Denmark’s primary tourist destination is the city of Copenhagen, renowned for its diverse culture, nightlife, and excellent shopping opportunities. Naturally, you can’t overlook the cuisine which is the delight of international travelers everywhere. Sweden is only minutes away, but Copenhagen also serves as a geographic link between the European continent and Scandinavia. Old fairy tales blend in with the flashy newer architecture styles of the day and the world class designs of many structures.
No trip to Copenhagen is ever complete without visiting the some of the many bakeries and sampling the local desserts. The following will give you an idea of some of the desserts you want to enjoy and the better bakeries in the city:
Kringle – all Danish bakeries are well known for their Kringle, a pastry type of bread that is best served and enjoyed warm from the oven. If you have never tried the real thing, this is your opportunity to enjoy the local favorite and you shouldn’t miss out.
Wienerbrød – long considered to be the origin of pastries in Denmark, Wienerbrød is a sweet bread made from folded dough and extra butter. It has oftentimes been compared to the baklava of Turkey.
Once you have sampled these classic desserts, it’s time to venture out into the city and see the best bakeries that Copenhagen has to offer:
Gregersen Bageri and Konditori – It is a cute, very authentic bakery that has been owned and operated by the same couple for many years now. The husband bakes the breads in the back of the bakery while his wife sells it out front. Kringle and other pastries are their primary specialties. You’ll quickly discover that this bakery is one of the most reasonably priced in the city.
Reinh. van Hauen bakery – considered the finest bakery in the city of Copenhagen, this 4th generation establishment has been around nearly 130 years and now they have expanded to 4 other locations in the city. Their specialty is a cinnamon roll that is unlike any other you have ever tasted. Make sure you aren’t dieting when you are visiting here.
Sankt Peders Bageri – situated in the heart of Copenhagen, this smaller bakery is one of the hidden treasures of the city. Here you will find a wide variety of the standard breads and pastries along with an extraordinary atmosphere. The old chandelier provides the ambience and the employees are some of the friendliest that you will find at any bakery or other dining establishment in the city.
Just a word of warning – you may be able to get the recipes to some of these tasty treats from some bakeries so that you can experiment with them when you return home from vacation. However, there are some bakery owners and personnel that are very touchy about this so ask with caution.
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