The 7 Dishes You Need to Try in Denmark

Up until the beginning of the 21st century, Danish food was mostly known as potatoes and bacon. While the Danes still love their traditional foods, Denmark's cuisine has evolved a lot in recent years, and Copenhagen is now a favorite tourist stop among foodies. Here are the top seven foods you should try to get the real flavor of Denmark.

  • 01 of 07

    Smorrebrod

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    Smorrebrod is a classic Danish meal of an open-faced sandwich on rugbrod bread piled high with meats, cheese, and veggies. This sandwich is a favorite quick lunch, and most of Denmark's city neighborhoods have places to get smorrebrod carry-outs.

  • 02 of 07

    Flodebolle

    Flodeboller served as a dessert at a restaurant.
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    Flodebolle is a popular Danish sweet made from a wafer biscuit with marshmallow cream covered in a chocolate shell. Sometimes it comes with a creamy coffee-flavored filling or a coconut coating. You can find this sweet at all chocolate shops and bakeries in Denmark, and it is also available commercially at many supermarkets, although those are not as good as the fresh version.

  • 03 of 07

    Wienerbrod

    Sweet weinerbrod at a bakery.
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    Wienerbrod is the sweet breakfast pastry that North Americans refer to as a Danish. It is a sweet bread usually filled with jam or custard and topped with icing. And while Americans often eat this sweet for breakfast regularly, it is usually only eaten in Denmark on special occasions or weekends. If you love this at home, you should definitely try the genuine article. You'll find wienerbrod in any cafe or bakery in Denmark and also in grocery stores.

  • 04 of 07

    Æbleflæsk

    A traditional plate of æbleflæsk.
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    The Danes eat a lot of pork, so it is no wonder this traditional pork dish is a popular dinner meal in Denmark. Æbleflæsk is made of bacon, apples, onions, and sugar. The bacon is fried and then the apples are sliced and cooked with onions until soft and and then mixed with sugar. All the ingredients are then combined and served on rugbrod.

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  • 05 of 07

    Rugbrod

    Flatbread rugbrod with smoked cheese.
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    Rugbrod is a dark rye bread that is considered a staple for most Danes. It is a very low in fat and contains no oil. It is high in fiber, and a whole grain and considered a healthier alternative to white bread. It's served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Denmark. Rugbrod can be found at any bakery or grocery store in Denmark, and many Danes make their own homemade rugbrod since they eat so much of it. 

  • 06 of 07

    Rullepolse

    Rullepolse served as part of an open-faced sandwich.
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    This traditional Danish dish is a spiced meat roll consisting of a piece of pork belly that is flattened out and covered with chopped onions, seasonings, and herbs and then rolled up and cooked. Once cooled, the roll is thinly sliced as a cold cut and is usually eaten on an open-faced sandwich, often topped with onion and other veggies. Rullepolse is often eaten for lunch and is a standby at food stands and restaurants. 

  • 07 of 07

    Risalamande

    Martini glasses full of risalamande.
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    This common Danish dessert dish is a combination of rice pudding mixed with chopped almonds, whipped cream, and vanilla, usually with a cherry sauce, served cold. It is typically a Christmas dessert, but it can be found year-round at many restaurants in Denmark.