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Hot Diggity Danish Dog – Johns Hotdog Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark

There are some things you expect to see in Denmark like, for instance, lots and lots of bicycles and happy people. After all, Denmark is one of the most bike-friendly spots on the planet and it is consistently ranked among the world’s happiest countries. What you end up discovering while wandering around this Nordic country is a lot of surprises you might not expect to bump into. From pocket sized tiny home communities like Nokken to fish skin tacos at Hija de Sanchez and finger licking good barbecue at Warpigs once you visit Copenhagen, it’s easy to see that the Danes have loads of fun places sprinkled throughout their pretty country.

 

Frankly We Think Johns Hotdog Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark is Really Awesome
Frankly We Think Johns Hotdog Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark is Really Awesome

 

We have to admit, tasty hot dogs were not exactly what we were expecting to uncover while strolling around Noma‘s hometown. Some people seek out Johns Hotdog Deli after watching celeb foodie extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain down one of John’s deluxe organic wild garlic and bacon dogs after a night of swigging down some Danish Gammel Dansk on Parts Unknown. We stumbled across Johns Hotdog Deli wagon during our first night in Copenhagen. After whirling around an endless number of amusement rides in Tivoli Gardens, we were as famished as hungry teenagers and John’s hot dog wagon was beckoning to us right across the street near the Copenhagen central train station.

 

In addition to Johns Hotdog Deli, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

John Michael Jensen opened his iconic Johns Hotdog Deli back in December 2005. A big part of the reason why tourists and Danes alike frequent the stand is because Jensen is known for crafting homemade sauces for his dogs and the meat is often locally sourced. On the menu you’ll find everything from sausages (medister) to frankfurters and even French dogs (Fransk hotdogs) that are encased in a baguette instead of the typical squishy hot dog bun you might be used to.

 

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Each month, Johns Hotdog Deli features a hot dog of the month. Whether you’re looking for a late Friday night bite or some finger food before boarding your train, Johns Hotdog Deli is one budget meal in Copenhagen that you won’t want to miss.

 

Johns Hotdog Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark
Johns Hotdog Deli in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Johns Hotdog Deli
Address: 14 Bernstorffsgade
Copenhagen, Denmark
*The stand is located across the street from the Western entrance to Tivoli Gardens on Bernstorffsgade. If you find the swanky Nimb hotel over at Bernstorffsgade 5, you’ll find Johns Hot Dog Deli across the street from the hotel and Tivoli Gardens near the entrance to the Copenhagen central train station.
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 4:00am
Phone: +45 31 32 58 48
Pricing (All in Danish Krone): Frankfurters, Hot Dogs and Sausages 29 to 39, Just a Bun 5

The Danish Sure Know How to Make Danish – Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark

The list of tasty places to dine in Copenhagen, Denmark is extensive. You can start your day with divine shakshuka at Café Atelier September, polish off a few of the mini Danish smørrebrød bybrids at Royal Smushi Cafe. If your stomach can handle it, your next stop would be to enter into a full on barbecue coma after eating dinner at Warpigs. Whenever we visit Copenhagen we end up feeling a bit like we wished we had packed another tummy.

 

Legit Danish Danish at Mirabelle Bakery in Copenhagen, Denmark
Legit Danish Danish at Mirabelle Bakery in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

In addition to tasty grub, we’re also big fans of bakeries where you can snag a voyeuristic peek at how the magic is made. (Voyageur du Temps in Los Altos, California has one of our favorite pastry viewing areas of all time.) Mirabelle bakery is one of the best places to gawk at delicious fresh breads in the city of spires.

 

In addition to Mirabelle, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

In fact, it requires quite a bit of restraint to not put your paws on the loaves of fresh bread and tasty looking pastries they leave out on the counters at Mirabelle.

 

Look, Just Don't Touch - A Loaf of Fresh Bread on Display at Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark
Look, Just Don’t Touch – A Loaf of Fresh Bread on Display at Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

At Mirabelle you can order everything from breakfast items like Mirabelle’s eggs Benedict (which consists of the traditional poached eggs piled atop fresh rye bread with spinach, toasted walnuts and hollandaise sauce) or even house made pasta beef ragout with celery, kale and parmesan cheese for dinner.

 

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Grab and go is also an option since Mirabelle typically has sweet pastries, almond croissants and other goodies available if you’re on the run. Although the croissants at Mirabelle might be called anything, but fast food. (The croissants at Mirabelle are made from scratch with a natural sourdough culture. It takes four days of tender care under the watchful eyes of the pastry chefs to deliver each delightful viennoiserie.)

 

Fast Foodie - In Many Ways the Grab and Go Baked Goods at Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark Are Actually Slow Food
Fast Foodie – In Many Ways the Grab and Go Baked Goods at Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark Are Actually Slow Food

 

It should come as no surprise that the list of Noma alumni working in Copenhagen is long and that Mirabelle is one of the legendary restaurant’s offspring. Christian Puglisi (a decorated chef who has worked not only at Noma, but also in El Bulli’s kitchen where his work load involved, “Sorting peas in numerous sizes- then blanching”) owns a fabulous restaurant that is just a stone’s throw away from Mirabelle called Relæ. Mirabelle actually grew out of Relæ and became it’s own stand alone independent bakery and cafe in 2014. (The Noma/Puglisi family tree has more branches than just Mirabelle and Relæ. There are also two religiously organic restaurants in the portfolio which are Manfreds and a sister establishment called Bæst.) If there’s only one Danish danish spot you hit up in Copenhagen, we highly recommend making it Mirabelle because of its dedication to organic products, seasonal options, commitment to local production and the quality of each item they serve.

 

You can grab a full list of our favorite places to eat, shop and play in Copenhagen here.

 

Mirabelle in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Mirabelle
Address: Guldbergsgade 29
2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
Hours: Monday Through Friday 8:30am to 3:00pm and From 5:00pm to 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 12:30pm and From 1:00pm to 3:00pm and From 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Phone: +45 35 35 47 24
Email: info@mirabelle-bakery.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK):
 Breakfast – 28 to 175,  Lunch – 95 to 195, Dinner – 95 to 275, Desserts 40 to 60, Bread to Go 40 to 45

Your Stylish Home Away From Home – Café Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

There are many stunning places in the world. For drop dead gorgeous landscapes it’s tough to beat Iceland and New Zealand. When it comes to food, one city towers above the rest. At the sheer mention of Copenhagen, our stomachs begin rumbling.

 

With Its Vintage Movie Posters and Delicious Bites, Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark is a Place You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into
With Its Vintage Movie Posters and Delicious Bites, Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark is a Place You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

 

From the effortless brunch at Granola to the substantial barbecue at Warpigs and the scrumptious tacos at Hija de Sanchez, Copenhagen is a culinary city set on a whole different level.

 

Copenhagen is Calling - A Delicious Cappuccino at Atelier September in Denmark
Copenhagen is Calling – A Delicious Cappuccino at Atelier September in Denmark

 

Setting foot inside Café Atelier September feels a bit like you just entered the home of your stylish supermodel best friend.

 

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The decor is charming and appointed with enough gorgeous artwork to make it come across as more chic than shabby.

 

A Peek Inside the Boutique - Atelier September is Both a Café and a Butik Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
A Peek Inside the Boutique – Atelier September is Both a Café and a Butik Located in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

In fact, in addition to being a delicious pitstop for well caffeinated hipster foodies, Atelier September also has a boutique where you can browse through vintage posters and other lovely artwork. (While the “butik” as it’s called, does have hours, we found it was easier to schedule a viewing appointment to see their lovely wares.)

 

In addition to Atelier September, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

Like many places in Copenhagen Atelier September is a spot where design and food merge in a seamless, never forced, manner.

 

A Vintage Lithograph Poster Advertising the 1960-1961 La Liberté des Mers Exhibition at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark
A Vintage Lithograph Poster Advertising the 1960-1961 La Liberté des Mers Exhibition at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

This should come as no surprise since the owner of Atelier September, Frederik Bille Brahe, studied under Copenhagen’s resident celebrity chef superstar (Noma’s René Redzepi) for a number of years before opening Atelier September and another establishment called Apollo Bar & Kantine.

 

Crave Inducing Shakshuka at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark
Crave Inducing Shakshuka at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

While we were there we indulged in a divine Atelier September style shakshuka for brunch. (In case you haven’t noticed, we adore shakshuka. Federal in Madrid, Spain is another one of our favorite shakshuka joints.) The offerings at Atelier September vary from day to day and are written out on an old school chalkboard. There are breakfast offerings like a Kyoto style grapefruit (which consists of a refreshing blend of chopped grapefruit and mint) and lunch dishes like a hearty panzanella.

 

A Vintage Tapies Art Poster by Galerie Maeght at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark
A Vintage Tapies Art Poster by Galerie Maeght at Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Even if you never make it to Copenhagen, you can still infuse a bit of Danish design into your own kitchen.

 

In Addition to Vintage Posters, You'll Also Find Fun Lights and Homewares in Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark
In Addition to Vintage Posters, You’ll Also Find Fun Lights and Homewares in Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Earlier this year Bille Brahe and HAY Kitchen launched a collection of cooking gear you can snag via the MOMA Design store’s website. Meaning you can nab the perfect present (funky chopping boards, cool glass pitchers, etc.) this holiday season for the worldly foodie in your life.

 

We'll Always Have Copenhagen - Unique Art and Decor at Atelier September in Denmark
We’ll Always Have Copenhagen – Unique Art and Decor at Atelier September in Denmark

 

Whether you swing by for a spot of caffeine or to take a peek at beautifully curated works of art, Atelier September is a wonderful respite in the city of spires.

 

Café Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark
Café Atelier September in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Café Atelier September
Address: Gothersgade 30
1123 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Hours: Café – Monday Through Friday 7.30am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm Boutique – Wednesday Through Friday Noon to 5:30pm, Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm *Scheduling a viewing appointment via email may be easiest. 
Email: contact@atelierseptember.com and contact@atelierseptemberbutik.com
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK):
 Breakfast – 35.00 to 85.00, Pastries 35.00,  Lunch – 65.00 to 105.00, Cold Drinks 35.00 to 40.00, Coffee 27.00 to 40.00, Tea 35.00 to 75.00

Stay Crunchy, Even in Milk – Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark

If there was only one thing we could do non-stop in Copenhagen, Denmark it would be eat. We have loads of favorite grub spots in København: Bodega‘s bodacious breakfast BLT will knock your socks off, Hija de Sanchez serves up the best tacos in one of Copenhagen’s must see foodie sites Torvehallerne Market, Royal Smushi Cafe for a smørrebrød or two and of course Warpigs for delectable barbecue. If you wander outside of central Copenhagen you’ll find lovely leafy residential Frederiksberg. Our favorite parts of Frederiksberg weren’t its main tourist attractions (which would be the Copenhagen Zoo and Frederiksberg Palace), but a funky offbeat little street called Værnedamsvej. Værnedamsvej has a distinctly Frenchy vibe to it and it’s full of adorable stores to explore like Priip‘s stunning ceramic jewelry on nearby Tullinsgade and delightful Dora (on the corner of Værnedamsvej and Tullinsgade) which features a fantastic array of home goods and antique finds.

 

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Posh French Style Værnedamsvej in Copenhagen, Denmark is Full of Surprises

 

Either before you begin your wander or at the end of your stroll after you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Granola.

 

Granola on Værnedamsvej in Copenhagen, Denmark has a Decidedly French Feel to it
Granola on Værnedamsvej in Copenhagen, Denmark has a Decidedly French Feel to it

 

Granola is a throw back to classic ’50s style diners and everything about the restaurant has a wonderfully nostalgic feel to it.

 

Cold Drinks at Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark Are Served in '50s Style Soda Glasses
Cold Drinks at Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark Are Served in ’50s Style Soda Glasses

 

We popped in for a light lunch after spending a bit of time exploring this lovely area which is full of gourmet grocery stores and chic shops.

 

In addition to Granola, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

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Slices of Avocado on Rye Bread with Mozzarella, Grated Lemon and a Flourish of Chili Flakes at Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

The restaurant is rather small, so if you go during busy meal times, it may be tough to get a seat. Helpful Hint: Book your reservation in advance on Granola’s website.

 

Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark
Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Whether you’re in the mood for a croque monsieur with ham, cheese, tomato and a side salad for breakfast or a plate of steak frites for lunch, Granola is the place to go if you’re feeling Frenchy in Copenhagen.

 

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A Cappuccino at Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

We get depresso over bad espresso. Curious about some of the other amazing coffee spots we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite cafés around the world.

 

If you’re looking for a super cozy atmospheric spot that really makes you feel like you’re in Europe, perhaps you should try stepping inside Granola and curl up with a delicious cassoulet with duck confit for dinner.

 

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’50s Style Menus at Granola in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Granola
Address: Værnedamsvej 5
1819 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:00am to Midnight, Saturday 9:00am to Midnight, Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Phone: +45 31 31 15 36
Email: mail@granola.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK): Breakfast – 25.00 to 105.00, Lunch – 95.00 to 165.00, Salads 95.00 to 100.00, Open Faced Sandwiches 80.00 to 85.00, Desserts 55.00 to 100.00, Dinner – Snacks 45.00 to 195.00, Starters 90.00 to 195.00, Main Courses 35.00 to 220.00, Desserts 55.00 to 100.00

Move Over Noma, Danes Are Diving Into Texas Barbecue – Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen’s resident superstar restaurant Noma is currently on hiatus. (Noma is pressing pause while René Redzepi and the team prepare to unveil a new space.) This means it’s an excellent time to venture out and pull up a chair at other foodie hot spots in the city of spires. While Noma is known to snag headlines, there are a plethora of unique dining opportunities in Copenhagen that don’t require a ridiculously long wait list. From the adorable open faced sandwiches at Royal Smushi to tasty fish skin tacos at Hija de Sanchez and the ridiculously oversized BLT egg sandwiches at Bodega, it’s actually kind of hard to miss a meal in Denmark’s capital city.

 

Smoking Hot - Texas Style Barbecue at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Smoking Hot – Texas Style Barbecue at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Warpigs is one of those unexpected grub endeavors you don’t necessarily expect to stumble across when you first set out to explore a city.

 

In addition to Warpigs, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

Are we really trying to tell you that there’s such a thing as tasty barbecue in Copenhagen? Yes, really.

 

Juicy Cuts at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Juicy Cuts at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

When we first walked past Warpigs we were skeptical (I hail from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que‘s hometown and my hubby is originally from Kansas City. Needless to say, our combined barbecue bar is high.) Similar to when we stumbled across delicious Japanese style ramen at Fat Ramen in Helsinki, Finland, Warpigs totally took us by surprise.

 

Side Kick - Warpigs' Sides, Like These Burnt Ends with Baked Beans, Are Flavorful Enough to Take Center Stage in Foodie Centric Copenhagen, Denmark
Side Kick – Warpigs’ Sides, Like These Burnt Ends with Baked Beans, Are Flavorful Enough to Take Center Stage in Foodie Centric Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Warpigs is a joint effort by 3 Floyds Brewing Company and MikkellerAndrew Hroza, Warpigs’ pit master, is originally from the states and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. (Fun Fact: Prior to joining Warpigs, Hroza catered bands on tour. He’s fed both Slipknot and Van Halen while they were on the road.)

 

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Hroza teamed up with head brewer Lan-Xin Foo, a Penn State University grad, to deliver authentic Texas barbecue and American Danish style brews to Copenhagen’s trendy meat packing district.

 

Dynamic Duo - Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark Serves Serious American Style Barbecue and Beers
Dynamic Duo – Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark Serves Serious American Style Barbecue and Beers

 

Warpigs is the type of place you’re encouraged to hang out in and the space is massive. Located in an old slaughterhouse, the combined indoor/outdoor space can accommodate nearly 300 people.

 

You Are the Mac to My Cheese - A Generous Helping of the Cheesy Stuff at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
You Are the Mac to My Cheese – A Generous Helping of the Cheesy Stuff at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Just about everything at Warpigs is cooked and brewed on site in close proximity to you. Warpigs’ smokers can handle up to two tons of meat per day and the brewery has capacity for up to 250,000 liters of beer each year.

 

Big Drunk Baby and Shewolf Are Just a Few of the Offerings on Tap at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Big Drunk Baby and Shewolf Are Just a Few of the Offerings on Tap at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

The 20 taps onsite offer plenty of brew options like, “Warpigs: Watermelon Gose(t)” and “Warpigs/Voodoo: They Drew Blood First, Not Me.” For wee ones, Warpigs has Maine Root‘s handcrafted organically sweetened sodas.

 

Don't Worry, Beer Happy at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Don’t Worry, Beer Happy at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Hroza’s team smokes the meat between 12 to 14 hours and they sell out most nights (so come early if you hope of snagging your favorite cuts).

 

Variety is the Spice of Life at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Variety is the Spice of Life at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Every table at the restaurant comes equipped with yummy homemade sauces like:

  • Alabama – This creamy sauce is packed with punchy black pepper, horseradish and a bit of a vinegar.
  • Texas – A spicy sauce made with cranberries and a house lambic .
  • Kansas City – This sauce is sweet in taste with hints of allspice and clove.
  • Carolina Gold – A sweet mustard based slathering sauce.

 

You Fire Me Up - Succulent Barbecue at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
You Fire Me Up – Succulent Barbecue at Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

After a meal (or a gorging) at Warpigs, you may no longer be able to squeeze yourself into Denmark’s adorable tiny house community in Nokken, but it’ll be worth it. We’re not going to lie, these war piglets know what they’re doing.

 

Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark
Warpigs in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Warpigs
Address: Flæsketorvet 25-37
1711 Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 11:30am to 12:00am (Kitchen Closes at 10:00pm, but Continues to Serve Bar Snacks), Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 2:00am (Kitchen Closes at 10:00pm, but Continues to Serve Bar Snacks), Sunday 11:00am to 11:00pm (Kitchen Closes at 10:00pm)
Phone: +45 35 39 07 07
Email: info@warpigs.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK): Pints 50 to 75, Hugh Puppies with Pimento Cheese 75, Cheddar Cheese Pork Rinds 50, Fried Pickles with Horseradish Cream 55, Sweet or Spicy Beef Jerky 60, Smoked Buffalo Wings 1/2 Pound 75 or a Pound 125, Mac and Cheese 40 to 60, Burnt Ends and Baked Beans 50 to 75, Cole Slaw 30 to 50, Potato Salad 30 to 50, Pickles (Classic, Dill or Sweet) 20, Brisket 80 to 300, Beef Ribs 220, Hot Links 50 to 180, Spare Ribs 45 to 160, Half Chicken 100, Texas Smørrebrød 350, The General’s Mac and Cheese (Vegetarian) 125, Slice of Seasonal Fruit Pie 65, Slice of Bourbon Pecan Pie 70

 

 

 

 

Dive Into a Delicious Danish Hipster Brunch – Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark can be exhausting and we mean that in the best possible way. There’s so much incredible food to eat (we begin salivating at the thought of the delicious tacos at Hija de Sanchez and cute little open faced sandwiches at Royal Smushi) and neat architecture to check out (the tiny house community of Nokken is beyond adorable). Which is why your first square meal of the in day in Copenhagen needs to have staying power. Enter the BLT egg sandwich at Bodega. In one word, the sandwich is a beast. Bodega’s egg BLT is filling and so monstrous in size that you may have a tough time cramming it into your mouth.

 

Belly Up to the Bar at Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Belly Up to the Bar at Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

In Copenhagen bodegas are typically low ceiling dive bars where you can swig relatively cheap pints of Tuborg. If you find yourself in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighborhood in the morning hours, there is one bodega you shouldn’t hesitate to dive into for a solid breakfast and that’s Bodega.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down - A Cappuccino at Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark
A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down – A Cappuccino at Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

A Bodega breakfast is a multi hour affair which shouldn’t be all that surprising once you’ve laid eyes on the afore mentioned sandwich. From 9:00am until 2:00pm you can indulge in brunch delights like the number one (consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, jam, Greek yogurt with muesli, meatball with red onion compote, sausage, pie, pancake, fruit salad and, oh yeah, apple juice).

 

Clearly we’re big breakfast fans. Curious about some of the other crazy brekkies we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite brunch places in the world.

 

You could also try your hand at the number two (the same as number one except you’re swapping bacon and your meatball out for smoked salmon mousse and a fish cake with pickled aioli). Optionally you can go really big with a number three which includes everything mentioned above as well as coffee or tea. The bottom line is that you likely won’t need lunch or dinner after you indulge in a Bodega breakfast smorgasbord.

 

Every Morning is a Bit Butter When a Croissant is Involved - Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Every Morning is a Bit Butter When a Croissant is Involved – Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Smaller offerings like soft boiled eggs with bread, butter and cheese or a plain croissant are also options if you don’t have a massive stomach. Freshly squeezed carrot and orange juices are also available at Bodega. Breakfast menus are given to you on clipboards and the restaurant offers both indoor…

 

Bar at Night, Hip Breakfast Spot by Day - Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bar at Night, Hip Breakfast Spot by Day – Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

…and outdoor seating. Co-owned by Mikael Guldberg Bøje, Rikke Bering and Noi Creutzfeldt, Bodega opened in May of 2006.

 

In addition to Bodega, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

The trio’s love of drink, food and service shows through not only in the tasty food, but also in the little details.

 

Cozy Blankets and Warm Breakfasts Make Bodega an Easy Way to Beat Chilly Mornings in Copenhagen, Denmark
Cozy Blankets and Warm Breakfasts Make Bodega an Easy Way to Beat Chilly Mornings in Copenhagen, Denmark

The list of esteemed restaurants in Copenhagen is long (Amass, Noma, etc.), but brunching at Bodega is a big to do for any foodie who is hankering for a hefty Danish breakfast.

 

Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bodega in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Bodega
Address: Kapelvej 1
2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 8:00am to 11:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 2:00am, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00am, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Phone: +45 35 39 07 07
Email: info@bodega.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK): Coffee and a Croissant 35 (Monday Through Friday 9:00am to 11:00am), Breakfast 19 to 89, Brunch 149 to 189, Freshly Squeezed Juices 10

Life is Too Short to Wear Boring Jewelry – Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark is a country that has an abundance of both delicious food and innovative design. While foreigners may be familiar with world renowned brands like Royal Copenhagen (an iconic porcelain company) and Georg Jensen (a Danish silver design house), there is a veritable treasure trove of small design shops scattered alongside Copenhagen’s walkable streets.

 

Pastel Colored Ceramic Jewelry Sits on Shelves Inside Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark
Beautiful Baubles – A Selection of Lovely Handcrafted Jewelry from Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

One morning, while we were heading to Granola over on Værnedamsvej for brunch, we stumbled across the most beautifully hued shop called Priip. Priip’s shop and studio creates simple lovely ceramics, all of which are designed and manufactured in Denmark.

 

A Window Display at Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark Has Earrings and Little Vases on Display
Window Shopper – Petite Vases and Delicate Earrings in Priip’s Storefront in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

While you can find Priip’s designs in a handful of boutiques in Copenhagen (like BY HAND – KalejdoskopDesign Gitta Foldberg and Dina Vejling Dansk Kunsthåndværk) your best bet is to head straight to the source. Priip’s Tullinsgade location functions not only as a boutique, but also as a workshop. Often you’ll see Pia Rasmussen, Priip’s ceramicist hunkered over her work bench crafting a gorgeous pair of earrings or a bracelet.

 

In addition to Priip, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

Priip is a rare opportunity for you to interact with the artist who creates your pieces. Cheery and eager to share her craft with fellow jewelry enthusiasts, Rasmussen is happy to answer any questions you might have about her current shop (which has been open since 2008) and how her designs have evolved since she started Priip back in 2006.

 

Gold Hoop Earrings from Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark that Have White Disks with Holes in Front of Coral Colored Disks
Ear Candy – Danish Designer Priip’s Lovely Double Hole Pattern Earrings

 

Priip’s double hole pattern earrings are often made in contrasting colors like white in front of turquoise or white on top of yellow. Far from being trendy, the design itself is so timeless that you’ll likely sport them for years to come.

 

Brightly Hued Bracelets and Earrings Decorate Trays at Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark
I Like My Bracelets Like My Pancakes, Stacked – Priip’s Porcelain Beaded Bracelets Beg to be Mixed and Matched

 

If you plan on being in Copenhagen, you may want to consider taking a class with the master herself.

 

Get ready to shop ’till you drop. Here’s a list of our favorite fashion finds, places where you can shop local and support small business around the globe.

 

Rasmussen offers both a class in porcelain jewelry making and a hands on class in crafting Christmas ornaments. If you aren’t going to be in Copenhagen anytime soon, Priip offers its designs online –  handcrafted local Danish designs are just a click away.

 

The Green Sign Outside Priip as Seen from the Sidewalk in Copenhagen, Denmark
Priip in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Priip
Tullinsgade 25
1618 Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: Tuesday Through Friday Noon to 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: +45 23 70 27 11
Email: pia@priip.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK): Bracelets 225.00 to 645.00, Christmas Ornaments 260.00 to 360.00, Earrings 250.00 to 425.00, Classes 650.00 to 1,575.00

The Tale of the Open-Face Sandwich Sushi Virgin – Royal Smushi Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark

When I Googled the title for this article, I was quite pleased. No results found for, “The Tale of the Open-Face Sandwich Sushi Virgin.” Bucket list item checked off, but you, dear reader, probably clicked on this article hoping for an explanation, so let me tell you a tale.

 

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A Legend is Born – Royal Smushi Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Some tourists meandering around Strøget, Copenhagen’s main pedestrian shopping strip, might know what smørrebrød is. (Whether it’s basic or elaborately dressed, there’s no question that the open-face sandwich is basically the national dish of Denmark.) What they might not have heard of is the tale behind the iconic Danish dish. Legend has it that an entrepreneurial little girl first began selling open-face sandwiches piled upon a slab of rye bread (as a substitute for a plate) back in the Middle Ages. The King rode by and declared the girl’s title to be ‘smørrebrødsjomfru’ (open-face sandwich virgin). The problem with delicious smørrebrød is that you can’t really do a smørrebrød tasting without wasting a lot of food. Enter the entrepreneurial owners of Royal Smushi Cafe who decided to combine scrumptious smørrebrød with the compactness of sushi and, voila, smushi (petite versions of Danish smørrebrød) was born.

 

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Avocado Goes Perfectly with Just About Anything, Including Danish Smushi

 

At Royal Smushi Cafe you can order two, three or four smushies. You have eight different kinds of smushies that you can choose from. There’s a liver pate smushi and even a sol over Gudhejm option (smoked mackerel, egg yolk, herbs and radishes). For our smushi sampling we opted for an avocado smushi (avocado, pickled onions, chips, herb mayo and watercress) and a brisket smushi (horseradish, pickles and parsley). Typically you wash smørrebrød down with schnapps, but we opted for a local Humlefryd beer and a cappuccino instead.

 

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Brewtiful – A Cappuccino at Royal Smushi Cafe in Copenhagen

 

Our smushi tasting felt a bit like English tea time and Royal Smushi Cafe’s coutryard was a wonderful respite from crowded Strøget.

 

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It’s Never Too Late for a Bite of Chocolate at Royal Smushi Cafe

 

Even entering Royal Smushi Cafe is a bit of an experience in and of itself since you have to pass through a gate in order to get there.

 

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A Secret Passageway Leads to Tasty Treats and the Royal Smushi Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

You can opt to eat inside where the decor is a bit more modern…

 

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A Chirp Off the Old Block – A Colorful Flock on Display in Royal Smushi Cafe’s Gift Shop

 

…and there’s a fabulous little gift shop loaded with goodies.

 

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Someone Back Home Might Need a New Troll Doll…

 

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…Or a Giant Ball of Yarn and an Oversized Bottle of Nail Polish or Two.

 

If you do sit inside, it’s tough not to be tempted by Royal Smushi Cafe’s dessert case.

 

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Help! I’m Stranded on a Dessert Island in Copenhagen’s Royal Smushi Cafe

 

Your other option is to dine outside in Royal Smushi Cafe’s courtyard which is sandwiched between two other artisans Royal Copenhagen (known for its iconic porcelain) and Georg Jensen (the renowned Danish silver design house).

 

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Catch Your Breath in the Courtyard at Copenhagen’s Royal Smushi Cafe

 

I’d highly recommend sitting in the serene courtyard if you can nab a seat and the weather is nice. Given the prominence of smørrebrød in Danish cuisine and how artfully Royal Smushi Cafe elevates the humble open-face sandwich, it’s worth spending an hour or two with owner Lo Østergaard and her team. Consider wandering through Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen first to drink in visions tasteful Danish designs and then head over to Royal Smushi Cafe to fill your stomach with a completely different form of Danish art.

 

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Royal Smushi Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Royal Smushi Cafe
Amagertorv 6
1160 Copenhagen, Denmark
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 9:00am to 7:00pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Phone: +45 33 12 11 22
Email: info@royalsmushicafe.dk
Pricing (All in Danish Krone or DKK): Breakfast Items (Soft Boiled Egg, Eggs Benedict, Danish Beef Sandwich, etc.) 55 to 155, Two Smushi 100, Three Smushi 150, Four Smushi 195, Beer 45 to 70, Schnapps 45 to 55, Lemonade, Iced Tea and Cold Pressed Organic Juice 65

Lots of Love – Nokken’s Tiny Houses in Copenhagen, Denmark

When you head to Copenhagen, the allure of certain neighborhoods is tough to resist. There’s freewheeling Christiania, Copenhagen’s semi-autonomous commune which is known for its liberal culture…

 

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Almost Anything Goes in Christiania, Except for Photography

 

…and at the opposite end of the spectrum lie Nyhavn’s prim brightly colored houses which top nearly every visitor’s to-do list.

 

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Picture Perfect Nyhavn

 

Humble homes don’t usually make the tourist track. Which is a good thing because if you’re brave enough to wander just South of Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, you’ll be rewarded by the sight of an adorable neighborhood named Nokken.

 

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White Picket Fences are Common in the Tiny Home Community of Nokken

 

In Nokken you’re likely to spy oodles of charming Danish cottages and zero tour buses.

 

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The Teensy Estates in Nokken Often Have Fun Names

 

The first cottages sprouted up in the 1930s.

 

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Itty Bitty Property in Progress

 

Today there are over 100 individual leases in Nokken.

 

In addition to Nokken, here’s a list of other neat little local spots you might enjoy checking out in Copenhagen.

 

Not only are the petite properties visually appealing, they also promise a big reduction in building costs.

 

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Nokken’s Little Plots are all Neatly Arranged

 

With homes that measure in dozens of square feet, it’s also easy to see the allure of less vacuuming as well as lower monthly lighting, heating and electric bills.

 

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Pint Sized Pretty in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Cozy homes throughout the neighborhood often get tricked out with lawn ornaments…

 

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Cuteness Overload in a Copenhagen Yard

 

…and you’ll find loads of garden gnomes sprinkled throughout the quaint community.

 

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In Copenhagen’s Nokken, Homeowners March to the Beat of Their Own Drum

 

Instead of cowering in the shadows of giant complexes, the tiny worlds of wonder perk up what might otherwise be a dull and dreary skyline of anonymous gray.

 

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Standing its Ground – One of Nokken’s Many Itty Bitty Houses

 

Strolling through the ‘hood leaves you with the sense that each owner takes pride in their abode.

 

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Nokken’s Shed Sized Homes in Denmark

 

Limited interior space means most Nokkens spend a lot of time outdoors, so greenhouses are a common site.

 

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A Lilliputian Garden in Nokken

 

Stir craziness could become an issue, so landowners take care to make the most out of their Thumbelina-sized lawns.

 

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While walking around Nokken you’re likely to see many residents sharing a meal with family and friends at their picnic table instead of in front of a television.

 

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Small, but Mighty – Micro Gardening Skills on Display in Copenhagen

 

Nokken comes fully equipped with its own bar…

 

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The Local Watering Hole in the Tiny Town of Nokken

 

…and locals seem to willing to welcome outsiders with smiles and warm nods.

 

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The Friendly Residents of Nokken Often Wave Hello to Visitors

 

Downsizing might seem scary, but wandering along the delightful pathways in Nokken could change your mind.

 

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Not Keeping Up with the Joneses in Nokken

 

Nokken’s easily walkable neighborhood permits outsiders to take a peek at the micro-living lifestyle. Unlike apartment living, you don’t have to share walls with the folks next door. Moving into a tiny town means paring your material goods down to the bare necessities. It probably also requires forging closer bonds with your neighbors since it’s likely you’ll need to borrow an extra cup of sugar from time to time.

 

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Perhaps Less is More

 

Nokken’s mini mansions come in all different shapes and colors, but one thing that they all have in common is uniqueness.

 

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Maybe All you Need is Love… and a Bench and an Apple Tree.

 

Nokken seems to serve as a subtle reminder that you don’t have to be big and ostentatious to leave a lasting impression.

 

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A Small Fry Stands out in the Nokken Community in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Joining Nokken requires a high level of closeness whether it be with your significant other, your neighbors or the land. Little living might be too cozy for some, but it seems to suit the pretty community of Nokken perfectly.

If you’re interested in visiting the community, the corner of Artillerivej and Thorvald Borgs Gade is a great place to begin perusing Nokken. From Tivoli in Copenhagen, you can take the 250S bus and the closest stop to Nokken is Rundholtsvej (Artillerivej).

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