Deilig is an eatery at HC Andersens house, situated in the middle of the wondrous garden, that serves both the quick snack, drinks and a full-on lunch and dinner.
Deilig is an untraditional museum eatery. On the one hand, it is the kind of café that serves a good cup of coffee and a delicious lunch before further exploration of the exhibitions. On the other hand, the eatery is more than just that: It is also a place where Meyer’s food ideology in many ways resembles Andersen’s own view at nature.
Animals, flowers and plants have souls, voices and something to tell. Meyer’s both search in the fields and forests to discover and listen to what is to be found out there and afterwards to be put in the pot and bring forward the message on a plate.
Deilig is named after the author’s fairy tale number 90 from the year 1860 and means “lovely” or “delightful”. The tale unfolds two of the classical themes in Andersen’s authorship: On the one hand his urge to romanticise, beautify and poetise the world, his own life and origin.
On the other hand, his view of the world and nature where that which does not seem to be much has both beauty, soul and a worthy voice. With these surprising shifts, Andersen makes sure that the world around us appears living and dynamic. Life becomes a bit deiligere (or more delightful) than you first expected.