René Redzepi's Acclaimed Noma Is Closing in 2024 to Become a Food Laboratory From 2025
Goodbye Noma 2.0, hello Noma 3.0, with the globally renowned Copenhagen restaurant set to turn into a test kitchen in its latest reinvention.
January 10, 2023
If eating at one of the world's best restaurants — and Copenhagen's most acclaimed — has long been on your bucket list, achieving that feat now has a time limit, with René Redzepi's Noma announcing that it's closing its doors. It isn't saying farewell forever, thankfully, but it is ending its current operations, transforming instead into a test kitchen and food laboratory.
Redzepi's globally renowned, three-Michelin-starred, five-time World's Best list-topping eatery has shut up shop in the past, back in 2016, before reemerging in 2017 as Noma 2.0. Redzepi and his team have already badged the venue's next phase 3.0, and it'll kick off in 2025 — after Noma's present setup says goodbye in 2024.
"In 2025, our restaurant is transforming into a giant lab — a pioneering test kitchen dedicated to the work of food innovation and the development of new flavours, one that will share the fruits of our efforts more widely than ever before," Redzepi continues.
"Serving guests will still be a part of who we are, but being a restaurant will no longer define us. Instead, much of our time will be spent on exploring new projects and developing many more ideas and products."
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If you can manage to nab a highly coveted reservation between now and Noma's 2024 closure, you'll experience the restaurant's last days in its 2.0 guise. After that, it will host pop-ups as part of being a food lab, and will also do a season in Copenhagen.
Travelling the globe to share its cuisine has long been a part of Noma's remit anyway, complete with an upcoming ten-week residency in Kyoto from March–May 2023. In the past, the eatery has done the same in Tokyo, Down Under in Sydney as well, and in Tulum, Mexico.
"In this next phase, we will continue to travel and search for new ways to share our work. Is there somewhere we must go in the world to learn? Then we will do a Noma pop-up. And when we've gathered enough new ideas and flavors, we will do a season in Copenhagen," added Redzepi.
"Our goal is to create a lasting organisation dedicated to groundbreaking work in food, but also to redefine the foundation for a restaurant team, a place where you can learn, you can take risks, and you can grow!"
Noma 2.0 will close at Refshalevej 96, 1432 Copenhagen K, in 2024, during winter in Europe, before relaunching in 2025 as a test kitchen and food lab. Head to the restaurant's website for reservations.
Top image: Amy Tang.
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