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Smørrebrød is most definitely not the easiest word to pronounce for non-Danish speakers, but don’t let that stop you from trying Denmark’s national, colorful dish, also known as the ‘open-face sandwich.’ Enjoyed with a good beer, this lunchtime meal typically comprises open-faced sandwiches of fish, meat paste, or vegetables on slices of buttered bread. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Denmark and beyond for a delicious smørrebrød.
Only a train ride away from Copenhagen, Rungstedlund has a sea view on one side and a beautiful garden on the other. Rungstedlund is first and foremost a museum of the author Karen Blixen, who once lived in the house and is most commonly known for the 1985 Academy award-winning movie ‘Out of Africa.’ When visiting, you’ll understand why she loved it here – the house is beautiful with luscious nature surrounding it. The cafe serves you a fine lunch meal – try the fried breaded fish (fiskefilet), which alone is worth the journey. Combine this with a day at the museum, ice cream by the nearby harbor and a bit of rare Danish sun.
Ida Davidsen has been the reigning queen of lunch restaurants for half a decade. Danish royalty and global socialites are among the patrons, and the charismatic owner Ida Davidsen is regarded as a influential contributor to Danish food culture. It’s more well-known for its famous diners, such as Roger Moore and a number of Danish royals, than its actual food, but is still a worthwhile gastronomic experience.
Ida Davidsen, Store Kongensgade 70, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 33 91 36 55
While Danish people have smørrebrød, the Swedes have ‘smörtgås.’ The concept and the idea is the same but the aesthetics are undeniably more appealing in the Danish version. This is also the concept at Nybroe in Stockholm. The food is classically Danish, and since it’s opening in 2004, Nybroe has been hailed as one of the better lunch places in a Stockholm – a city with a rich cuisine.
Nybroe, Hästhagsgatan 5, Sundbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 70 591 10 69