Founded by restaurateur and actor Thomas Gaarde five years ago, Maven has, thanks to its unique atmosphere and delicious menu, become one of Copenhagen’s most-loved restaurants. “What’s unique here is the charm of dining inside a church with soft lights, plank tables and leaded windows, but most important is what’s on the plate and in the glass,” says Gaarde. Maven in Danish means ‘the belly’ and refers to the restaurant’s location in what used to be Copenhagen’s meat market; known among locals as ‘the belly of Copenhagen’. Gaarde chose the name because of the informal and straightforward approach to food it implies and the focus on local produce.