With 5.5% of Danes under the age of 34 considering themselves vegan or vegetarian, and many more adopting a flexitarian diet, veganism has certainly become mainstream in Copenhagen. As you walk and cycle around the city, you spot signs advertising vegetarian and vegan food on virtually every corner. It is not difficult to find options without prior research. On our first day in the city, we stumbled across MadenItaly whilst navigating our way through the hustle and bustle of Nyhavn. This small, homely, entirely vegan Italian restaurant provided much needed shelter from one of the day’s many rain showers, and I was both thrilled to discover the incredible selection of (relatively affordable) vegan pizza. If the unusual topping options (such as aubergine and fig) hadn’t already impressed me, the pizza base itself was a revelation, almost resembling focaccia in texture. I’d particularly recommend the ‘Hawaii’ (onion, homemade seitan, mint yogurt and pineapple) and the ‘Beetroot Pesto and Blue Cheese’. And yes, pineapple does belong on pizza - no question about it!
If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just a downright food fanatic, I urge you to visit Denmark and explore the culinary delights of Copenhagen. It may be expensive, but the food is unusual, exciting and most importantly incredibly tasty.
By Gracie Linthwaite