Gluten Free Copenhagen

Sushi in Copenhagen

The next stop on our rally (5000 mile drive from Scotland to Estonia) was Copenhagen and as the drive from Amsterdam was so long it wasn’t until late in the evening that we finally arrived. Looking for something decently priced is difficult enough in a city like Copenhagen but also finding something gluten free when you are hungry and tired is not the easiest of tasks. Luckily, similarly to it’s celiac friendly neighbours, Denmark is pretty aware of celiac disease and offers a variety of gluten free products and safe places to eat. 

We were in the mood for sushi so ended up eating a whole lot of it in a lovely wee Japanese restaurant in the middle of Copenhagen. When I explained to staff that I was celiac they understood and changed their gloves to help eliminate the chance of cross contamination. Sushi was one of my favourites before being diagnosed and thankfully still is. Nigiri and Maki sushi tends to only consist of rice, fish and rice vinegar so it’s generally a safe option for coeliacs. I always check when ordering however that there hasn’t been anything extra added in the preparation of the rice as sometimes sushi restaurants use mayonnaise which can contain gluten. I confirmed here that both the Nigiri and Maki were safe and we decided to order four varieties of Maki…tuna, salmon, prawn and avocado with lots of wasabi. I of course gave the soy sauce a miss and instead ordered a side portion of delicious Korean kimchee for spicy dipping instead. Yum!

Naturbageriet on Frederiksborggade 29 in Copenhagen is a bakery which offers gluten free options. Gluten free options include various types of bread, muffins and cake. Whilst they offer a variety of products for gluten free customers it’s not a completely gluten free bakery. Gluten free goods are prepared in a separate room to limit the chance of cross contamination but they make it clear that they cannot guarantee the products are 100% contamination free due to being sold in the same location as non gluten free products.

42 Raw on Pilestræde 32 (Thanks Sofia) is a raw restaurant in Copenhagen which offers a variety of naturally gluten free options. They also have a location in London.

Gluten Free bread

Gluten Free museli

Before getting back on the road the following morning, we managed to stop at a few grocery stores to check out their gluten free options. We found that most grocery stores and health food stores offer gluten free options. Some have a separate gluten free section whilst others have gluten free products dotted around the store. Irma, a Danish supermarket chain which can be found at various locations throughout Denmark, had lots of gluten free options to choose from. We found many of the usual gluten free (gluten frit) products such as breads, crackers, pastas and cereals. Rather than being in their own special gluten free section they were mostly on the shelves next to their ‘normal’ counterparts.

The Danish Celiac Society is a good site to check out if you are planning a gluten free trip to Denmark as they provide up to date information for anyone living or travelling gluten free in Denmark.

Have you travelled gluten free in Denmark? What and where did you eat?

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  • Dorota

    Jun 7th, 2010

    Hi Laura (and others reading)
    I live in Copenhagen and stopped by this post out of curiousity. Then I saw you had been eating sushi….for others who do that, you should be carefull! Not all sushi rice (at least in Denmark) is gluten free. The main sushi restaurants do not have gluten free sushi rice. You should ask for sushi made from brown rice if you want to be completely sure.

  • Hi Laura!

    I’m spending a few days in Copenhagen in January, also keeping my gluten free diet. That’s how I found you here.
    Congratulations! I love the design and I’m enjoying reading it.


  • Sofia Morais

    Feb 2nd, 2011

    So, I finally spent a few days in Copenhagen.

    My gluten free discoveries first started in the plane. I had a reservation with TAP airlines, where I wrote my preference for a GF lunch. And, there it was! Perfect, I was even the first person having lunch 🙂

    In Copenhagen, I stayed in Hotel Ansgar. I had previously sent them an email asking for GF breakfast, but noone replyed. So, I explained the situation again at the reception and the next day they provided with a GF bread, which lasted for the next two days.

    On I found out this bakery: Obviously I went there and lost my mind with their varieties of cakes and breads. Each small cake rounds 2€, but they’re worth it.

    On the streets there were some vendors selling hot sweet almonds, just boiled with sugar and water. Delicious!

    I also wanted to visit 42Raw, a GF restaurant mentioned in, but had no chance.

    So, that’s it. I took with me a huge bag of GF food from home, obviously too much. I ended up having just one warm meal a day, usually a soup, that I trusted the restaurant to be GF.

    Fortunately, I have some nice memories from there.

  • Thank you so much for this Sophia and I’m very happy to hear you had a great time!! 🙂 The hot almonds sound fantastic. In Buenos Aires it was hot peanuts but made the same way and they were addictive!

  • Hello,
    What was the name of the sushi restaurant that you went to?