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Copenhagen Street Food Festival

August 15, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good food truck when hunger strikes? This weekend I put my walking shoes on and walked down to Søerne for the first Copenhagen Street Food Festival, arranged by Kødbyens Mad og Marked, Rebel Food, Kitchen Collective,and YELP Copenhagen. The whole area from Dronning Louises Bro, up towards Åboulevard, and Sortedam Dossering was filled with small food trucks and the smell of food was in the air, despite the somewhat bad, occasionally rainy, weather.

Jacob was hungry, so he tried the veggie tacos from Yuca taco and they were sooo delicious – even though they were out of guacamole when we came. I loved to see so many people that came out to enjoy the good food and hang out. It was a very well organised event with lots of places to sit (maybe a bit too few waste baskets though), food from all over the world and options for everyone. I’d love to see it come back next year. I am always amazed by what good chefs can do with little means.

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“If I drink alcohol I am alcoholic, But if I drink Fanta, does that make me fantastic?”

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A lot of people came down to enjoy the food despite the occasional rain.

 

 

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I went for the pearl barley risotto, veggie balls, salad and a dressing with some parmesan on top. Absolutely delicious!

As you can see above I went for delicious veggie balls from a place called Average Meatballs, paired with pearl barley risotto, some salad and a dressing, it was the perfect small lunch for me. It tasted exceptionally well and I could have eaten 2 more of these, but it was enough to leave some room for a bigger dinner later in the evening.

 

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Copenhagen Street Food Festival was a great event for all of us foodies – with lots of vegetarian options!

If you missed the food festival but love street food, I suggest you visit Copenhagen Street Food on Papirøen which can easily be reached from Nyhavn in central Copenhagen.

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Copenhagen from the Top: Illum Rooftop

June 15, 2016
Illum rooftop

The one thing I’ve always missed in Copenhagen is a few high buildings where one can enjoy the view, while sipping on a cocktail or a glass of cold rosé on a hot summer day. Sure, we have Sticks and Sushi at the Tivoli Hotel, but it’s not like you just stop by for a drink on your way out to a party or after work. So when I saw that department store Illum has a brand new rooftop terrace, called Illum Rooftop, I just had to go see it.

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You simply take the escalators all the way to the top (I tried not to get stuck on the shoe floor, where a pair of ridiculously expensive Jimmy Choo sandals begged me to skip vacation this year and buy them, but luckily I remembered I don’t wear leather – phew!). Up there is a food court where you can buy something to drink and find a place to sit, or you can simply grab a table at one of the restaurants’ designated outdoor tables.

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The restaurants are as follows: Be Steak (a lot of meat, so obviously I’d skip that), Corallo Lobster Bar (again, not for me), Maio (Italian dishes – but beware: they serve foie gras, which is highly unethical), Palæo (for the Paleo diet fanatics), Rossopomodoro (Neapolitan pizza), Skagen Fiskrestaurant (Fish…for those of you who eat that), Original Coffee (coffee, obviously), The Bagel Co (bagels, obviously), and Domori (Italian chocolate).

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Unfortunately the weather wasn’t all that great when we visited the rooftop yesterday afternoon, but I can just imagine sitting here with a friend, drinking a few glasses of wine and chatting the night away.

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Every Friday, you can join the Illum Rooftop Friday Bar for after-work cocktails from 16-21. Hope to see you there sometime! 🙂 Illum Rooftop is open every day until midnight, Sundays until 18:00.

 

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6 Healthy Restaurants in Copenhagen

April 3, 2016
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There’s no denying I love a really big and greasy pizza or a creamy pasta dish combined with a few glasses of wine. However, I try to limit my unhealthy meals to one meal per week in order to not gain weight. It’s pretty easy to eat healthy at home when you’re the one in charge of cooking the meals, but eating out can be a challenge. I find this to be true especially for us vegetarians, as vegetarian meals in restaurants somehow tend to be loaded with either carbs or fat – or both. During the periods where I’m serious about my workouts I tend to eat more at home because of this, which is actually quite boring when all of you’re friends are going out to eat. Thankfully, there are more and more healthy choices and last weekend I set out to hunt them down and make a list of the best healthy restaurants in Copenhagen.

  1. Hafnia Bar – this little gem is quite new to central Copenhagen but used to be located in the suburb of Hellerup for a few years. It’s made quite a splash among the Copenhageners who seem to love their bowls, sandwiches and juices. The location, close to Kongens Nytorv and the lovely park Kongens have, is perfect and the café has a lovely atmosphere whether you’re working on your laptop alone or catching up with your friends. You’ll find both vegan and meat options here and they’re all healthy. The juices are quite expensive though at 60 DKK for a large juice.
    Where? Store Regnegade 26A, CPH K

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    Acaí bowl with extra protein at Hafnia Bar.

  2. Social – A new addition to the cafés and restaurants in Nørrebro, Social manages to stand out with its gluten free and healthy menu. It’s located right by the canal just a step away from Dronning Louise’s bridge. The staff is friendly and the healthy sandwiches are equally huge and delicious, served with home made, warm zucchini bread and perfectly ripe avocados – see top photo for evidence!
    Where? Peblinge Dossering 4, CPH N
  3. Bob/Bio Mio – Don’t let the big BOSCH signs fool you, there are no electric appliances for sale here. Bob’s Diner, formerly known as Bio Mio, offers organic food for both veg*ns and meat lovers and has plenty of tables. Despite this, it was completely full on a Saturday night, so I suggest arriving early or booking a table in advance. They serve wine by the glass and by the bottle and have a small selection of cocktails as well. This place is perfect for a date.
    Where? Halmtorvet 19, CPH V
  4. Simple Raw – If you have some extra cash to spend and want a really healthy, raw and vegan meal I’d recommend a visit to Simple Raw. You’ll find everything from breakfast and brunch to healthy salads and burgers – heck, even delicious desserts.
    Where? Oehlenschlægersgade (yeah, I can’t pronounce it either) 12, CPH V and Gråbrødre Torv 9, CPH K

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    Simple Raw from the outside, located on Gråbrødre torv

     

  5. WeDoFood – located a few steps from Bob/Bio Mio, WeDoFood is great for days when you don’t have time to cook and need something easy, quick, and healthy. You choose one of the “classics” for 69 DKK or make your own salad and pick and choose whatever you want in it. I usually do the latter and have never been dissappointed. There are some seats inside, although I wouldn’t go there to sit for hours and talk, but on sunny summer days you can also sit on the tables outside or just get your salad to go.
    Where? Halmtorvet 21, CPH V and Østerbrogade 151, CPH Ø
  6. Souls – This place officially opens April 1, but looks like a great concept. It’s located in the heart of Østerbro and is run by two Aussies who describe it as “an alternative for people who want worry-free food on the go”. Here you’ll find buckwheat pizza, avocado smash, quinoa pancakes and healthy juices. Plus: all of it is plant-based (meat available).
    Where? Melchiors Plads 3, CPH Ø

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    Buckwheat pancakes at Souls

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Favorite 5 for Brunch in Copenhagen

March 16, 2016

You know those mornings all too well; you wake up a little bit later than usual, linger in bed an hour longer than your usual Monday-Friday morning, maybe your head aches just a little bit from the cocktails the night before, and all you really want is a nice, big brunch to kick the day off and chat about last night. Copenhagen offers many good cafés and restaurants for these situations, but not all of them are great. Therefore, I’d like to present my five favorite places for brunch in Copenhagen:

Møller Kaffe & Køkken: This place opened in the summer of 2015, so it’s quite new but I like it a lot. The concept is you get a paper menu, with all the dishes described, and you cross of the meals you want for your brunch – a concept I love. This way you only get the food you actually want to eat and you can compose your own platter depending on how hungry you are. The home made nutella is a must! They only serve brunch dishes and are open until 16:00 (kitchen closes at 15:00). You can’t book a table here, so prepare to wait.

Wulff + Konstali: Tucked away on Amager, southern Copenhagen, is this charming brunch restaurant which has the same pick-and-chose concept as Møller Kaffe & Køkken (although to be fair – Wulff + Konstali was first). This place quickly gained momentum among the Copenhageners, especially the Instagram crowd, so it can be quite hard to get a table if you come around 11-13 on weekends, and you can’t book a table here either. However, brunch is great – especially the croissants.

Brunch selection at Wulff + Konstali

Brunch selection at Wulff + Konstali

Den Blå Hund: You know how Friends has Central Perk? Den Blå Hund is my Central Perk. It’s located really close to where I live on Frederiksberg and I love to hang here, be it for a cup of tea, a hummus salad or just a glass of wine on a late evening, DBH never fails. It’s not that it’s extraordinary in any way – to others it’s just another café, but to me it’s the place I go. What I want to say is that I might be a little bit biased here, but I truly think their vegetarian brunch is one of the city’s best brunches. Plus, you always get a glass of cava for 25 DKK – I can live with that.

Marchal/Hotel D’Angleterre: Looking to really splurge or do you have something to celebrate? In that case, you should reserve a table for the famous Sunday brunch at five star Hotel D’angleterre’s Michelin-starred restaurant Marchal. Here you can indulge in traditional brunch dishes made in an exceptional way, as well as truffles and champagne – but it will set you back 595 DKK, so I’d say you only go here if you’re after an over-the top luxury brunch in Copenhagen. The featured photo in the top of this post is from the brunch buffet at D’Angleterre – can you imagine the brunch?

Kalaset: I’ve recommended Kalaset before in this piece about vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants and it’s really great for brunch – especially for vegans. You can chose from 6 different brunch plates – three bigger, full brunch plates and three that are just smaller, limited versions of the big ones. There’s you classic brunch with bacon for meat-eaters, a vegetarian one with e.g. scrambled eggs, vegetables, and falafels, and a vegan one with lentil-ratatouille, falafels, hummus, grilled veggies etc. It’s located in Nørrebro, close to Nørreport and shopping. I love to visit Torvehallerne and buy fresh vegetables and flowers after my Kalaset visits.

 

 

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Cozy Kalaset

 

Photos: D’Angleterre (top photo), Wulff+Kunstali’s Facebook page, Kalaset

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How To Spend 48 Hours in Copenhagen

September 25, 2015
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Copenhagen, or as the Danes like to call it (much to the Swedes’ dismissal):  the Capital of Scandinavia, is the perfect destination for a short city break. It’s fairly small, but it has a lot to offer, so knowing where to go, what to see and what to do is of the essence, and of course – I’m here to help! Let’s get down to business:

DAY 1

12:00 – First order of business: check into the place you’re staying… Don’t know where to stay? Here are some tips:

Luxury: Blow the budget at five star luxury hotel D’Angleterre, which was recently refurbished and has the perfect location by Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn. Every single detail has been taken into account here and just the flowers by the entrance will make you gasp. My favorite day-spa Amazing Space is located in the basement, where there’s also an indoor pool for hotel guests to enjoy. Another option is the trendy apartment hotel Stay Copenhagen by Islands Brygge with a roof top terrace and great views over Copenhagen.

Value-For-Money: Find an apartment on AirBnb – there are some pretty cool ones in Copenhagen, or look on hotels.com or trivago.com for good hotel prices. Most hotels have a pretty good standard here, so there’s little chance you’ll end up in dumpster. If you’re looking for something really cheap, the Generator Hostel is quite popular.

13:00 – After you’ve checked in, you’re probably hungry and want to have a bite to eat. Grab lunch at Swedish-owned Kalaset if you’re up for some traditional café food (their pancakes are heavenly) or try Barburrito if you like real Mexican food (not the dull, Europe-fied version).

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A vegan burrito (cheese optional) at Barburrito

14:00 – Walk along Strøget, the main shopping street, and shop from all the large brands if you’re into spending money. Here you’ll find Zara, H&M, the popular & Other Stories as well as Cos and Topshop, and you’ll find the luxury shops such as Gucci, Burberry and Hugo Boss the further down toward Kongens Nytorv you get. If you don’t want to shop at the stores you’ll see in every other European city, I suggest visiting Gammel Kongevej, Nørrebrogade or Østerbrogade and the crossing streets.

16:30 Want to see Copenhagen’s typical tourist attractions quickly? Hop on one of the open-air guide boats that will take you on a guided tour of Copenhagen through it’s canals. Bring snacks, beer or whatever you like and sit back and enjoy the ride that takes around one hour. When you’re back, you’ll have seen the little Mermaid (which is called little for a reason), the Amalienborg Palace, and the beautiful Christianshavn with the Danish Parliament building among other things. Afterwards, you can either continue shopping or you might want to head back to the hotel for a quick rest and change of clothes.

18:30  Before dinner, you can toast to Copenhagen with cava by Torvehallerne – try the rose cava. When you’re starting to get hungry again, walk over to La Rocca, if you love Italian food (because who doesn’t really?) – they have fantastic food, really good wine, and friendly staff. Be sure to book if you’re planning a dinner on a Friday or Saturday though. Or, you can try to head on over to PS Bar & Grill and continue the fun all through the night, as the restaurants transforms into a bar (do try the Sangria jugs!). Unfortunately, the vegetarian/vegan selection of food isn’t that great at PS – but they do have a great vegetarian pizza. Want to try the Copenhagen nightlife? There are many places to go; Hive, Sunday & Zen – all hard to get into and not worth the hype if you ask me. Although, if you’re into that kind of stuff, this is where you go. And then there’s the more down-to-earth places like the Jane and Hornsleth.

 

DAY 2

10:00  Rise & shine! If you’re not all about that hotel breakfast, I suggest you visit Grød. “Grød” means porridge, but you won’t find any old boring, grey porridge here – try the oat porridge with home made dulche de leche, fresh apple and almonds for example.

11:00 – After the savory breakfast you can head on over to Botanisk Have, if it’s spring or summer – it’s a big garden full of beautiful flowers and plants, grassy areas for relaxing, greenhouses and a small pond with water-lilies (my favorite!). Walk around and completely forget that you are in the very center of Copenhagen for a while.

If you’re here during winter (you poor thing) and you’re into art, head on over to Statens Museum for Kunst instead which exhibits Danish and European art through 700 years – they often have special exhibits and admission is free!

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Botanical gardens in Copenhagen

13:30 – Afterwards, hop on the Metro or bus and get off at Christianshavn. Find your way to freetown Christiania, which is a truly unique place. Not only is it regulated by its own special laws, it is located in a really picturesque part of Copenhagen and the people who live here are very friendly and openminded. Christiania is famous for its hash commerce, but people sometimes forget that it offers so much more than Pusher Street. Walk past Pusher Street and discover the funky buildings, the horse stable, the lake and the green areas. Have a beer at Café Nemoland and catch one of the free concerts that are sometimes arranged here, or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere – it’s very unique. You’re probably up for some lunch now and lucky for you, Christiania houses one of my favorite places to eat – Morgenstedet. It’s a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, small and unpretentious with the most gorgeous and cozy little garden where you can enjoy your lunch and hear the birds sing. Take your time to explore this place, it’s truly special.

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Christiania and its funky houses

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Vegetarian restaurant Morgenstedet in Christiania

17:00 – Time to explore! Choose one part of Copenhagen that entices you and explore it some more – I’d recommend Nørrebro. Walk around the area, around the lakes and explore the small streets like Blågårdsgade and Elmegade. There are many great restaurants and small cafés in Nørrebro and the atmosphere is..in one ord: hipster informal. Try the famous Mikkeller beers at Stefansgade 25, grab a coffee and do some people watching, shop in the vintage stores (you will need a souvenir after all!) or join the other hipsters on the Dronning Louise bridge as soon as one (1) ray of sun hits your skin. Grab something to eat at thai restaurant Aroii on Guldbergsgade, which shares kitchens with Michelin star restaurant Kiin Kiin next door or just grab a vegan burger at Jægersborgsgade at Astrid och Aporna.

 

 

Top image by Jacob Surland / www.caughtinpixels.com.