Unless you’ve been living under a rather large rock for the past few years, surely you’ve noticed that Nordic cuisine is HUGE. The rapidly burgeoning food scene in Copenhagen is one of the main reasons I wanted to visit the city, actually.
Alas, I am not yet a millionaire. I’m merely a hungry Canadian, whose currency is currently worth sweet f*ck all in most European countries. But if you know me, you’re well aware that I will not let anything stand between my and an Instagram-friendly meal. Hence why I went on this Copenhagen food tour, where I was able to sample a variety of restaurants at a fraction of the cost.
Our guide Maria took us to six different places (and pointed out several noteworthy Copenhagen attractions along the way) , but since I don’t want to give away all of her secrets, here’s a small preview of the amazing restaurants we experienced.
Copenhagen Food Tour: My Experience
You can’t go to Copenhagen and not have a smørrebrød – there’s probably a law against that somewhere! The cult of the open-faced sandwich started right here in the Danish capital and can be found almost everywhere in the city; our guide, however, took us to Aamanns Deli. It’s the more casual sister restaurant of chic Aamanns Etablissement next door yet still reflect a sophisticated Danish culinary craftsmanship at a lower price point. The grilled rump steak smørrebrød was my favourite!
I took my husband here back in 2012 because he’s something of a beer aficionado and I figured he would enjoy a Danish microbrewery; he did, and so did I! I was so happy to come back to Nørrebro Bryghus and get a proper introduction this time as the beer master explained what his brews are about, from the pale ales to the stouts, and how each one is connected to the Bryghus’ philosophy. Kudos to the incredible decor as well.
This is where we both started and ended the tour. The modern covered market hall is modest in size but not in flavour; the 60 stands it contains offer the best of Danish cuisine and beyond, from gourmet porridge (yep, that’s a thing, and it’s awesome), freshly brewed coffee, as well as a variety of artisan cheeses, open-faced sandwiches, fine small-batch liquors, and more. A great place to peoplewatch locals grab drinks or shop for dinner. A wonderful place you must visit, whether as part of the tour or on your own – I did both.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Other Suggestions
- Sømods Bolcher
- Café Auto
- Pølsevogn Papirøen