Day four in Copenhagen, we decided to spend some more time exploring the shops on the Jægersborggade. We were lucky that we chose to do this on a Saturday because some of the shops are only open a few days a week. The morning started again at Grød for breakfast, followed by visiting Kaktus, a store that sells – you guess it – only cacti. We couldn’t help revisiting Karamelleriet, where the caramels are made by hand and were so delicious that we ate all of ours before we even were back in Belgium. After a few caramel tastings – they let you sample the fresh made goodies – we visited Habengut, a traditional woodwork shop, by Søren Ulrich. All of the pieces are made by hand and we bought two tealight holders and a salt dish to bring back home. Our last stop was at Crate, a store specializing in beer and vinyl. We purchased a few Danish beers to try that evening.
After our shopping, we headed back to the apartment to drop everything off before heading to Indre By to visit the National Gallery of Denmark. It was a bit difficult deciding which art museum to visit and I’m so happy with our choice. Danish art is an area I’m not too familiar with, and the National Gallery has a huge collection from the birth of Danish painting to the dawn of Modernism as well as many contemporary and international collections. Because we were visiting Denmark for the first time, we mostly explored the Danish and Nordic paintings from 1750 – 1900. And to make the museum even more enticing – it’s free! So if you’re headed to Copenhagen, this is really a must!
For dinner we decided to pick up a medley of Danish specialties to enjoy back at the apartment with our Danish beers. We headed to the Torvehallerne, which is described not as a “supermarket” but rather a “super market”. There are more than 60 stands offering a range of fish, meat, cheeses, etc. It was difficult to decide on what to choose, but luckily Danish people are so nice. We had an idea of what we wanted, but it was so fun to ask the people working what they ate growing up and what they’d recommend we eat for a typical Danish meal. We started first with smørrebrød from Hallernes Smørrebrød because we were hungry after the museum. What a great choice! Yum! Then it was time to make the rounds and buy all of our delicious food for dinner. We began at Omegn for a selection of sausages. Omegn is an urban farmers market – they buy their products from farmers outside Copenhagen and sell them at the Torvehallerne. We left with three types of sausage, a blue cheese, and rye bread. Then we headed to Arla Unika for more Danish cheese based on a recommendation from the owner of Crate. Mmm…we bought a couple of more cheeses and some fresh butter to go with the bread. Lastly we were set on buying fish. Everyone recommended we try fiskedeller, aka Danish fish cakes, with remoulade sauce and red onion to be served on rye bread and butter for a real typical Danish meal. So of course we didn’t leave without visiting Fiskerikajen for fiskedellers!
We spent the night in, eating our bounty from the Torvehallerne and snacking on our caramels that were meant to be eaten back in Belgium. A successful fourth day!