There is so much to experience in Denmark. For the foodie, Denmark has some of the most famous Michelin starred restaurants, but also so many great spots (see below) that won’t cost you a thousand dollars for a meal. For the royalist, there are beautiful palaces and the Queen’s crown around every corner. For the political scientist in me, Denmark’s welfare system is one of major interest. For the wanderlust, Denmark has an international city, gorgeous beaches, and a majestic countryside to get lost in. Deeper than all of this, what is special about Denmark and the Danes is a concept they have called hygge. Derived from Norwegian, this one word is a full concept that can be translated to “well-being”. The idea of happiness, warmth, closeness, and fulfillment is seen through everything they do, and what better way to find happiness and warmth—hyggelit–than in food!
7 Cafes You Should Not Miss in Copenhagen | Denmark
By Carla Issa
1. The Big Apple This café has two locations—one on Kronprinsessegrad (Crown Princess Street) and the other right across from the King’s Palace Park. The former is multi-level and consistently busy whereas the latter has the feeling of a cellar in the country. The menu consists of vegan, vegetarian and a plethora of regular options for sandwiches made on super delicious rye bread, with lettuce and other toppings tucked inside. From rich coffees to fresh juices, there are too many options here for lunch or a snack to miss. See their site here.
2. 42 Raw In line with Copenhagen catering to the conscious citizen, 42 Raw is both form and function. The food is both raw, vegetables and other items, nothing crazy, and heated to 42 degrees, which is the temperature believed to maintain the fullest amount of enzymes and vitamins. Mylk (milk) options are plentiful and don’t taste burnt when heated for lattes. This is a hot spot for anyone who is lactose-free, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or someone aspiring to incorporate healthier options in their regular diet.
3. Royal Smushi Café Denmark is home to one of the oldest standing monarchies in the world and the “royal” feeling is certainly felt all around. For a young wanderlust, RSC is a step into the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland where ribbons and trinkets hang from the ceilings and the walls are a shade of pink reminiscent of an English rose. The traditional Danish smørrebrød, a large plate full of small breads, cheeses, salmon, garnishments, etc. is famous here, as is their tea and coffees, all served in Royal Copenhagen China. If you visit around Christmas make sure to get the snickerdoodle-esque cookies, 3 on a plate. All is best enjoyed with a “skat” (treasure in Danish) friend as this is a spot where you want to sit and stay.
4. Sidecar Danes have a particular love affair with brunch. Remembering the overall Scandinavian feeling of being “cozy”, brunch around the city is meant to warm the heart and the tummy. Sidecar serves a highly sought after brunch in a rustic setting. Then in the evening this spot is taken over by food champions from the Japanese streets, MaoBao. Recommended from others, if you don’t know what a “bao” is, then a visit to Sidecar is in order. Too cool for school, Sidecar does not have a website, but everything you need to know can be found here.
5. The Organic Boho: Ibiza This tiny eatery operates in a world of its own as its colorful exterior invites in the most curious of eaters. The menu is also concise with 3 each of bowls, juices, smoothies and then 2 larger meals. Everything is done to perfection this way the owner believes. If you are not vegan, or in any way particular about your food, this place is even more of a must as you will realize how tasty and fulfilling food made unconventionally can be. The pumpkin spice latte with homemade almond mylk and the vegan “umami” burger are absolutely not to be missed. Make sure to also try their “juice latte”, equal parts fresh juice and warm almond mylk, I assure you this is something unique you will recall for days. Be transported to a tropical paradise through their site.
6. GrøD “Porridge” in Danish, the best location of Grød can be found in the Torvehallerne food market. A small stand situated amongst stalls of Italian food, fresh juices, Danish skincare and fair trade coffee, Grød, offers a plethora of sweet and savory bowls either for take-away or to enjoy at the bar. The menu is seasonal, but on past trips I have thoroughly, and I mean that in the strongest sense of the word, enjoyed risottos with Parmesan asparagus and another with romanesco, apples, Parmesan and cauliflower. They have breakfast porridges, acai bowls and Indian Dhal as well. I implore you to discover this Danish treat and I wish you luck in choosing just one Grød!
7. DøP If you have been to the States you know nothing is more American than a hotdog stand. The mustard. The relish. The beef or pork hotdogs. They also are not super healthy, so the Danes have taken the concept and made it luxury. Everything is organic and there is an option for everyone. Vegetarian? Order the veggie dog. Traditional? Order the spicy beef sausage with mashed potatoes and turnips. This stand is a favourite of the Prime Minister and just about anyone else who lives or graces Copenhagen’s streets. Winning multiple awards, and being named for being “ahead of Michelin star restaurants”, there are two locations of DØP to choose from.
- For those who are health, planet, anti-farm factory, or just curious about food that does not involve meat see Happy Cow for establishments that cater to plant lovers needs. Half the restaurants on this list are happy cows!