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Havnegrillen – Toldboden

Havnegrillen – Toldboden

Havnegrillen – Toldboden

Address Nordre Toldbod 24; 1259 Copenhagen K
Neighbourhood Østerbro – Langelinie | See on map
Metro Østerport [A, B, C, E, H, DSB]
Telephone +45 3393 0760
Website http://www.toldboden.com/
Price DKK 100-200
Hours Mon-Fri 11-22. Sat-Sun 10-22 (brunch 10-14)

Sustainability never really gets the sexy vote (hello hemp trousers), but if there’s one arena in which local produce and some well-sourced do-goodery never hurts, it’s food. And what’s better on a sunny day than a little al fresco eating action?

Sunny days may be in short supply in Copenhagen, but head down to this converted customs house on the quayside and you’ll find a delightfully airy space (CO2-friendly rooms, doncha know), where the simple, pocket-friendly fare is at odds with the chic clientele flocking down to scrape an outdoor bench seat or take in the ocean/air view from the inside through skylights and giant windows .

As for the menu, it’s mostly unpretentious seafood – the fish’n’chips is a crowdpleaser – with various pickles, smoked sides, seasonal herbs and freshly baked bread. Where it’s been possible to use home-grown alternatives they have, so expect marinated kale instead of salad in your sandwiches, honey from local beekeepers, and ham from Skagen at Denmark’s northern tip instead of Parma, saving the airfare from Italy.

Brunch is served on weekends when prices are designated by time spent at the table (DKK 220 for 90 minutes and DKK 295 for three hours). Grab some disposable tablewear and take in views of the Opera House and theatres whilst dipping your toes in the water. Who’s feeling eco-friendly now?