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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Copenhagen is complete without tasting the traditional Copenhagen food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Copenhagen to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Leverpostej: liver pate.
  • Medisterpølse: thick, spicy sausage made of minced pork stuffed into pig intestines.
  • Pickled Herring: most cured herring uses a two-step curing process. Initially, herring is cured with salt to extract water.
  • Rollmops: pickled herring fillets, rolled around slices of onion or other filling.
  • Rød Pølse: a type of boiled sausage.
  • Rullepølse: rolled up pork belly, flattened out and spread with herbs and seasoning.



Main courses


Fast food

Street food

  • Falafel: a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.
  • Hamburger: sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat placed inside a sliced bread roll.
  • Hot Dog: sausage served in a sliced bun.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Akvavit: spirit flavoured with spices and herbs.
  • Carlsberg: beer.
  • Eggnog: sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk or cream, sugar, beaten eggs and liquor.
  • Gammel Dansk: bitters liquor.
  • Glögg: wine, juice, spices and fruit.
  • Kirsebælikør: traditional Danish cherry liqueur.
  • Mjød: alcoholic beverage produced by fermenting a solution of honey and water.
  • Punsch: alcoholic drink made of arrack, neutral spirits, sugar, water, and various flavorings.

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