About the fairytale and our restaurant

The Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen published “The Tinderbox” in 1835 and it is one of the most famous fairytales written while Hans Christian Andersen lived here in Nyhavn.

Hans Christian Andersen was very fascinated by Nyhavn, where he lived for several laps. Hans Christian Andersen found as many other contemporary artists inspired by the sailor neighbourhood’s lively atmosphere where wave unseen from the big world created an exciting diversity.

Here at the Restaurant Fyrtøjet (The Tinder Box), we have been inspired by the fairytale atmosphere of Hans Christian Andersen, which we – in his spirit – have given a modern Danish twist.

Welcome to restaurant Fyrtøjet – The taste of Denmark

History of our building

Nyhavn 11

Louis Ferdinand Roemer (1714-1776) was employed by the West India and Guinean Company. In 1739-44 he was sent to the Gold Coast, where he started as a subordinate writer, but because of the high rate of mortality among delegates, he advanced quickly to a finer and more lucrative position as a slave merchant.

On the way home from Africa ship with Roemer wrecked on the Norwegian coast and his fortune was lost. He therefore went back in 1746, where he continued to travel around the area and bought slaves. After briefly having been governor of the Danish fort Christiansborg, he returned back to Copenhagen for health reasons.

He married and invested his hard earned funds in Nyhavn 11, where he in 1754 created a sugar refinery. This perhaps reflects his good business sense: For whichever way you look at it, it was difficult to get the trade in Africa to succeed. Amongst other things, the maintenance of the Danish forts and crews were expensive. The West Indian trade was far more lucrative, particularly sugar trade.

From the Caribbean came drums of raw sugar into Europe was refined into fine white sugar, casted in sugar peaks. The small figure over the gate reminiscent, the house’s past and shows a man with a sugar peak.

Rømer’s two-storey house with timber has now gone. The present house was built in the 1830s, while Rømers former residence, Christiansborg fort, today is the official residence of the Ghanesian President – Strandgade no 24.