The last part of our Copenhagen trip ended up being unintentionally food themed. Midmorning we wandered to Torvhallerne, an indoor food market. There was an amazing amount of really tasty looking traditional and modern Danish food, which made it hard to pick a place to start the food adventure. We decided on Palæo, whose theme was “primal gastronomy.” (Probably affiliated with the new trendy Paleo diet fad?) I had the most amazing hot dog ever and Thomas had duck wrapped in an omelette.
After strolling around a little more, we came upon what looked like cupcakes and I became overjoyed at the prospect of cake and frosting.
Sadly though, it appears that Denmark doesn’t do cupcakes like the US. These were basically muffins with some kind of frosting that was not buttercream. (Insert rant about wanting real cupcakes here) They weren’t bad, just didn’t satisfy the cupcake craving I’ve had since we moved here. As a consolation prize, The Coffee Collective, recommended by our guidebook, had a stall at the market and I had one very good latte!
After walking some distance back toward our hotel, we were again hungry. So, duh, we ate more hot dogs!
These hot dogs were from Andersen’s Bakery, conveniently located right across from the central train station, and were recommended by our guidebook. Summary: nom!
After a glorious post-hot dog nap, it was time to head to the other side of town to visit Assistens Kierkegaard, take a stroll, and visit H.C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. (See Thomas’s previous post for details about Assistens)
Dinner was in the same neighborhood as Assistens at a lovely place called Manfred’s and Vin, which I would go back to in the future, repeatedly. Their concept was small plates with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. We let them choose our wine and ‘chef’s choice,’ which meant they brought us 7 small plates to share. I love surprises! They were all fantastic and I got to try pork tongue for the first time. These guys even made beets taste good! The other great part about the restaurant was our “table.” We got to sit at a bar overlooking the kitchen so we could watch some of the food being prepared. So many great smells. This was by far the best meal we’ve had since arriving in Denmark. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t eat like that everyday, but it’s what I imagined grown-up dining would feel like.
Sunday was “free day” at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, so we thought we’d catch a few old statues and some unique architecture before we headed home.
We didn’t get to see everything we would have liked in Copenhagen, but we had a great introduction to a lovely city that I’m sure we will be visiting again in the near future.