Good morning, sunshine.
I know it’s still a little early to say this, but thiiiiink I found my favorite spot in Copenhagen. It’s not the Little Mermaid statue, or some mega gorgeous 17th century building. But, OH MAH GOD. It is amazing.
It’s called Torvehallerne, and it’s the most epic of epic food markets in the very heart of Copenhagen. It’s both an inside/outside market, with 50+ stands selling everything from specialty chocolates, cheese, herbs, and oils to sushi, pizza, and PALEO deliciousness.
Authentic Danish danishes.
Rye bread everywhere!
This is smørrebrød, a traditional Danish meal consisting of rye bread with various toppings.
And by various, I mean VARIOUS. They literally put anything and everything on it – pickled herring, roasted potatoes, cheese, bacon, veggies, etc. I’ve yet to try one, partly cause it’s hard to know where to even start. (And partly cause the thought of pickled fish spread on top of bread is not. appealing.)
My first visit to Torvehallerne was with my lovely Danish roommate, Amanda. As we were walking around the various stalls looking at everything, she mentioned that they had a “puh-lay-oh” vendor selling “puh-lay-oh” foods.
Cue: me, looking absolutely clueless. Then… it clicked.
The menu was amaaaaazing. Like my own little home away from Whole Foods.
Chicken curry, “spaghetti” squash bolognese, salmon salad, avocado creme, coconut smoothies… I could go on. New life goal: try everything on the menu. Goodbye money! Amanda and I both got a chicken pesto wrap for lunch. The “wrap” was really an egg crepe thingy, and it was so simple yet so good. Must recreate at home.
The Copenhagen flower game is on point. Probably because it’s such a grey, wet, and dreary place most of the time and they gotta get some happiness and sunshine in somehow.
Can’t really blame ’em. Look at these beauties.
The farmer’s market-y portion of Torvehallerne is pretty fabulous too.
So much life and color and sweetness.
What more do you need?