Eating in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When I’m travelling, I usually get more excited about what there is to eat rather than what there is to see. Due to last minute planning, we could not get a reservation at NOMA restaurant nor Restaurant Radio. Instead, we had some Danish smørrebrød (open sandwich) and visited lots of local bakeries, coffee shops, and food markets. You can find really good hearty breads here but the pastries were not so enticing.

We stopped by Aamanns to try the Danish smørrebrød.

Aamanns is a casual eatery with a cafe-style setting.

Here’s their daily menu. An order of smørrebrød ranges from 115DKK – 145DKK ($20-25). Yes, it’s quite expensive but this is considered average price in Copenhagen.

Some hearty, grain-studded breads for the herring dish I ordered. The condiment on the top left is lard with mushroom.

Left to right: fried herring in beer/ malt/ spices, sweet pickled herring with beetroot, and herring with egg and dill. Pickled herring is one of the traditional toppings for smørrebrød. I found it to be a little too sweet for a savoury dish though that’s the style.

Beef tongue smørrebrød with pickled onions, thyme, parsnips.

We visited the Torvehallerne food market.

We found lots of bakeries, gourmet food stands, as well as produce, meat and seafood vendors.

Some herbs for your kitchen maybe?

Ready to eat seafood salads.

Lots of fresh seafood. The market feels just like Granville island back home.

Summerbird, a chocolate shop with many locations in Copenhagen.

A Xoco, another Copenhagen chocolate shop.

Smørrebrød to go?

More smørrebrød to choose from. I think this is made with fish roe.

We decided to take a break from eating smørrebrød and have some tapas for dinner. It was a good decision because the food was excellent.

There’s an assortment of cold tapas to choose from at the bar.

Our first plate of tapas. On the left is grilled vegetables, and the left is sardine with marinated peppers.

On the left is grilled shrimp and pesto-marinated artichokes, the right is smoked salmon with artichokes.

Our second plate of tapas. On the left is grilled shrimp on a deviled egg, and next to it is a tapenade.

Some really fresh calamari.

These are not the spicy kind of peppers!

And delicious muscles covered in a tomato, chorizo, garlic sauce. Cost of this meal with 2 glasses of cava was 400DKK ($70). Remember, this is inside a market, not restaurant. Eating in Copenhagen is not cheap!

We visited the Magasin du Nord mainly to check out the food shops in the basement. I found this store that specializes in licorice which the Danish love.

This is a chewy caramel-like licorice candy. I’ve always hated black licorice twizzlers but the real taste of the licorice root is quite nice.

Another chocolate shop selling fun chocolate bars.

And Claus Meyers bakery, where I found the best breads and croissants in Copenhagen.

Croissants in Copenhagen were not bad.

I like these cinnamon bun twists without the icing.

Some of their pastries.

Some things I got from Meyer bakery.

This weird looking croissant is quite common but this one from Claus Meyer was the best. It’s basically a croissant with some custard inside.

Since the bread was good, decided to stop at Claus Meyer for lunch as well. Pumpkin soup, 95DKK ($15)

Burger, 125DKK ($20)

Noticed a lot of these Joe & The Juice stores. Ting thought it was from London but it actually started in Copenhagen.

They sell interesting juice blends in a bar-setting with hip music and Abercrombie-looking male servers. I had banana mint smoothie which was a really good mix. Maybe I’ll turn those flavors into a pie or tart?

Another chain bakery in Copenhagen, Holm’s Bager. Not as good as Claus Meyer.

The pastries at Holm’s Bager. Looking at that strawberry tart with a thick coating of gelatin-like glaze made me really miss Parisian pastries.

Here’s another famous cake shop called La Glace, also known for their hot chocolate. I don’t know how it is because we didn’t try.

Slices sell for 52DKK ($9), more than Pierre Herme!

The Royal Cafe.

A really eccentric cafe, worth a visit even if you don’t plan to dine-in.

Inside the Royal Cafe.

Lots of inspiration for my imaginary future shop!

The menu, page 1.

The menu, page 2.

The Royal Cafe cookbook with smørrebrød, as well as dessert and pastry recipes. The photos inside were absolutely beautiful I had to buy one. This was the only souvenir I bought in Copenhagen.

There’s also a shop next door that sells their chinaware.

Europa, a famous coffee shop in the centre of the Strøget shopping district. Recommended for coffee connoisseurs; they roast their own beans.


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