9 Things To Eat and Drink in Copenhagen, Denmark

Categories: Food Tours

Lauren Saria
Head to Amass for a taste of New Nordic cuisine
This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season still in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

In 2011 Food and Wine named Copenhagen one of three cities to watch for its "supercharged" food scene. So if you don't know much about Denmark, know that this beautiful city is at the forefront of the New Nordic cuisine trend, thanks in no small part to the food of Rene Redzepi, chef of Noma, the restaurant named best restaurant in the world not one, but three times.

But you don't have to go white-table cloth to find a great meal in Copenhagen -- though if you want to, there are so many places to choose from it's becomes a real time and budget balancing act. In fact, I'd venture to say that there are so many great eating adventures to be had in Copenhagen that you don't have to feel bad if you don't make it to Noma or any of the 13 Michelin Star restaurants in the city. And I promise I'm not just saying that because I couldn't get a reservation at Noma five months out.

See also: 5 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome and Florence

Lauren Saria
Kartoffelmad or Hønsesalat smørrebrød

Kartoffelmad or Hønsesalat smørrebrød
Café Dyrehaven
Sønder Blvd 72, 1720 Copenhagen, Denmark

If you go more than a day in Copenhagen without eating smørrebrød you're probably doing something wrong. The open-faced sandwiches are the lunch of choice in Denmark and at Café Dyrehaven the two most popular variations are kartoffelmad, or potato, and hønsesalat, or chicken salad. This is mostly locals-only neighborhood joint so while an English menu exists, you'll have to ask for it. No matter what time of day Café Dyrehaven, located in then youthful Vesterbro neighborhood, is usually busy so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a seat. It's counter-service, so you'll order your food and drink (ask for a beer suggestion) and grab a seat inside or out, preferably out if the weather allows.

Both the potato and chicken salad smørrebrød are simple, fresh and serve as great examples of this typical Danish dish. In fact they were the best smørrebrød we had during the trip. Oh, and if you want to blend in definitely use a fork and knife instead of your fingers.

Lauren Saria
A lattee from Coffee Collective

Coffee or latte
Coffee Collective

There are three Coffee Collective locations in Copenhagen, all of which will offer a coffee experience like you've never had before. The specialty coffee micro roastery is known as not only one of the best in the country, but in the world. As such, getting your drink will probably require a wait, but consider it a lesson in Danish living, where patience isn't just a virtue but a way of life. If you have to wait extra long, the friendly, knowledgeable barista might even give you a complimentary cup of espresso to help pass the time.

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