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Organic Eco Friendly Copenhagen Venues

The sale of organic products in Copenhagen is dramatically on the rise. More restaurants, cafes and even hotels are riding the “green wave” that is pushing the city to a whole new level of eco-consciousness – far beyond the prevalent health food shops. Copenhagen has green ambitions, which is evident by the variety and quality of organic goods on offer. Do it just would be the motto for tomorrow.

To ensure Copenhagen continued development, the environmental strategy “Environment Metropolis – Our Vision 2015” has set targets for organic food consumption up to 90 percent by 2015 in all of the city’s institutions. The target for private businesses and households purchase and consumption is expected to reach at least 20 percent. In 2008 Copenhagen was entitled Denmarks first Fair-Trade city.

Nyhavn Photographer: Cees van Roed, wonderful copenhagen

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Gourmet organic food

Copenhageners’ organic consciousness is also making its mark outside of the political world. A new league of restaurants, cafes and delis are sprouting up over the previous eco-community centres and vegetarian restaurants. Out with idealistic declarations and in with common sense, a desire for clean (Nordic) produce and sustainable relations with nature’s resources. Copenhagen’s shining star among these eateries is Restaurant Geranium. They use organic and biodynamic ingredients exclusively – that goes for the wines as well which come from around the globe.

Cafes and small restaurants

Soupanatural in the area of Nørrebro is a micro cafe that serves everything from porridge in the morning to dinner and evening drinks, as take away or to consume in situ. All food and drink is organic and served in environment friendly materials.

Biom, a small eatery in the Østerbro section of town, also follows the new organic ideals. The food, drink and even the paint on the walls are organic. The initiators behind Biom started the place based on a simple question. “Why eat food made from ingredients that are filled with pesticides when we eat at a restaurant when we would otherwise buy organic?

By the picturesque Nyhavn Canal lies one of the organic food movement’s pioneers. Restaurant Cap Horn oozes of atmosphere and history and was one of the first restaurants driven by an organic philosophy. It was the cooking queen and food columnist Camilla Plum that instituted organic foods.  Looking for more café or take away and less of a restaurant, then the city can also offer Café Chill Out in Frederiksberg. Here, the majority of the food and beverages are organic and the chocolate cake is even sugar and fat-free.

Organic delicatessens and supermarkets

May 2008 saw the opening of a delicatessen with its own dairy, bakery, kitchen and chocolate production Løgismose . Part of Tivoli’s ambitious transformation of “NIMB”. The key word of the  project is quality – in  architectural expression, in furniture, and in everything that the house produces.There are now two Løgismose delicatessens.

Gourmanderiet, located in Østerbro in an old butcher shop, specializes in organic meats and delicacies such as chocolate, wine, muesli and mustard. Connoisseurs can also take home ready-to-eat dishes and desserts or they can enjoy them in the cosy surroundings.

When it comes to delicatessens, Meyers Deli (2 shops), Emmery’s (9 shops) are essentials. They don’t claim to be 100 percent organic but all offer delicacies, sandwiches and beverages of especially high quality – good, carefully chosen ingredients where a large portion is organic. The two Meyers Delis offer eat-in and take-out. Emmery’s, with its 10 shops around Copenhagen, offers organic breads and baked goods.

At long last, Copenhagen can brag about its organic supermarket, Egefeld. It is Copenhagen’s first organic supermarket and a Mecca for quality-conscious consumers. There is something old-fashioned about the place – service is top-notch and the products are presented attractively.

In another recently opened delicatessen, Verde Food & Coffee in Nørre Farimagsgade there are organic specialties, coffee, salads and sandwiches displayed in very agreeable surroundings. The shop’s green profile tempts you when you pass by in the street and once inside you should try the freshly squeezed juices or the ice coffee, while checking your email at one of the Mac computers.

Last but not least, Copenhageners can look forward to Torvehallerne, which is scheduled to open in 2009 on Israels Plads. An approximately 7000-sqm fruits and vegetables market is on the drawing board and it appears that high standards will be placed on the vendors.

Regional farmer’s markets The hunt for organic produce can lead to a trip out of town to one of the organic farms and their markets located in the capital region. One of them is Krogerup Avlsgaard north of Humlebæk and approximately 35 km from Copenhagen. Krogerup Avlsgaard is only 500 meters from the art museum Louisiana. Louisiana’s main building was actually built as the family Brun’s summerhouse – the family Brun lived at Krogerup from 1810 until 1942.

Fuglebjerggard, in the north Sealand area called Helsinge, is owned and operated by Camilla Plum (famous Danish cookbook writer and TV host) and her husband Per Kølster who produces his own beer on site. On the farm there is everything from hens and cattle to corn fields, pastures, kitchen gardens, fruit orchards, mills, farm shop, malt house, brewery and occasionally a cider mill and bakery – all organic.

Esrum Abbey is the remains of a vast Cistercian Abbey from around 1150 beautifully situated in the almost untouched medieval landscape of North Zealand near Gribskov and Esrum Lake. In the Abbey gardens you can experience more than 100 different medicinal plants from the middle ages and at Møllegårds organic store you will find high quality organic wines, cheese, cosmetics and other commodities, many of them produced locally. Brother Rus’ Cellar Restaurant lies in the fine vaulted abbey cellar; there is also a café in the abbey courtyard each summer and a museum shop with medieval specialties, books and toys.

A new interactive exhibition at the Experimentarium about energy and the environment. Earth calling: help halt man made climate change and prevent energy shortage. Our energy consumption and production must be made sustainable. ‘Energy for the Future’ will be a big new part of the Experimentarium’s main exhibition from February 2009. The 500 m2 exhibition will take its starting point in our daily use and production of energy, and will be aimed at people of all ages.

CO2PENHAGEN will be Denmark’s most innovative showcase of green technology fuelled entirely by renewable energy sources. The goal is to visualize knowledge already present at technical universities and spotlight businesses’ green products creating a CO-neutral miniature society.

Bright Green is at parallel event to COP15 organized by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI). Exhibitors will comprise companies from all over the world with climate-friendly energy technology showcasing a great variety of already existing technological answers to the Climate Change Challenge. Not just a traditional trade fair but a live statement aimed towards the ongoing climate negotiations and combining elements from art, architecture, entertainment
and trade fairs.

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