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The Foodies’ Survival Guide To Copenhagen

October 24, 2016

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The Foodies’ Survival Guide To Copenhagen

 

Food. We’re going to talk about lot’s of food today. Do I have your attention? Good.

 

Now, eating is generally my top priority when traveling and (I find) it’s also the most fun way to get to know a new city. The only thing that makes me happier than exploring a new place is traversing with a gooey pastry or a great coffee in hand…or at least towards one. You catching my drift here? I like food. You can trust me. Because if you’re anything like me, you want to know where you can go in Copenhagen and have a guaranteed delicious meal. And that’s how my food nerd brain found all of these wonderful places for you.

 

When doing my standard travel research on Copenhagen, I found a few awesome themes to be true. Copenhagen loves bread, and beer, and coffee and sweets…and all the good things. Hmm, the reasons behind all of that biking around are becoming clear now; it’s the fault of the smørrebrød.

 

It’s my wish that you find this list incredibly helpful. And be sure to download the CityMaps2Go app so you never get lost searching for all these places. If you want to hear more about what that is and why I believe in it so much, check out my last post on Copenhagen. Some of these places I’ve been to, and some of them I’ve simply been recommended to visit over and over…but haven’t had the chance. I’ll keep my descriptions brief, so feel free to stop and click on anything that catches your eye. Whether you’re priority is beer, coffee or just a great meal

 

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Breakfast & Brunch

 

One thing the city is known for is smørrebrød. They do breakfast and brunch food really well. So make sure you don’t waste time in bed and get your butt out there to start sampling the city early. But not too early…because a lot of places aren’t open when you think they would be. Basically, check the business hours before visiting, especially on the weekends.

 

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1.Grød

(multiple locations)

Have the basic havregrød or try the acai-chiagrød. You’ll be astounded with the freshness and complexity in ingredients. With 4 locations (1 in the Torvehallerne market), you can’t miss this.

 

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2.Kalaset

(Norrebro)

Just a short walk past Torvehallerne, go for breakfast, coffee, or do like I did and get the brunch plate. An amazing experience through and through. Afterwards, just a few strides more and you’re free to wander the Copenhagen Lakes.

 

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3.Taxa

(Norrebro)

A long walk, or a quicker bike ride, up from the Norreport Station. The main menu starts at 10 am and the mood is warm and cozy by morning candlelight. Come earlier, and they have an all-you-can-eat breakfast spread for a flat fee. The coffee here is phenomenal.

 

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4.Parterre 

(Chrisianhavn)

I stumbled upon this place walking along the waterside in Christianhavn and made a mental note to come back. When I found out their specialty is avocado toast, it was sealed. Go for breakfast, lunch, or just the coffee and pastry fare.

 

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5.Café Norden 

(city center)

Right off Strøget (the city’s main shopping street) in the main plaza with the Stork Fountain, they have extensive brunch offerings, delicious coffee and the classic smørrebrød. The only reason I didn’t go here is because I needed more mornings.

 

6.The Bagel Co 

(multiple locations)

Of the company’s several locations, one is located off of Strøget, at the Illum rooftop. So, if you appreciate a great view with your breakfast, go here.

 

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Coffee

 

If coffee didn’t have side effects, I’d never stop drinking it. One of my favorite things to do is curl up with a  good cup of coffee to relax. Good thing Copenhagen seems to feel the same and fully embraces coffee culture. There is no shortage of excellent coffee spots to visit here, so hopefully this list helps to give you a head start above the rest.

 

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1.Original Coffee 

(multiple locations)

I liked this place so much, I visited both the Bredgade and Trianglen locations in one day. The staff make great recommendations and are very knowledgeable about their beans. Whether you’re getting a latte “en foss” (like a flat white) or a drip coffee, know you’re getting something great.

 

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2.The Coffee Collective 

(multiple locations)

I dreamt about this place before coming. I’m sure the baristas had no idea why I had such a stupid grin on my face, but I recognized one of their beans as one I’d been brewing for a while and immediately felt a kinship with the place. The Torvehallerne location can get pretty busy, but the atmosphere outside is pretty special.

 

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3. Taxa

(Norrebro)

The cortado I had here was truly delectable. I am the pickiest of pickiest about my micro foam, and Taxa knows how it goes. Don’t miss out on one of the best.

 

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4.MJ Coffee 

(city center)

If you end up staying at Generator Hostel, this is one of your closest coffee options. A little bit expensive, given all the affordable options around town, but the shop is super cute and it’s always busy.

 

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5.Buzz Coffee 

(city center)

As I do many things, I stumbled upon this coffee shop while wandering through the neighborhood between sites. The outside of the shop was pink, so they had me cornered. I kind of wished I could stay for a pastry, since it all looked so delicious, but I needed to be on my way.

 

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6.Copenhagen Coffee Lab 

(city center)

A short ways west of Strøget, I didn’t get a chance to pay this place a visit, but it looks fantastic. You can tell they care a lot about their product, and especially the science behind coffee. Nerdy coffee lovers unite.

 

7.Atelier September 

(city center)

I continue to hear rave after rave for this little cafe slash pastry slash lunch spot. I passed it every day leaving The Generator Hostel, but unfortunately, never while it was open.

 

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8.Kalaset  

(Norrebro)

I hit up this spot for brunch, but I had already hit my coffee limit for the morning. The food was delicious, and with the company’s dedication quality and to preparing everything with love, I can guarantee their coffee would be as well.

 

9.Royal Smushi Cafe 

(city center)

This hotspot is known most for its bakery, but don’t discount it for everything else. A fantastic place for brunch, drinks or a few pastries. It helps that it’s easy to get to; right off Strøget near the main plaza with the stork fountain.

 

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10.The Silver Streak Coffee Club (Copenhagen Street Food) 

(Christianhavn)

I’ve never seen a coffee shop idea this cute before. Coffee, served right out of a silver streak van. It’s a must try.

 

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Juice Bars

 

With the extraordinary amount of opportunities to splurge on good food and drinks in Copenhagen, sometimes we need a healthy alternative. For a good nutrient kick, head to the first juice bar and load up on vitamins to get you through a big day of exploration.

 

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1.Big Apple Juice Bar 

(city center)

Serving up fresh juice, sandwiches, coffee and milkshakes, I found this to be a little hidden gem, right off Gothersgade, less than a block from The Generator Hostel. The atmosphere is quaint and chic, and the service was fast.

 

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2.Joe And The Juice 

(multiple locations)

A chain juice restaurant, you’ll find them all over the city. Fresh, fast and delicious.

 

3.Unplugged Juice 

(Torvehallerne)

With the endless options for making indulgent choices at Torvehallerne, it was really nice to see a fresh juice bar offering a break from all the sugary madness.

 

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Lunch & Dinner

 

There is no shortage of amazing food in Copenhagen. Breakfast, coffee, desserts and drinks may take up a large part of your time, but don’t let them consume you fully Why? Because you need to save room for those meals! This is one thing I struggled with in the city…the constant need to taste and try and sample and generally ruining my appetite at every turn. Here are some of my favorite places to find your next meal, if you can last.

 

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1.Copenhagen Street Food (Paper Island)

(Christianhavn)

CPH Street Food is the ultimate foodie heaven. Fairly new to the city, people have rallied around the local fare and “food truck” scene. The atmosphere is unlike anything else in Copenhagen. The unusually warm warehouse design combined with balconies made from shipping containers outside provide a lively and hip vibe in which to hang with friends or watch the sun set over the water.

 

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2.Torvehallerne

(Norrebro)

The food market at Torvehallerne is another “can’t miss” food experience in Copenhagen. Local vendors are spread out between two buildings and outdoor stands. Seating can get crowded if you’re there at a busy time, but I generally didn’t have a problem snagging something. Go there to shop for fresh food, have a drink with friends, for breakfast, coffee, or a full meal.

 

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3.Mother

(Vesterbro)

I’m a pizza fanatic, so when I heard about this Italian place in the meatpacking district serving up some mean pies, I had to check it out. I was not disappointed in the least; I ate my entire pizza to prove it. Not only is the place bustling at night, with a carefully curated wine selection, but they have a morning café as well.

 

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4.Neighborhood

(Vesterbro)

Also in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, you’ll find Neighborhood, a trendy pizza place that focuses on quality ingredients, carefully crafted food and local beer. The appetizer offering was extensive and the pizza came thin, dripping in deliciousness and ready to cut.

 

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5.Höst

(Norrebro)

In my research, I found food bloggers coveting this place like crazy. Not far from Torvehallerne, they have grown known for signature menus and excellent wine pairings. I didn’t get the chance to explore this foodie experience, but will make sure I pay a visit next time.

 

6.Øl & Brød

(Vesterbro)

Their name literally meaning “beer and bread”, you can tell where the focus of this establishment lies. With specific seating times and an extensive spirits list, Øl & Brød means business and is quickly growing very popular. Pay a visit and let the smørrebrød do the talking.

 

7.Warpigs

(Vesterbro)

If you’re sensing the trend, Vesterbro has a lot to do with the glorious food scene in Copenhagen. Just around the corner from Mother, lies Warpigs, a casual BBQ and craft beer joint. The scene seems almost out of place in this posh city, with long benches for a communal feel and giant vats of beer right on the restaurant floor, but believe me…it belongs.

 

8.Hot Buns 

(city center)

Right where Gothersgade and the Kongens Nytorv square intersect, you’ll find a hot burger spot perfect for gearing up for the night ahead.Every time I passed by, this place was filled with locals grabbing a bite together and (very much) enjoying themselves…and it sure smelled good.

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Sweet Treats

 

I was so overloaded with beer, pizza and coffee on this Copenhagen trip that I completely fell short on tasting all of the amazing Danish delicacies. One thing I did observe is the amazing way I experienced the dessert culture mixing traditions and trends, offering old school stuff, like Flødeboller and marzipan treats, and new school stuff under one roof.

 

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1.Desserten (Copenhagen Street Food)

(Christianhavn)

I passed by this food stall without looking (while in a crowd) and came upon it the next day to wonder how the heck I missed it. Serving up crème brûlée donuts covered in ice cream, caramel and fudge, it’s a treat I suggest you save room for.

 

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2.Lagkagehuset

(multiple locations)

A very popular bakery chain where you can get traditional danish pastries, you’ll find these all over the city. Do your mouth a favor and stop at (at least) one.

 

3.Osterberg Ice Cream 

(Osterbro)

Known for extremely fresh ice cream made with care for quality ingredients. This place was highly recommended to me for ice cream enthusiasts. Keep an eye on their event calendar and maybe learn how to make a thing or two while you eat.

 

4.Istid 

(Norrebro)

Promising honesty, love and quality to every customer, Istid serves up organic ice cream made by liquid nitrogen, a trend currently gaining serious traction in the ice cream world.

 

5.Frederiksberg Chokolade  

(Frederiksberg)

A classic chocolate shop, they serve up ice cream, hot drinks, chocolates and more, all in the comfort of their café. They also offer courses for those wishing to learn how to make delectable chocolates for family and friends.

 

6.Social Foodies 

(Osterbro)

Serving up ice cream among other goods, Social Foodies is leading the way in Copenhagen for environmentally and socially conscious foodies, their sweet treats are followed from farm to consumer. The company involves itself in every step of the process, from sourcing to production.

 

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Beer & Cocktails

 

Finally! You’ve made it to Copenhagen, a city that has it’s priorities straight…meaning they like beer. Beer sampling was a priority for me here, but I simply needed more time! Don’t be overwhelmed by the endless options, just have fun and get to what you can get to. One good drink is all it takes for a wonderful memory to begin.

 

1.Mikkeller Bar

(Vesterbro)

Mikkeller has it’s teeth sunk deep here in Copenhagen. With ample options for getting a taste (or getting to a tap room that serves Mikkeller beer), my personal favorite was the Mikkeller Bar in the meatpacking district. Around the corner from Neighborhood pizza, enjoy a beer by soft lights on tap in their cozy basement tasting room.

 

2.Warpigs  

(Vesterbro)

Never mind the fact we already talked about Warpigs…I’m reiterating because the beer selection was simply delicious. The casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to get a beer with friends before turning the night up, or turning in for the night.

 

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3.Gilt

(Norrebro)

This cocktail bar is well known for it’s craft creations, leading the way in a new trend of cocktails built on sometimes strange, but evidently delicious, ingredients.

 

4.Nørrebro Bryghus

(Norrebro)

A small restaurant and local brewery turned sensation, the beer is hand brewed and offered on tap or bottled up for purchase.

 

5.Carlsberg Brewery

(Frederiksberg)

Great for a visit if you’re looking for an experience surrounding nothing but beer. Get a tour of the brewery, a chance to shop, tickets for drinks included in entry and hang out in their beer garden.

 

6.Brus

(Norrebro)

The brewery offers both tours and tastings, but the real treat is booking at the restaurant Spontan and enjoying a pairing menu, shining a whole new perspective of what a brewpub has to offer.

 

7. Bar Jacobsen

(City Center)

Located on the Illum Rooftop dining hall, this bar is wonderful stop if you’re looking for a view with your drinks. The bar offers beer from the Jacobsen brewery and gastropub type fare for snacking. Definitely get a spot on the terrace for an unforgettable atmosphere.

 

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{If you liked this post, be sure to check out my last post on Copenhagen, where I highlight my favorite must-do/must see experiences in the city! You can hit them all in a weekend…I did it!}

 

P.S. Check out my Pinterest board on Scandinavia for more travel tips and inspiration!

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