A Food Tour of COPENHAGEN
I’m a self proclaimed foodie. As a Singaporean, I take eating very seriously. Arguing about the best places to eat is no joking matter, it’s a way of life.
To be honest, I was not excited about the eating portion of our travels to Scandinavia. I always assumed typical Scandinavian cuisine to be made of mostly cold, fermented, fish and rye bread. I could not be more wrong. These are just a couple of my favourite spots to chow down in Copenhagen. This post also serves as a note-to-self to never assume and underestimate.
JOHN’S HOTDOG DELI
“You went all the way to Copenhagen to eat hotdogs?” I know I know. Travelling from America, you’d think the last thing I’d go looking for would be hotdogs. Let me tell you, John’s Hotdog Deli does not disappoint. In fact, it has given me a new found appreciate for meat and bread. First of all, these sausages are far from the “mystery meat” image hotdogs tend to have. Although I’m not opposed to mystery meat, the particular sausages we had were chicken and thyme as well as garlic and bacon. The ordering process was simple. You walked up to the counter, picked whichever sausage sounded appealing to you, add a side of fries and even a beer, then you head to the topping bar.
Let’s talk about this topping bar. When you think of hotdog toppings, you think ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, and maybe chili. The Danish take it to a whole new level. First of all, the topping bar at John’s Hotdog Deli is endless. Second, I couldn’t tell you what half the toppings were but trust me, they’re all good. Jared says we would travel to Copenhagen just to eat at John’s. That’s how good it was. Also I just wrote 2 paragraphs about hotdogs so you know I’m completely serious about this.
The Danish word “grød” translates to “porridge”. GRØD serves oatmeal, both sweet and savoury (if you’re there for lunch). One thing that surprised me about my food adventures in Copenhagen was the new perspective I’ve gain of “boring” everyday foods. The oatmeal I had at GRØD was amazing. I was so inspired, I had to make it myself when I got home. It was rich, creamy, and topped with many healthy but delicious toppings like hazelnuts, peanut butter, cacao nibs, skyr (Icelandic style yoghurt) etc… but all of it together just makes for a sweet, healthy treat.
And since it’s healthy (and healthy foods tend to be colourful and more photogenic), you are sure to get some of those great insta food pics.
The atmosphere at Sonny was what made this place so special. That and the coffee. I, like many, am addicted to coffee. It’s a great place to grab an espresso and a quick bite to eat. They serve healthy meals like porridge, avocado toast, and many more classic cafe bites. We sat right on the sidewalk outside of Sonny and enjoyed our brunch in the streets of Copenhagen on a warm summer’s day.
So Smørrebrød isn’t a place, it’s a traditional Danish open faced sandwich. It usually consists of a dark, dense slice of rye bread, butter, and some sort of topping. The options are endless. We had smørrebrød at Tivoli Gardens, but you can literally find them anywhere throughout Copenhagen. You must try it before you leave Denmark!
5. Sankt Peders Bageri
Ahh… the Danish Danish, which isn’t Danish at all. In Denmark, “danishes” are called “wienerbrød”, which actually means “Viennese bread”. These sugary, flakey treats were introduced to Denmark by Viennese bakers, hence its Danish name.
Sankt Peders Bageri is the oldest bakery in Copenhagen. They serve up all sorts of pastries, breads, and even sandwiches. You can’t go wrong with anything you pick here. My suggestion is visit more than once! There’s just so many different pastries to try that you’d leave thinking about the ones you didn’t. And hey, calories don’t count when you’re on vacation, right?