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10 Classic Danish Food and Drinks to Try: Tastes of Denmark

July 23
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    Experience nordic cuisine, with some dishes dating back to the Viking era. Denmark has become a foodie central with the growing number of Michelin-star restaurants in Copenhagen adding new flare to traditional nordic dishes. Be sure to try these 10 classic Danish food and drinks during your visit to Denmark.


    Open sandwiches. The base is usually dark rye bread spread with butter and then topped with an assortment of meats, veggies, sauces, and basically anything you can imagine.


    Danish mulled wine! This drink is served in either red or white wine topped with nuts and dried fruit. In the cup will be a spoon to eat while you drink. Gløgg is a big part of the Danish Christmas season.

    White Gløgg | Christmas in Denmark | What to Drink in Copenhagen


    Danish meatballs! Often eaten with potatoes or served on top of a Smørrebrød.


    Yep, you read that correctly. Hotdogs! Danish hotdogs are healthier than American hotdogs. They’re made with no chemicals and little to no fat. You can add a variety of toppings and have the bun served in the traditional form or in the bun with the top of the roll cut off, similar to pigs in a blanket.

    Carlsberg Beer

    Taste one of the leading beers in the world, created and founded in Copenhagen. You can even take a tour of the facility and visit the headquarters while enjoying a cold one.


    One of Denmark’s national dishes, this meal is a classic during the Christmas holiday season and consists of fried or roasted pork with bay leaves, clove, and boiled potatoes with spices.

    Pickled Herring

    I’ll be honest, I did not try this dish since I don’t eat fish. However, it has been on menus dating back to the Viking era so it is a popular favorite among locals. The pickled herring is most often served on rye bread and accompanied by bay leaves, onion salad, and eggs.

    Danish Hotdog | What to Eat in Copenhagen: 10 classic Danish food and drinks


    While the coffee is delicious, going to a cafe is more for the embracement of Danish hygge with coziness and happiness.


    As a city with a rich history in fishing, fresh salmon is found on or in almost every dish. A big local favorite.


    Another local recommendation- Fishcakes consist of A mix of white fish, onion, parsley, lemon, salt and pepper, they are usually served with cucumber and a Danish remoulade. Don’t knock it before you try it.

    These 10 classic Danish food and drinks capture the essence of Denmark’s culinary heritage. Delight in the flavors and traditions of this rich cuisine, and embark on a delicious journey through Denmark’s gastronomic wonders. If you’re planning a visit to Denmark, check out my complete travel guide to maximize your visit!

    Interested in traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark? Check out my complete Travel Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark!
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