Copenhagen: Food Guide - Dining Out
The Paris of the North
Copenhagen’s reputation in the culinary world in the last few years has taken leaps and bounds: it is now considered a highly desirable food destination with plenty of inventive, modern and stylish eateries throughout the city including Michelin starred restaurants. Most dishes are French, fusion or modern Italian, sushi, Thai curries and of course Danish inspired. Danish specialty dishes range from marinated reindeer to fresh lobster, Danish meat balls (frikadeller), and smørrebrød (an open-faced sandwich). Dining out in Copenhagen can be expensive, but the food is good value and well worth your money. In keeping with Copenhagen’s status as Europe’s greenest capital, many restaurants source organic produce and seasonal ingredients.
For traditional Danish cuisine try heading to the Round Tower area in the Latin Quarter, also good for inexpensive but tasty dishes. For fish/seafood restaurants head to the canals and harbour, this also makes for a romantic setting. The Nyhavn which connects the harbour to the inner city, is the busiest dining district in Copenhagen. Café lovers should note that Copenhagen loves brunch and there are many popular places such as the Royal Café which is worth a go. Dining al fresco is also very popular with the Danes, particularly during summer.
Copenhagen also boasts many top quality specialist delis and food shops selling wine and fresh cheeses, in the Østerbrogade district.
Fruit and vegetable markets in Copenhagen
Denmark maybe voted the most organic country in the world but finding a local fruit and vegetable market in Copenhagen is not easy. The Israels Plads, however, by Norreport train station is one option. It’s an open-air fruit and vegetable market also supplying flowers, and other wares. Open May-October on Saturdays. If you’re in the mood for organic food, you will have to head out of the city and visit an organic farm. There are plans, however, for a future covered market to be constructed at Norreport Station by 2012. The market will provide vegetables and fruit, cheese, meat, fish and bread with about 150 stalls in total, making it the largest market in Northern Europe.