The Nordic cuisine

Nordic cuisine has been on a heart-pounding rollercoaster journey over the past decade and today Denmark is among the World’s most innovative and exciting in the field of gastronomy. 

Locally sourced specialities, organic produce in a league of its own and a tribute to the concept of earth to plate and soil to soul has put Denmark firmly on the global culinary map. 

With some of the World’s best chefs, foodies and gastronomy enthusiasts, Denmark is leading the way, there’s an eye-popping array of fine foods to choose from.

Michelin-starred restaurants in Denmark

The Nordic cuisine is found in every corner of the country and you don’t have to search far and wide for an extraordinary experience. The capital Copenhagen and second city Aarhus (in Jutland) offer a combined total of no less than 18 Michelin-starred restaurants – among these the supreme Danish dining darling Noma (voted as best restaurant in the World, 2014), and the 3 newly honoured Michelin restaurants in Aarhus: Frederikshøj, Gastromé and Substans.

Traditionel Danish Lunch

In Denmark, lunch is usually a cold meal consisting of a few simply prepared pieces of smørrebrød (open rye-bread sandwiches) with slices of cold meat or fish.

The meal begins with fish, usually pickled herring (marinerede sild), or another herring dish. The herring is normally marinated either in a clear sweet, peppery vinegar sauce (white herring), or in a red seasoned vinegar (red herring). herring may also come in a variety of sour cream-based sauces, including a curry sauce which is very popular. The white herring is typically served on buttered, black rye bread, topped with white onion rings and curry salad (a sour-cream based sauce, flavored with curry and chopped pickles), and served with hard boiled eggs and tomato slices.

If you are visiting Denmark, you should probably see Denmark's biggest tourist attraction "Hamlet's Castle" in Elsinore, about 45 km. North of Copenhagen.
Many cruise ships visiting Elsinore every year to see Kronborg / Hamlet's castle and experience the 1500 century Hamlet's town of Elsinore, and learn more about Hamlet and why William Shakespeare chose Kronborg to the setting of the world famous Hamlet play.

If you are a guest on a cruise ship or otherwise visiting Elsinore, do not miss "a taste of Denmark" that you can experience authentic at a local restaurant in the Hamlet town of Elsinore, which serves Danish open sandwiches (Smoerrebroed),

Cafe Olai Elsinore
Restaurant Cafe Olai Elsinore

Forget for a single day's sake the great variety of food every day you get stopped by the cruise ship and drop in at the historic Café Olai in Elsinore

Café Olai opened the doors for the first time on 10 December 1987, and is today an institution in the city.

Café Olai reflects the old Elsinore in both atmusfære as decor, and even prices are for 1/4 century ago.

Café Olai have a well-kept renumé that goes far beyond the country's borders. Café Olai is one of the best places to eat in Elsinore, and discussed regularly in magazines Travel News and Globetrotter, as part of Elsinore's culture.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 10.30 - 22.00
Saturday 10.00 to 22.00
Sunday 12.00 - 22.00
Kitchen closes 1 hour before, all day
Phone: 49 20 16 07


Café Olai is a sole proprietorship, owned by Tonny Parnel Tlf; 40 686843

 Ann-Carina Parnell  and Sonja Nielsen, both trained chefs and special shefs cold and hot, and is responsible for the daily operation and has always emphasized quality and good food at an affordable price.