Copenhagen: Eat and Drink!
Copenhagen - EAT & DRINK!
Aka, the start of Sonya’s Mikkeller Tour of Europe.
Madklubben Vesterbro - I ate at this place after I started walking to Warpigs from Mikkeller Bar, but then felt a little uncomfortable (it was late, I was tired, there were a few sketchy people) and headed back to the main street. I probably would have been PERFECTLY FINE. However, I was too tired to deal with harrassment in another language. Madklubben had a really tasty menu and is apparently the most popular restaurant to book at this time in Copenhagen. It was popular and I had great service at the bar. Rather large place, creative cocktail menu but I didn’t have one because I’d already had a lot of beer and decided to keep that train rolling with another one. Since I live in Chicago, I didn’t flinch at what I spent here, it was about $30 after a salad,a fish based appetizer, and a beer.
Copenhagen Street Food - This place was my favorite. All the locals were out enjoying the sun and eating and drinking on the patios. If I lived in Copenhagen I’d be here once a week. I’m sure it is really popular on Fridays after work and on the weekends. There were a few cocktail bars, a few beer vendors, and all the cuisines one could imagine. I ate Korean at the Korean Street Food vendor. The set up is an old warehouse building on what is known as Paper Island and it has been filled with food trucks. Go, you’ll love it and there are budget and expensive options here so its a crowd pleaser for a group or if you’re on an budget. I try to be.
Mikkeller Bar - My first taste of Mikkeller in Copenhagen, its a smaller location than its Nørrebro sibling but it has more “official” outdoor seating too.There’s a great mix of interesting brews on offer and I love that Mikkeller (and other bars in the Nordic countries) offer the 20 cl size for beer. Nothing is cheap, you will probably pay the equivalent of $7 plus for 20 cl of beer, but you’ll not find more unique beers anywhere either. I had three 20 cl sours and probably spent about $25.
Mikkeller and Friends - The Nørrebro location of the official Mikkeller bars in Copenhagen (Mikkeller has quite a few projects in the city). Larger space that is somewhat subterrranean but near a beautiful park and in the neighborhood that I liked so much. I had a couple of delicious sours here before heading off to do some shopping. I would say which ones but the menu is ever changing at Mikkeller so just know what type of beers you like and ask the bartenders on staff for suggestions if you’re overwhelmed by the 40 beers on tap.
Ruby Cocktail Bar - This place was suggested by my Google Trips app (which is a great app!) and I am glad that I went. It had a nice retro/throwback styled interior and the bartender on staff was dressed in suspenders and a button-down with dress pants (so kind of speakeasy style). He was friendly and extremely knowleldgable about his city and was chatty since it was fairly early and not too busy. He let me try a few different aquavits since I ordered an aquavit cocktail and didn’t know much about the liquor. I suggest stopping here for a break from the weather (no matter what it is!) and to recharge. The seating options are tables, comfy chairs, and a cozy and sunlight bar. Cocktails are about $12-$15.
Cava Bar Playa - I stopped in here to warm up before my walking tour and had a delicious glass of cava. There were some local women in there - about my age - celebrating one just getting her dream job. The man on staff was very nice and we were all chatting together at one point, from our different tables and him from the bar. The local women actually asked if I wanted to join them and had I not been going on a walking tour, I would have! They were so nice (more on the people in my next post). This bar did not have an innovative or crazy cocktails but stuck to the classics and good wine, which is fine by me! There’s an outdoor terrace with tables and heaters but on that particular day it was too windy to be outside. The bartender had to go tie everything down. My glass of wine was about $15 and I didn’t select the cheapest one.
Schønemann’s - I had to make a lunch reservation here! It is extremely popular and after dining there, I know why. The Danish open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød) are their specialty and they were amazing. I ate an appetizer one and almost all of a lunch plate one. I had herring and salmon and a Carlsberg, which is the classic Danish beer, its no Mikkeller but I didn’t need anything fancy with lunch. I would go back here! It isn’t cheap, I spent about $40, but I also ordered two in order to sample and thinking the appetizer would be small and it was not. Service here was impeccable. Honestly, it was everywhere.
Copenhagen, I love you.