Go Gluten Free in Copenhagen

Statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Planning a trip to Copenhagen?  Do you require Gluten Free or Allergy Friendly foods?  Then you shouldn’t struggle to find something to suit.  Hopefully, your trip will be more successful than ours!

Last weekend my husband and I travelled to Copenhagen to combine seeing Take That in concert with a weekend break.  The trip was an extremely thoughtful Christmas present from my husband (much more successful than the kettle and toaster I received one year and the surround sound system for our TV which I received another).  I had always wanted to visit Scandanavia, and as I was missing  going to Take That with my friends because it was on my mum’s 60th birthday celebration, my husband thought this would be the ideal present for me – full brownie points to him!

This is the first time we have been away together on our own in 12 years so we were looking forward to having a nice break.  I have been suffering with vertigo for a while and it had been particularly bad in the week prior to the trip, so I wasn’t sure I was even going to be able to manage the flight.  Thankfully the second lot of medication the G.P. prescribed for me seemed to do the trick and I was feeling a lot better.

We flew to Copenhagen on Friday, arriving early afternoon and after checking into our hotel, spent the rest of the day exploring.

The Take That concert was on Saturday night.  We got off the bus to go to the concert, and I overheard another tourist asking for directions to the concert stadium.  I then thought I heard them being told that the concert had been cancelled.  My husband laughed when I repeated this to him and he said it must be the Danish sense of humour.  As we headed towards the stadium, I remarked to my husband that there seemed to be a lot of people heading towards us, once again he dismissed this with “There’s 45,000 people going to the concert – I think that there would be a few more people heading towards us than that!”.  We arrived at the gate only to be met with closed shutters.  The concert had indeed been cancelled, due to one of the band’s members suffering from food poisoning.

Just call us Lucky

Fantastic!  We had travelled over 700 miles to see a concert that was cancelled 15 minutes before it was due to start.  We don’t seem to have a lot of luck when it comes to planning trips.  We planned the holiday of a lifetime last October to take the girls to Florida, so they could experience Disneyland and Universal Studios.  A week before we were due to travel to Florida the money exchange company Crown Currency Exchange went into administration taking all £1,400 of our holiday spending money with it.  Our money was supposed to arrive on the Friday, and when it hadn’t turned up by Monday afternoon my husband went onto Crown Currency Exchange’s website only to find that it had gone into administration that morning taking all our holiday money with it!

How Allergy Friendly is Copenhagen?

Whenever we travel, I always try to check out what allergy friendly products and services are available.

This is what I discovered:

Irma Supermarket – A chain of large convenience stores.  There are 78 in Zealand, 1 on Funen and 3 in Jutland.  I spotted at least 5 of these in Copenhagen.

Irma Supermarket in Torvegade, Copenhagen

Irma Supermarket in Torvegade, Copenhagen

The Irma we visited had a reasonable selection of gluten free and allergy friendly products, it wasn’t one of their larger stores so I would imagine the bigger stores have a greater choice of products.  The shop I visited didn’t have a dedicated allergy free or gluten free section, the products were stacked alongside regular products.

Irma Gluten Free CornFlakes

Irma Gluten Free CornFlakes

Selection of Dairy Free Milk in Irma

Selection of Dairy Free Milk in Irma

Irma Gluten Free Bread

Irma Gluten Free Bread

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Household Products in Irma

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Household Products in Irma

Arla Lactofree Milk

Arla Lactofree Milk

The Arla Lactofree milk is the same milk we buy at home.

Whilst looking around Irma and taking photos of the products, one of the locals joked with me and asked  “Are you so fed-up of our tourist attractions that you have to take photo’s of the supermarket products!”

Naturbageriet is a bakery that sells a selection of gluten free and allergy friendly products.  There are 2 Naturbageriet bakeries in  Copenhagen.

Naturbageriet Bakery in Frederiksborggade, Copenhagen

We visited the Naturbageriet bakery in Frederiksborggade which sold a small selection of gluten free bread and rolls, cakes, pastries and pasta along with soya milk drinks.  We bought a banana muffin for 15 Kroner and a Romkugle (a huge rum truffle type cake) for 16 Kroner.  The bakery is only quite small, so I wouldn’t imagine that the freshly baked gluten free products are produced in a gluten free environment.

Gluten Free Products in Naturbageriet Bakery

The top shelf displays the Gluten Free Cakes and Pastries for sale

Gluten Free Banana Muffin

Gluten Free Banana Muffin

Gluten Free Romkugle

Gluten Free Romkugle

Naturbageriet
Frederiksborggade 29
1360 Kbh. K
Tel.: 33146226

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0630 – 1800hrs
Sat-Sun 0700 – 1600hrs

Naturbageriet
Istedgade 98
1650 Kbh. V
Tel.: 33246602

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0700 – 1730hrs
Sat-Sun 0700 – 1600hrs

When doing my research I came across details of an ecological supermarket called Egefeld, there were apparantly two shops in Copenhagen; one in Frederiksberg and one in Valby.  When we got to the shop in Frederiksberg we found that it had closed down, I have since done a bit of digging around and it appears that neither of these shops are open anymore.
Other information you might find useful if you are travelling to Copenhagen is:

Coeliac Information

Gluten Free Brands:

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Comments

  1. Just thought to let you now about Gluten Free Hotels Guide – the site lists hotels all over the world that serve gluten free food and they have more than 30 hotels in Copenhagen.
    http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/city.php?id=52

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