We might be car hire experts but the conversations in the office kitchen at lunch time suggest that 99.9% of us think that we are professional food critics too. We love trying weird and wonderful food from around the world, and it's even better when we taste dishes in their traditional home.
However much Australia caters for global taste buds, it's much better to get away from the stale Danish choice at 9pm in the supermarket or the clinical IKEA cafe, and instead head overseas for the real deal of Nordic culinary specialities.
The drive between Copenhagen and Gothenburg is around 3 hours on a good run, easily doable in a day but best enjoyed over a few days for a more relaxed gastronomical experience.
The lucky Danes have been named in the World Happiness Report as the world's cheeriest bunch and the Danish capital is the most visited city in Scandinavia. We think that might have something to do with the incredible food options. The foodie scene is broad: Copenhagen is home to the World's Best Restaurant as well as hundreds of tucked away street food vendors all pioneering the movement of New Nordic Cuisine.
Savoury aside, it's criminal to visit Denmark without trying more Danish pastries that you can count on your fingers. If you can't make all ten on this list, make sure you at least try a cinnamon scroll with chocolate from Meyers Bageri.
From Copenhagen, the incredible feat of engineering that is the Oresund Bridge will have you gliding over the Oserund straight for 8km then diving under to a 4km tunnel until reaching Malmo in Sweden. Malmo is Sweden's most cosmopolitan city and the imported culinary influences merge seamlessly with traditional dishes. Visitors will find a great falafel kebab just as easily as a tunnbrodsrulle, the Swedish take on a hot dog but with more carbs and less worries.
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Half way between Malmo and Gothenburg is the popular summer town of Halmstad. The drive up is a bit different to the red dust along the quieter roads of Australia, with forests lining the highway most of the way instead. In Halmstad, enjoy the view over Tylosand beach in the summer months at Restaurang Tylohus or sniff out some Swedish meatballs served with lingonberry jam and potato, a local favourite.
140km further north along forest and lake bordered roads is the city of Gothenburg. Gothenburg's coastal location makes seafood an obvious choice. The main hub of restaurants is on Linnegatan. The local street food speciality is fried herring from Strommingsluckan food truck.
This is a good alternative for everyone who prefers to steer clear of the traditional Swedish fermented herring - surstromming - which is, to put it politely, an acquired taste. If you've found dishes to impress your friends with back home, Gothenburg's Swedish Taste restaurant also offers private cooking classes to arm you with the skills to cook up a storm.
If you have any success stories of keeping surstromming down, feel free to share your experiences. If you're looking to recreate this itinerary, our car hire, motorhome and Peugeot leasing specialists are here to help. Please give our friendly reservations staff a call on 1300 656 601 or simply book today!