Travel: a long weekend in Copenhagen

Welcome to a new area of The Secret Spatula: travel! If you’re anything like me, your holidays will revolve around seeking out the best local food offerings. A recent trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen was no exception. My partner, James, and I spent the early May bank holiday weekend walking for miles around Copenhagen, taking in the sights and sampling some fantastic food.

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We were staying in the lovely Hotel Babette Guldsmeden – a great base from which to explore the city. Almost all of the food and drink in their bar and restaurant is organic and, where possible, locally sourced – including all their delicious beers and ales.

Copenhagen street food

Once we’d settled in, one of our first stops was Copenhagen Street Food – an indoor street food market boasting a huge range of stalls serving food from around the world, from Danish smørrebrød to Korean fried chicken to gnocchi. Heaven!

We decided to kick off with the pulled duck from Duck It, having been given a free sample of their meltingly tender meat and finding ourselves wanting more! It was delicious, if a little messy to share.

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Next up: a sausage in a bun. Excuse the photo – we were halfway into dividing the bun in half (more mess) by the time I remembered to take a picture. I’m not sure what the name of the stall was, but their wares were good – two hearty sausages smothered in pesto, cheese, salad and sauces.

Sausage bun

We were almost stuffed by the time we placed our last order, at Bulko – Korean street food. We went for a plate of fried chicken with spicy sauce. Thanks to James for being an exemplary hand model in the photo below. The fried chicken wasn’t bad, but paled in comparison to the mouthwateringly good fried chicken now on offer in London (try Breddos if you haven’t already – unreal!).

Korean fried chicken

We enjoyed Copenhagen Street Food and would recommend it to fellow food-lovers visiting the city. We’re spoilt when it comes to the quality of street food in London, with the likes of Street Feast, but Copenhagen Street Food certainly rose to the challenge in terms of choice, location and atmosphere.

Copenhagen Street Food

So, what else did we enjoy about Copenhagen? The plethora of green spaces. Gorgeous architecture. The focus on organic and responsibly sourced produce. Fascinating history. Friendly locals. The colours! Friendly little touches, like guerilla crochet; the fact that someone had chalked the word ‘beautiful’ on the pavement here and there around the city; stumbling across this mini farmyard scene by someone’s front door:

Mini farmyard scene

Our next trip is to Norway in August. Please do get in touch if you have recommendations – foodie or otherwise – for Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and anywhere in between!

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