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Put St. Anna Square on your map and enjoy this relaxed spot in town, and the universe of restaurants and cafès in the surroundings - just behind the crown.
Sct. Annæ Plads is a new, small city gem located just behind Nyhavn – the most popular area overlooking the picturesque harbour. Nearby attractions include Amalienborg, the Royal Danish Theatre, The Citadel of Frederikshavn, the shopping street ‘Strøget’ and the famous statue The Little Mermaid… but it’s away from the crowd and the perfect place to escape from tourists.
Sct. Annæ’s Plads, has been wonderfully refurbished in recent years, and has emerged as one of the most recreational and welcoming squares in the city. It’s part of a comprehensive beautification of the Frederikstaden district. Facing south and surrounded as it is with only five to six-storey tall buildings, it is unparalleled on a sunny day for relaxed sunbathing in a chair or sprawled out on the grass. In between the beautiful white facades of the impressive buildings lining the square, a green grassy belt lies welcoming, adorned with children’s playgrounds, public hammocks and bike lanes.
Joe & The Juice, a solid spotin Copenhagen for crisp sandwiches, good coffee and stellar juices and smoothies, serve up their usual cool and hipster-style atmosphere, just next door to the more sedate, but very delectable servings from The Coffee Factory, where one never comes up short when it comes to a rich and freshly baked croissant and a cup of artisanal coffee. Both cafes offer outdoor seating and promise all-day sun.
Further down the square, towards the deep-water docks, where the square ends with stunning views of the harbour basin, the opera building and the entrance to the sea, you will find one so-called futuristic spot. Just there, to the right, sits an old, lunch restaurant proudly bearing the name“Fremtiden”(The Future). Irony runs rampant here, with an interior of thick varnished wood panels, cigarette smoke darkened ceilings, walls painted a rich, deep red and an overall maritime atmosphere, that all harkens back to a simpler and less gentrified past. A great place to enjoy a classic Danish lunch with big servings of cold, local beer.
Just off the square, towards the noisy, bustling and generally insufferable Nyhavn (New Harbour) in the small street of St Strandstræde, (“Large Beach Alley”), two very cool and lovely eateries lie just opposite one another: The Union Kitchen and Nebbiolo. Union Kitchen is a young, swanky eatery, offering small, cool and imaginative & and creative dishes, fast lunches on the fly, great all day coffee and funky cocktails at five. Nebbiolo, as indicated by the name, is a wine bar that serves small, classic Italian inspired dishes with generous servings of wines by the glass. Both of these little gems offer outside seating on the narrow sidewalks.
THE BEST SALAD
Estin’s serves the best take-out salads in the city – hands down! You would be forgiven for walking right past this very small shop, situated in a basement on the street runningparallelto Store Strandstræde, aptly called Lille Strandstræde (“Small Beach Alley”). If you have secured either a bench or a hammock on St Anne’s Square, send someone over for salads to goand lunch is sorted!
Just across from Estin’s you will see a sign on a door that says: Nyhavns Bodega. In small print below that, it says further: Bar Andaluz de Vino de Jerez.The only place of its kind in the city, this old bodega was transformed in 2016 into a celebratory hall, devoted to the love of Sherry – the rich, noble and traditional Spanish beverage.The extensive selections, served either by the glass or half bottles will keep you in your seats by the bar for hours.