Smørrebrød (roughly “smuhr-bruth”) literally means “butter and bread,” but on top of the bread you’ll find smoked salmon, piles of prawns, generous slices of roast beef, or some other topping. Though the sandwich is easy to find in Copenhagen, some favorite places include the Almanak at the Standard (shown on the map here), on the Copenhagen harbor front, and the more traditional Schønneman. While the sandwich may be one of Denmark’s most famous dishes, the culinary choices range from what has often been described as the best restaurant in the world, the acclaimed Noma, to the hot dogs that are sold from pølsevogns throughout the city. (Forget your preconceptions of the lowly hot dog, the Danish version is organic, all natural, and beech smoked.)
You can create your own tasting menu of Danish cuisine by wandering the 60 stalls at Torvehallerne Market, near the Nørreport Station, or the food trucks at the Copenhagen Street Food Market, open daily in the summer and on weekends the rest of the year. If you want to combine some sightseeing with a stellar culinary experience, ascend to the Tårnet (that’s Danish for “tower”) restaurant, in (appropriately) Copenhagen’s tallest tower, atop the Christiansborg Palace. Your contemporary Danish meal will be served with incomparable city views. Finally, there’s Noma, renowned as the restaurant that put Nordic cuisine on the map, thanks to Chef René Redzepi’s ingenious dishes.