Welcome to the country obsessed with rye bread! Rye bread is a staple food in many Danish homes and has been for many, many, many years. In fact, the obsession is ongoing with rye bread puddings, rye bread chocolate snacks, rye croissants, rye this, rye that… and why not!? It’s healthy and filling.
But perhaps most importantly, as a fixture in traditional Danish cuisine, rye bread provides the foundation for the open-faced sandwich, or smørrebrød. Typically slathered with butter and topped with meat, fish, or cheese, smørrebrød can be consumed the classic old-fashioned way or with a more modern twist. But no matter your style, if you want to give this beloved national treasure a try, here’s your guide to Copenhagen‘s best of the open-faced sandwiches.
Schønnemann on Hauser Plads 16
Even though getting a table can be difficult, this incredible establishment warrants an introduction. Open for lunch, historic Schønnemann only serves homemade produce. Fresh ingredients, friendly service, and passion ensures lucky dinners the ultimate traditional smørrebrøds experience.
Aamans on Øster Farimagsgade 10-12
Smørrebrød with a modern twist has become so popular that Adam Aaman expanded his smørrebrød concept to New York. On Øster Farimagsgade, you can either take your smørrebrød to go, or visit the restaurant next door, which offers delicious variations that will surely redefine your notion of “sandwich.”
Orangeriet on Kronprinsessegade 13
Open for both lunch and dinner, Orangeriet can boast of a lot more than just a beautiful location. For lunch, classic smørrebrød with a modern attitude can be purchased and enjoyed in Kongens Have for the price of most café meals. The venue also comes with a Bib Gourmand recommendation.
Tivolihallen on Vester Voldgade 91
As one of the oldest establishments in Copenhagen, Tivolihallen’s décor and dishes are true to their historic roots. Dedicated to Danish “grandmothers,” it will provide an authentic insight to traditional Danish cuisine, which still remains popular with the local population.
Palæ Bar on Ny Adelgade 5
Usually famous for its beer and relaxed atmosphere after a long workday, the establishment also serves traditional lunch. Step inside this old-fashioned and friendly venue, ask for food, and head straight out to the kitchen to customise your meal. No fuss, just old-fashioned lunch.
Th. Sørensen on Amagerbrogade 41
A little far on foot, but easily accessible if you are visiting Christiania, anyway. Th. Sørensen offers a decent piece of smørrebrød for the humble price of DKK 13 and upwards. All the classics are there, including hot lunch snacks. There a very few tables, so this venue is mainly for take-away purposes.
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