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A traditional Danish lunch – smørrebrød


No matter where you’re traveling, I think having local food & drinks are always a good way to learn more about cultures. Besides, there is nothing better than having a good chat with friends while having new food experiences. So if you’re visiting Denmark, eating smørrebrød is a must.

Smørrebrød is an open face sandwich with some traditional toppings. Shrimps & eggs, herring in curry sauce and potato salad are some of the favorites. You’ll find smørrebrød everywhere in and around Copenhagen. As the quality varies, it’s worth it to pick a good spot. Schønnemann has been operating since 1877! The new owners kept the traditional look of the restaurant and they keep the smørrebrød tradition alive!

smorrebrod-schonnemann crayfishI started out by making the mistake of asking for a coffee before we had lunch. That’s a no go! You are supposed to drink a dark beer together with akvavit. Akvavit is another typical Scandinavion tradition. It contains 40% of alcohol and is flavoured by spices and herbs. Schønnemann has more than 70 kinds of Akvavit, including homemade varieties. If you decide to try lunch at Schønnemann, make sure to have a reservation on forehand. As lots of people call it the best smørrebrød in town, it’s often full!

Looking for a more casual way to taste this typical Danish lunch? One of my definitely favorite spots are the Torvehallerne. I will post about this foodmarket later. You can go there 7 days a week to taste from several small bars in- and outside. Enjoy!

schonnemann entrance   schonnemann aquavit

smorrebrod-schonnemann salmon

smorrebrod-schonnemann shrimp

smorrebrod-schonnemann meat

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