What & where to eat in Copenhagen, Denmark

The last week I’ve been watching the Swedish crime drama series “The Bridge”.  It’s really suspenseful, and at the start of each season the place of crime begins at the Øresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmö.

Nyhavn Copenhagen

My boyfriend took this picture on a more recent trip in 2015.

Anyway, watching this series made me think of Copenhagen, one of my favourite places to visit, and today I’m going to share with you some really nice places to eat/dine at, which were

Recommended by Danish locals:

I was visiting Denmark for work, and later in the weekend I went to Copenhagen for a short weekend to see my friend Siri in May 2013.  Siri was basically our food guide and took us to places where she usually ate with her friends.

The first place she took us to was:

1. Torvehallerne food hall for smørrebrød

Torvehallerne is a food hall in pretty central Copenhagen, and it has over 60 stalls with a variety of everything delicious you can imagine – meat, dairy, produce, pastries!  Honestly it is a food paradise for feasting your eyes and stomach.

For us it was lunch time and Siri recommended that we try smørrebrød, because they are traditionally Danish.  You can kind of describe them as “open sandwiches” with rye bread and toppings like roast beef, fried onions, eggs, prawn, pickled herring, etc.  So delicious and I’d only I had a bigger stomach to try all the different varieties of toppings.

Torvehallerne Copenhagen Smørrebrød

Having smørrebrød at the Torvehallerne food hall in Copenhagen

After some sightseeing around  the city we stopped at:

 2. Lagkagehuset for coffee & Danish pastries

Lagerhuset is a coffee/pastry chain that you will come across many times in the city.  You can get coffee, bread, sandwiches & salads, and oh my gosh, all these pastries!!  My favourite was the spandauer, which is a classic flaky, crispy and fluffy Danish pastry with a soft center filled with (I think the one I had was a custard filling), then drizzled with icing and some almond shavings.  Sorry I forgot to take photos, but seriously just go there to treat yourself.

Lagkaghuset Coffee Pastry Shop

In the afternoon we popped into a pub to catch up over drinks.  When I’m travelling abroad, I usually like to try the local craft beers.  Siri recommended:

3. Fynsk Forår 

I’m not a beer expert, but I found this  white beer very enjoyable.  It was light, and had a nice, subtle flowery-scent to it.  I think the pub we went to was Ølbaren on Elmegade.  I could be wrong, but I quickly looked it up again and apparently it is recommended for their wide range of beer selection.  Whether or not it is the actually the small cozy place I visited it sounds worth a visit.  Before leaving Copenhagen, I picked up a big bottle of the Fynsk Forår at the supermarket as a souvenir 🙂

Fynsk Forår

4.  Mother for great pizzas

Finally for dinner Siri recommended us this Italian restaurant, Mother, in the meatpacking district, for their amazing pizzas.  It is a very popular place and we were tipped off to make a reservation.

I must guiltily admit that although we had made a reservation we ended up not going there … I just remember not feeling up for pizza after all that evening and just wandered off to another restaurant in the meatpacking district, which by the way had tons of hip and trendy restaurants & bars.  The other restaurant that we went too (forgot the name) was also very good and served great organic dishes and beers.

Besides these places I would also recommend going for brunch because Scandinavians are great brunch enthusiasts!  I really enjoyed Copenhagen and I look forward to visiting in the near future.  I keep praising the food I had in Copenhagen, but truly I believe Nordic cuisine in general should deserve even more credit.  From my experience,  Nordic cuisine really embraces fresh, organic, and local, and for me that’s how I like my food to be.

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