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7 of the best restaurants for open sandwiches in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is home to one of the world’s best restaurants, Noma, but as well as getting a taste of the New Nordic scene, gourmets visiting the city should be sure to sample the more traditional open sandwich or smørrebrød – a piece of buttered rye bread with toppings including everything from herring to duck to potatoes. Read on to discover our favourite open-sandwich venues

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Sally McIlhone,

Restaurant Schønnemann
Schønnemann, one of the oldest restaurants in Copenhagen, has been serving customers since 1877 and is known for its menu of over 110 open sandwiches. Choose from the favourite smørrebrød of chefs such as Michel Roux Jnr and Noma’s own René Redzepi, as well as the restaurant’s more classic options.

Restaurant Schønnemann, Hauser Plads 16, 1127 Copenhagen, +45 3312 0785, restaurantschonnemann.dk

For a contemporary take on a Copenhagen classic, visit Aamanns. The company opened a deli and takeaway store specialising in smørrebrød in 2006, before expanding to open a sit-down restaurant in the building next door three years later. Try the rillette of pork with thyme, mustard, junket, pickled squash and gooseberries – it’s a revelation.

Aamanns Etablissement, Øster Farimagsgade 12, 2100 Copenhagen, +45 3555 3310, aamanns.dk

If you prefer to sample smørrebrød in a garden fit for a king, Orangeriet, located in the Kongens Have royal gardens, is a must-visit. The restaurant’s whitewashed walls and central orange tree create a tranquil atmosphere. Try the classic egg and shrimp open sandwich, served with lemon mayo, dill and watercress.

Orangeriet, Kronprinsessegade 13, 1306 Copenhagen, +45 3311 1307, restaurant-orangeriet.dk

Royal Smushi Café
Located in the heart of the Strøget shopping area – a perfect place to pause for lunch after some retail therapy – Royal Smushi Café offers bite-sized versions of the classic open sandwich with a unique twist. The salted turkey and pâté with blackcurrant and roasted parsley is a particular highlight.

Royal Smushi Café, Amagertorv 6, 1160 Copenhagen, +45 331 21122, royalsmushicafe.dk

Restaurant Cap Horn
For an open sandwich and a picturesque view of the Nyhavn harbour area, look no further than Cap Horn. The quaint restaurant has retained many charming original features, including its characterful fireplace. Try the roast beef open sandwich with pickle cream, fried organic onion and freshly grated horseradish.

Restaurant Cap Horn, Nyhavn 21, 1051 Copenhagen, +45 3312 8504, caphorn.dk

Ida Davidsen
Ida Davidsen is another favourite Copenhagen restaurant, and Ida Davidsen herself is the fifth generation of her family to sell smørrebrød. Oskar Davidsen opened the business in 1888 and was known for offering a vast choice of open sandwiches – 177 different options were available in his shop. Today, the menu features 250 different versions of the classic dish.

Ida Davidsen, Store Kongensgade 70, 1274 Copenhagen, +45 3391 3655, idadavidsen.dk

Restaurant Kronborg
Kronborg combines the Danish concept of hygge – cosiness – with a delectable selection of smørrebrød, and guests are made to feel incredibly welcome. Sample a glass of traditional aquavit with the smoked salmon, marinated raw fennel and crème of smoked cheese open sandwich.

Restaurant Kronberg, Brolæggerstræde 12, 1211 Copenhagen, +45 3313 0708, restaurantkronborg.dk



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