance party.
H15, Halmtorvet 15, 1700 Copenhagen, Denmark
The Meatpacking District’s first fashion outlet is about as un-Nordic as it gets. Designer Maxjenny Forslund works in riotous prints of her own invention, shiny fabrics and the brightest of colors — a far cry from the sleek black, black and black that Danish women tend to prefer. Her maximalist style, somewhat reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana, seems fresh and new, and everything from her voluminous dresses to her snarkily combative feminist T-shirts is crave-worthy.
Maxjenny, Hokerboderne 17, 1712 Copenhagen, Denmark