ISSUE 7  |  Great Danes

Paté Paté in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District

February 21, 2014 6:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

On a trip to Copenhagen a few years back, I made a pilgrimage to Paté Paté, located in the city’s once-gritty, now-fashionable Kí¸dbyen meatpacking district. A venture started by brothers Kenn and Dan Husted (who also own the swinging wine bar Bidendum), Paté Paté focuses on rustic European cuisine and wine from around the world, served in a salvage-chic ambience. In the grand tradition of European cafes, the restaurant is open from dawn to the late hours of the night, a bonus for the jet-legged traveler.

Photography courtesy of Paté Paté, unless otherwise noted.

Above: The Husted brothers stripped the interior (a former paté factory) down to its bones, painted the interior white, and used vintage windows to create room dividers.

Above: A modernist Danish light fixture photographed by interior designer Maria Helgstrand.

Above: A wide range of cookbooks is offered for sale. Photograph by Maria Helgstrand.

Above: The moulding in the front of the restaurant is painted in a rich blue.

Above: Old maps and factory windows are seen throughout the restaurant.

Above: Wallpaper made of black-and-white magazine prints.

Above: Mismatched cafe chairs surround the communal dining tables. Photograph by Maria Helgstrand.

Above: The tables are made from salvaged wood.

Above: The Boucherie sign references the restaurant’s past life as a paté factory. Photograph by Maria Helgstrand.

Above: A mounted skull leads the way.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 2, 2011 as part of our Danish Living issue.

For more Danish design inspiration click here. Two more notable restaurants in factory settings: Le Soupe Populaire in Berlin, and West Bridge in Boston’s Kendall Square.