COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- This city's energy bounces off the
Portuguese-tiled walls at the whimsical Peder Oxe restaurant.
The fun starts with the menu: Rare mushrooms are described as
"extravagant," and strawberries are said to be "seductive."
The eatery is known for its salad bar, which has crisp produce
but is not huge by American standards.
Most of the patrons I saw were with families. Singles mingled
downstairs in the cavelike wine cellar bar, which is built around
huge stones left over from the site of a 1238 monastery.
The neighboring Coconut Bar -- a refuge on dark and chilly
nights -- has a sand-covered floor and a "shower" where revelers
can dump a bucket of water over their heads.
Those who crave pasta after midnight haunt the neighboring Pasta
Basta restaurant, which stays open until 5 a.m.
The restaurants are set on the 17th century Grabrodre Torv
Square, just off Stroget, the city's main shopping street.
Peder Oxe, Phone: (011) 45-33 110-077