The other week I booked the Friday off work and we jetted off to Copenhagen for a 48 hours filled with eating, treats, walking, exploring and plenty of hygge. My dad, his girlfriend, M and I booked the trip somewhat spontaneously on our Christmas Number 2 when I received this book as a gift. I mean, it’d be rude not to try it out for ourselves surely? I was amazed by the quality of the food we ate on our trip, I was expecting it to be good but not this good.
We landed in Copenhagen on the Friday night and, after a quick freshen up at our hotel, we were more than ready for dinner. We weren’t really in the mood to go too far so opted to wander round the corner to Nyhaven a.k.a. the most photographed street in the city, and for good reason!
Nyhaven itself is beautiful and although, yes, it’s touristy it doesn’t feel like those tourist traps you find in other European cities. The restaurants lining the waterfront are cosy and inviting, and (bar the strip club in the middle…) all seem to offer delicious food. After some debate we selected Heering.
We were ushered upstairs to our table and immediately felt at home. Be warned, the prices are cheap but most places in Copenhagen aren’t. As it was the first night of our holiday (and ended up being our only dinner out) we decided multiple courses were more than appropriate.
I kicked things off with the salmon tartare. HOLY MOLY. What a welcome to the city this was, light and refreshing but filled with flavour at the same time. It went beautifully with our bottle of white. The others went for the smørrebrød which I can attest to also being delicious!
Next up, beef complete with potatoes and bacon wrapped asparagus. Surely all asparagus should be served this way?
Heering also serve a traditional Danish dish which is compiled of mashed potato, bacon, onions and beetroot, and goes by the name of brændende kærlighed if you want to be truly authentic…
For me, no holiday is complete without dessert and I persuaded (forced) the other three to join me in sharing a chocolate melt in the middle pudding. The. Best. Thing. Ever.
It’s worth just noting here that I usually eat gluten free. This holiday, as it was such a short one (we were only away for 48 hours) I chose not to. I wanted to have the full experience, try new things (mainly a cinnamon roll if I’m honest) and be free to eat what I want. And I am so glad I did. I did also have 3 days of stomach pains and horrible digestion when I got home. Oh well.
The Union Kitchen
The Union Kitchen was 100% my favourite place we ate on this trip. I’m a sucker for a good breakfast and these guys more than satisfied that craving. With an extensive menu, a cosy atmosphere, candles on every table (well obviously, it’s hygge) and top notch decor, I think I fell slightly in love.
Between us we ordered two breakfast platters, the perfect decision for those who just can’t decide.
The poached eggs and avocado on toast was mine. With a rye bread base and perfect seasoning I was perfectly set for a day of exploring.
Though I have to say, M definitely got the prize for the prettiest dish.
Paper Island Street Food
On our list of places to visit before we even arrived in the city was Paper Island, a warehouse filled with street food stalls on one of Copenhagen’s many small islands. With clear blue skies it was the perfect spot to set up shop in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
But first, we had to navigate our way through the crowds and queue up for lunch.
M and I were feeling the need for something a little nutritious so the juice bar made for the perfect choice. For the first time in my life I went for a beet juice and actually liked it! I think it was something to do with the copious amounts of ginger involved. The perfect partner for the best cheese and mushroom sandwich I have ever had.
Den Plettede Gris
As you enter Paper Island, you will pass by a black brick building serving coffee, wines and juices. And it will call your name to come inside…
It’s called Den Plettede Gris and, although small, serves great coffee to go and a cool interior to look around whilst you wait for your caffeine hit to be prepared.
The perfect fuel to accompany you on your Danish adventures.
Our final breakfast in Copenhagen needed to be 1) quick to leave us plenty of time for keep seeing as much of the city as we could, 2) cheap so that we could save some pennies and 3) involve a cinnamon bun because, well duh.
We found all of these in Emmerys, a cutesy little bakery just a short walk away from our hotel. In fact, it was just down the street from The Union Kitchen.
I went all out with a salmon rye sandwich, a cinnamon bun and an almond latte. Boom.
If that’s wet your appetite, I’ll see you on Friday as we explore Copenhagen on from water, air and land!
Have you been to Copenhagen? Where was your favourite place to eat?