A Vegan Day in Copenhagen, Denmark
It's not difficult to find vegan-friendly or plant-based options in Copenhagen. Not at all.
It is more difficult to keep yourself from the ledge of financial bankruptcy, however, while in search of vegan victuals in Copenhagen.
An average meal for one person will bleed your pockets between 💰 $15-$20! 💰
Water from the tap, however, is free, potable and of high quality. Copenhagen has some of the world’s best tasting tap water; I would personally rank it just after Iceland's in terms of taste.
During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, when there were bottled water shortages and U.S. citizens were picking store shelves clean in a panic-buying frenzy, I recall turning to James and saying, "I wish we could have Icelandic water delivered here." He nodded.
We were married in Iceland years ago, and still, the fresh, natural, pure taste had not been forgotten by our collective sensory memories.
Half-joking, I opened up Amazon just for kicks. To my great surprise, before my very eyes, there it was!
Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water would be mine for the taking! My dreams had come true! With a pH of 8.4, sourced from Ölfus Spring, it is truly the purest water I've tasted to-date. You folks in the USA have no idea how good water can taste. And should there ever be a water shortage to blight our land, rest assured Icelandic water will not be high on others' radar.
I certainly do not flippantly dole out water ratings without quality comparison. Danish water makes the cut!
Vegans, rest assured, you shall not go dehydrated while roaming through Scandinavia!
I was grateful for the water. Humans are, after all, comprised of approximately 60% water. Optimal hydration is non-negotiable.
Breakfast and lunch post morning run would consist of chili flakes in a glass of water, because that’s all I could bring myself to afford.
Okay, okay, so I didn't entirely subsist on chili flakes and tap water throughout the entirety of my stay. Apart from a $10 plastic-wrapped vegan sandwich from a local 7-Eleven in the Copenhagen Central Station around midnight, we did afford ourselves a few delicacies.
⚖️ Balance ⚖️
Where our tastebuds took us:
There's a reason Kaf is among the top-rated vegan bakeries in Copenhagen. The establishment embodies hygge and scrimps neither on presentation, flavor nor service with good vibes only! Whenever I've made my way over--which was twice (once for looks and smells, and the second time for a legitimate purchasing of food)--, there's always been a line out the door!
Sandwiches, pastries, cakes, and 100% plant-based adaptations of traditional Danish fare galore!
Should you feel a bit peckish while strolling around Tivoli Gardens, consider entering into Wagamama, a franchise chain, featuring pan-Asian cuisine inspired by Japanese ramen bars. The restaurant offers noodle, rice and wok dishes, vegan ice cream, fancy drinks and vibrant healthy juices.
PALÆO is a restaurant located in Torvehallerne, a local market, based on the paleo diet, and has two vegan options - a sweet potato salad and sweet potato fries. They also serve healthy juices.
Nearby, just outside at Torvehallerne is Nicecream, which serves 100% vegan ice cream, made from organic coconut milk and organic cane sugar, cookie sandwiches and assorted vegan toppings, including chocolate fudge, caramel sauce, Guf (a gooey raspberry pink marshmallowy fluff), soya whipped cream, Oreo crumbles, cookie crumbles, salty caramel crunch, hazelnut crunch and rainbow sprinkles. Nicecream also serves oat milk shakes and plant-based waffles.
We didn't have the time nor the financial resources to conduct more exhaustive research, but perhaps you can pick up our quest where we left off and let us know your favorite spots in Copenhagen! Be sure to check out HappyCow's web site for more vegan and vegetarian dining suggestions! It's my go-to resource while traveling. A literal life-saver.