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Address Store Kongensgade 91; 1264 Copenhagen K
by Olfert Fischers Gade
Neighbourhood Indre By – Frederiksstaden | See on map
Metro Kongens Nytorv [M1, M2], Østerport [A, B, C, E, H, DSB]
Telephone +45 33 55 11 55
Website http://www.akvavitten.dk/
Price DKK 250-400
Hours Mon-Sat 11-16

Smørrebrød, the Danish take on open-faced sandwiches and de facto national dish, can be everything from the humble cold cuts on thin slices of rye bread packed in children’s lunch boxes to the exquisite creations, layers of goodness decorated with elaborate topping, that you’ll find at, e.g., Gitte Kik. The version served at Akvavitten is somewhere in-between those two extremes.

But for many Danes, akvavit – or snaps, the more commonly used term – is the real reason to eat smørrebrød, and the herbal spirit is also the primary reason to come here. In addition to the mass-produced Rød Aalborg and Brøndums that the hoi polloi will be drinking ice-cold with their herrings, there are several lesser known and home-distilled varieties, including owner Stig Arnsel’s own, that are best consumed at room temperature.

In total there are over 70 different kinds of the potent spirit to sample here, though it’s still a good idea to eat something unless you want to end up staggering like a Swede in broad daylight; the place is open exclusively for lunch. Pick two or three full-sized smørrebrød à la carte or a sampler of three to five smaller-sized pieces.