Strolling through the impossibly clean, water-bordered streets of Copenhagen, it only takes a minute to understand why this Nordic nation is considered one of the world’s happiest. With progressive policies, a healthy economy and a high quality of living - plus the laudable aim to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025 - the Danes are setting the standard for the good life in the 21st century. This forward-thinking approach has also transpired to Copenhagen's restaurants, putting the city firmly on the global culinary map. On a long weekend to the city, we discover the gourmet attractions that make help Copenhagen so desirable a destination.
While the illustrious two-starred Noma has recently relocated to a more spacious plot a mile down the road, the former restaurant site across the Inderhavns Bridge has been transformed into the considerably more casual - but equally beautiful - Barr. Remaining under the Redzepi name, here head chef Thorsten Schmidt serves up contemporary ‘Northern sea cuisine’ alongside a selection of traditional natural wines, beer and aquavit. Dishes that appear simple by name - think cucumber salad and white asparagus soup, Danish meatball and sherry mousse - come with impressively complex presentations, with each mouthful demonstrating world-class culinary skill. The interiors, all pine, original wooden beams and touches of leather and brass, underscore the restaurant's understatedly elegant approach.