Food at the heart of the community
TEXT: JOSEFINE OLDER STEFFENSEN | PHOTOS © CAFÉ NOKKEN
There is nothing that can bring people together the way food can, something that is definitely true of Nokken, a restaurant in Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark. Nokken is run by the Noesgaard family and has given life and good spirits to the local community and its many summer visitors.
Nokken is run by Michael and Victor Noesgaard and their parents, all of whom have worked in the hospitality industry and wanted to make their mum’s dream of running her own place a reality. “We’ve really loved the way the locals have welcomed us from the beginning,” says Victor.
The restaurant offers traditional Danish fare with something for everyone both in taste and price level. “Alongside the restaurant, the space is also used as a gallery showcasing Danish artists from across the whole of Denmark. The displays get changed on a monthly basis so there’s always something new to be discovered.” The gallery space can also be rented out for parties.
“For many, the restaurant has become like a second home. There’s always a great atmosphere with people enjoying good food and a chat and a laugh across the room,” says Victor. In the summer, the population of Nykøbing Sjælland increases from around 5,000 to 50,000, with Nokken at the very centre of all that activity.
Nokken is one of those delightful restaurants where you walk in and feel comfortable and at home. With a relaxed atmosphere and good food, it feels like you have been invited over for dinner at the Noesgaard’s.