A dish from NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen
Courtesy of NOMA (2)


Copenhagen, Denmark

After his restaurant Noma received two Michelin stars and was named Best Restaurant in the World four times, chef René Redzepi did something extraordinary: he closed it and set out to build a new one. The Noma that reopened in February, about a mile down the road from the original, is Redzepi’s version of “utopia for a restaurant”; its on-site, 65,000-sq.-ft. farm and three greenhouses enable chefs to harvest ingredients from their own backyard. As a result, tasting menus (which start at $350) feature only seasonal, local food—it’s either “seafood season,” “vegetable season” or “game and forest season.” The dining area, a series of exquisite, light-filled rooms designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, is an added bonus. “Honestly, I think our food tastes 10% better because people love our space,” Redzepi says. —Julia Zorthian

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