The next stop on our rally (5000 mile drive from Scotland to Estonia) was Copenhagen and asÂ the drive from Amsterdam was so long it wasn’t untilÂ lateÂ in theÂ 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.Â
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.Â 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 howeverÂ that there hasn’t been anything extra added in the preparation ofÂ the rice as sometimes sushi restaurants use mayonnaise which can contain gluten. I confirmed hereÂ 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 insteadÂ ordered aÂ side portion of delicious KoreanÂ 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.
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)Â 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?