The hot dog is the soul of traditional Danish fast food much in the same way that 'smørrebrød' is our all-time lunch classic. Here are five ways to acquaint yourself with the Danish hot dog when visiting Copenhagen.
The classic Danish 'pølsevogn' (hot dog stand) appeared on the streets of Copenhagen for the first time in 1920, and has been a mainstay among the city's street food vendors ever since. Today, you'll find many of these scattered throughout the city. Don't let their humble, folksy looks fool you: The sausages and other ingredients are actually quite impeccable.
DØP - The organic hot dog stand - revitalized the aging hot dog game some 8 years ago, when they introduced the first hot dog stand with all-organic ingredients. Today, they're still going strong, and you'll find them at both The Round Tower and The Church of The Holy Spirit in central Copenhagen.
Harry's Place, located on the outskirts of the Nørrebro District, has been a Copenhagen institution since 1965. Denmark's former prime minister and his wife even used to frequent this place during the 1980s - and for good reason, as the sausages and the homemade dip (known as "gun powder") will demonstrate if you drop by.
There's a reason why John's Hot Dog Deli, and the man behind it, are championed by people like Anthony Bourdain and Action Bronson. Located in city's Meatpacking District, it is as much a quality-driven deli, with original meat blends made by local butchers, as it is a hot dog lab with experiments and convention-defying twists.
Since 2012, Pølse Kompagniet ('The Sausage Company') has infused the Danish fast food evergreen with French, Italian and Moroccan inspiration, as well as a keen focus on aesthetics and quality.