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Madklubben, Copenhagen

66 Store Kongensgade
Denmark 1264
Tel: 45 33 32 32 34's insider take:

By forgoing hipster aspirations and blasting music for a very Danish mix of unaffected stylishness and coziness, this bistro near Amalienborg Palace has become like a second living room for neighborhood regulars. The talented kitchen serves up new Danish cuisine, but never takes itself too seriously (no dehydrated lingonberries, in other words). And while the black-and-white interior isn't extravagant, neither are the prices: For $35, you could tuck into cured Norwegian salmon dressed in frothy lemon mayo, minced veal and pork meatloaf bundled in bacon, and a bowl of garden-fresh plums with vanilla ice cream. If the perennially crowded restaurant is booked, stroll to the Christiansborg neighborhood and try sister kitchen Den Anden—the name translates, with Madklubben's characteristic directness, to The Second One. Now though, as branches of the restaurant pop up all over town, you can even find a Madklubben in Tivoli.

Open 5:30 pm to midnight Mondays through Saturdays.

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