Since my first visit to Copenhagen was so short, with me utterly slacking on the food front, I definitely wanted to make up for that on my second visit. A food tour in which I’d try local foods at spots frequented by natives seemed like the ideal way to go. So I got to go on a second food tour during my week in Northern Europe, which was awesome.
I ended up booking the Copenhagen Delicacy Tour with Foods of Copenhagen. The tour worked out perfectly time-wise with disembarking from the ship and dropping our luggage off at our hotel in Copenhagen’s city center. It began in the city center (for geographical perspective, about a 15 minute walk from the famed Tivoli Amusement Park) and then made its way to Nørrebro, a very residential, 100% authentic Danish neighborhood, unlike the charming but overrun with tourists Nyhavn area.
There is a lot of walking on this tour (probably comparable to my food tour in Prague) but Copenhagen is a flat city and keep in mind, you’re consuming quite a bit of food and drink so it evens out. There were a total of eight stops, four sit down stops and four on the go. Helene was our guide and was a true delight from the moment we met her outside of The Church of Our Lady where the tour begins. Her English was superb and had a melodic ring to it (as all the Scandinavians’ English seems to). She obviously did a wonderful job explaining Danish cuisine since let’s face it, it’s quite unknown, but then shared tidbits about Danish culture too.
As I always do with my food tour write ups, the following is a list of the places on the Copenhagen Delicacy Tour in the order that we stopped.
Cafe Gammel Torv
It was here that I FINALLY got to try the beloved smørrebrød, the famous Danish open-face sandwich, although it was with a twist-we made our own. We made two total, one that had herring (when in Denmark…although it was a tad better than I thought it would be), and the one I really enjoyed, Danish meatballs because yes, Sweden can’t take all the meatball glory. We also had schnaps that would seriously put some nice hair on one’s chest, a necessity in the frigid Danish winters.
Sankt Peders Bakery (Saint Peter’s)
I had always wanted to visit this bakery after hearing about it from various travel bloggers but hadn’t made it there due to its distance from the hotels I was staying at. Considered to be the city’s oldest bakery (it dates from the mid-17th century) it’s known for its cinnamon rolls but here we sampled spandauer, a pastry combining the tastes of almond paste, custard, and crunch almond flakes.
Ostetorvet @ Torvehallerne Market
We sampled three cheeses here along with a cherry liqueur from Norliq. My favorite of the cheeses we tried was the goat cheese; the other two were a Gouda and a blue cheese.
Rødder & Vin
This was a total adult beverage stop and it was here that I sampled my first ever “natural wine.” If you’re wondering what this is exactly, it’s wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention, both in growing the grapes and making them into wine. We had a cider here. It was good, just not entirely my “thing.”
While the craft beer movement originated in the United States, it’s spread to Europe including a place like Copenhagen. So Brus was something straight out of some hipster American neighborhood, which was cool. Beers were available here (I abstained) but then there were three delicious food dishes (chef’s choice) that were also the most photogenic too.
I know what you’re thinking, a stop in a cemetery? But while standing at the grave of Denmark’s most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen, we had licorice from a local confectioner, Johan Bülow.
Much like the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower craze here in the United States with restaurants wanting to present the absolute sexiest forms of to some people, these two otherwise bland and unappealing vegetables…to many people, in Denmark a famous chef got the idea to start a restaurant that would essentially make porridge sexy. Yes, porridge. Here we had a delicious risotto style porridge. It was truly something I could have lapped up.
Thanks to my Scandinavian cookbook, I was actually familiar with flødebolle and was super excited to try it out on the tour. They’re essentially a chocolate covered marshmellow tea cake. It was a wonderfully sweet way to end the tour.
All in all this was a fabulous food tour and I am just so thrilled I finally got to partake in some authentic Danish cuisine since food is one of the most important facets of travel.
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