What you read in the guidebooks is true: eating out in Copenhagen is expensive. But hey, you are there for a holiday, aren’t you? Don’t think too much, just eat, drink and be merry!
Here are my recommendations:
#1: Have smoked salmon smørrebrød (delicious Danish open-faced sandwiches on my favourite dark rye bread), wiener schnitzel (fried pork cutlets) or pork medallions with potatoes at Nytorv Restaurant, a charming place that, like so many others in the area, used to shelter drunks, sailors, and prostitutes.
#2: More traditional smørrebrød (I had marinated and fried herring this time) and Danish specialities for lunch at Spisestedet Leonora, the cozy restaurant in one of Frederiksborg Castle’s gatehouses.
#3: Smoked eel with scrambled eggs smørrebrød at Nyhavns Færgekro, surprisingly good and untouristy despite its location along the famous Nyhavn harbour. The homemade fishcakes are delicious too, and the beef burger is huge!
#4: Ok ok, I hear you, enough of smørrebrød (but it’s so yummy and there’s so many variations that I think I can eat them everyday)! Go vegetarian at Riz Raz, well-known for its fabulous Mediterranean all-you-can-eat buffet. Carnivores, don’t worry, there’s meat on the ala carte menu too. Though I suspect the small balls of insanely tasty falafels may just make you swear off meat for a day.
#5: Overlooking Amagertorv in the heart of Strøget, Cafe Norden is very mainstream, very big, very noisy and very crowded. I count us lucky to be able to find a table on a weekday night! We had a very comforting tomato soup (the house signature), humongous bowl of cheesy nachos, beef stew served in a gorgeous Le Creuset pot (I wanted to bring it home!), and chicken mushroom pasta that came in such a generous serving that finishing it was a challenge. Needless to say, we left happily with full tummies 🙂
#6: Street food! Copenhagen is known for its popular sausage stands and there are plenty in the city. I didn’t try any but I think my friends enjoyed this inexpensive and easy meal-on-the-go the most~
#7: And if you are in Copenhagen during the festive season like I was, be sure to try Ris a l’amande, a tradional Danish dessert served mostly at Christmas. Somewhat like a rice pudding, it has a light creamy texture with crunchy almonds and tart cherries. I had mine from Nytorv Restaurant and Cafe Norden (see #1 and #5 above).
#8: Last but not least, remember to save a meal solely for pastries from Lagkagehuset!