3 Meals: Where to eat in Copenhagen
The rise of new Nordic cuisine has made Copenhagen one of the hottest dining destinations on the planet. Corner bakeries and food markets stay true to Denmark’s food traditions while the city’s 16 Michelin starred restaurants continue to push the culinary envelope. Whether traditional or forward thinking, chefs and purveyors throughout Copenhagen are committed to highlighting the best of what’s local and in season. Grab your fork, these are my recommendations of where to eat in Copenhagen.
How does one start their day in Denmark? With a danish of course. Popular with locals stopping in for a pastry to fuel up during their morning bike commute Laura’s Bakery is well known for having some of the best baked goods in the Copenhagen. Start your day with one of their indulgent cinnamon rolls(kanelstag if you want to practice your Danish ordering a danish); huge flaky layers filled with an impossible amount of cinnamon and just the right amount of glaze.
The Coffee Collective
Copenhagen is a city fueled by coffee and The Coffee Collective arguably has some of the best. A commitment to sourcing direct from farmers around the world and small batch roasting resulting in an ever changing roster of exceptionally nuanced coffees. Visit any one of their three locations and indulge your inner coffee nerd with a cupping or roastery tour.
Sankt Peders Bakery
Located in the Latin Quarter, this cozy bakery first opened its doors in 1652 making it Copenhagen’s oldest bakery. Serving a variety of pastries and sandwiches, Sankt Peders is best known for for their huge sticky cinnamon rolls known onsdagssnegle. Available only on Wednesday, Sankt Peders sells over 4000 of these famously sweet pastries.
The traditional smorrebrod, or open faced sandwiches, at Aamann’s Deli are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.Chewy Danish brown bread is topped with combos like smoked halibut, crispy potato, fresh spring peas and a lemon emulsion showcasing the simple flavors of Copenhagen in one perfect bite.
Started by Danish celebrity chef Claus Meyer, Meyers Deli is the place to get everything you need for a Scandinavian picnic. Dense crusty bread from Meyers Bakery, fine Danish cheeses and cured meats can be found in the market while an array of Nordic dishes, sandwiches and soups can be found in the cafe.
Located near the Round Tower Døp is showing just how good Copenhagen’s favorite fast food can be. Hot dogs, sausages and veggie dogs are all organic, the bread is whole grain and made from hand and all the toppings from pickles to remoulade are scratch made.
Centrally located near the busy Nørreport train station, Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne is the heart of the Danish capital’s culinary scene. Aside from gorgeous seasonal produce, dining options range from traditional smorrebrod and baked goods to Italian and surprisingly good Thai food. The best part? All of these gourmet treats also come with some of the most affordable prices in the city.
California cool meets Copenhagen creativity at Amass. Chef Matt Orlando honed his skills at Per Se, the Fat Duck and Noma before opening his own Michelin star restaurant to great acclaim. Beautifully prepared dishes such as celariac crackers topped with cod and seabuckthorn and grilled pork neck with greens from their onsite garden highlight the seasonality of Danish cuisine.
In a city known for seafood,Kødbyens Fiskebar is offering up some of the best. Located in Copenhagen’s trendy Vesterbro district, the minimalist industrial dining room puts the focus on simply prepared oysters, mussels and the day’s latest catch.
Noma, named four times as the Best Restaurant in the World, put Copenhagen and New Nordic cuisine on the culinary map. An ever-changing 18 course menu highlights traditional Scandinavian flavors with techniques and presentations that will change the way you think about food. Unfortunately Noma as we know it will be closing at the end of 2016, but will be re-imagined as an urban farm concept. You can read more about my own Noma experience here.