I was pretty excited when I first started researching the food scene in Copenhagen. I have heard many good things from coworkers who have visited the city before. Since the early 2000s, Danish chefs have developed the new Danish cuisine, an innovative way of cooking based on high-quality local produce. During our trip, we tried some traditional Danish food as well as some new Danish cuisine.
On our first day in Copenhagen, we visited Torvehallerne, an indoor (and sometimes outdoor) food hall in the heart of Copenhagen. Check out my post devoted to Torvehallerne here.
After a long day of exploring the city, we were a bit hungry before dinner. We had our first Danish hot dog from a random stall on Strøget and it was so good. The Danish hot dog is a natural casing wiener that is cooked on a flat grill. The hot dog is then topped with crunchy fried onions, raw onions, thinly sliced pickles, and your choice of sauces, including mustard, ketchup, and remoulade. This reminded me fondly of the hot dogs I had in Iceland, which I loved.
We also had another hot dog from DØP, an organic hot dog stand located near the Round Tower. This hot dog definitely tasted better, but I kind of wish the bread was softer. Either way, I love the combination of flavors and textures in Danish hot dogs. If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, definitely try a Danish hot dog!
On our first night, we had dinner at Kødbyens Fiskebar, considered to be the best seafood restaurant in Copenhagen. Located in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district, it’s not on the main road, but its definitely worth the trip. The food was fresh and bursting with flavor.
Baby shrimps, with mushroom salt and lemon mayo. These are deep fried and meant to be eaten whole. I was a bit skeptical at first but they made a great snack.
Raw Brill, with smoked mussel, seaweed, pickled burnt onion and rye
Blue mussels from Limfjorden, steamed in apple cider with plenty of herbs and double cream
On our second night, we had dinner at Høst, a rustic restaurant serving contemporary Nordic cuisine. We opted for their five-course tasting menu with a juice pairing. The juice pairing was one of our favorite parts of the meal, as they were all very unique. One of our favorites was the geranium juice and the elderflower with dill.
Here are some of the most standout courses:
Smoked Scallop with Nashi pear and kohirabi
Grilled Norwegian lobster with apple and parsley
Apple sorbet with pound cake and red sorrel
And lastly, for all the coffee aficionados that read this blog, we had a wonderful coffee break at The Corner, the coffee bar of Restaurant 108. The Corner serves coffee from the world renown roaster, Oslo-based Tim Wendelboe. It is also the only place in all of Denmark where you can buy Tim Wendelboe’s coffee in 250g bags.
We were completely blown away by the great food we were able to eat in Copenhagen. The city is really a foodie’s dream and I cannot wait to come back.