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Apr 29, 2012 06:08 AM

Inexpensive treats in Copenhagen?

New Yorker going to Copenhagen for a long weekend next month, have read the threads about restaurants but wondering if anyone has any recommendations for particular inexpensive food items -- something amazing at a particular bakery, a unique and delicious grocery store item, small shops worth visiting? Definitely planning on visiting the new Food Hall (any specific things not to miss there?) and looking for any other recommendations-- local, hole-in-the-wall, anything. Will have a kitchen where I'm staying, so stuff that needs to be cooked or refrigerated is fine too. Thanks!

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  1. I read an article via Serious Eats that said Danish hot dogs are a must have.

    1. Will you be here on a Wednesday by chance? If so, you need to try the Onsdag snegl. If you do a little research, I'm sure you can find it. Unfortunately, I am leaving tomorrow morning and came in on a Thursday night so have missed them. They are basically cinnamon rolls, but the most heavenly ones you have ever had. They are only available from a specific bakery in the center. I have fond fond memories eating them years ago while studying here.

      Also, you must try the hot dogs with everything. Had one for a snack today. Delish!

      The market called Torvehallerne is a must. Unfortunately, it is closed on Mondays, which is when I passed by. So just make sure you go another day. And note things close early here. Stores by 7pm max, and earlier of course on Sundays. The market may be open until 8, but I'm not sure. It is right down the street from Nørreport station.


      1. jb1979, I'm headed to Copenhagen for a long weekend in October, any good inexpensive places to report from your visit? I'm down with all foods, not a discriminator so long as it's good and in this case... inexpensive.

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        1. re: vanderb

          Copenhagen and inexpensive are 2 words that don't really go together, but there are still some options. The Wednesday cinnamon roll (Onsdagssnegl) sold at any of the "guldbageren" (gold bakery) locations would be a good option, as would a flødeboller (chocolate covered marshmallow concoction). You can get one at a bakery as well.

          You should try to pick up a piece or 2 of "håndmad" (hand food), which is the open sandwich with dark rye bread and your choice of toppings. The most popular ones have some kind of fish or shrimp on them. They range in price depending on quality and where you purchase. You'll pay many times more in a restaurant than a bakery, but often the bakery ones are a bit poor quality.

          I don't understand the comments about the Danish hot dogs. They are vile at best, IMO, and really not very different than hot dog stands anywhere (except places that are really known for good dogs). They do love what they call a fransk hotdog (french hot dog), which is basically a french bagette type roll that's closed on one end and filled with oozy white sweet mayo type dressing before the hot dog is shoved into the other end. The appeal is that you can eat it with one hand. Other than that, it (along with most of the other hot dogs) are generally very poor quality and have little taste.

          You'll probably want to try Danish beer, but the biggest brands are also available in most other countries now (Carlsberg & Tuborg). There are a lot of micro breweries popping up, and some do use local ingredients. If you're daring, you could try a snapps. There are also many local variations.

          Unfortunately, my own opinion is that there is some truly exceptional food in Denmark and then a whole lot of really poor quality and bland food. The good stuff is exorbitantly expensive and only the very few really get to enjoy it. Most everyone else seems satisfied enough with very mundane choices.

          Torvehallen (the food hall) is a lovely addition to CPH and was much welcomed, but the prices are very, very high. There are a few places where you can buy a bite of food to taste though, so it might be an option.

          1. re: Transplant_DK

            I actually didn't find Copenhagen as frighteningly expensive as I feared, at least not as compared to New York. Sit-down, waiter-service restaurant meals were largely out of our reach, but we did find bakeries and cafes throughout the city that we were very pleased with.

            It's a chain, but Lagkagehuset bakery -- seemed like there were dozens of locations throughout the city -- had really delicious sandwiches, quiches and pastries, at fairly reasonable cost. If I had one Copenhagen recommendation, that would be it. RvH bakery was also very good. More than once in our four days, we ended up going to a couple of bakeries, picking out stuff that looked good, and having a picnic in the park.

            We visited Torvehallen twice and found that if you try hard enough, you could do OK as far as price. There was a gourmet pizza vendor in there-- was delicious and filling without being too expensive. Also pastries and ice cream. And the open-face sandwiches looked good.

            In Norrebro, things were a little more reasonable than other areas, as far as restaurants. Sadly, I can't remember the name, but we found a cafe just off the main street that had salads and a daily special (chicken curry, the night we were there) that was surprisingly excellent and only $9 or $10 (50 kr, if I recall). Also a counter-service sushi place-- Dondon Sushi-- it was a chain, we saw a couple of them-- that we thought was pretty good, and the rice bowls were reasonably priced and had plenty of very fresh-seeming fish on top. It wasn't something unique and necessarily worth seeking out, but it was satisfying and not overly pricey.

            1. re: jb1979

              I loved Lagkagehuset. I loved their rugbrod (rye bread) and kransekage (marizpan). They had a breakfast combo of coffee, juice and two pastries/breads for just 36 dkk (~$7 Canadian), I believe.

              I found Torvehallen amazing but quite expensive. Excellent variety of foods though.

        2. Did you see this weekend's travel section in the NYTimes? There was a whole article on Scandinavia on the cheap, and how difficult it is. http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.c....
          The article also mentions eating at bakeries as a good less expensive idea.

          1. I hope you got to partake in the awesome hot dogs on offer there. Definitely the best cheap option I can think of.