Danish Pastries: A must try

Danish Pastries: A must try

Rebecca Aller
Rebecca Aller
May 29, 2024

Danes' love their pastries and for good reason. After reading this article, you'll learn why you must try Danish pastry and what you should try (first). The article will also delve into the history behind Danish pastry.

Danish pastries, also known as "wienerbrød" by the Danes, have become a global pastry sensation, winning over taste buds and pastry lovers worldwide. With their amazing layers, flaky goodness, and a whole bunch of delicious fillings, these pastries have a special spot in the hearts of the Danish people. So, while you're strolling through the streets of Copenhagen, make sure to dive into the tasty world of wienerbrød.

Embrace the local lifestyle: Find a bakery and choose any type of wienerbrød along with a coffee to-go. Take a break on a bench with a nice view or stroll through the city streets as you enjoy your pastry and coffee. Just a heads up, you might have to endure a bit of a wait if you go for one of the city's hottest bakeries – but trust me, it's worth it!
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Marc Skafte-Vaabengaard, Visit Copenhagen


Here are some of the most typical and loved Danish wienerbrød – the cinnamon snail, spandauer and te-birkes.

Kanelsnegle (Cinnamon Snail)

The Kanelsnegl, or cinnamon rolls, is a coiled pastry infused with a generous swirl of cinnamon and sugar. Glazed with a sweet icing, this pastry is a favorite for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up sweet with a cup of coffee.



A classic Danish pastry, the Spandauer is a square-shaped delight with a flaky crust, often filled with a rich vanilla or almond cream. Topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar, this pastry is a delightful treat any time of day.



Te-birkes, also known as poppy seed rolls is a typical favorite for breakfast. The dough is buttery and flaky, with a filling made of marzipan and butter, and a layer of poppy seeds on top. This pastry is picked up at the local baker by many Danes in the weekend.


The History Behind Danish Bakery

The roots of Danish pastry can be traced back to the 19th century when Danish bakers were inspired by Austrian and French baking traditions. The introduction of laminated dough, a technique involving layers of butter and dough, gave birth to the iconic flaky texture that defines Danish pastries today. Over the years, Danish bakers have perfected their craft, passing down recipes through generations and contributing to the global popularity of Danish pastries.

The secret to the popularity of Danish pastries lies in the meticulous craftsmanship and the dedication to quality ingredients. The perfect balance of buttery layers and sweet fillings creates a harmonious blend that has become a symbol of Danish culinary excellence.

Why the Danes call it wienerbrød?

Whether you order a 'Danish' in the US, a 'Copenhagener' in Germany, or a 'Viennese' in Denmark, you'll savor the same delightful pastry. The famous 'Danish' has Austrian roots—when Danish bakers hired Viennese pastry chefs during a 1850 strike, they brought their traditional recipe. The Danes later adjusted it, enhancing the richness with more fat and extra eggs, and named it Wienerbrød. Now, it's a beloved treat found in every Danish bakery.

So,If you find yourself in Copenhagen, or Denmark in general, be sure to indulge in the sweet symphony of Danish pastries for a truly delightful experience.

In Copenhagen, a bakery or café with good pastry can be found in any part of the city. In Vesterbro and Nørrebro, you will find many great bakeries. And while you're in the area, remember you can discover a fantastic tour about these parts of Copenhagen. Find link below.

A seasonal must-try

Fastelavnsboller i København

Fastelavnsboller is a must have winter treat.

Fastelavnsboller is a Danish pastry traditionally available only a few weeks before the big day, Fastelavn, in February. However, in recent years, bakeries have begun displaying them from the beginning of January until March. These sweet buns, filled with whipped cream or custard, are often topped with icing and are an integral part of the Danish Fastelavn celebration. Fastelavnsboller symbolize indulgence before the fasting period of Lent, and their popularity is a testament to the cultural significance of Danish pastries in the country's culinary calendar

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