One of the most delightful ways to immerse oneself in a country’s culture is to experience their food. We took the Copenhagen Food Tour from Viator, hands-down it was the best tour on our entire European journey. If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen you’ll be sorry if you miss the Copenhagen Food Tour. I’ve included some of the highlights below.
Our guide, Maria from FoodTours.eu, created a perfect culinary mix of Danish foods from some of the finest purveyors in Copenhagen. Maria’s extensive knowledge of food and Copenhagen culture kept the entire group engaged and salivating for more. She explained the revival of the current Scandinavian food movement and how local chefs got together to basically sign an agreement to make fabulous food using organic or locally sourced quality food items.
We began at the renown Torvehallerne indoor market with a sampling of delicacies from the island of Bornholm. (I returned later to stock up on delicious crackers and jelly. You quickly learn, there is a reward for trying new food stuffs.
In the Botanical Garden we tasted the differences in honey made from bees who worked in the garden versus the bees working urban plants.
We thoroughly schooled our palates at Aamanns with some of the most famous Danish smørrebrød on the planet. This was not just an open faced sandwich, each offering delivered layers of flavor, varying mouthfeel and always sprinkled with some form of crunch. Chef Adam Aamann’s four yummy examples left us begging for an english language cookbook.
“Our respect for the chef’s craft is a driving force. We make everthing from scratch, and of quality ingredients. We choose to pickle, braise, roast and bake ourselves. Fruits and vegetables are in season, the fish is sustainable, and our meat comes from animals that have lived a decent life in the open air. Flour and dairy products are organic.” – AamannsNørrebro Bryghus proves the craft beer movement is alive and tasty in Copenhagen. My new addiction was these tiny bite sized sausages in parmesan dust found in little glass jars atop every table.The tour provided plenty of enjoyable foodie worthy fuel for walking the streets of Copenhagen.
Every stop was fantastic but one of my favorites was DØP – The organic hot dog stand close to the Round Tower for award winning traditional and not so traditional sausages.
- Lesson one: they only call it a “hot dog” so us Americans will know what to expect, a wiener in a bun.
- Lesson two: a Danish sausage is not fatty, greasy or filled with unknown animal parts
- Lesson three: the flavors will amuse the most discerning palate
- Lesson four: a “hot dog stand” is not just a hot dog stand, this is a gourmet food explosion in a bun.
FYI: hours of search engine time after the tour did not provide an answer to how to get these fabulous sausages any place but Copenhagen, you have to go there.
Our tour returned us to Torvehallerne for our final sweet indulgence at Summerbird Chocolaterie. All I’ll say is we had some serious consideration of purchasing a separate suitcase just to bring home treats from Summerbird.
As a fairly persnickety foodie I was initially hesitant but then I realized a Copenhagen Food Tour would be an efficient way to sample a culture’s food without committing to a handful unknown restaurants. We would take this tour again without hesitation. A food tour is our new way to travel, you have my word, you will not come home hungry.