If you’re up for a city break with a side order of healthy eating venues then Copenhagen comes highly recommended. Having spent 4 days in the Scandinavian city I was lucky enough to sample some Danish delights.
One of my pet peeves (along with animals dressed as humans) is arriving at a new destination and eating at any old place (which my friend Faye will vouch for having to witness my horror on many occasion when this has happened). Because of this I did my research and was able to visit some of the places I had checked online.
Our first food stop was Café Norden, which had been recommended by our friends Sarah and Nic as they made it their daily haunt during their visit and you can see why. The menu was extensive (although not very vegetarian or vegan friendly) with plenty of sandwiches, salads, burgers and cakes. I opted for the goat’s cheese salad with avocado, nuts, tomato, olives, rye bread croutons and honey (very Kings and Greens friendly). Rosie got the burger and Faye excelled in her choice of a smorgasbord of Danish delights.
In order to get in as many meals as possible during our visit we managed to squeeze in an afternoon cake stop at the small but perfectly formed 42Raw, which was top of my hit-list. As they explain on their website, “42°Raw is a celebration of food and drink served in their natural state. Naked, nutrient rich and delicious, just as nature intended” and they serve a huge selection of raw sandwiches, salads and sweet treats. We called here twice for coffee (almond milk chai lattes of course) and cakes but never got a chance to have lunch here so that’s number 1 on my list should I return.
After an afternoon-turned-evening sampling the beers at The Taphouse (we managed to sample 6 of the 61 beers on tap so definitely need to return to Copenhagen to get to work on the rest of them) and Charlie’s Bar (great name) it was soon well into the evening and that dreaded time in every health food freak’s night: kebab time. We were lucky enough to stumble across Ahaaa kebab house which was actually amazing! They had a huge vegetarian menu and we all tucked into halloumi, falafel and avocado wraps with huge smiles on our faces. You don’t get that kinda kebab in Accrington!
The next morning brought us to Granola (after what seemed like hours trudging through rain, sleet and snow looking for The Laundromat café to no avail). This place had an old school French bistro vibe to it and would’ve been the perfect breakfast venue if they hadn’t seated two of the tallest girls I know at a tiny table being forced to play footsie with each other the whole time (even the toilet seemed to be exclusively for shorties). However the breakfast was amazing; yoghurt, granola (of course), pancakes and maple syrup, fresh fruit and the best cinnamon toast I have ever tasted. If we didn’t have to hot-foot it outta there for Faye and Rosie to stretch their long limbs I could’ve stayed for lunch and ordered the same again.
Lunch brought us to Paleo, a fastfood/takeaway café, with normal sized seating, based on primal gastronomy (their words, not mine) aptly located next door to 42Raw. It was a tough choice but I went for the nuts and berries salad which came with stone age bread (which I’m hoping means made from a stone age recipe, not preserved from the stone age – either way it was yummy), Faye got bolo (spicy ragu on vegetable noodles) and Rosie opted for the chicken salad. They were all really tasty and I’d definitely return to sample more of their stone age dishes.
Having had a late lunch (and my second 42Raw afternoon cake) and a fun-filled evening of beer and board games at the highly recommended Tiger Spilbar (with cheap beer and a huge selection of board games) we weren’t hungry until much later and although we were tempted to return to Ahaaa for another kebab we decided to try somewhere new. The fact that I can’t remember the name proves it was probably my least favourite eatery during the trip, although I did really enjoy the salmon fillet I had (although I opted out of the pre-dinner tequila shot that Rosie and Faye went for, maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as much!)
For breakfast the next day we were successful in finding The Laundromat Café, which as the name suggests is a Café-cum-laundrette that presumably serves the locals more than tourists as it was out on a limb a bit (I think it’s a chain but they all seemed quite far out of the city centre) but it was well worth the trip. They had a huge breakfast menu, with lots of both meaty (including The Dirty Breakfast) and vegetarian (including The Clean Breakfast) options. I opted for the clean breakfast and it was really good. They also do lunches and some vegan options too. There was a really relaxed atmosphere and you could easily spend a few hours here eating, drinking, doing your washing and reading from their extensive library.
After a big and late brunch we had booked in for a big meal that night so decided just to have coffee and cake at Charlottenborg Art Centre (another great name) on Nyhavn later in the afternoon which had a really funky interior with a gift shop, art gallery and a really nice courtyard (although we didn’t see much of it in torrential rain).
Our final evening meal brought us to Salt, which is the restaurant at The Admiral hotel on the docks. It was a really nice venue with a tapas style menu (although the dishes were served one after another in the order we had ordered them much to our confusion) and I went for warm spinach salad with salted lemon and egg yolk, sand shrimps with broccoli and kelp and fried halibut with caramalised fennel and black pepper and they were all amazing. We rounded the evening off with a cheeseboard at Salt and a LOT of Tuborg at Rosie McGee’s irish bar (you can take the girls out of Accrington…)
Our final morning found us nursing slight hangovers with tasty brunches at Europa 1989. I had the vegetarian brunch which included yoghurt, berries, maple syrup, cheese, jam, potato rosti with poached egg and asparagus with an avocado, beetroot and grapefruit salad. Need I say more?
One of the best things about eating in Copenhagen was how every menu suited all tastes and appetites. It’s rare to find anywhere where we live that serves a full English and meaty feasts alongside extensive vegetarian and healthy options but we were spoilt for choice here. The Danes clearly make more of a big deal about brunch as every brunch menu was packed full as were the cafes every morning. As you can tell eating was one of the main things we did and I don’t think I’ve ever been on a holiday that has had so many amazing eating venues. I’d definitely recommend it and there’s still so many places on my list that we didn’t even get to try, which just means I’ll have to return again soon :-).
Here are some more menus for your perusal.
P.S I also had some pringles on the plane 😉