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:
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.
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.
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.
1360 Kbh. K
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0630 – 1800hrs
Sat-Sun 0700 – 1600hrs
1650 Kbh. V
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0700 – 1730hrs
Sat-Sun 0700 – 1600hrs
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