If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll probably have noticed that last week I jetted off to Copenhagen for a little holiday. This post is already pretty photo- and information-heavy, so I thought I’d split up my adventures into two posts; in this first city guide I’ll tell you all about the fantastic food & drink I discovered whilst in Copenhagen, and the second installment will be all about what to see and do in Denmark’s capital. Oh, and don’t forget to watch my Copenhagen vlog to see some more of my trip!
Höst. From the Pinterest-worthy interiors to the never-ending courses of delicious food, this was the perfect introduction to modern Nordic dining. The restaurant is full of leafy green plants weaving inbetween the tables, and the understated Scandi-style furniture and rustic decor is beautiful. I had delicious Norwegian lobster tails served with pickled carrots & sea buckthorn, followed by ribeye steak with shredded cabbage, pea shoots and squid ink crisps. There were lots of complimentary taster courses too, including blackened potatoes with salmon mousse as we perused the menu and some b-e-a-utiful scallops with cucumber and cress as a pre-starter. Thumbs up!
Oliver & the Black Circus. On our last night, we treated ourselves to the tasting menu which included four courses, a cocktail to start and a glass of wine to match each dish. A relatively new restaurant, Oliver & the Black Circus offers a casual approach to fine dining with cosy interiors, unusual flavour combinations and, as the menu says, the invitation to “be weird together”. I opted for scallops with garlic cream, monkfish soup with coriander & watercress, beef tenderloin and then white chocolate mousse with chocolate & strawberry crystals. The wines complimented each course brilliantly, and we enjoyed the unusual carrot, sea buckthorn & elderflower cocktail of the day too.
Cock’s & Cows. For a more casual, but every bit as tasty, dining experience, we loved Cock’s & Cows. Very similar in style to the burger restaurants that are super popular in the UK at the moment, there were plenty of burgers to choose from which were a bit more interesting than your average takeaway. I went for the Zé Brazil beef burger with fried buffalo mozzarella and chilli mayo with a side of salt & vinegar fries. Word to the wise: the portions of fries are huge, so definitely share (there were three of us and two portions would’ve been more than enough)!
Strangas. Known as a “dessert boutique”, Strangas is a haven for cake lovers. We visited for breakfast so sadly had to steer ourselves away from the beautiful (and no doubt delicious) cakes, cheesecakes and macarons behind the counter, and instead opted for some Danish pastries. I had a lovely vanilla and raspberry pastry which was still warm from the oven – heaven! You can takeaway (or “cakeaway”…) or sit in and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautifully decorated conditori. We even chatted to the owner, Nikolaos Strangas, who was reminiscing with us about his time working in Glasgow a few years back!
Gilt. Hidden away behind a windowless facade and a heavy black door, Gilt is the sort of place you could easily walk past and not know it was there. With a secret speakeasy feel, there’s vintage furniture, dark & moody lighting and, of course, potent and delicious cocktails. I chose a Barbarer cocktail which was a mix of rhubarb, rosemary, vodka and… some other things in Danish that I can’t remember. As with everywhere we visited, the service was very friendly and laid back (we visited midweek so it was very quiet, and the bartender asked us to keep an eye on things for 5 minutes whilst he popped to the shop next door for some more limes!).
Café Munter. With eating and drinking notoriously expensive in Copenhagen, when we noticed a sign for “2 cocktails for 100kr” we couldn’t say no. Located on a lovely little side street full of independent shops, we sipped our mojitos outside surrounded by blankets and fairy lights. We all had a little chuckle as munter means something very different in Scotland, but in Danish it means “cheerful”. Cute!
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Let me know where you’d recommend for eating and drinking!