Gluten Free in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This post is completely different to my usual fashion/design posts but I thought it was important to share my experience of eating gluten free in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

My visit to Copenhagen has been my first trip since being diagnosed with Coeliac disease that I really needed to prepare for. Staying in an Airbnb apartment made the trip easier as it meant for breakfast and some dinners we could cook in. Before you go on your adventure I'd recommend learning a few Gluten related words to look out for on menus and in ingredients:
  • Gluten Free: Glutenfri 
  • Wheat: Hvede
  • Barley: Byg
  • Bread: Brød
  • Flour: Mel
  • Rye: Rug
  • Semolina: Semulje
  • Durum Wheat: Hård Hvede
  • Spelt Flour: Speltmel
  • Breadcrumbs: Rasp
  • Deep Fried: Friturestegt
My first stop on our trip was to the Supermarket Irma, it's a bit like the Danish equivalent of Waitrose. They are everywhere in Denmark and there are quite a few in Copenhagen, the website translates quite well using the google translate tool but you can use the store finder by clicking here. They sell pasta, crackers, biscuits, meat, cereal and drinks (basically everything!) All the dry gluten free food was together in one section (same as UK supermarkets) and it's all marked with the crossed through grain symbol, easy!

Cookie-O's

The Danes are very aware of Coeliac disease and gluten Free food, so I didn't feel uncomfortable at all when asking. Healthy food is very much in fashion so there are lots of salads to choose from when eating out and about. 

A couple of places I'd recommend:

Breakfast at GRØD
 Jægersborggade - 50 KLD TV 2200 KBH N

Really cute (tiny) café located in the trendy area of Nørrebro the street it's on had lots of lovely little shops to go in. GRØD literally translates to porridge and here they serve it all day, yep you can get porridge for dinner (they serve lots of savoury options!) Whilst their normal porridge oats are not suitable for gluten free (they mix them with spelt and other grains) they offer Quinoa "porridge" instead. We went for breakfast and I opted for homemade dulce de leche, fresh apple and roasted almonds (45dkk) with a chai latte. It was absolutely delicious and set me up for a day of sightseeing (lots of walking).


Dinner at Nose 2 Tail Diner 
Valkendorfsgade 22 1151 København K

There are two Nose 2 Tail Diners in Copenhagen, we went to the "Diner" as they serve gluten free burgers. The other Nose 2 Tail in the meatpacking district operates slightly differently as they only offer meat/fish of the day and you kinda get what you're given (too much of a risk for GF) it's also more expensive at 180dkk a pop. 


I cannot tell you the last time I ate a burger out at a restaurant so this was a TREAT! I went for the Beef burger (comes with lettuce, pickles and mayo) 100dkk, fries with truffle oil and cheese (also gluten free) 35dkk and a side of coleslaw 30dkk. It was incredible and I felt so full after, the actual beef burger was huge. 

Excuse the pastiness of the bun - the flash has made it look white (it was a nice toasted brown)

For lunches, we made pack lunches (using bread bought from Irma) it made it so much easier as it took the stress of finding somewhere to eat. If you don't have this luxury, there is a cafe called Raw & Rustic, Urtehuset. They sell lots of raw/vegan food and also sell pannis on gluten free bread. I didn't go here myself but it received a good review from Dejlige Days.

WORD OF WARNING: Copenhagen airport offers nothing when it comes to gluten free food, I couldn't even get a rice dish :( I ended up having crisps for tea so I'd definitely recommend eating before you go or taking something with you. Really disappointing but hopefully as Coeliac awareness grows the Airport will include some options. 

My biggest piece of advice is, don't be afraid to ask. Any good food establishment should know what they put in their food and if they don't it's probably best not to eat there (regardless of whether you are gluten free or not) Everyone we met was so friendly and accomodating. Even if they don't mention Glutenfri on the menu it's always worth checking, and the more people who ask, the more restaurants and cafés will realise the potential market there is in providing gluten free options. 

Thanks for reading :) 

2 Comments

  1. I think this piece will be very help for a lot of people researching into the subject. How are you finding it on an every day basis? Can you recommend any gluten-free beer at all, someone commented on a post last week asking me, we went to Twitter but no one had any really answers.

    Mat @ Buckets & Spades

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  2. Everyday is manageable now, the fact I feel 100000% better than I did makes missing biscuits etc a lot easier. Eating out is the hardest, especially as I was always a glutton for italian food, but it's getting better and people are getting more aware.

    On the beer front I can't really recommend anything (I've never liked beer!) but this blog post seems quite reliable? http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/03/the-best-and-worst-gluten-free-beers.html

    Also sorry I didn't answer your question on my last post, the tickets to Copenhagen were an amazing £45 each return!!! super bargain. x

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