Hot dogs are a staple of the Danish street food culture. The Copenhagen cityscape would not be the same without the small white and red carts scattered about on public squares or near metro and train stations, and Danes love to enjoy a hot dog on the go.
And, as any Dane will tell you (and I can confirm), no hot dog tastes better than the one enjoyed at 2am on your way home from a night out, washed down with a Cocio chocolate milk! [Yep, the Danes might have discovered the cure for hangovers.]
But not all hot dogs are created equal. In recent years, with the growing street food movement and a trend of going back to the roots, the classic Danish “pølse” has gotten a makeover as well. More and more specialty hot dog carts are popping up, serving delicious hot dogs with fresh ingredients, homemade sausages, creative toppings, and delicious sauces.
On the list of things to eat in Copenhagen, hot dogs are definitely near the top. So without further ado, here’s my guide on where to get your hot dog fix in Copenhagen!
John’s Hot Dog Deli
John’s Hot Dog Deli makes some of the most delicious hot dogs in the city. The classic cart doesn’t look any different from most of the others, but there’s some serious flavor hiding behind the unassuming facade, and you’ll soon realize that John’s hot dogs have not much in common with your average Copenhagen street dog, beside the name and the general anatomy. It starts with the bread, which is grainier and more sturdy than the classic hot dog buns. The sausages are homemade, thicker, and delicious, and John’s is famous for their wide selection of hot sauces, which you should slather generously on your hot dog. Note that they are only parked in front of the Central Station every other week, so make sure to check their Facebook page.
Bernstorffsgade, 1704 København (in front of Central Station) | classic hot dog DKK 27
Pølsekompagniet, the sausage company, was founded in 2012 with the idea of enhancing the Danish hot dog culture with new and exciting flavors from the French, Italian, or Moroccan cuisine. Their hot dogs aren’t the biggest ones around, but they make for a great snack or light lunch with their delicious homemade sausages and creative toppings. The classic Street Food Dog comes topped with fried peppers, onions, spicy mayo, parsley pesto, and Caribbean sauce. You can find them in front of Torvehallerne and at Copenhagen Street Food.
in front of Torvehallerne & at Copenhagen Street Food | hot dog DKK 40
Harry’s Place is a true Copenhagen treasure, situated deep in Nørrebro. They are famous for their large, homemade sausage, the “børge”, which is served the classic way – with bread and condiments on the side – and with a super hot spice mix for dipping, called “krudt”, which translates to gunpowder. The sausage is one of the best ones I’ve tried! They even sell it raw for you to take home and throw on the grill. Though this isn’t technically a hot dog, it simply couldn’t be missing from the list.
Nordre Fasanvej 269, 2200 København N | classic pølse with bread DKK
Famous for their Danishes, kringles, and other sweet treats, Andersen Bakery serves the arguably prettiest hot dog in Copenhagen – and it’s delicious and huge! The “Great Dane” is a classic hot dog, served in a soft bun with ketchup and mustard, and topped with onions and pickles. This is a big hot dog, and really a meal of its own!
Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København V (by Tivoli side entrance) | large hot dog DKK 50
EDIT: As of June 2017, Andersen Bakery’s location in Tivoli is closed permanently. A new location will open in Islands Brygge in August 2017.
Den Økologiske Pølsemand
Den Økologiske Pølsemand, or “døp” for short, is an organic hot dog cart parked at the foot of the Round Tower. Their selection is what you’d expect from a classic Danish “pølsevogn”, with the added benefit that everything’s organic and they have a huge variety of sausages, including a goat sausage, spicy beef sausage, and even a vegetarian option. I also love their bread, which is whole wheat and delicious. I highly recommend a stop there if you find yourself on a shopping stroll through the inner city.
Amagertorv 31, 1160 København | classic hot dog DKK 39
The “Flyer Grill” made this list mainly due to its unusual location. You’ll have to make the trip all the way out to Kastrup, though, since Flyvergrillen, as the name suggests, is located right next to one Copenhagen Airport’s busiest runways. Enjoy your pølse while watching planes taxi and take off – you might even catch the Emirates A380, if you’re lucky!
Amager Landevej 290, 2770 Kastrup | classic hotdog DKK 30
Where’s your favorite place for hot dogs? Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below!