For our fall trip to Copenhagen, we knew that we wanted to go on a food tour – after all, it’s our very favourite way to explore a new city! I knew very little about Danish food prior to the trip, but had read that Copenhagen was well known for its food scene, street food, and café culture. That pretty much checks all the boxes for me!
In my search for an in-depth and informative food tour, I came across Foods of Copenhagen, the brainchild of owner and tour host Cindie. Foods of Copenhagen provides small boutique tours and is committed to personal attention, expertise, professionalism, and sustainability. They partner with small, local businesses in Copenhagen for their tours and support local merchants, shops, farmers, and food producers whenever they can. The tour itinerary promised us some of the best food and drink in the city and we were not disappointed!
We met our friendly Foods of Copenhagen guide Anne-Marie at our meeting point near the city centre. S and I were joined on our tour by guests from Northern Ireland, England, and even a local from Copenhagen who just wanted to explore the city’s culinary scene. After a warm introduction by Anne-Marie, we set off for our first taste of the tour. Along the way, we passed the Gammeltorv (Old Market), the oldest square in Copenhagen, and the beautiful Caritasspringvandet (Caritas Fountain). Anne-Marie told us that they put golden apples inside the well on the Queen’s birthday and they ‘jump’ inside the fountain. Would love to see that!
Our first stop was a traditional Danish restaurant located just off the square. Greeted by cheery Danish flags, we were invited inside for a taste of one of Denmark’s most famous dishes: smørrebrød (an open face sandwich).
On classic white and blue Royal Copenhagen plates, we tucked into herring and Frikadeller (Danish meatball) smørrebrød. Anne-Marie taught us how to build our own smørrebrød by spreading a thin layer of lard on a piece of rye bread before layering on the toppings. As a perfect complement to the smørrebrød, we sipped snaps, a strong alcohol often paired with smørrebrød to cut the fattiness, especially when eating herring. Delicious!
Onward to the oldest bakery in the city dating back to 1652. S and I had to smile when we realized this would be a stop on our tour because that very morning, we had walked by the very same bakery and drooled over the items on display in the window.
This is the place where we tried the Danish food most familiar to visitors – the beloved breakfast pastry, the Danish. But is it really Danish? In fact, Anne-Marie told us the sweet custard-filled pastry hails from Vienna and the Danes adopted it and made it their own. In fact, it doesn’t even go by the name ‘Danish’ in Denmark – it’s called wienerbrød (aka Vienna bread)! Whoever invented it, I tip my hat to you – the wienerbrød (also known as spandauer) we tried was so good, we went back the next day for two more.
With two hits already consumed, we were eager to see what else Copenhagen had to offer. As we made our way to the Torvehallerne market, Anne-Marie pointed out architectural highlights in the city centre, such as the Round Tower (Rundetaarn) and the Neo-Gothic Copenhagen University Library (which apparently looks like Hogwarts inside!).
The Torvehallerne food market is a top attraction for foodies in Copenhagen. Boasting more than 60 food shops and stands, the market is the place to find spices, chocolates, produce, specialty items, and more.
Here we were treated to a scrumptious Danish cheese tasting.
We then headed out of the city centre and made our way to Nørrebro, one of the trendiest, up and coming neighbourhoods in the northwest part of the city. Along the way, we made several more stops at carefully-selected small businesses to sample some more yummy Danish treats. If you enjoy sweets and are interested in the modern Copenhagen food scene, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these stops on the tour!
We ended our tour with a drink at a pub and received a surprise gift from Anne-Marie – such a sweet way to end our tour.
Anne-Marie was a fantastic guide – knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about the food scene in Copenhagen. Throughout our tour, she shared a number of recommendations, answered our questions, and made everyone in our group feel at ease. If you are heading to Copenhagen and are curious to try some of the best foods in the city, then I can most definitely recommend taking a tour with Foods of Copenhagen.
Special thanks to Foods of Copenhagen for hosting me and to Anne-Marie for a delicious and informative tour!
I was a guest of Foods of Copenhagen on their Copenhagen Delicacy Tour, priced at 900 DKK/120 Euros per person. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
What are your favourite Danish dishes and restaurants or food spots in Copenhagen? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Planning a trip to Copenhagen? Check out my Sightseeing in Copenhagen guide for tips.