Copenhagen has some of the best and unique food in the world. Unfortunately for my food-loving Husband, we didn’t try any of it. It’s just not my scene, guys – I don’t think I could ever promise to be interested in a classic Noma meal or a trip around the iconic food markets.
I do however have my favourites – places I will go back to time and time again because I know I’m going to have an excellent meal. They’re not to everyone’s liking, perhaps a bit safe or not particularly exciting, but they make me happy.
Always number one on my list is Halifax burger. This was the very first restaurant we visited in CPH 8 years ago, and we joked that this was the main reason for our visit this time. It sounds extreme – travelling 600 miles just to eat a burger – but this is an exceptional burger. We visited the Amager restaurant on this trip (having previously been to both their Larsbjørnsstræde location on multiple occasions, and the Frederiksberg location) and once again received an amazing welcome from the staff.
I love this chain so much that I have their artwork up in my kitchen at home, and I was delighted to see a mural of theirs on the side of their building.
Another restaurant I go out of my way to visit is Gorms Pizza, specifically their branch next to Fields Mall. I wouldn’t normally recommend a mall restaurant, but I just love the set up of this location – amphitheatre-style seating, and we got seated right at the top. Husband had the Arendse special with mozzarella and proscuito and I had a Fields exclusive (I think. Not entirely sure…). Whatever it was, it was delicious.
On our last visit, I discovered Istid, but as it was Christmas and Istid is an ice cream shop, it was of course closed. So this was the first time I’ve tried the store that I’ve followed on Instagram for 3 years. We considered going to their new Nordhavn store, but decided instead to pick up our treats at Jægersborggade. This is honestly the most incredible ice cream – making it with liquid nitrogen makes it so smooth. We sat in the shade in Assistens Kirkegård across the road on the morning of my birthday eating spectacular sundaes – I was having the time of my life!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Copenhagen with some kind of kanelbullar. On this trip, we had a kanelsnegl from Holm Bageri and a kanelstykke from Lagkagehuset (both in Frederiksberg). Both were delicious as each other, with the coffee from Lagkagehuset slightly tastier making that our favourite breakfast.
And on the subject of coffee, we went back to the Original Coffee at the top of Illums on a few occasions because Husband became addicted to espresso tonics. Even though the cafe is in a huge department store and we assumed it would get busy, we always found a seat so we’re now claiming this as our secret hotspot. You heard it here first folks (to be fair, everyone probably thinks this is their secret hotspot).
One last place for a shout-out, even though we didn’t stop here, was the cafe in Magasin Du Nord which I think was called Coffee Industry Sweden. There were very few people here, and the decor was beautiful. If we hadn’t filled up on Espresso Tonic, we would have snuggled in here.