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Having dinner at Stedsans in Copenhagen is an adventure from the very beginning. After a 20-minute bicycle ride from the city’s center to Østerbro, you’ll find yourself in front a fitness center. Then you’ll climb up a steep spiral fire escape at the side of the building and suddenly, you arrive at a green oasis with a view over the city, Scandinavia’s first rooftop farm and urban garden ØsterGRO. After a short walk through the garden, you’ll find Stedsans, a unique restaurant on a roof located in a greenhouse.
Owned by food writer Mette Helbæk and chef Flemming Schiøtt Hansen, their mission is to serve food that is “clean, simple and local”. Stedsans, which refers to the idea of ‘a sense of place’ in Danish, has a menu that focuses on plants and vegetables from organic farmers in the region. While the menu changes every week, the five courses are always served ‘family-style’ at a large communal table. Guests sit quite close to each other to share both food and stories in a cozy setting the Danes call ‘hyggelig’. Not only that, the restaurant also makes sustainability a priority. There is a bee farm, chicken coop and a self-built wooden kitchen.
The restaurant only opened early this summer and already has a long waiting list. We accompanied Helbæk to see what it’s like to prepare dinner at the whimsical rooftop restaurant and chatted about the restaurant’s sudden success as well as how appreciating good food can bring people closer to nature.