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The world’s ‘best restaurant’ is in a football stadium

Yep: Geranium in Copenhagen is on the eighth floor of Denmark’s national stadium

Ed Cunningham
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When you think of the kind of food usually on offer at a football stadium, you probably ain’t got the finest nosh in mind. Pies, pasties, Bovril – to put it very lightly, stadium food isn’t usually the stuff of Michelin inspectors’ dreams.

But that certainly isn’t the case at Parken, the Danish national stadium in Copenhagen and the home of Copenhagen FC. Up on Parken’s eighth floor is Geranium, the restaurant that just took top prize at the World’s Best Restaurants awards.

Far from being disadvantaged by its stadium location, Geranium actually benefits from it. Thanks to Parken’s huge windows, the award-winning restaurant is bright and airy, and boasts some sweet views out over the leafy nearby Fælledparken.

Not to forget, of course, the main event: the food. Led by head chef Rasmus Kofoed, the restaurant has been a Copenhagen institution for well over a decade. In 2016 it became the first Danish restaurant to get three Michelin stars, and it’s been a regular feature in World’s 50 Best Restaurants lists since 2013, before finally topping the ranking in 2022.

Geranium, Copenhagen
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Better yet, Geranium’s got other qualities besides its top-notch nosh and, erm, unconventional location. All of the restaurant’s food is meat-free and, to help its staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, it’s only open for four days a week. What a model establishment, eh?

If you fancy a trip to Geranium, you’d probs better start saving. While there are certainly plenty of fancy restaurants that are even more expensive than this one, tasting menus still start from a pretty-spenny 3,200 Danish krone (£366, $440) per person. You can check the website here for more details. And maybe check the Copenhagen FC fixtures list first, if you want to avoid 38,000 football fans showing up at the same time.

Keen to see who else made the Top 50 Restaurants in the World list? Read the full ranking here.

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