After our Scotland holiday (of which I’ve almost finished all the blog posts, you can read them all here!), I knew that it would be a long 6 months before Gran Canaria in January. I spoke to my sister and we decided that it was about time we went on holiday and had a little break at the end of October. After debating about location, we decided that it was about time we started exploring Scandinavia, and booked our trip to Copenhagen, Denmark! I’m going to split this into two posts, one centreing around all the delicious food we ended up having, and one about all the other activities, ’cause of course, there was a whole lot of good eating!
I took the Friday off work and we flew off, I was surprised by how close Copenhagen actually is to London, the flight was barely 90 minutes! We landed and headed to the hotel, an easy train trip into the centre of the city. By the time we reached the hotel and got settled, it was almost 6 so we headed out to find somewhere for dinner. My sister had been recommended the meat packing district, and our hotel was really close, just a ten minute walk away.
Meat Packing District
The meat packing district was an area of industry which after losing business, the city decided to turn it into a hub for bars and restaurants. It is full of old, white, tiled buildings which have modern jaunts tucked inside. I’d say they had around 15 bars and restaurants all in a large square, each specialising in a particular cuisine. As it was Friday night, it had a really great atmosphere full of Danes getting ready for the weekend.
As we had a Scandinavian meal booked for the second day, we left our details at the aptly named ‘Dim Sum and Cocktails’ and popped off for a drink whilst we waited. We headed to Noho where we had a passionfruit pitcher, ideal for unwinding at the end of the week! The bar itself was very busy and definitely reminded me of something you would find in Soho. Cocktails themselves were comparable to London prices, we paid £25 for the pitcher which had around 4 drinks in it, and the beer was around £4.
8 o clock hit and we headed back to Dim Sum and Cocktails which definitely lived up to its name! I had a coconut mule cocktail which was heavenly, ginger beer mixed with coconut and vodka, an odd combination but it definitely worked. We had an assortment of dim sum, sweet and sour chicken and an oyster beef and all was delicious. I was especially impressed with the price, all of that including our drinks worked out to around £20 each so you can definitely do it on a budget!
We tried to get to a couple of markets whilst we were in Copenhagen and Torvehallerne was the first. It is made up of 2 huge glass market halls, one for sweet and one for savoury. As it was around lunchtime, I figured it was time to try the Copenhagen classic of smorrebrod, or an open sandwich. This is usually a really nutty rye bread covered in an array of toppings, usually featuring fish.
I went to the stall which had the largest queue, as you know the locals will go to the best place! There were so many options but I went for a breaded fish option covering in prawns and oh my, it was good. I could definitely get into this open sandwich trend, so much flavour but without the heaviness of a full sandwich.
I wanted to book us in somewhere for dinner on the Saturday and I stumbled across Kjobenhavn on tripadvisor. I could only book us a table at 9, but as we had a packed day I decided this would work, and I’m so glad I did! Tucked into a side street near Nyhavn, Kjobenhavn is modern Scandinavian cuisine. We went for the 5 course tasting menu and every single course did not disappoint.
Now of course, I only bought my phone to the restaurant and the light was very low. This meant, no good pictures! I know, but they are seriously so dark you can barely see the plate. So let me just describe it for you, melt in the mouth venison tartar, fresh langoustine covered in chicken jus and juicy mushrooms, soft and delicate monkfish with cheesy crunch cauliflower, hearty pork cheeks with artichoke and topped off with a sweet chocolate mousse and cherry sorbet.
Seriously. Amazing. All of that was 400KR, so worked out with drinks at about £45 per person which I think is such good value for what we got!
Copenhagen Street Food
On our last day, we managed to get to the Copenhagen Street Food market. It is essentially a giant warehouse where food trucks have all been moved inside. I loved this, the market sellers were all locals and each stall was drool worthy. Plus if you had something similar to this in London it would be absolutely packed, but in this case there was so much room to move around, have a seat and just enjoy the atmosphere!
We went for a pulled duck burger covered in hoisin sauce and a creamy mayo all in a brioche bun. It was astonishingly good, such a nice change to the normal BBQ pulled pork burger and one which I am desperate to find something similar in London!
So there we have it, a whole lot of amazing food – luckily we did about 7 million miles of walking to help balance it all out, but Copenhagen is definitely one for the foodies among us!
Have you been to Copenhagen?