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Scandinavia should be on the bucket list of anyone who loves road trips thanks to its scenic roads, but those countries are emerging as essential gastronomic destinations. Denmark, for example, should be included on the bucket list of foodies, and its restaurants have topped The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for two years in a row. Geranium, a Copenhagen-based restaurant, was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2022. Previously, the title was given to Nona, also located in Copenhagen.

The list is created based on over one thousand votes of people who visited the restaurants in the last eighteen months. But what makes Geranium stand out among so many other restaurants around the globe?

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Geranium Is Located In A Stadium

Located on the 8th floor of the Parken stadium, Denmark's national soccer stadium, the building features modern and clean lines. Ironically, Geranium has nothing to do with sports, and guests can easily forget they are in a stadium. The restaurant has a privileged view of the park and the ocean, which makes the place even more special.

Geranium was inaugurated in 2007 in a different location. According to the chef and founder Rasmus Kofoed, the former address was romantic, but they felt it was blocking their ideas. It seems the new location has brought them luck - In 2016, Geranium became Denmark's first ever three Michelin stars.

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They Were Among The Best World's Restaurants Since 2012

Geranium has been a familiar name among fans of refined gastronomy for years. The restaurant debuted on The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2012 at the 49th position and climbed positions through the years, taking second place last year.

Rasmus Kofoed is also an accomplished chef. He has won the bronze, silver and gold medals at the Bocuse d'Or, one of the essential gastronomy competitions, and he is the only chef on earth to have this achievement.

The Menu Is Meat-Free

Copenhagen is one of the most eco-friendly cities anyone can visit, and it makes sense there are incredible vegetarian restaurants around. Since January 2022, Geranium has banned meat from its menu, but it is possible to find some dishes with fish and shellfish. The decision is aligned with Kofoed's lifestyle, as he stopped eating meat years ago. The new menu aims to celebrate organic farms and local seafood.

The chef is praised for being able to create dishes that feature "synergy between flavor, aestheticism and a sense of flow," according to the World's 50 best. The menu is adapted for each season and often features squid, melted smoked lark, and potatoes.

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They Serve A 20-Course Menu

Eating at Geranium is an experience, and the tasting menu has approximately 20 courses, including appetizers, savory servings, and sweets. Guests should never be in a hurry when planning to have dinner at Geranium, as experiencing their tasting menu takes approximately three hours.

Of course, presentation is something they take seriously at Geranium. The dishes are always served in original ways, and the staff constantly challenge themselves to bring something new to the table each season.

There are no à la carte options at the restaurant, and clients can expect to taste small bites of everything. The menu often changes, so clients are surprised every time they visit.

Geranium Is Expensive

Geranium offers more than a dinner, but an outstanding experience for its guests. Clients will take at least three hours in the restaurant, and the place was designed to be memorable. The dishes perfectly combine Danish products and the highest level of modern gastronomy. Therefore, clients must be willing to pay a significant price for this experience, as The Summer Universe costs over $430 (drinks not included).

According to some reviews on TripAdvisor, the food and services are outstanding, and the wine list is second to none.

  • Tasting Menu Price: 3,200 DKK (Approximately $432)

Guests Need To Book Months In Advance

It is almost impossible to visit Geranium without planning. Clients must book at least three months in advance, and it is just confirmed when they deposit 1,500 DKK (approximately $202). It is also possible to add names to their waiting list. Before booking, it is always good to know their best table is next to the fireplace, overlooking the restaurant and the park.

Larger groups can book the Inspirational Kitchen, a dining room with a magnificent wine cellar and open kitchen. It is perfect for intimate celebrations, as the room fits up to 16 guests.

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The Drinks Are Just As Incredible As The Dishes

Geranium was created to offer clients an unforgettable dining experience, including drinks. They provide an excellent wine pairing, with prices ranging between 1,600 DKK and 18,000 DKK (approximately $216 and $2,431). The restaurant was awarded The Grand Prix - Best Wine List in Denmark and Best Sparkling & Austrian Selection on the 2021 Star Wine List.

Guests can also order seasonal drinks, arguably just as impressive as the dishes. There are also no-alcoholic options, and clients can try their fresh juices blends, including their tart green apple & lemon thyme Oil and rhubarb with Geranium & carrot.