It’s no surprise that Copenhagen is known for its stylish, high-end restaurants. With the nations great taste and progressive approach to life, it reflects in their great food. But it’s not only about the fancy, fine dining experiences here. In fact, Copenhagen is a true foodies paradise! The city offers incredible variety and a sort of excited buzz when it comes to filling your stomach. If you’re wondering what to eat in Copenhagen, check out the list below!
RØD PØLSE – Danish Hot Dogs
We’re going to start off with food that is so ubiquitous around Copenhagen, it cannot be missed. The stands with this Danish specialty are dotted on every corner. But how is it different from any other hot dog? For one, it’s red. In between a perfectly golden bun lies a shiny, bright red sausage topped with sliced pickle cucumbers and fried onions. Rød pølse is served with mustard or ketchup, as well as Danish remoulade, a mild version of the sauce with clear sweet and sour taste. All combined, the ingredients make for a very simple yet somewhat unique taste.
It’s so easy to walk around the city and fill yourself up a bit with pølse. More so, that is so easily available everywhere. So if you’ve been walking around for a while, don’t think about what to eat next and just grab a hot dog!
WHERE: All around Copenhagen, we tried a stand near Nørreport Station.
PRICE: Around 30DKK.
If there is one thing that the Danish mastered to perfection, it’s their smørrebrød. You’d think it’s just a sandwich but no. It’s so much more than a sandwich. Topped with various ingredients, these little open pieces of rye bread are packed to the brim.
The art of combining different tastes seems so easy in here. The sourish taste of a dense, hard bread softened by the freshest of prawns or a creamy smoked salmon. But it’s not only about fish and seafood. Slightly cold savoury roast beef with some horseradish is also a great option. Possibilities here are endless but the truth is, you can’t go wrong with smørrebrød.
And it’s so Scandinavian in style as well, as they usually use local and organic products to make their little perfections. It’s brilliant how something so simple can be so lavish!
PRICE: Starting from 50DKK.
Probably the best food we tried in Copenhagen! To our big surprise, flæskesteg amazed us completely when we tried it on one of the Christmas Markets. It’s essentially roast pork baked with spices and crispy rind on. Although it’s generally a Danish Christmas dish, you can find it on a regular menu in quite a few places. Traditionally served with red cabbage and boiled potatoes, it often comes in a bun or as a sandwich. That’s how we tried it this time!
With a very salty and crunchy exterior, it is not at all dry on the inside. After just one bite, you’re surprised by amazing softness and smoothness of the meat. The addition of red cabbage in the bun made for some incredible sensations as it broke the taste so well. Huge plus for the extra texture, too!
Guys, if you’re wondering what to eat in Copenhagen, definitely try flæskesteg. It’s one of the things you have to try in this city (or Denmark, for that matter!).
PRICE: starting from 90DKK as a main course, around 50DKK for a sandwich.
When we wrote about the things you have to do in Copenhagen, we just had to include Danish pastries. This is one of the greatest foods in Denmark. After we came back from the capital, nothing really tastes the same. Moist blueberry muffins, almond croissants or creamy donuts, all fall short of the now high expectations.
There is a great variety but the classic one is kanelsnegle, a cinnamon swirl. We tried chokoladesnegle (chocolate swirl) as well and it was divine! There is also a cream/custard one, which is called cremesnegle. Should we keep saying how brilliant these are? You can also try æblesnitter (sort of like an apple strudel) or spandauer (with jam or cream). We’ll mention the glaze as well, as apart from the classic version, you get chocolate or cinnamon glaze, too. Amazing!
PRICE: Around 20-25DKK for 1, but there are deals like mix and match where you get 3 for 50DKK.
Hindbærsnitter can be simply translated as raspberry bar. It’s very similar to the well-known Pop-Tarts but the Danish are so much better at the game. A very sweet, raspberry filling is snugged between two layers of buttery shortcrust. Then, as if to make it even more fun to eat, it’s topped with glaze and sprinkles. It’s a great alternative for the classic pastries and will give you a proper sugar rush. Plus, it’s cute so… don’t try to resist!
PRICE: Around 20DKK.
That concludes our list of what to eat in Copenhagen! Although we tried a couple of other things (especially at Papirøen, which is closed now, unfortunately), we felt like including only the foods that are essentially Danish. The country really has a lot to offer and with Copenhagen as a dining metropolis, it’s really hard to be disappointed!
There are so many other things that we haven’t yet tried! Since we loved Copenhagen so much, we’re definitely going to try out more amazing Danish specialties on our next trip. Different varieties of herring, frikadellen (meatballs) and fiskefrikadellen (fishballs), or risalamande are another must-eats for us. So yes, we will expand that list!
If you’re wondering what to do in Copenhagen, check out our article on 11 things you have to do in there. We’ve got a couple of other articles coming up so be sure to subscribe to stay up to date! Just to give you a sneak peek, we’re planning a post on Copenhagen’s hidden gems. Also, if you’re wondering how to visit Copenhagen on a budget, we’ll have you covered very soon!
Now, we’d love to hear from you. What was your favourite food in Denmark? Would you add anything to the list? Share it with us in the comments below.
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