A Sunday stroll through Kødbyen (and a pizza favorite)

After what felt like an eternity of grey, rainy, windy days, I woke up on Sunday to rays of sunshine boasting into the apartment, and the sky was blue as can be. So after a quick breakfast of home-baked mini brioches from the brunch I hosted the day before (mmmmh!), I grabbed my camera, wrapped myself tightly into my fluffy scarf and coat, and headed out to Vesterbro. I was going to meet a friend for lunch, but decided to use some extra time on the way there for a stroll through the trendy Meatpacking District (“Kødbyen” in Danish, which literally means “meat city”!). It was a really beautiful day, with the icy cold, crisp fresh air and the sun reflecting off of the windows. Kødbyen, bustling with life on a weekday afternoon and pretty much every night of the week, was only slowly waking up, with a couple of early birds jogging, biking or strolling on Halmtorvet, enjoying the first coffee and cigarette of the day on a lonely chair next to a building, or digging into a delicious brunch plate at Café Mandela. Here are some impressions.




And while I’m at it, let me introduce you to one of my favorite places for pizza in Copenhagen: Mother! Located smack in the middle of Kødbyen, the restaurant has a low-key, laid-back vibe. Its interior is true to the industrial setting outside, but made cozy with loads of candles, long wooden tables and a very cool wall installation. I’ve mentioned them in my favorite brunch spots (I mean, pizza for brunch - hellooo?! Yes please!) and they don’t fall short on dinner, either!

Their menu is nothing crazy, just solid, down-to-earth pizza deliciousness. Salame, bufala, parmesan, you’ll find it all right there, piled onto a delicious crust topped with a classic tomato sauce… I could eat one right now!

My go-to pizza is the Campagnola, with juicy cherry tomatoes, tiny balls of mozzarella and a generous couple of handfuls of rucola. Some olive oil drizzled on top - perfection!

If you - like me - are a dessert person, you’ll be delighted by Italian classics like tiramisu and affogato, or you choose the creamy panna cotta (my personal recommendation: go with the orange sauce!), which bascially melts in your mouth!

Finally, probably their most instagrammed dessert: a calzone, filled with Nutella and ricotta cheese! This is definitely one to share, as it’s almost the size of a full-blown pizza, but definitely worth a try.

What’s your favorite place to have dinner or enjoy a cup of coffee at Kødbyen?

Beef me up, Scotty: Five great burger places in Copenhagen

I love burgers! Do you, too? If so, you’ve come to the right place! I’m on a constant exploring mission to find delicious burgers all around Copenhagen, and I have a couple more on my “to try” list. But for now, here are five of my favorite burger places! What are yours? Which ones did I miss or should I try next? Share in the comments below!


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What can I say, Halifax is my favorite burger place in Copenhagen. The variety they offer simply can’t be beat - build your own burger with a bun (classic or whole grain), patty (classic beef, chicken or a vegetarian option of either chickpea or green pea patties), style, sides and sauces. The possibilities are endless! My personal favorite is the Mexican style burger with guacamole and a spicy salsa, for which I like to choose the green pea patty. Another great combination is the Tokyo burger, topped with an Asian coleslaw and a spicy miso sauce - I recommend the chicken for this. Their homemade remoulade sauce is absolutely fantastic!

Four locations in the city (Trianglen Østerbro, Nørreport, Forum Frederiksberg, and city center) - burgers DKK 120-140 (incl. sides and dips) - takeaway and delivery - halifax.dk

Vesterbro’s Originale Burgerrestaurant


Located in an old sauna, this place on funky Istedgade is definitely worth a visit. Great burgers, I recommend the classic “Den Originale” with cheddar and bacon. Major plus in my book: they have curly fries! I don’t know why, but they just taste so much better than their boring, straight cousins. They also make their own ketchup, which is absolutely fantastic.

Istedgade 34-36, Vesterbro - burgers DKK 85-89, side orders DKK 15-35 - vb-burgers.dk

Haché Gourmet Burgers

With two restaurants in Copenhagen, Haché have definitely made a name for themselves and their tasty burgers. Their Nørreport restaurant has a sort of industrial, low-key charme, but the friendly staff makes up for what some might perceive as a lack of coziness. Their burgers are prime, with limousine beef patties and great homemade sauces. The barbecue burger is highly recommended. They are also famous for their deep-fried Mars bars, but I have to say, I’m not a fan. They have special lunch offers, too. (see my full review here)

Two locations (Nørreport, Valby) - burgers DKK 100, side orders DKK 35 - takeaway and delivery - hache.dk

Cocks & Cows

The - admittedly unusual - name of the two restaurants stands for cocktails and burgers, which is what they are known for. I’ve only been in the one on Gammel Strand, which I absolutely loved. I really liked the atmosphere - you’re seated either in American-style booths along the wall, or at one of the long massive wooden tables with benches. Their cocktails are delicious and quite strong, and the burgers are oh-so-nom! I highly recommend their Sweet American bread, which comes branded with their logo and adds a really nice flavor. They are really milking their name theme, from the cocktail names to the signs on the bathroom doors that say “cocks” and “cows”. I recommend that you book a table in advance.

Two locations (Gammel Strand, Rådhuspladsen) - burgers DKK 89-129, sides DKK 29, sauces DKK 12 - takeout and delivery - cocksandcows.dk

XO Burgers and Steaks

We tried this place out on a weeknight, as it’s conveniently located right across the street from Palads movie theater, where we had tickets for later that night. Online portals such as Yelp have some mixed reviews, but I think the place actually offers a very good burger experience! Their interior is very nice, American style with cozy leather booths and a nice color scheme. The staff was very friendly, and our food was served very quickly (but we ate early so it wasn’t very busy). I tried the English style burger with HP sauce and sunny side up egg, and it was very good. Very nice meat, cooked to perfection. Worth mentioning are the potato wedges - real, big, oven baked wedges, from real potato, nicely seasoned and going great with their chili mayo. Yum!

Axeltorv 3 (across the street from Palads) - DKK burgers 99-159, sides DKK 30, sauces DKK 10 - xoburgersandsteaks.dk

What a weekend!

Good morning, and what a wonderful one it is! I had to get up and out of the house quite early to escort my sisters to the bus back home (sad face!), but what an amazing and fun birthday weekend! too bad it’s almost over already, but this morning is just so beautiful! It’s a holiday and therefore the streets were almost empty, but the sun is shining and the sky is clear. I love these quiet summer mornings, and what better city to be in than wonderful Copenhagen? [Read more…]