For pizza lovers, burger fiends and raw advocates, Copenhagen had a lot of vegan options to suit everyone’s palette. Here is my vegan guide to Denmark’s capital to share with you what I ate, where I ate it and how you can enjoy it too!
– Eating Out –
Neighbourhood For Pizza
Location: Istedgade 27 & Frederiksborggarde
Price: £££ – 145DKK
Recommended by numerous friends, Neighbourhood was our first stop when arriving in the Danish capital. They have a number of branches across the city that offer eccentric cocktails and a pizza menu with fabulous toppings. Much to my delight amongst the meaty pizzas there were a few vegan and vegetarian options. I tried the Almond Peas, a tomato-less base with crumbled almond ‘ricotta’, smoked onions, snap peas and truffle oil. It was garnished with handfuls of rocket which complimented the toppings perfectly. It was pretty darn tasty and a delicious alternative to the traditional vegan cheese and mock meat variety!
Naturbageriet For Pastries
Location: Frederiksborggade 29
Price: £ (140DKK-240DKK)
The Danish pastry Gods had listened and answered our prayers with Naturbageriet, a vegan friendly bakery. It is located not far from the brilliant Torverhallerne in the Indre By district. As soon as you set your eyes upon the window display, you will be drooling at the selection. From chocolate brownies and cakes to croissants and cinnamon swirls, they had it all! The showstopper was the warm, sticky and sweet cinnamon swirl, so delicious we went back for a second. We also tried the chocolate brownie which tasted more like a dense savoury cake, a far cry from the traditional western types we often eat. Nonetheless it was a wholesome and pleasant alternative and we went back for more pastries on the following day.
Kalaset For Sunday Brunch
Location: Vendersgade 16 Copenhagen
Located not far from Naturabageriet lay Kalaset, a quirky vegan friendly basement cafe. The outdoor seating and relaxed vibe made the place all the more appealing. Eccentric decor of old television sets and discarded record players scattered the walls whilst mismatched furniture claimed the seating arrangements. The decor and menu was inspired by the owner’s Grandmother who loved to cook and did so with such magic. When we visited we ordered from the Brunch menu. I chose the Kongens Have, a chilli sin carne dish served on fresh sourdough with sliced avocado, grilled vegetables and fresh salad. It was packed full of flavour and wholesome; just what my stomach needed!
Paper Island For Street Food
Location: Papirøen, 1436 Copenhagen
You cannot visit Copenhagen without venturing to their very own street food market; Paperøen. It is more commonly known as Paper Island named after the Danish paper store it once was. Now, it is home to an abundance of street food vendors, kitsch bars and coffee trucks to keep your tastebuds tingling. There were many vegan options on offer; try raw cakes, juices and salads at Root Food, indulge in a falafel wrap at Fala Fala or dip your toes in traditional Columbian cuisine at the vegan burger joint Latienda. We sampled the latter and indulged in the Happy Vegan Burger; an organic quinoa patty with homemade vegan mayo, beetroot sprouts and chilli salsa and the Pulled Vegan Burger; marinated herby Seitan with basil vegan mayo and guacamole. The combination of flavours were delicious and bursting with wholesome ingredients that make you feel light and content. You can have yours with spicy plantain chips and extra guacamole if you wish. If only this was available in the UK!
Friends & Brgrs For Fast Food
Location: Vimmelskaftet 47, 1161
If you are looking for affordable, fast and darn right tasty, then Friends and Brgrs is the place to go! The clean and minimalist burger joint is situated on the main high street in the centre of Copenhagen. Upon the meaty menu lay the solo vegan burger; a homemade patty in a freshly baked Finnish bun topped with salad and a caramelised onion vegan aioli. Hands down it was the best vegan burger I have ever tasted! We eyed up another couples fries and boy do we regret not indulging in a portion for ourselves.
DØP For Vegan Hotdogs
Location: DØP, Købmagergade 52, 1150
This curb side organic hot dog stand has won numerous awards for its delicacies. Whether you like your sausage in a bun, served with mashed roots or even kale, your tastes will be catered for at DØP. Amongst the wide variety of meat Sausages there is the vegetarian dog made from Tofu. I chose the traditional roasted hot dog with mustard, ketchup, pickles and crispy onion. The flavour combination is almost nostalgic, much like the authenticity of the brine-like hot dog taste without the processed meats. This is a must-visit when exploring the capital and makes a great late lunch or afternoon pick me up.
Paleo For Delicious Coffee
Location: Torvehallerne Market, Hall No. 1, Rømersgade 18
Paleo is a small food stand located in the Torvehallerne market. Although it primarily serves food from a cave man’s diet heavy in meat, fish and vegetables, it also caters for vegans. On the menu you will find vegan salads, raw juices and protein smoothies. We stopped by for coffee where I chose a creamy almond latte which was nutty and delicious. They have many locations across the city which make clean and healthy eating easy for those on the go.
The Organic Boho restaurant looked incredible. Unfortunately we did not get time to stop by but did stare in awe at the 100% vegan and organic menu. They serve delicious breakfast bowls bursting with fresh fruit and nutrients, nutty falafel wraps, homemade burgers, smoothies and even rainbow lattes! Check out their Instagram to get your stomach rumbling.
– Eating In –
Although pricey, eating out in Copenhagen as a vegan was easy. Eating in on the other hand proved to be more difficult. Aside from buying highly priced fresh fruit, vegetables and grains, there was not much to offer in the way of quick and easy vegan food. Unlike restaurants providing menus in English, many products in the local supermarkets did not provide a translation. We visited our local supermarket Føtex to see if we could get our hands on vegan friendly snacks, dairy-free milk and cereal. After some intensive searching we found a natural soya milk and a vanilla and berry museli with added crispy puffs made of oats and sweet colourful blueberries. Vegan ice cream, Katje’s Liquorice sweets and Oreos were amongst the finds but no vegan alternatives to cheese, meats or dairy products could be sourced. We did visit Irma, another supermarket that did have a frozen vegan range of falafel bites, Quorn products and veggie burgers. In the end, we decided against eating in as it worked out more cost effective to eat out.
We did however see Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream tubs on many a billboard – a step in the right direction for Veganism!
These are my favourites vegan places I discovered in Copenhagen. Have you visited any?