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Shan's ultimate guide to eating your way through Copenhagen

Shan's ultimate guide to eating your way through Copenhagen

Some things I am a huge fan of:

  1. Dogs.

  2. Writing lists.

  3. The smell of coffee brewin.

  4. Nicknames.

  5. List making.

  6. Biking to School.

  7. Making lists.

Yep, HUUGE list gal. I have lists for everything running in my notes tab – groceries, things I often forget, friend’s birthdays and favorite candies, and most importantly: Bucket Lists

Naturally, the first thing I did once I learned I'd be kickin’ it in Cope for a semester was make a bucket list of parks, coffee shops, landmarks, and restaurants to try. I've loved steadily checking things off as I explore and I'm always biking past cool new spots that immediately find their way onto the list.

I am going to compile a few different bucket lists, so let me know what you would want me to write about next. Without further ado, here is my first (and the obviously most important) list of must-sees.

Drum roll please...

Shan's Ultimate Guide to eating your way through Copenhagen

Each restaurant title is linked to Google Maps to make it easier to find these gems :) As always, feel free to ask me alllll the questions, and share your thoughts by filling out a contact form here, and good luck explorin’!!

Paludan Café 

  • category: Café

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

This place unashamedly reminded me of something out of Harry Potter. As you walk in, you are greeted by books upon books upon books lining the floor to the ceiling and the coziest little nooks to curl up with a yummy pastry and a good read.  A must see if you are looking for a cozy study spot or a fun place to grab dinner after class. 

Living Room Cafe 

  • category: coffee shop

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

The most hygge of hygge coffee shops. Located just down the street from DIS, the Living Room has some bomb smoothies, quality coffee, and a candlelit basement full of oversized armchairs and mismatched couches. A great spot to catch up with a friend, or sit and read for a while in this quiet and cozy sanctuary.

Democratic Coffee 

  • category: coffee shop

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

GUYS. Please, do yourself a favor and get a croissant from this heavenly dwelling. Chocolate, almond, or plain, they are baked fresh all day long right in front of your watering mouth infusing the entire café (and library adjacent to it) with the scent of buttery goodness. My friends and I have unanimously dubbed them the best croissants in the world, and although I have only tried the plain croissant, the chocolate is next on my hit list. 

Next Door Cafe

  • category: café

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

Y’all this place is FUN. I met a friend here for lunch and was expecting a quiet coffee shop, but was happily surprised by the eclectic decorations, vibrant staff, and tiny tables. Probably not the best place for doing work or reading, but an incredible spot to enjoy a quick lunch or breakfast with friends. There is a student discount on drinks which is always a treat, and the food is very reasonably priced. I got a salad which was yum, but I saw another customer enjoying some pancakes that looked incredible as well… get you a coffee shop that can do both.

The Coffee Collective 

  • category: coffee shop

  • price range: $

  • location: multiple locations ayyee

Named one of the most hipster coffee shops in Cope, this trendy hang-out leaves me nostalgic for my constantly trendy and caffeinated Nashville home. With multiple locations around the city – including a booth in Torvehallern – you won’t need to go far to find a delicious cup of joe. Their menu sports the classic caffeinated beverages you’d hope for, but they also have coffee kombucha, coffee sodas, and an incredible looking affogato. Huge fan of this spot. 

Souls 

  • category: restaurant (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: mutliptle locations ayyee

Probably one of the yummiest veggie meals I have had in Copenhagen so far! Everything on the menu is vegan and delicious. My friend Julia and I went for dinner when she was visiting from Madrid, but I am def coming back for brunch sometime soon to try their renowned pancakes.

p.s. Happy Hour deal = two drinks for 100 DKK…

Yellow Rose 

  • category: café (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

When keeping coziness, expenses, deliciousness, and aesthetic into account – nothing compares to Yellow Rose. With an entirely vegan menu that won’t break the bank, Yellow Rose is my new fave spot to relax with a coconut milk late and have a moment of hygge. Not too far from DIS, this veggie nook offers student discounts and is a great place to grab lunch between classes or snatch a delicious vegan cookie for the road. 

Hope Bar 

  • category: causal lunch (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: city center

One of the first lunch spots I found near DIS, and one of my absolute faves. Their menu consists of delicious rainbow bowls and a yummy vegan burger. I have tried almost everything on the menu – including the matcha latte *heart eyes* - and always left feeling happy and full. The owners are so kind, and there is a 20% student discount!

SimpleRaw

  • category: restaurant (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $$

  • location: city center

LOVE this spot! I came here on a solo adventure one of my first few days here and got the brunch plate (because I am the most indecisive person, and the entire menu looked amazing). The brunch plate came with a ginger shot, six spring rolls, an acai bowl, a carrot seed cracker with parsley spread, a mini avocado toast, and the best vegan GF cake I have had in a hot minute. Pro tip: sit outside and watch the world unfold in the cozy square that it's tucked under

Landbageriet

  • category: bakery (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

An almost entirely gluten-free and vegan bakery located right near Norreport station - huge win for all you gluten free-bees. I stumbled upon this gem amid an afternoon hunger-kick and got two pastries which were both nibbled up in no time. I tried a really tasty raspberry bar situation (that my description is not doing it justice) and an amazing brownie that was super cakey and not too sweet. Everything here looked amazing, and I will 100p be back in the near future.

Skt Peders Bageri

  • category: bakery

  • price range: $

  • location: city center

You already heard me rave about these cinnamon rolls here. Delicious, doughy, sugary and only 17 DKK – need I say more?

Cafe Healthy

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  • category: quick lunch spot (vegan and gluten free options)

  • price range: $

  • location: Nørrebro

Honestly the best sandwich I have had in a LONG time. I mean c'mon people, just look at that thing. Tucked on the cutest little corner in Nørrebro, these super fresh and equally cheap noms are not to disappoint! Sandwiches are made to order - warm or cold - for only 55 DKK and the yummiest gluten-free bread for only 10 DKK extra. 

Istid

  • category: dessert (vegan options)

  • price range: $

  • location: Nørrebro

The only thing trendier than Istid's fancy nitrogen ice cream is their insta-worthy interior decor. Reminiscent of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (where my Nashville peeps at??) These frozen treats are made from the best ingredients and look cute while doin' it too.  I tried the vegan option, and was a huge fan. 

Street Food

Something I have loved about Cope’s food culture is these incredible street food markets! Each one has a unique collection of cuisines – ranging from Indian to brisket and everything in between. Located all over the city – they are sure to satisfy everyone in your crew and make for a super fun night with friends. Here are some of my faves:

Torvehallerne 

  • category: street food (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: city center

Dubbed the Glass Market, this gem is located just off of Nørreport station and has some super yummy lunch options. Some of my faves include Paleo, the Coffee Collective, and Grød

Reffen 

  • category: street food (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: Refshaleøen

A bit of a hike to get to, but really worth the trip. Perched right on the waterfront, you’ll find a community of abandoned storage containers transformed into a colorful collection of delicious bites and artisan shops.

Broens Gadekøkken

  • category: street food (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: Nyhavn / Christianshavn

Take the quick walk over the bridge at Nyhavn to find this tasty gem. Boasting some Copenhagen favorites like Gasoline Grill, California Kitchen, and Grød, this place is sure to hit the spot.

Tivoli Food Hall 

  • category: street food (vegan and gluten-free options)

  • price range: $ to $$

  • location: city center

Whether you are spending your day at the Gardens or simply looking for a bite to eat, Tivoli is a haven for hungry bellies. A great array of options from tacos, burgers and pizza, to smørrebro, salads, and sushi.

 

feeling hungry yet? I know I am...

happy snackin' my dudes,

Shan 

 

 

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