Everyone’s talking about Bornholm, until now one of our best kept secrets! The sunshine island has always drawn Danes, but now the secret’s out, more and more people are tasting Bornholm’s unique island culture. Here you will meet the local food pioneers transforming this island into a foodie destination.
Why you should taste island life on Bornholm
Bornholm has always been a special destination, beloved by us Danes. But the charming island nestled in the Baltic Sea has transformed from a secret spot of fishing villages and smokehouses, to a culinary destination enticing people from all across the world.
On a dot of Danish land in the Baltic Sea, chefs have elevated local ingredients and sparked an island-wide culinary awakening. (Travel + Leisure)
The island’s vibrant transformation to a diverse gastronomic hotspot, is largely thanks to the locals who’ve gone back to their roots and drawn economic strength from Bornholm’s beautiful and fertile natural landscapes. So not only is it a tasty place to visit, but you’ll find no better place to get up close to local artisans and food producers in their natural habitat!
The Michelin beach shack that changed Bornholm
In 2007, local islander Nicolai Nørregaard opened a restaurant in a shack nestled in the dunes on idyllic Dueodde beach. Kadeau would kick-start Bornholm’s food revolution, with its menu of locally sourced seasonal produce showcasing the very best ingredients from the island. If you get a chance to try a meal here, you’ll not only get to savour local food and drink, but also eat from local tableware, surrounded by local designs.
The local liquorice giant at Svaneke
The local liquorice giant is not a mythical creature (though that would be pretty cool). It’s Johan Bülow! You might have sampled his exquisite liquorice treats, Lakrids, which you can buy as far away as the USA. But it all started here. In 2007, Johan Bülow opened his first Lakrids store in the previously fishing-dependent village of Svaneke, now the ultimate place to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The smokehouse heroes of Bornholm
Bornholm once depended on its distinctive white-towered smokehouses and you can visit 10 of them still working today. The traditions of smoking fish have passed down from the very first smokehouse that opened on the island in 1866. Fish is smoked over the fragrant embers of alder wood fires and you can buy or taste from the experts themselves at the cafés and shops attached to the island’s smokehouses.