In Denmark there are something called “folkekøkken”. If you look the word up in the Danish dictonary, you can read that “a folkekøkken is a cafeteria where the poor people can get food for free or for a symbolic payment”. Today, the Danes still use the expression sometimes, to describe places where you are served a good amount of solid food for almost nothing. And it’s definitely not only for the poor, this is a place where everyone is welcome, and there are often lots of place for big groups of people eating together.

I believe that you can describe Madglad Cafeteria as a “modern folkekøkken”.  The big buffet is lined up at the tables in the middle. It’s colorful, and you can still see that this place once used to be a kindergarten or some kind of school. The tables and chairs don’t match. Nothing match, to be totally honest, but that’s quite the charm and comes with the place.

The food is almost as colorful as the place. For around 50 DKK you get to eat as much as you want from the buffet, and if you prefer just one dish instead of several small ones, there are always a dish of the day for both the meat eaters and the vegetarians. It’s good healthy food, with lots of salad and green snacks. It will not be the most amazing meal that you have ever had. That’s impossible for the ridiculously cheap prices. However, it will be more than you expected for the price, and I’m pretty sure you’ll leave with a smile.

Eskildsgade 13, Vesterbro

Buffet 50 DKK, main dish around 80 DKK

Take bus 5A or 6A or the S-train to Hovedbanegården/Central Station (400 meters away)

Linn Katarina Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden, and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food communication. She is also the creator of the Danish food blog and radio show Frk. Kræsen.

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