The food halls, in the Nørreport neighborhood, are two large glass buildings that are a foodies delight.
Inside the buildings are stalls selling all things food; fish, meats, bread, cheese, candy, wine and even kitchen tools. Mixed in with these retail stalls are small restaurant/bars. It was a perfect place to stop for lunch. At lunchtime, the food halls we pleasantly busy, when we walked through in the early evening they were very busy with people grabbing a snack and a drink after work.
Our first stop was Hallernes Smørrebrød for a few of the open faced sandwiches so popular in Denmark.
There was quite a selection of fresh sandwiches, so we got three to share; potato with mayo, onions, chives, thyme and fried onions, liver paté with bacon and pickled beets (the Danes are some of the biggest liver paté eaters in the world), and smoked herring with a raw egg yolk. They were all fantastic and full of flavors. As someone who typically eats my herring pickled, the smoked herring was really eye opening, so tasty.
Then it was time for something sweet so we headed to Agnes Cupcakes.
We had a quince tea and pear cupcake and a raspberry cheese. These were lovely, moist cupcakes with interesting flavor combinations. I've never seen a raspberry cupcake so studded with raspberries.
Many of the sides of the food halls open up completely and spill out to the plaza which is full of fruit and vegetable stands as well as picnic tables and a fire pit. I found someone serving glasses of hot glögg which was perfect on a chilly afternoon in the sun.
One place everyone told us we had to go in Copenhagen was Tivoli, an amusement park, garden, concert venue. It was closed most of the time we were there, but on our last night it was open redecorated for Halloween. On our way though, we had to stop at one of the most popular places to eat in Copenhagen, a hot dog stand. We had to see what all the fuss was about.
We order two dogs. The first was a French dog, which is basically a hot dog in the middle of a baguette. Good, but not a taste sensation. The second was a Danish specialty, the Ristet dog. A Ristet is topped with ketchup, mustard, remoulade, pickled cucumbers and fried onions. It was totally messed to eat on the go, but incredibly good. Need to make that one at home. With a good snack under our belt, we had the strength to explore Tivoli and all its lights.
We aren't really ride people, but we had a fun evening walking around people watching, drinking warm drinks, shopping in souvenir stands, and watching shows in Danish. There are tons of food options in Tivoli from high-end at the Nimb Hotel (which is attached to Tivoli) to quick family fare. We were craving noodles, so we went to Wagamama. We'd eaten at the one in London, so it wasn't new to us, but their fresh Asian cooking is always good.
Next time I'll tell you about our splurge dinner at Geranium...
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