Foods You Must Try When Visiting Copenhagen

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If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen this summer, you won’t be disappointed, or hungry! The capital city is not only beautiful, with many sights and attractions, but it is also a gastronomic paradise. There is an abundance of amazing eateries and fantastic local dishes for tourists to try out.

Copenhagen is considered to be forward-thinking in many aspects, and food is certainly one of these things! From top-class restaurants offering a modern take on traditional fare to contemporary cafes that dish up “recycled” meals. It really is an interesting place to tantalize your taste buds.

Not only are the things we eat wonderful and varied, but so are the places where we dine. Some of the best restaurants can be found in hotels. So, you really don’t have to stumble too far from your accommodation to find a decent place to eat. You can view a great range of these hotels on But for a more casual dining experience, the city has a fabulous selection of delis, street food stalls, cafes and bars.

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You must start off your first day in the city with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a danish pastry. My favourite is the snegl (or snail in English). These are sweet treats made from a buttery cake mixture flavoured with cinnamon and shaped in a spiral (hence its name). And that’s not all. There is a beautiful layer of icing sugar on top. They are sweet, spicy, buttery and totally worth the calories!

You can’t come to Copenhagen without trying our beloved smørrebrød (or open sandwiches). These beautifully presented culinary delights tend to be eaten at lunchtime or as a snack. They consist of a big slice of earthy rye bread piled high with beautiful fresh ingredients. Traditionally the toppings consist of eggs, salmon, radishes, cucumber and herbs. However, there are many restaurants and cafes that have taken a modern twist on this classic and provide ingredients like shredded pork and crispy chicken.

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Hot dogs are a big deal in Denmark. So much so that you can’t go very far in the capital city without stumbling upon another hot dog stall. And it’s not just your “New York” hot dog on offer. You can choose from a variety of breads (sourdough and linseed for example). A number of different sausages (pork, chorizo and vegan are just a few) and toppings like onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard and remoulade.

Finally on my list of food you must try when visiting Copenhagen are those “recycled meals” you are probably wondering about from the introduction. Don’t worry you are not eating people scraps. The idea behind these eateries is to use “ugly” and unwanted ingredients that restaurants and retailers tend to throw out. So, by eating at one of these establishments, you are doing your bit to reduce the worldwide issue of food waste.

My mouth is certainly watering after writing this. Is yours after reading? Copenhagen has many wonderful things to offer its visitors, and the incredible food is just one of them. I hope to see you at the bakery for a snegl sometime soon!

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