The history of Nimb

The Nimb family and 100 years of gastronomic tradition in excellence.

In 1909, in connection with the opening of the newly built Moorish-inspired palace in Tivoli, Nimb opened as a “Bazaar” with exhibitions of arts and crafts. Tenants Vilhelm and Louise Nimb had established themselves as two of the city's leading gastronomic contractors and had already taken over their first Tivoli restaurant in 1877, namely DIVAN 2 at Tivoli Lake, which quickly came to be popularly known as ’Nimb's Terrasse’. When DIVAN 2 once again became part of Nimb in 2011, the establishment changed its to name simply to Nimb Terrasse.

The 1870s was a time of rapid development, also on the gastronomic front. Modest Danish rye bread developed into open sandwiches, and DIVAN 2 was the first restaurant that introduced the open sandwich form. After opening in 1909, the Nimb restaurant rapidly established itself as a leading eatery. Louise Nimb made sure that her daughters, Henriette and Serina, took an active part in the family business. Henriette was chef and Serina was matron and made sure that the house was in order. In the 1920s, young partygoers became fast fixtures at Nimb, and in 1930 the Danish National Broadcasting Company made Nimb famous across the country with live broadcasts of contemporary dance music.

The Nimb experience

At Nimb the focus is on detail - and the guest is always at the centre of attention. Nimb style also features both the magic of Tivoli and a warm Nordic atmosphere.
Nimb was originally built in 1909 as an Arab fantasy castle by Tivoli head architect and director Knud Arne-Petersen. Since then, the establishment has undergone many transformations, and in 2007 Nimb underwent a total renovation - not only externally, where the façade's arabesques of low-grade material were replaced with Italian marble stucco, but also internally, where the new solid Dinnesen wooden floors and interior elements of Oland granite helped give Nimb a modern, Nordic air with warm colours and natural materials.

Nimb Brasserie was also refurbished in early 2012 and today offers a comfortable and welcoming environment with soft chairs and casual comfort . At Nimb, star architects were chosen, creating inspiring interiors where the guest always takes centre stage. In 2012, Nimb staff also received new custom-designed uniforms created by world-renowned Danish fashion designer Christian Westphal. The sophisticated and comfortable uniforms complement the new Nimb interiors and provide employees with a new look with edge and modern elegance.