Eating Out: Copenhagen

Alex Bourke visits 'probably' the best country in the world.

Eating Out: Copenhagen

Scandinavia's style and green capital, where everyone speaks English, was rated the happiest on earth by the World Happiness Report 2016, yet again. Copenhagen's copious delights include hanging out in hygge ('cosy') cafes in hipster Vesterbro or Norrebro, fashion and designer homeware shopping in car-free Stroget, riding rollercoasters in Tivoli Gardens, and astounding art and museums. While eating is pricier than back home, picnic spots abound, and you can save a packet with a Copenhagen Card, covering 73 attractions and public transport.
Gluten-free gourmets love Souls, a chic, Australian-run vegan cafe. For a blowout breakfast have an acai bowl and a stack of buckwheat pancakes. Super-healthy lunches are based around a salad of spinach, kale, watercress, rocket and cabbage, then add, for example, lentils, quinoa, potato, peas and alfalfa, and offbeat dressings like curry. In total contrast, dinners feature fast food favourites, such as burger with barbecue mushrooms, cheese, truffle dressing and sweet potato fries, or try pizza or a Viking 'meat' ball salad. Finish up with yuzu cheesecake or chocolate mud cake.
Landbageriet bakery is the home of dainty Danish pastries made mostly vegan and gluten-free with spelt flour. There are apple and cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants, carrot and banana cake, rum balls, and cookies covered in nuts and chocolate. You can also load up on rye loaves that stay good for days. Alternatively, Acacia gluten-free vegan bakery, while open much shorter hours, is also an ice cream sandwich parlour, as is the Nicecream vegan ice cream shop.
A year ago Allan Tynde made Cafe N, his Norrebro vegetarian cafe, all vegan and never looked back. The big draws are burger and fries, and the brunch plate with quinoa, bulgur wheat, green salads, hummus, tzatziki, burger, bread and fruit. There are also daily specials, such as Thai tofu and chickpea pot with sweet potato and cashew nuts, sandwiches, soups, chocolatey desserts, and a choice of organic beer and wine.

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Vegan fast food fans flock to Astrid och Aporna and the huge new GreenBurger for burgers, sweet potato fries, salads and desserts.
• For raw salads galore, burgers, pizzas, cakes and shakes, head to 100-seater SimpleRaw and three branches of 42° Raw.
• Ambrosia vegetarian yoga restaurant in Norrebro does an all-you-can-eat evening buffet and vegan cakes. Leave your shoes at the door!
Morgenstedet vegetarian cafe serves up big plates of wholefoods and salads in Christiania, the former military base squatted by self-build arty alternatives.
• At nearby Video Video vegan cafe-bar, enjoy Danish open sandwiches while playing board and video games.

Key Information

Souls
www.soulscph.dk
Landbageriet
www.land-bageriet.dk
Acacia
www.facebook.com/acaciakbh
Nicecream
Facebook: Nicecreamcopenhagen
Cafe N
www.cafe-n-2200.dk
Astrid och Aporna
Facebook: Astrid och Apornas Spiseri
GreenBurger
www.greenburger.dk
SimpleRaw
www.simpleraw.dk
42 Raw
www.42raw.com
Ambrosia
www.ambrosiayogarestaurant.dk
Morgenstedet
www.morgenstedet.dk
Video Video
www.videobar.dk
Tourist info
www.visitcopenhagen.com

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