Copenhagen Airport

YO! Sushi at Copenhagen Airport

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What’s better than really fresh and really tasty sushi at the airport?

Sushi that comes to you on a conveyor belt.

YO! Sushi, the ‘running’ sushi restaurant that started in London and now has 74 restaurants worldwide, just opened a branch at Copenhagen Airport. There, the sushi moves along a 230-foot-long conveyor belt at just over 3 inches per minute – giving diners time to peruse the offerings, make a decision and pick up a dish – or wait a few seconds for something tastier-looking to come along.

Sound like fun? This entertaining dining option is also available at Edinburgh Airport and and Heathrow Airport T2 and T3.

yo sushi

The people who invented Yo! Sushi didn’t stop with restaurants. They’re also the folks behind the Yotel – the hotels located at Heathrow, Gatwick and Amerstardam airports that offer cabin-like rooms where you can relax and refresh before, after or between flights. The concept has been so popular that there’s now a Yotel in New York City and plans to open additional Yotels at Singapore Changi and Paris Charles DeGaulle Airport and addiitional off-airport Yotels on Orchard Street in Singapore, in Brooklyn, NY, San Francisco, and Miami within the next two or three years.

Pop-up dining at Copenhagen Airport

CPH Nording Dining open kitchen

Oh to be stuck at Copenhagen Airport sometime sometime before the end of September!

As part of this year’s Copenhagen Cooking event, which is taking place all over the city, the Copenhagen Airport is hosting a pop-up restaurant –CPH Nordic Dining – right in the terminal through September 29th.

A summer-inspired Nordic menu of Michelin caliber meals is being cooked up by 3 well-known Danish chefs in open kitchens right in the terminal – and they’re serving the meals on Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard and Rosendahl tableware.

The chefs are taking turns running the restaurant and creating menus, but each is putting together a Nordic Tasting menu of a light starter, main dish and dessert that will cost you 279 DKK – about $50 US – and be available starting each day at 11:30 a.m.

Those passing through the airport earlier in the day might try the Nordic breakfast being served at the pop-up restaurant. A small breakfast (99 DKK; about $18 US) includes a pot of curd with oats and Danish honey, curd with sprinkling of rye bread and cane sugar, Jarlsberg and Kornblomst cheese, marmalade, bread and butter. The large breakfast  (149 DKK; about $26) includes everything in the small breakfast plus meats and a sandwich.

Find more details – and the tasting menus (which appear to be only in Danish) here.


Souvenir Sunday: wireless powerkiss

I’m a big fan of free Wi-Fi at airports. And with a three hour layover at Copenhagen International Airport recently, I was delighted to discover that free Wi-Fi had been rolled out there just that week.

Even before the arrival of free Wi-Fi, the Copenhagen Airport (CPH) was delivering something travelers crave for: power to charge gadgets.

And not just power. Wireless power.

CPH is one of a handful of airports where travelers can recharge gadgets wirelessly via the PowerKiss system.

Passengers who have a PowerKiss ring – or who borrow one from one of the cafes or restaurants at the airport – just need to plug it into their device and then place that device on a recharge spot attached to a table or other piece of furniture at the airport.

It’s a great idea. Let’s hope it spreads.

Airport food tips from Foodie International

Elyse Pasquale, a blogger who calls herself Foodie International (, is finishing up her quest to travel 100,000 miles and consume 100 of the world’s best meals – in just one year.

Looks like she’s going to succeed.

As of Wednesday evening, Elyse has traveled 94,490 miles – and certainly eaten more than 100 great meals – and there are still a few days left in 2010.

As she nears the end of her project, this well-traveled foodie was kind enough to take a few minutes to share her tips for finding a great meal when you’re stuck at the airport:

As someone who loves to dine around the world, I make it a point to seek out traditional cuisine in international airports. An airport layover in a foreign city is a great opportunity to sample the local fare. In Oslo, grab an open-faced smørrebrød at the Salmon House Seafood Bar, at Tokyo’s Narita airport, try the conveyer-belt sushi at Ganso, and at Frankfurt’s Goethe Bar wash your weisswurst and pretzels down with a fine German brew.

Oslo Airport meal

Salmon smørrebrød in OSL (Oslo Airport) from the Salmon House Seafood Bar

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Breakfast at Copenhagen Airport

Photos courtesy Elyse Pasquale. THANKS!

Souvenir Sunday at Copenhagen Airport

Now that Christmas is over we can turn to another important holiday: Souvenir Sunday.

Lucky for us, this holiday comes around every weekend and gives us the chance to shop for and celebrate fun, offbeat and inexpensive souvenirs we can find when we’re stuck at the airport.

And you just never know when you’re going to be stuck at an airport.

A few weeks back, Clark Massad got stuck at Copenhagen Airport for a few hours as he was trying to make his way home to Paris from New York. Massad had been in New York for the reception of the world’s first in-flight gay and lesbian weddings, which were held on an SAS flight originating in Stockholm. (I was on that flight and you can read my report of that historic event here on

But, good traveler that he is, Massad went souvenir shopping while he was stuck at Copenhagen Airport

Here’s his shopping report:

“These hats were not technically for sale, but I found them to be quite funny and good photo subjects so I discreetly snapped them.”

Copenhagen Airport xmas hats

“These felt coasters and trivets in beautiful, bright colors were only 4€ each! [About $5.25].I bought six of them to scatter around the house or on the table for parties. Unfortunately, I later realized they are German made, not Danish…”

Copenhagen Airport souvenirs

“These guys were just cute and I love the way they are arranged on the shelf.”

Copenhagen Airport souvenirs

All wonderful souvenirs of course…. but thank-goodness Clark found these: Copenhagen’s “Little Mermaid” statue.

Copenhagen Airport souvenirs

Thanks, Clark, for sending along these great Souvenir Sunday finds!

Do YOU look for great souvenirs when you’re stuck at the airport?  If you find something that’s inexpensive (around $10), fun, offbeat and, ideally, “of” the city or region, please snap a photo and send it along.  If your souvenirs are featured on Souvenir Sunday you’ll receive a special airport or airline-related souvenir.