Copenhagen’s new attraction – THE ROYAL CAFE on Amagertorv. One of Copenhagen’s newest oases has opened its doors inside Royal Copenhagen’s lifestyle store on Amagertorv.
It offers morning and afternoon sunshine and sushi-style open sandwiches served on suitably royal porcelain.
Pass through the door and the beautiful rear courtyard of the 1616 building and on into a refined, feminine and somewhat whimsical world. Visitors are greeted with pink walls, a ceiling with birch-leaf-patterned paper, portraits both royal and quirky and the very best of Danish design.
“During the concept phase for THE ROYAL CAFE, we gave our imagination absolutely free rein within the themes of Danishness, design, our royal heritage and humour,” says Lo Østergaard, who is the interior stylist and one of the driving forces behind the new café along withRud Christiansen and Royal Copenhagen. “We wanted to create a unique space to promote the best of traditional Danish food and Danish design. The result is a pure anti-Starbucks experience,” explains Rud Christiansen, indicating the long banquet tables, which promote communication between visitors to the café and the three-foot-high royal portraits and wall paintings, which bear witness to an exuberant imagination and an affectionate nod to ‘noblesse oblige’. Danish design firms such as Holmegaard, Kvadrat, Bang & Olufsen and Fritz Hansen have produced special fixtures and fittings for the new café, which completes the comprehensive renovation of Royal Copenhagen’s flagship store and museum, now under one roof on Amagertorv.
Smushi on the menu
Rud’s long career as a coffee expert, creator of the Ruds Køkken brand and spokesman for excellent quality is reflected in THE ROYAL CAFE’s menu. In addition to top-quality coffee, tea and cake, the café also offers “Smushi” – Danish open sandwiches prepared like sushi. Danish classics such as “rødgrød med fløde” (a red berry pudding with cream) and “æblekage” (similar to apple charlotte) are also available. All coffee drinks are made using Rud’s Double Roast coffee and milk from Grambogård, while the teas are selected by THE ROYAL CAFE’s first lady, Bella, who has just returned from a seven-week tea course in China. Everyone’s tastes vary, so visitors to the café are welcome to choose which of the Royal Copenhagen services they would like to eat or drink from.
Parties and events can also be held here, in between the dancing polar bears and birch leaves, at one of Copenhagen’s most central addresses. Rud and Lo are also planning to launch a cooking school for both Danish and international visitors.
The café offers al fresco service in two different courtyards, one warmed by the morning sun and the other by the afternoon sun. Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9-18. Saturday-Sunday: 10-17.