Lonely Planet Writer

Glorious greenhouse adorns new recycling inspired restaurant Vakst in Copenhagen

A new Nordic restaurant featuring a stunning green house that spans two floors has opened in Copenhagen.

A stunning greenhouse spanning two floors in the focal point of the rustic restaurant.
A stunning greenhouse spanning two floors in the focal point of the rustic restaurant. Image by Vakst

Part of the Cofoco restaurant group, Vakst brings a unique and rustic take on décor and atmosphere, with recycling and re-purposed materials being used to decorate the stylish dining space.

Located at Hotel SP34, Vakst is a welcome addition to Copenhagen's already booming restaurant market.
Located at Hotel SP34, Vakst is a welcome addition to Copenhagen’s already booming restaurant market. Image by Vakst

A lush vibrant greenhouse serves as the connector between two floors and a focal point of the restaurant. It provides the space with an informal and unique atmosphere, with the immersive experience aimed at bringing the ambience of an organic environment to patrons wishing to sample farm to table cuisine.

The decor reflects the quality ingredients used on the menu in Vakst.
The decor reflects the quality ingredients used on the menu in Vakst. Image by Vakst

The windowpanes in the greenhouse are made from recycled pinewood and the shelves are made from aged mahogany from the old stands at nearby Lyngby Stadion in the city. Counter tops are constructed from factory floor boards and shelves in the bar are made from file drawers from a museum.

Locally sourced reusable and recycled materials adorn the walls.
Locally sourced reusable and recycled materials adorn the walls. Image by Vakst

The philosophy at Vakst is that the materials that ordain the walls have a history and story, just like the food that is served. The emphasis is on local sourcing and quality.

The tables, chairs and shelves at Vakst
The tables, chairs and shelves at Vakst
A bright and relaxed atmosphere is a feature of the recycled restaurant.
A bright and relaxed atmosphere is a feature of the recycled restaurant. Image by Vakst

“It was about designing a restaurant that creates an atmosphere which compliments and enhances the experience of the food we serve. With Vakst, we wanted to recreate the mood that surrounds a garden party. This is why we have incorporated different elements at Vakst that one might see at garden parties; including the greenhouse. Tables overflowing with fresh vegetables and herbs straight from the garden, together with the fresh and clear tastes of Nordic cuisine, fitted perfectly with that,” explains Vakst owner Torben Klitbo.

Simple and seasonal ingredients is a staple of Nordic cuisine.
Simple and seasonal ingredients is a staple of Nordic cuisine. Image by Vakst
Vakst is part of Cofoco restaurant group that holds a string of successful restaurants across the city.
Vakst is part of Cofoco restaurant group that holds a string of successful restaurants across the city. Image by Vakst

The atmosphere in Vakst matches the cuisine served at the restaurant which focuses on the use of seasonal vegetables, herbs and quality meat.