{Denmark} Dining with Bjørn Nørgaard

May 19, 2014

Denmark

There’s a proverb that says, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. Well, the way to a hungry family’s heart, when visiting a museum, is through a good museum café. I’ve previously written about our wonderful experience visiting the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, but I didn’t dwell much on their café then. Let me remedy that.

Statens Museum Kunst Cafe

The café at the Statens Museum for Kunst is a bright, light-filled space on the lower level, overlooking the park outside. We grabbed a seat by the window, and it was perfect for keeping #MuseumBaby occupied, looking to see what we could spot outside, while we waited for out food.

SMK Cafe River View

The lunch time menu itself was not that extensive – there were just a couple of options, which change regularly, but also a brunch buffet with both adult and children’s prices (which, if we understood correctly, is a weekend thing). The husband picked the sandwich of the day, while I went with salmon salad, and for #MuseumBaby we got a children’s plate for the buffet.

SMK Cafe Sandwich

SMK Cafe Salmon Salad

One of the things we loved about our trip to Copenhagen, is how seriously the Danes take their food. No where we went did the children’s options include the usual junk food menu of white bread and crisps, chicken nuggets and chips. The café at the museum was no exception. In fact, the options for adults and kids were the same in this case, except that there was a wide variety to choose from. Yes, there were some sausages and brownie bites, but #MuseumBaby was also delighted with the rye bread, brie, fruit and a pot of natural yoghurt. With some fresh apple juice for drinks.

SMK Cafe Kids Buffet

The café space itself is not only bright and airy, but also – as perhaps to be expected in a Copenhagen art museum – very designerish. From the colourful furniture, which includes children’s high chairs, to the sleek and modern plates, bowls and coffee cups. According to the museum’s website, “the décor, furniture, and architecture of the café are the result of a fruitful collaboration between artist Bjørn Nørgaard and designer Peter Lassen. The colours and shapes reflect the artwork situated overhead – also created by Nørgaard – which forms the ceiling of the café.

SMK Modern Art Cubes

Opening hours are Tuesdays – Sundays, same as the museum, and both the café and the museum are open late on Thursday. The kitchen closes half an hour beforehand. For up to date details, check the museum website.

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