Department store dining doesn’t have to be stuffy and boring. Copenhagen’s two biggest and oldest department stores, Magasin du Nord and Illum, have revamped their eating options with upmarket menus, lively decor and a hip reputation.
Cocktails and penthouse views in Illum’s Spisebaren
The 2011 opening of Spisebaren on the top floor of department store Illum in central Copenhagen was much anticipated by local media hungry to taste what was cooking at the newest restaurant of Group Shafi, the team behind Michelin-starred Kokkeriet restaurant. Spisebaren’s menu is certainly inventive, with traditional Scandinavian dishes given a modern twist, as in its tobacco sauce (no nicotine remains). The restaurant sports a long, open bar and a bright, modern decor that includes colorful sofas and designer lamps. Other star qualities to Illum’s penthouse eatery include its summer terrace overlooking Copenhagen’s busy pedestrian street, meals to go and a cocktail and wine bar.
Plenty of choices at Magasin du Nord
There are a number of dining options at Scandinavia’s oldest department store, the elegant Magasin du Nord on Kongens Nytorv square. Choose between its smart basement food court (entrance from Kongens Nytorv Metro Station or via the store elevator) that includes healthy gourmet delights from Meyers Deli to go or to eat in, and its more traditional top floor restaurant ‘Spisestedet’. Less stylish than the organic deli downstairs, the canteen-style restaurant takes up the entire floor and offers a fairly generic menu—yet with plenty of room, a babies corner, self-service and children’s menu it’s ideal for families or mums taking time out on a shopping tour.
Image of Spisebaren courtesy of Shafi Group.