Being vegetarian is not as scary as one might think and it is certainly not limiting while traveling. Copenhagen tends to get quite pricey and together with following a vegetarian diet, it can evoke a serious case of food related anxiety. No need to fret! This little guide to great, affordable vegetarian food in the capital of Denmark will hopefully release some of the stress and will give you a unique experience for your taste buds in the heart of the world’s happiest nation.
1. Astrid och Apornas Spiseri
Today's special is here! A grillburger patty with grilled portobello mushrooms, smoked paprika, onions and garlic,...Posted by Astrid och Apornas Spiseri on Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Starting off with a little diamond in the rough, found just 10 minutes away from Copenhagen’s central station, is the Astrid och Apornas Spiseri. This vegan restaurant is a cozy little place that will satisfy your craving for junk food, while not making you completely guilty about the indulgence. A healthier and still affordable vegan alternative to staple junk food menu items will not only please your taste buds, but also nourish your body and not make you grow a size larger. The menu includes two main junk food options - hotdogs and burgers. Although the place offers only those two options, the possibility to customize your meal will make sure to cater to even the pickiest of eaters.
Hotdogs are offered in many different “sausage” variations and have the possibility to be topped with fresh and delicious relish made in-house. Hamburgers offer the same variety for their patties as well as many toppings like fejkon (vegan bacon) and cheese, everything being 100% vegan. All vegan substitute products like cheeses and meats are provided by the neighboring country - Sweden, where the variety of their products has already won the hearts of all Swedish vegans and vegetarians and maybe a few meat-eaters as well. If you are looking for some fast food that will not ruin your budget and health, Astrid och Apornas Spiseri is definitely a place worth trying.
Astrid och Apornas Spiseri
Address: Jægersborggade 39, 2200 København N
Price: between 6 and 8 USD
Opening Hours: Monday - closed, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 3pm - 8pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12pm - 8pm
Duration: around and hour
Access: 10 -15 minute walk from Copenhagen central station
Contact: +45 91459020
Facebook: Astrid och Apornas Spiseri
2. Riz Raz
Riz Raz is a flavorful buffet hybrid of Italian and Middle Eastern food. Always filled with fresh, delicious dishes, Riz Raz is a popular chain loved by both locals and tourists. The biggest and most central restaurant of the chain is located only a 5 minute walk away from Nørreport station. Costing only 100 DKK (14 USD) to enter, this all-you-can-eat buffet will satisfy even the hungriest guests. Guests can choose between a variety of dishes such as home-made falafel, veggie lasagna, various sides and salads, all inspired by Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine. The restaurant also offers a steak menu for your meat loving friend.
The place also offers a broad menu of drinks including sodas with free refills, delicious beers from local breweries and other alcohols. If you are the type that is rarely ever satisfied with the portion sizes in restaurants, this delicious and hearty vegetarian all-you-can-eat buffet will be just the thing for you.
Address: Kompagnistræde 20, 1208 København
Price: 15 USD + 3-6 USD drinks
Opening Hours: 11am - 12pm
Duration: around 2 hours
Access: 5 minutes from Nørreport station
Contact: +45 33150575
Website: Riz Raz
This cozy and home-like eatery in the heart of Christiania will steal your heart. It is exactly what you need, nothing more or nothing less. With a humble looking interior, Morgenstedet provides the greatest vegetarian, organic food in town. The choice of food for this establishment is hearty, home-like and delicious, made with fresh, organic ingredients. The restaurant also accommodates various dietary restrictions, like a raw diet or a gluten-free diet. There is not much more to say about Morgenstedet apart from delicious, unpretentious and inexpensive food is just 10 minutes away from Christianshavn station.
Address: Fabriksområdet 134, Christiania, 1440 Copenhagen K
Price: from 10 USD
Opening Hours: 12om - 9pm, closed on Mondays
Duration: around an hour
Access: 10 min walk from Christianshavn metro station
4. Bio Mio
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This gem located in the hip and modern meat packing district, just a walk away from Copenhagen Central station is a great place for all you health and environmentally conscious folk out there. With a clean and raw atmosphere, Bio Mio gives away expensive and luxurious vibes, yet keeps its prices within the reasonable boundaries. Being a not-exclusively vegetarian restaurant, though still 100% organic, Bio Mio caters also to your meat-loving friends who will no doubt also decide to come along.
Address: Halmtorvet 19, 1700 København V
Price: from 10 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.
Duration: around an hour
Access: 5 min walk from Copenhagen Central station
Contact: +45 33312000
Website: Bio Mio
5. Next Door Cafe
Lastly, Next Door Cafe is possibly Copenhagen’s coziest and best brunch place. With a delicious menu, it attracts everyone in its proximity. From sandwiches to pancakes, americanos to freshly pressed juice, Next Door Cafe caters to a variety of hungry clientele. This small, centrally located place will be your favorite morning coffee spot, as well as a hungover Saturday brunch destination with friends. Although Next Door Cafe is not an exclusively vegetarian place, the menu is diverse enough to cater to even the picky ones, and even if you manage to not find anything in their menu that you would like to order, the staff is always ready to customize an order for you. There’s not much more to say about Next Door Cafe, other than it’s a great spot with great food and possibly the nicest and greatest cafe staff in all of Copenhagen.
Next Door Cafe
Address: Larsbjørnsstræde 23, 1453 København K
Price: from 6 USD
Opening Hours: 7am - 6pm, Weekends 9am - 6pm
Duration: around an hour
Access: 5 min walk from Nørreport station
Contact: +45 27120818
Website: Next Door Cafe
Vegetarian packed with flavor
To conclude this humble guide, it is important to remember that there is nothing limiting about traveling as a vegetarian. Every corner hides secrets waiting to be discovered. Or I guess, flavors, in this case. Do not be afraid to try new things and leave your comfort zone for just a minute, because you might just be surprised.
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