Souvenirs from Copenhagen – Airport Danish pastries from Lagkagehuset

When I travel to England (or to anywhere else in Europe for that matter) to see family and friends, I always leave the task of buying small gifts for the airport. Firstly, because there’s a packed little branch of Illums Bolighus there, where you can buy all the beautiful Danish Christmas decorations from autumn through to the New Year, and during the rest of the year, smaller-scale pieces of classic or modern Danish design.

But it’s also because I’ve found the perfect gesture: turning up on a doorstep at the other end of my journey with a box of wienerbrød (Danish pastries – which, weirdly, translates as ‘Vienna bread’) FROM ACTUAL DENMARK. This is easy to hunt and gather at the airport, as there are three branches of Lagkagehuset (which, romantically, means ‘the layer cake house’) within Kastrup’s airside area.

Here I ask for a cake box of five or six pastries, which I cherry-pick from the offering under the glass counter. There’s the traditional kanelsnegl (cinnamon swirl) and the direktørsnegl, which features thickly twirling drizzles of chokolade (chocolate); there’s spandauer, the nut-scattered ones with eggy cream or sticky jam in the middle; and there’s the plaited kind, oozing with kanel (cinnamon). If you really want to go to town, there’s also the long wienerbrødstang, gratuitously covered in sugar, which you can buy pieces of or take whole, to slice into portions when you get there.

I always ask for a bag with my box, and carefully wedge the latter into it so that the bag forms a snug sort of supportive basket, to keep the box safely lid-side up. This sounds a little obvious, but I’m usually given the box without the bag, and it can be hard not to be rough with a hand-carried box when you have other bits and bobs of luggage with you, let alone kids and all their paraphernalia. And the proof of not asking for one is – literally – in the pudding, because when the cake box is opened to reveal a squished mass of pastry, the haul is somehow not quite so appealing as it might have been.

For those living in London, Lagkagehuset has fairly recently opened in your city as Ole & Steen. But I don’t care what anyone says, there’s nothing so thoughtful as bringing them from the country where they were originally created.

It’s also worth noting for when you arrive in Copenhagen, that there’s a small branch of Lagkagehuset tucked around a corner just to the left of the greeting area in the arrivals hall. Useful to know before jumping on the Metro, if you have hungry little people with you – and there are plenty of non-sweet options for lunch or early dinner on the hop.


There are three branches of Lagkagehuset in the airport’s airside and one on land side. All open daily and from between 4.30 and 5am and close between 9 and 10pm. Check here for exact times, scrolling down to find the  Kastrup Lufthavn branches.


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