“Lumskebughten” is an odd word in Danish. However, when you look at the surroundings it actually makes sense. Tucked away at the sea entrance to Copenhagen, the historic sailor’s tavern Lumskebugten no longer has to rely on strong currents to secure its clientele.
Today, as well as in historic times, Lumskebugten offers traditional Danish cuisine, including an extensive selection of fresh seafood and is a shining example of Danish charm.
From the old custom house Frederiksstad next to the restaurant there is very strong currents forming sand banks in the bay. So, the restaurant is amply decorated with paintings of seafaring men, ship models, and other curious, lending a certain maritime touch to the establishment, led by one of Denmark’s most established chefs Erwin Lauterbach.
The spotless restaurant offers superb atmosphere, and the authentic Danish menu includes tartare of salmon with herbs, fried herring platters, and fish cakes in mustard sauce. Since 1854 sailors and lubbers alike have been “washed” into the establishment. The tavern was situated just where ships and sailors took leave of Denmark and then again sat foot on Danish soil after having cruised around the world.
The Historic Treacherous Bay Tavern in Copenhagen
From the beginning of the 1900s, Lumskebugten was constantly the talk of town. Fresh French frog’s legs were regularly flown in, and Russian Czar Nicolai II often graced the restaurant with a royal visit.
Since 2011, the tavern is owned and run by Chef Erwin Lauterbach, famous for his love of vegetables, fish and traditional cooking. It is also worth visiting the restaurant if you want to try a traditional Danish lunch. “This is a kind of place that I would love to stumble upon in my own holidays,” says Lauterbach.
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Where to find it
Within a short stroll from the old defense site Kastellet and the famous Little Mermaid, Lumskebugten has one of the most peaceful cobblestoned terraces in Copenhagen
The place’s popularity has grown much in later years, so reservations are recommended.
A small booklet with the story of Lumskebugten is at hand for free when you visit the Restaurant.
The Historic Treacherous Bay Tavern in Copenhagen, written by Tor Kjolberg