A weekend (of food) in Copenhagen

Its been too long since my last post! I’ve been super busy with lab-work at university; and as a reward, my boyfriend took me on a weekend trip to Copenhagen. In preparation, my parents sent me the Copenhagen Style Guide. It is a fantastic little book highlighting little hotspots of true Scandi culture, shopping, cafe’s, bars, and most importantly food! I would absolutely recommend having a look at this guide and follow up on some of their suggestions!

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Quick instagram post before my trip featuring the Copenhagen Style Guide, and The Little Book of Hygge – another great read about Danish culture!

I arrived in Copenhagen about half a day before my boyfriend. I spent this time wandering about the city centre, and I had dinner at the Palæo food stall at Torvehallerne food market near the Nørreport station. My egg-white chicken-avocado wrap may not have been photogenic enough to make it onto my blog post, but it sure was as good as healthy fast-food can be!

After my boyfriend landed, we decided to head to Gilt; a hidden, award-winning cocktail bar, which just happened to be 5 minutes down the road from our airbnb. We celebrated the start of our weekend away with a refreshing rhubarb sour and a blueberry-gin concoction.

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Rhubarb sour (left) and blueberry gin cocktail (right)

The next morning, we contemplated going for a run – but after “sleeping in” till 9:15 (lol), we decided that the day would be better spent exploring Nørrebro, a trendy district just West of the city centre. After passing by Hans Christian Andersen’s gravesite, we had brunch at Grød, a trendy porridge bar where we both had some DIY Skyr bowls.

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Skyr with banana, 3-grain granola, roasted almonds, and ginger syrup

After brunch, we hit the shops and went to Wood Wood, Samsøe & Samsoøe, various other independent boutiques, a few sneaker stores, and then it was time for some smørrebrød! Smørrebrød is Danish classic; it is an open sandwich consisting of a piece of rye bread and a delicious topping. We went to Aamanns , where we shared five smørrebrøds.

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Panfried herring (top left), braised pork and mustard (top right), smoked salmon (middle), grilled rump steak (bottom left), and North Sea cheese with orange marmalade (bottom right)

After lunch, we enjoyed the sunset at the botanic gardens, and made our way to Ruby, which places among the world’s 50 best bars.

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The bar has an atmosphere that can only be described as hygge. It has a buzzing bar area filled with people chatting and enjoying their drinks, in the presence of comfy leather sofas and impressive moose heads mounted on the walls. After a few absolutely stunning cocktails, we made our way to Höst, where we had made dinner reservations (more than a month before, as they fill up rapidly!)

At Höst, we enjoyed a five-course dinner with 1) Stirred tartare with oysters, 2) Scallop smoked with juniper with walnuts and pickled pine needles, 3)Salt baked celeriac with truffles and hazelnuts with braised pork belly from Grambogaard with apples and pork rinds, 4) Seared duck breast with baked red kale, lingonberries, purple kale and smoked cheese, 5) Beer porridge with white chocolate, liquorice, junket ice-cream and rye bread. Overall, the food was wonderful and the wine pairings were excellent. The MVP dish was definitely the salt baked celeriac, after a unanimous vote by James and myself.

The following day, we got up and actually decided to go for a run along Søerne (the lakes). After I finished a relatively fast 6k (stopping only for photo opps and a selfie here and there) and James finished his 12k run, we left to have brunch at Torvehallerne food markets again, where Grød has another little store.

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Running at Søerne (gloves were needed)

At Grød, we decided to branch out and try some new things, I had a dirty acaii chia bowl while James had some porridge with about a hundred different toppings.

The next stop: Nyhaven. Nyhaven is famous for its brightly colored houses dating back to the 17th century. We only came to snap a quick picture as this area was filled with tourists, and was generally quite busy. Afterwards, we wandered into the nearby department store, Magasin du Nord, which has a vibrant food hall below where it is easy to pick up a free sample or two…three…four. We found an artisan liquorice brand called Lakrids (the Danes do seem to love their liquorice) which had many different flavors, as well as chocolate covered liquorice balls. By then, it was time for lunch where we stopped for a quick bite at Smushi, where the aesthetic and atmosphere were super cute.

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Porcelain tea cups, soup, and more smørrebrød

Our last stop of the day was Tivoli Gardens, a small amusement park in the city centre. It had a wonderful christmas market, better than any I have ever been to in any other European city.

Here, we walked along the lit-up streets with some glögg – a perfect way to end a great weekend. Then, it was time to head back to the airport and back to university, real life has once again started.

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