A Local’s Tour: Copenhagen with Chef Christian Gadient

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Booking  a trip to Copenhagen any time soon? Take some pointers from chef Christian Gadient of restaurant Marchal, Copenhagen! From his favorite spot to enjoy his morning coffee, to which metro stop to get off to get a true glimpse of nature’s beauty, Christian takes us on a lovely tour of Copenhagen!

Michelin-starred Marchal serves as the official restaurant of Copenhagen’s Hotel d’Angleterre – a historical and legendary institution internationally known for its upscale elegance, luxury, and style. Just earlier this year, the young chef Christian Gadient – who is just 26 – took over the reigns of Marchal from chef Ronny Emborg and has been marvelously heading the kitchen since. Christian, a young and highly-skilled chef, is definitely on our radar as one to keep watching. As we respect his skill, his insight, and his taste, we were able to get a day-in-the-life, if you will, with this talented man.

1. First, coffee.

Café Det Vide Hus Gothersgade 115 1123 Copenhagen Christian: At this place, I pass by every morning to pick up my coffee. It’s a small coffee shop. He always has a great variety of coffee – local and international. The place is called “Det Vide Hus”. The owner’s name is Claus Dalsgaard. He has a lot of regulars. On my days off, I spend a lot of time there. Order: A combo of espresso and a cappuccino. Then when I leave, I have a flat white with me.

2. Next stop, nature.

Vestamager Metro Stop Just head straight into the forest Christian: For going out and getting ideas, inspiration, picking herbs, or to be on my own and enjoy nature, I go to Vestamager. You can get there with the metro, jump on a bike, and just ride. Go for: Forest and beach.

3. It’s lunch time!

Papirøen (Copenhagen Street Food) Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 Copenhagen Christian: Last summer Papirøen, translated Paper Island, opened. It’s also called Copenhagen Street Food. It’s a nice place to spend your afternoon. A lot of different food trucks and a beautiful view. On sunny days, it’s a really nice spot to hang out Visit: Copper and Wheat is a great stand. Also, Bulko (Korean street food).

4. And now for a bit of fine dining.

Restaurant A.O.C. Dronningens Tvaergade 2 1050 Copenhagen Christian: My top fine dining restaurant is Restaurant AOC. I really like the atmosphere there. I can go with friends to have some fun, or go with my girlfriend for a nice and romantic dinner. The wine pairing is absolutely killer. Order: Definitely order the full on food and wine pairing.

5. How about a drink?

Mikropolis Vendersgade 22 1363 Copenhagen Christian: There’s a beer and cocktail bar that opened last spring, called “Mikropolis”. The owner’s name is Bruun. He has 10 beers on tap, 10 cocktails, and some other drinks you can choose from. He has a very nice bottled beer selection, and a massive shelf of spirits. Nice and relaxed atmosphere. After a long day at work, it’s the best place to go. Amazing beers and cocktails. Order: They do a lot of great things, but my favorites include: the Mexicana (shot of spicy tomato juice with a shot of mescal). They have a very nice old fashioned. And of course, they have a great selection of beers (they change weekly).   Want more of Copenhagen? Check out Chef’s Cut: Beyond the Forest with Rasmus! Take a gander at what goes on at Noma.