On Location: Axel Hotel Guldsmeden & Geist Restaurant, Copenhagen

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Axel Hotel Guldsmeden Copenhagen

Axel Hotel Guldsmeden

On a quiet street in a trendy, upcoming part of Copenhagen called Vesterbro, the 129-room Axel Hotel Guldsmeden is a boutique hotel inside a renovated 19th century building. On the wide plank floor just inside the front door, a shallow rustic basket and hand-lettered sign invite you to try the organic apples. Axel takes a practical approach in their susty restaurant where the menu is dictated by what’s at the local market that morning, and nothing is wasted. Today’s leftover whole grain bread is tomorrow’s crunchy wholesome muesli. The breakfast spread or weekend brunch laid out on the bar is created with passion and will satisfy body and soul with 90-100% organic menu choices any given day, including specialties like their homemade vanilla almond yoghurt.

Pale woods and a Balinese influence extend throughout, echoing the calming simplicity of Danish design. The rustic Axel House Dinner is tapas-style, simple and wholesome, available for 8-45 pax private meals upon request. The casual, homey atmosphere spreads outside where the terrace is cradled by the historic building, dotted with greenery, pleasantly crowded with locals and visitors.

Conference facilities with state-of-the-art equipment accommodates up to 35 persons between two rooms.

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Geist

Geist is another Copenhagen restaurant with unexpected courtyard gardenscape and gastronomic delights. The turbot with its cheese ravioli is an unforgettable taste of Danish cuisine creatively updated and internationalized. Seat 80 in the restaurant section, fragmented groups up to 50 in the food bar, or 40 outdoors in the courtyard. The menu includes charred beef tenderloin and pork bellies, quail with chanterelles, and beef filet of hare with pumpkin and black cabbage. The small dish concept encourages sharing and sampling, which mirrors the warm and hospitable friendliness of the Danish approach to family and visitors alike.

The tagline: “Food made with pure ingredients and pure pleasure” says it all. Opened in 2011, Geist has a young hip vibe and high ceilings, dark wood, stonework and ironwork fittings in an easy atmosphere with low lighting. A centrally located gathering place, you can belly up to the “food bar” and watch the chefs, cozy up around a table or mod banquette, choose a spot overlooking the quiet King’s Square, or chill out in the courtyard and watch the place fill up with groups of friends and colleagues meeting over a great glass and fine plates. The ending is a sweet playful twist, where coffee is served with an artistic holder swaddled in fluffy soft and sticky cotton candy, or order one of the fun and funky savory-sweet delights like salted horseradish toffee.

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Katherine Manfredi
Katherine Manfredi, CMM calls upon 20+ years event management experience to bring creativity with a dose of practicality to her features. Her dedication to advancing sustainable events, green meetings and CSR is expressed through her writing, presentations and training, as well as in her current event management role with a third party meetings and incentive company. She is a founding board member of the local Green Meeting Industry Council chapter, co-chair of the GMIC sustainable meetings conference 2012 & 2013, and actively supports MPI and sustainable event standards development. Katherine is presently earning an MBA in Sustainability.

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