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A perfect starting point for discovering the Danish lunch
Store Kongensgade 70
1264 Copenhagen, Denmark
+45 3391 3655
Rugbrød, the heavy rye bread staple of the Danish diet, has found an unexpected fan in Oprah Winfrey, who professes to eating a slice every morning since visiting Copenhagen recently. Rugbrød is the basis of the traditional Danish open sandwich known locally as smørrebrød and still favored by many Danes over more conventional sandwiches for lunch. Visiting Copenhagen without sampling smørrebrød would be like a tour of Tokyo without trying sushi, and the open sandwich is as much an art form as its Japanese counterpart. For the first-timer, Ida Davidsen is the perfect place to start – authentic and reasonably-priced, yet still on the tourist map. The family have been making open sandwiches since Ida's great grandfather Oscar started the business in Nørrebro in 1888, and the Davidsen name has become internationally synonomous with smørrebrød; Ida Davidsen and her son Oscar offer a menu with no less than 250 varieties to choose from. Note the shop is closed during July, at weekends and in the evening.
-For an interview with Oscar Davidsen, see Creating the Perfect Danish Open Sandwich