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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Copenhagen Food Diary


I’ve always found it slightly odd that I’ve never been a particularly enthusiastic photo taker of food. Given my unwavering love for food and tendency to document my life on social media, I find it curious that the two rarely cross paths. I blame my uncontrollable impatience and insatiable appetite, if I’m honest. By the time I remember to take a photo of something, I will have already inhaled it and started thinking about dessert.

After researching the various cafés and restaurants that we wanted to go to in Copenhagen, I decided to set myself the (very minor) challenge of documenting everything I ate during our time in the city. Much like a dog, I was only allowed to eat after sitting still and waiting patiently. (Frankly, the accuracy of that comparison scares me.)

Both Cat and myself are vegetarians, and given our limited amount of time in Copenhagen, we chose to go to restaurants that would give us a wide variety of options (particularly as Cat is one of those unfortunate vegetarians who doesn’t like mushrooms). Regardless of whether or not you eat meat, I hope you enjoy this post and that it makes you as hungry as writing it made me!


It goes without saying that after a heinously early flight, our number one priority upon arrival was having a coffee. Spoilt for choice in the centre of an unfamiliar city, we were drawn to a small chain café (called Resso, I believe) that was near the metro station, mainly because it was inside a bookshop and boasted free wi-fi. We’re very easy to please. The coffee was lovely, and at 30 kr (approx. £3.30) for a small cup, we soon learnt that this was relatively reasonable for Copenhagen.

42Raw:



Our first port of call for food was lunch at the vegetarian eatery 42Raw. The interior was decidedly Nordic with bright white walls, pale woods and industrial flourishes. The food was wonderful; Cat and myself both had avocado and salad sandwiches served on gluten-free bread, hers with hummus and mine with pesto. The food was so filling that it ended up tiding us over for the rest of the day, something that VERY rarely happens to me! In hindsight, £8.80 is a slightly ridiculous amount of money to pay for a sandwich but to quote Elsa, the past is in the past.

(Pilestræde 32, 1112 København, Denmark)


After a long day and a filling lunch, a glass of wine on the Nyhavn waterfront was the extent of our dinner plans on the first night and frankly, we didn't care.

During our explorations on the first day, we couldn’t help but notice the popularity of the chain Joe & The Juice. The more we walked around, the more evident it became that Joe practically ran the city. We decided to start our second day with one of his juices (if you can’t beat them, join them) and we were not disappointed. I believe that Joe has quite a few stores around London and other cities in the UK so if you see one, I’d definitely recommend giving his juice a go.

Royal Smushi Café:




For lunch, we decided to visit the effortlessly picturesque Royal Smushi Café. From the outdoor seating area to the beautifully decorated interior, everything about this place screamed Pinterest. Both Cat and myself opted for their speciality ‘smushi’, supposedly a take on the classic Danish open sandwich. Unfortunately, there was only one vegetarian smushi option, so we both ended up with rather identical meals. The flavour was nice, however the portion sizes were disappointing. We essentially paid 89 kr (nearly £10) for half an avocado on a piece of bread; blinked, and you missed it.

(Amagertorv 6, 1160 København, Denmark)


Copenhagen Coffee Lab:


After reading positive reviews online, our day two coffee pit stop was at the Copenhagen Coffee Lab. With a nice setting, reasonable prices and above all, good coffee, it ticked all the boxes. Unfortunately, they didn’t have soya milk (boo) but it meant that Cat actually got a nice pattern on her coffee for once, so every cloud.

(Boldhusgade 6, 1062 København K, Denmark)

Green Sushi:




One of the highlights of our trip has to be the dinner we had on day two; in search of our favourite food, we ended up eating at a restaurant called Green Sushi. I really can’t say enough positive things about this place! The best thing about this restaurant is that as well as serving meat and fish, they also offered a wide variety of carefully thought out vegetarian and vegan options. We opted to share a 14-piece vegan platter as well as a few other dishes and it worked out perfectly. The flavours were exquisite as well as original (from cashews to cranberries in the maki) and I still dream about them, if I’m honest. On top of all that, it was really reasonably priced! 11/10 would recommend if you ever visit Copenhagen.

(Grønnegade 28, 1107 København K, Denmark)


Sankt Peders Bageri:



We deemed it fitting to start our final day with a proper Danish pastry, and Sankt Peders Bageri, the oldest bakery in Copenhagen, seemed like the best place to get one. Cat and myself both got variations of their highly popular cinnamon rolls, and even as self-proclaimed savoury people, it was easy to see just why they were so popular.

(Skt Peders Stræde 29, 1453 København K, Denmark)


simpleRaw:




Last but by no means least, our final stop to eat in Copenhagen was the vegetarian restaurant simpleRaw. The interior was beautifully Nordic, with the air of simplicity and elegance that surrounds iconic Scandinavian design. The service and food were also wonderful; Cat opted for courgetti whilst I had a vegan mushroom ramen, with both of us having their fresh ginger and lemon tea (served in a cafetiere, of all things). Our last supper, as it were, really was a brilliant end to a perfect trip.

(Gråbrødretorv 9, 1154 København K, Denmark)

And that’s it for my Danish culinary adventure! As always, thank you so much for reading and please be sure to let me know what you like the look of most in the comments below!
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10 comments

  1. Fantastic post, thanks for sharing! I'm not a veggie or vegan but I am partial to a meat-free day every now and then.
    I'm actually heading to Copenhagen in June and wondered if you have any tips for me (I've not really done any research yet but I love to speak to anyone who has been recently!)
    I'd love to know how easily you found it to get around? Are the attractions etc walkable or is public transport preferred? I understand the prices can be quite steep, this post has been so helpful and honest :)

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