The Danish Lakelands is a truly extraordinary place where impressive forests, inviting lakes, wild coasts, charming towns and lots of warm-heartedness takes you in to a world of good old Danish values, where intimacy, natural resources and creativity together set the frames for exciting culinary experiences.
The island of Fyn and its rich soil is the foundation for excellent foods. On Fyn, we celebrate the delicious locally produced delicacies with food festival. From May through October, there is plenty of opportunity to get a taste of Fyn – whether they are composed of vegetables, cheese, fruit, beer, or chocolate. The island of Fyn is filled with local producers and farm shops where the specialty items are endless and tasty, and all represent quality products from Fyn.
Turn back the clock, and forget the hustle and bustle of life, at one of Denmark's traditional seaside hotels. There's nothing quite like the laid-back atmosphere and old-world charm of Denmark's beach hotels, dotted around Denmark's beautiful coast. Many of Denmark's beach hotels (badehoteller) have top-of-the-range spa and wellness facilities. At others, it's all about good food, great views and nothing but relaxation.
At first glance, Hotel Saxkjøbing, located by the town square of one a historic town on the island of Lolland, may not seem all that different from many of nation’s country hospitality offerings. But its co-owner is one of Denmark’s most famous culinary entrepreneurs, co-founder of restaurant Noma, Claus Meyer, who is a native of the island.
The restaurant takes its name from Babette’s Feast, the novel by legendary Danish author Karen Blixen in which a sumptuous French-inspired meal is served to unappreciative Danish country locals. That isn’t the case at restaurant Babette close to the old royal town of Vordingborg on Sealand’s southern coast where the restaurant is one of the region’s star culinary attractions. There is, however, one similarity with Blixen’s novel – the kitchen is headed by a woman.
A graceful turn-of-the-century manor offering views of the Sealand east coast – Hotel Frederiksminde is a perfect stopover for travellers heading from Copenhagen to the island of Møn. An instant darling among culinary critics, the hotel serves New Nordic/Danish centred cuisine with French sensibilities.
Wild coastal herbs and homegrown vegetables from Bornholm are among the locavore treasures that have made restaurant Kadeau Bornholm a hot ticket. Headed by a team of chefs native to the rocky island, Magnus Koefoed, Nicolai Nørregaard, Rasmus Kofoed (not the Rasmus Kofoed of Copenhagen’s Geranium), the restaurant is located in a converted seaside shack by the sandy southern coast.
Perched on the craggy northern coast of the Baltic island of Bornholm, Stammershalle Badehotel is a classic seaside hotel from 1911 set in open nature and with views to the sea and the Christiansø archipelago. The restaurant is headed by Daniel Kruse, winner of the Chef of the Year title (2012) and multiple winner of the Rouissilion trophy (2007/2010).
A stone’s throw from the sandy beaches of Nyborg by the east coast of Funen and surrounded by leafy forest, Restaurant Lieffroy is headed by the father-and-son team Jean-Louise and Patrick Lieffroy, who previously helmed the kitchen at Falsled Kro on the southern shores of the island (see this chapter). The immaculately restored hideaway serves French-inspired cuisine made with prime local and regional produce.
A few hundred yards from the tiny Falsled fishing harbour on the southern Funen coast the whitewashed, thatched Falsled Kro is one of Denmark’s most renowned gourmet inns, serving French inspired cuisine. The seasonally driven menus rely on vegetables and herbs from their garden and local farm produce.
The road from farm to fork is short in the East of Denmark and you can taste this freshness at farm shops and specialist producers across the region. The islands of East Denmark are fertile and covered with many fascinating estates, farms and castles, where you can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. As well as visiting local producers in situ on the islands of Møn, Zealand, Lolland and Falster, you can taste local produce in the many exceptional restaurants found here.
With this guide to gastronomic experiences in North Denmark, you can delve deeper into the culture and landscape of this dynamic region and taste some of Denmark's best local raw ingredients. The salt produced on Læsø is a much sought-after product in Denmark and other parts of the world and you can see it being produced as it has been for centuries right here.