One thing Danish museums do really -and I mean, really – well are cafes. Just about any museum has one, and just about all of them are good. It’s actually pretty amazing… often times, especially in the States, museum cafes are nothing to write home about and often times, something to avoid if you can. Lines are long, prices are high, and food is mediocre at best, and it always seems to be kind of an afterthought. Which is a shame because it takes away from the museum experience. After all, if whatever collection is featured in the museum is (hopefully) curated and displayed with great care, why is the cafe always such a dud?
But here, there always seems to be something good on tap at the cafes, from the interiors right down to the food. The menus are often small and you might not always care for what’s on it, but most times, the quality of the food is quite high and the prices are pretty reasonable (n.b. the prices are not “cheap” because, well, not much in Copenhagen or Denmark is “cheap”). What’s more, while in many places elsewhere you’re not allowed to bring in your own food, in most museums here there is also an area where picnics and self catering is allowed (i.e. you’re not an outcast just because you decide to pack your own lunch).
For bigger meals, hours can sometimes be limited, but I’ve found it’s always nice to incorporate some time for at least a coffee and maybe a cake treat, and some of the cafes here have become real favorites for their food in addition to the art or whatnot. So I’m sharing one of our favorite spaces here today – the cafe at the Maritime Museum (Musee Sofart). We’ve talked about this before here and here, and since we’ve had a house full of guests this month, a jaunt to Helsingor was de rigeur. After all, it was one of the 52 places to see in 2014 so what’s another year? I assure you it’s just as good – actually, wait, it’s better. There are a few new exhibits – one really good one on storms….and that apple cake is rather fine too.