10 Things to eat in Copenhagen and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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When we visit a foreign country, in addition to admiring the architectural and naturalistic beauties, visiting the most characteristic and historical museums and places that tell us about the local past and culture, enjoying relaxation and leisure, a fundamental step is certainly the one dedicated to discovering the typical gastronomy with dishes that are also very different from those we are used to.
Tasting the local specials is another way to get to know the host nation more closely.
Today we take you to Denmark to offer you 10 typical dishes that you absolutely cannot miss in Copenhagen!


  1. sandwiches
  2. Stegt flæsk
  3. Frikadeller
  4. Wienerbrød
  5. Røde Pølser
  6. Æble skiver
  7. Kogt Torsk
  8. Alesuppe
  9. Aeggekage
  10. Grød
  11. Where to eat in Copenhagen: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Smørrebrød

During your stay in Copenhagen, you cannot miss out on smørrebrød, the Danish version of the classic sandwich. This is an "open sandwich" consisting of a slice of Rye bread, generally buttered, on which the tastiest and most varied ingredients are artfully arranged: eggs, shrimp, cheese, herring, salmon, pork, mayonnaise, tomatoes, lettuce and whatever else the imagination suggests. Excellent accompanied by brandy or dark beer.

  • Recommended for: lunch, snack
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 to € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: rye bread, butter, various toppings

2 - Stegt flæsk

How not to try the Danish national dish, officially elected by the Danes as the traditional recipe par excellence? Stegt flæsk is crispy pork accompanied by boiled potatoes and parsley sauce. A dish of ancient origins, very caloric and tasty. Pork was once fried, but today it is generally baked in the oven and sliced ​​bacon is used.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: bacon, potatoes, parsley

3 - Frikadeller

The Frikadeller are really delicious, pork meatballs flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon and cooked in beer which gives them a very pleasant light bitter taste. Meatballs are also a typical dish of the Danish tradition and the first mention of Frikadeller in a cookbook dates back to 1280. These tasty morsels of meat are served accompanied by boiled potatoes flavored with chopped parsley and a drizzle of oil.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00 (served with side dish)
  • Main ingredients: meat (beef and pork), black pepper, nutmeg, butter

4 - Wienerbrød

Not just savory dishes. Copenhagen is also known for its exquisite desserts, among which the Wienerbrød deservedly stands out, an absolute masterpiece of Danish pastry. The recipe, as the name suggests (Wienerbrød means "Vienna bread") was imported by some Austrian confectioners during the Danish bakers' strike of 1850. Never was a dispute more profitable, given that today the dessert is considered one of the "must" of Copenhagen gastronomy.

  • Recommended: as a snack or dessert at the end of a meal
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 to € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, almonds, sugar, brewer's yeast

5 - Røde Pølser

Lo street food it is also popular in Denmark, where one of the most popular hot dogs in Copenhagen and beyond is called Røde Pølser. This very particular variant of the famous American sandwich contains, in addition to the classic wurtsel, sauerkraut, cucumbers and sauces of all kinds. A real energy bomb, to be purchased in the typical kiosks of the city and to be enjoyed while strolling through the streets of Copenhagen.

  • Recommended: as a substitute for lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 to € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: wurtsel, bread, sauerkraut, cucumbers

6 - Æbleskiver

Let's go back to talking about sweet treats with æbleskiver, a typical Christmas "dessert" but which can be enjoyed at any time of year in Copenhagen. These are fried apple-flavored "meatballs" that the Danes usually fry in a special pan; they give their best in the mouth if tasted hot, sprinkled with icing sugar!

  • Recommended: as a dessert
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, apples, white yogurt, brown sugar

7 - Kogt Torsk

Seafood dishes are a mainstay of Copenhagen gastronomy. Among these, an honorable mention goes to Kogt Torsk, a very simple dish based on boiled cod, very popular in Denmark for its delicate flavor and its lightness.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: cod, water, vinegar, bay leaf

8 - Alesuppe

Le soups they are all the rage in Copenhagen. Whether they are based on meat, vegetables, fish or fruit (yes, there is also the sweet variant, to dampen the "boredom" that hovers around this hot dish!), It is not possible to stop in the capital without having tasted at least one. We offer you the alesuppe, a tasty soup made from eel, one of the "workhorses" of Danish cuisine.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: water, eels

9 - Aeggekage

Don't call them scrambled eggs! Backbone of the Copenhagen brunch, the aeggekage combine the classic combination of eggs - bacon with contrasting flavors, given by milk and potatoes. The aeggekage are an excellent accompaniment to salmon, bread and cheese, also ideal for those who want to approach a breakfast full of energy.

  • Recommended for: breakfast, lunch
  • Average cost: € 10,00 (accompanied with other dishes)
  • Main ingredients: eggs, bacon, potatoes

10 - Grød

We close this top ten of Copenhagen's representative dishes with the Grød , a typical spoon dessert to be served after lunch or dinner that is very reminiscent of the traditional English porridge. The full name of this small "calorie bomb" is Rødgrød med Fløde, a real tongue twister that tests the patience of tourists and unleashes the understandable hilarity of the natives!

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: red fruits, sugar, fresh cream

Where to eat in Copenhagen: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Copenhagen menus usually host dishes cooked with seasonal and local products: the city loves to enjoy fresh food prepared with creativity and a desire to experiment. However, Danish cuisine is not the lightest, as very popular are onions, bacon, meat and high-calorie desserts. The locals love to eat out, both in the characteristic restaurants of the city, and strolling through the streets appreciating the excellent street food. In this regard we can only mention the characteristic white vans, of which the city is full, which exclusively serve Rode Polser (the street food par excellence in Denmark). Here's where to eat in Copenhagen!

1 - Noma

  • Description: intimate and sophisticated restaurant that boasts two Michelin stars, offering modern fusion cuisine
  • specialty: Nordic dishes revisited with suggestions of nouvelle cousine
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Restaurant Schoennemann

  • Description: Nordic atmosphere restaurant with generous portions and reasonable prices
  • specialty: smørrebrød
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - The Galette

  • Description: French-run restaurant, where you can enjoy international dishes in a relaxed atmosphere
  • specialty: savory crepes
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Copenhagen street food

  • Description: an open-air market, operating all year round and all day, where several food trucks and stalls serve dishes from all over the world
  • specialty: street food
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Bio Mio

  • Description: organic bistro in the most hypster area of ​​Copenhagen
  • specialty: organic and natural dishes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

6 - Torvehallerne

  • Description: covered market where you can shop and consume typical Danish specialties. Many bars and stands are mainly dedicated to pastry and local craft beer
  • specialty: street food
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions

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