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Vegan Restaurants in Copenhagen: Souls

May 12, 2016
Souls Copenhagen

The vegan diet and lifestyle has taken over Copenhagen lately – supermarkets have begun to offer everything from vegan cheese to vegan sausages and more and more restaurants put vegan items on their otherwise meat-fixated menus. This is of course fantastic news, considering Denmark in general has been a country so obsessed with meat and milk that it borderlines crazy. Crazy, but not all that surprising considering the fact that one of the world’s biggest milk producers, Arla, is Danish and that pig meat production here is so large that there are five times more pigs than people.

It’s been a slow process to say the least, but finally more and more people have opened their eyes up to the downsides of  meat and milk production and consumption: it’s bad for the animals, it’s bad for the planet, and it’s not great for our health. So the fact that there are now more options than ever for those who don’t eat animal products at all, and for those just trying to cut back, is nothing short of fantastic, if you ask me. A bonus to this is that restauranteurs see opportunities to cater to these needs, which has resulted in not only vegan-friendly courses in restaurants but full-on vegan restaurants as well. One of these is newly opened Souls, located on a small street in Østerbro. On Friday, Matthew, who is one of the co-owners, invited me and Linn – who also took all these gorgeous photos) over for a taste of their coming dinner menu. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.

We started off with a broccoli and vegetable pie, called Souls’ summer pie, made completely free from milk, eggs and other animal products. This was served with a grilled cherry tomato salad with balsamic vinegar, olives and herbs.


We moved on to the two smørrebrød. Matthew explained them to me really well but I stopped listening after he said truffles, so I asked Souls’ chef about them – one is made with a potato salad, and the other with veggie patties. They are absolutely delicious and also our favorites. The bread was home made and gluten-free, a re-make of the classic (and often meat-crazed) Danish food smørrebrød.


 After this and a glass of wine, we were pretty full but we were only half way on our tasting menu. Next, Matthew served us a delicious “pasta” dish made with rice noodles and oyster mushrooms, zucchini, caramelized onions and parsley with tamari roasted walnuts….. I loved the fact that it was a hot meal and not raw, which is very popular among vegan restaurants. Sometimes we want a hot, nice meal and this pasta/noodle dish satisfies all my cravings.



When the button on my jeans almost popped, we were in for dessert – a vegan cheesecake with a cashew/almond base and a yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) topping.


After a quick chat, we left so full and so satisfied,  with plans to definitely come back in the near future. Linn, who normally eats meat, was also very impressed and said that she wouldn’t even had thought about it not containing meat, had she not known it was vegan when she came. I think that’s a great review and exactly how any good vegan chef wants his/her food to be described: nothing is “missing” in vegan food.

If you’re looking to visit Souls, you can do so at Melchiors Plads 3 in Østerbro. And if you want more information about good, vegan restaurants in Copenhagen you can check ut my full list right here.




All photos by Linn Gullberg

Copenhagen, Food

Your Guide to the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Copenhagen

February 12, 2016

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and looking for good places to eat in Copenhagen, you’ll be pleased to hear that Copenhagen has been through a transformation over the last couple of years and offers plenty of choices. Back in 2014, I wrote this guide for Vilda Magazine but since then, some things have changed – new restaurants have popped up, established restaurants have decided to offer plant-based food and others have closed down. So here are my best suggestions for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Copenhagen for 2016:

(Updated last on June 17, 2016)

Café N: One of Copenhagen’s first vegetarian cafés has recently gone all-vegan. You’ll find tasty burgers, falafels and other delicious food.
Astrid och Apornas Spiseri: A Swedish vegan supermarket opened its take-away restaurant on the hip Jægersborgsgade. Burgers and hot dogs all the way, with delicious dressing.
Max: Swedish fast food chain located right by the main shopping street Strøget has introduced five new green burgers – and they’re great.
Govinda: This Indian-inspired take-away restaurant always has vegan dishes on the menu, which changes every week.
Morgenstedet: Cozy little place with a cute garden in the middle of the freetown of Christiania.
Express Pizza: Pizza place in Nørrebro with lots of vegan options including vegan cheese, vegan “ham” etc.
Video Video: Fairly new vegan café in Christianshavn which offers food as well as something sweet and most importantly: cocktails (including a White Russian for vegans!)
Kalaset: One of my favorite cafés in Copenhagen, always has vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, and great juices too!
Souls: New café serving plant-based, delicious food that is good for the planet and good for you. Located in Østerbro.
Hafnia Bar: Here you’ll find salad bowls, acaí bowl and delicious sandwiches and the location is right in the centre of Copenhagen, close to Kgs Nytorv.
Social: A cozy little place close to the Dronning Louise bridge in Nørrebro with delicious sandwiches, chia pudding etc. All gluten-free!
von Fressen: Unpretentious, cozy place with lovely food and good cocktails in Vesterbro. Serves vegan (and vegetarian) brunch and hamburgers, as well as vegetarian lasagna. On sunny days, you can sit on the benches outside.


Atlas Bar/Urten: Two separate yet joint restaurants. In the cellar you’ll find Atlas with many vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, as well as meat options. Big portions. Try the lemonade.The neighbour upstairs, Urten, only serves vegan food.
Bollyfood: Indian food in the middle of Kødbyen with an amazing daal as the vegan option and great naanbread.
Wagamama: The japanese chain has some great veg options, my favorite is the ramen soup.
42 Raw: Denmark’s first raw food restaurant. Prices are hefty but food is good, although if you’re really hungry you might not get full. Tasty smoothies too.
Barburrito: Real Mexican food that tastes heavenly. Book a table in advance. You can choose between a vegan or vegetarian burrito and tacos.
Halifax: Popular hamburger chain which has a great concept of putting together your burger so it has exactly what you like. Ask a waiter how to make it vegan. I recommend the chickpea burger.
The South Indian: South Indian food with lots of both vegetarian and vegan options. Not your usual Indian food – this is something else.

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Vegan burritos at Barburrito

Bio Mio/BOB Bistro: The place formerly known as Bio Mio has changed name to BOB Bistro but still offers delicious, vegan food (that is also organic) as well as something for the meaties in your life.
Simple Raw: Another raw food restaurant. I recommend the burger. Service wasn’t great when I was there, but hopefully that’s not the standard there.
Sticks and Sushi: You’ll find this popular sushi place in Copenhagen and in London and the best one is the one in Tivoli Hotel, where you overlook the entire city from the 12:th floor. Combine your own menu or get the Greenkeeper menu. Tasty cocktails.
Verandah: Indian restaurant owned partly by Michelin-starred chef Karam Sethi. There’s a “Chef’s Vegetarian Menu”, which changes every season but if you order in advance you can also get a vegan tasting menu – otherwise there’s always the a la carte. Book a table in advance as this is a pretty popular place.

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Me enjoying the view from Sticks and Sushi at Tivoli Hotel.


La Rocca: One of my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen is this Italian place with an amazing truffle pasta (which has cheese in it, so not vegan). Friendly staff, great wine.
Mother: I absolutely love their pizza with buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Yum!
Scarpetta: Another favorite restaurant. There’s a set menu, but you can call in advance and order a vegetarian version which has never disappointed me.
Forno a legna: One of my favorite pizza places in Copenhagen with authentic Italian wooden stove pizza. You’ll find both vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
Tommi’s Burger Joint: If you’ve been to London you might have already tried Tommi’s, and now it’s also available in Copenhagen. Good burgers, no fuss.

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Pizza Margherita at Mother.

Of course, there are many more restaurants than these that offer vegan options, but these are the ones I recommend so far. This list will be updated continually.


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