Food & Drink

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Copenhagen

Two pictures of food at Copenhagen restaurants.

The Copenhagen food scene is known as one of the most exciting in the world. The prominence of the Danish capital is largely thanks to the diffusion effect of the New Nordic cuisine movement and Noma, chef René Redzepi’s three Michelin star restaurant voted best restaurant in the world four times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014s).

Though it’s a small city, Copenhagen has no shortage of fantastic places to eat, at a wide range of price points, from charming local eateries to high luxury (there’s no shortage of Michelin-starred restaurants in this city, if that’s your thing).

While the type of food and price may vary, one thing Copenhagen does not compromise on is quality. Fresh ingredients and seasonal produce are incorporated into every level of Danish dining, from diners to white-glove service. So what are the best restaurants in Copenhagen? Well, we could be here all day listing them for you.

Here are the best places to eat and drink in Copenhagen:


Fine Dining Restaurants

Casual Dining Restaurants

Traditional Danish Restaurants


Copenhagen Cafes


Copenhagen Bakeries

Fine Dining Restaurants

Casual Dining Restaurants

Traditional Danish Restaurants

Copenhagen Cafes

A croissant on a white background.

Copenhagen Bakeries

 


 


Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Copenhagen

 

List Marker: Number 1Noma

Known as ground zero of the New Nordic movement and the restaurant scene in Copenhagen, Noma continues to impress with its intentional evolution. They are shifting in 2024 from being a fine dining restaurant to being an e-commerce platform and test kitchen, called Noma Projects.

Founded by René Redzepi and Claus Meyer (celebrity chef and founder of, among others, Meyer’s Bageri) in 2003, Noma closed in 2016 and reopened in 2018 in its new Refshalevej 96 location. It also transitioned to burgers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

A table covered in moss at a Copenhagen restaurant.A plate of Norwegian Langoustine served with a mussel sauce and wild quince
A table covered in moss at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A plate of Norwegian Langoustine served with a mussel sauce and wild quince

 

Noma specializes in local, seasonal dishes made with the freshest Danish produce, with an eye to the unexpected, using the most innovative and thrilling techniques. Their world-class dishes are works of art as much as they are meals.

 

 

Noma

Refshalevej 96
1432 Copenhagen K

New Nordic • 3 Michelin star • $$$$

 

Sat – Mon Closed
Tues – Thurs 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 – 5:00 pm (lunch), 6:00 – 11:00 pm (dinner)

 

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 2Geranium

If Noma is put on the highest pedestal possible in Denmark’s gastronomic world, Geranium deserves that same spot. Named the best restaurant in the world in 2022, it is also the first Danish restaurant to achieve three Michelin stars (it was awarded three stars in 2016). Opened by chef Rasmus Kofoed in 2007, the restaurant is known for its immaculate service and interior, as well as New Nordic menu.

 

A dessert on a glass plate at a Copenhagen restaurant.A bowl of ice cream with blackberries in a Copenhagen restaurant.
A dessert on a glass plate at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A bowl of ice cream with blackberries in a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Geranium

Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8.
2100 Copenhagen Ø

New Nordic • 3 Michelin star • $$$$

 

Sun – Tues Closed
Weds – Thurs 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Fri & Sat 12:00 – 3:30 pm (lunch), 6:30 – 11:30 pm (dinner)

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 3Alouette

Housed in what is probably the best restaurant location in Copenhagen, Alouette can be found in a coverted pencil factory on Islands Brygge. The gorgeous, calming interior stands in stark contrast to the graffiti-covered exterior, and that’s all part of the charm. There’s an open kitchen that’s central to the space.

Their menu is an ever-evolving five course tasting menu that relies on the tenants of Nordic food – the menu changes seasonally, they use local produce, etc – but isn’t dogmatic, holding more with a contemporary American style.

Alouette was opened by American chef Nick Curtain in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite on the scene for its assured dishes and unpretentious attitude. 

 

A Copenhagen restaurant with a glass roof.A plate with a yellow and green dish on it at Copenhagen restaurants.
A Copenhagen restaurant with a glass roof.
A plate with a yellow and green dish on it at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Alouette

Sturlasgade 14P
2300 Copenhagen S

Please note: Alouette will be moving venue from Amager to the city centre in early 2024.

Creative modern cuisine • One Michelin star • $$$$

 

Sun – Wed Closed
Thurs – Sat Reservations start at 5:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 4Goldfinch

If you’re a fan of Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film “In the Mood for Love,” you’ll immediately connect to Goldfinch’s interior. With deep reds and royal purples, the design is an homage to the Hong Kong film. The setting is one thing, of course, but the food has to be good to keep people coming back; Goldfinch checks that box!

With Hong Kong cuisine that includes both meat and vegetable-focused menu items, the restaurant has set itself apart with flavorful dishes and creative cocktails. Don’t have time for a reservation?

You can eat at the bar and they only take walk-ins, so get there early for the ideal spot to perch for the night. If you have a sweet craving after dinner, head there for their infamous Hong Kong-style French toast; it’s outrageously good!

 

A long bar with red chairs and wine glasses at a Copenhagen restaurant.A person is holding chopsticks over a bowl of food in a Copenhagen restaurant.
A long bar with red chairs and wine glasses at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A person is holding chopsticks over a bowl of food in a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Goldfinch

Kongens Nytorv 8, st tv
(in the backyard behind Esmee)
1050 Copenhagen K

Chinese, Cantonese • $$-$$$

 

Sun – Weds 5:30 pm – midnight
Thurs 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Fri & Sat 5:30 pm – 2:00 am

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 5Kadeau

Kadeau is a beloved institution, with locations in both Copenhagen and the island of Bornholm. Both restaurants offer creative cuisine focused on ingredients from Bornholm. They work closely with farmers, fishermen, and foragers to source the freshest and most interesting produce available.

With two Michelin stars and a reputation for excellence, Kadeau offers a wonderful multi-course menu plus wine pairings.

 

Photo credit: Marie Louise Munkegaard

Kadeau

Wildersgade 10B
1408 Copenhagen K

New Nordic • Bornholm cuisine • Two Michelin stars • $$$$

 

Sun & Mon Closed
Tues – Fri 6:00 pm – midnight
Sat 12:00 – 4:00 pm (lunch), 6:30 – midnight (dinner)

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 6ARK

Vegans, rejoice! ARK, which has a green star from the Michelin guide, is the premium dining destination for those who eat vegan, or simply don’t mind if there’s no meat on the menu. If you’re worried that the food won’t be filling, you can put that fear to rest: the meals are as substantial as any other, and the ingredients are fresh, innovative, and beautifully cooked. ARK also serves delicious cocktails.

ARK’s sister restaurant, Bistro Lupa, is a more casual space but, like the fine dining counterpart, their menu takes vegan food to an impressive place. 

 

A plate with a plate of food and a glass of wine at Copenhagen restaurants.A bowl with a strawberry in it on a wooden table at Copenhagen restaurants.
A plate with a plate of food and a glass of wine at Copenhagen restaurants.
A bowl with a strawberry in it on a wooden table at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

ARK

Nørre Farimagsgade 63,
1364 Copenhagen K

Vegan • Sustainability-driven • Michelin Green Star • $$$

 

Sun & Mon Closed
Tues – Thurs 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Fri & Sat 5:30 pm – midnight

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 7Høst

If you only have one night to enjoy a Copenhagen restaurant, Høst should be a strong contender, especially if you’re interested in New Nordic food.

Located in the heart of the city in a lush space, Höst has found a balance between between affordability and high-quality food and service.

They offer a constantly changing three and five course menus (including a vegetarian menu), with or without wine pairings. 

 

A tree in the middle of a Copenhagen restaurant.A plate with a bowl of greens at Copenhagen restaurants.
A tree in the middle of a Copenhagen restaurant.
A plate with a bowl of greens at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Høst

Nørre Farimagsgade 41
1364 Copenhagen K

Modern cuisine • Affordable New Nordic • Cosy garden interior • $$$

 

Mon – Sun 5:30 pm – midnight

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 8Kong Hans Kælder

The first restaurant in Copenhagen to be awarded a Michelin star in 1983, Kong Hans Kæder now has two Michelin stars.

Serving modern French cuisine under the stunning Gothic arches of the oldest building in Copenhagen, the restaurant has a seasonal menu that includes their beloved cheese trolley and petit four trolley (we’ll take one of each, please!).

Kong Hans Kælder opened in 1976 with the goal of offering luxury food in an unpretentious atmosphere, and that’s what they have done ever since. A little history lesson: Hans Christian Andersen actually lived in this house on Vingårdsstræde and wrote about it in “Only a Minstrel.”

 

 

Kong Hans Kælder

Vingaardsstræde 6
1070 Copenhagen K

Modern French • Michelin star • $$$$

 

Sun – Tues Closed
Weds – Sat 6:00 pm – midnight

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 9KOAN

Opened by Noma-alum Kristian Baumann in 2023, KOAN quickly received accolades as one of the most interesting and inspiring new restaurants on the Copenhagen scene.

With a menu that seamlessly blends Korean street food, Korean BBQ, and royal court cuisine, KOAN offers a tasting menu as well as a number of drink pairings.

Their most exciting option is the Korean sool pairing, which offers an array of Korean liquors. “Sool” is a composite word, adding “soo” (water) and “bool” (fire) referring to liquor made in Korea. KOAN combines Korean flavors and dishes with Nordic seasonal ingredients, bringing together Baumann’s heritage in a beautiful way.

 

A person is holding a bowl of caviar at a Copenhagen restaurant.Three pieces of sashimi at a Copenhagen restaurant on a gold plate.
A person is holding a bowl of caviar at a Copenhagen restaurant.
Three pieces of sashimi at a Copenhagen restaurant on a gold plate.

 

KOAN

Langeliniekaj 5
2100 Copenhagen Ø

Korean flavours • Creative fusion cuisine • Two Michelin stars • $$$

 

Sun & Mon Closed
Tues- Fri, and occasionally Sat 6:00 pm – midnight

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 10Iluka

Seafood lovers, get ready for the meal of a lifetime! The restaurant is known for their seafood dishes, including oysters, caviar, langoustine,  sea urchin from the Faroe Islands, and any other seasonal maritime treats.

The menu is a la carte and very straightforward; nothing too precious. Just expertly-crafted dishes, clean flavors, and a love of local seafood from Australian chef Beau Clugston. 

 

A Copenhagen restaurant with red curtain.A group of plates with seafood and ice on them served at Copenhagen restaurants.
A Copenhagen restaurant with red curtain.
A group of plates with seafood and ice on them served at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Iluka

Peder Skrams Gade 15
1054 Copenhagen K

Seafood-focused • Contemporary Danish • $$$

 

Sun & Mon Closed
Tues – Sat 5:30 pm – midnight

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 11Barr

With dishes inspired by northern Europe, particularly Danish cuisine, Barr is a beloved institution in Copenhagen. Head chef Thorsten Schmidt took over the original Noma waterfront space in 2017 and people have been talking about their frikadeller (Danish meatballs) ever since.

Don’t miss their schnitzel (meat or veggie options!) with a Belgian waffle; it’s outstanding. Barr has an extensive beer menu, and you’ll find the atmosphere as charming and sincere as possible. It’s elevated, but without airs.

 

 

Restaurant Barr

Strandgade 93
1401 Copenhagen K

New Nordic • Upgraded traditional Danish • $$$

 

Mon- Weds 5:00  – 11:00 pm
Thurs – Sat 12:00 pm – midnight
Sun Closed

 


 
 

Best Copenhagen Mid & Casual Dining Restaurants

 

List Marker: Number 1Sanchez

Rosio Sanchez opened her famed taqueria back in 2015, after leaving her role as head of pastry at Noma. That taqeruia, a simple stall at the central city market Torvehallerne, has expanded into quite a few taquerias, a cantina in Nordhavn, and a restaurant in Vesterbro.

Sanchez Restaurant serves up Mexican dishes with a focus on authentic spices, indigenous heirloom corn varieties, and chiles. If you just feel like a cocktail, their “Sanchez Margarita,” featuring chile de arbol syrup, is a spicy yet subtle dream; their cocktail list rivals any of the best bars in Copenhagen.

 

Two oysters on ice on a blue plate at Copenhagen restaurants.A table with plates of food and drinks at Copenhagen restaurants.
Two oysters on ice on a blue plate at Copenhagen restaurants.
A table with plates of food and drinks at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Sanchez

Istedgade 60
1650 Copenhagen V

Modern Mexican • Creative cocktails • $$$

 

Mon – Thu 5:30 pm – midnight
Fri 5:00 pm – midnight
Sat 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Lunch), 5:00 pm – midnight (Dinner)
Sun 11:00 am – 3.00  pm (lunch), 5:30 pm – midnight (Dinner) 

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 2Rufino Osteria

If you’re after traditional Italian food, Rufino Osteria is the place to go. The restaurant opened in 2016 and has become one of the most beloved Italian spots in the city. Their menu includes freshly homemade pasta and other Italian specialities.  While the atmosphere is laid-back, the dishes and service are spectacular.

 

A plate of pasta on a table at a Copenhagen restaurant.A bowl of sardines at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A plate of pasta on a table at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A bowl of sardines at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Rufino Osteria

Strandgade 14
Christianshavn
1401 Copenhagen K

Traditional Italian trattoria • Pasta specialties • $$-$$$

 

Mon – Sat 5:30 – 11:30 pm
Sun Closed 

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 2SURT

When the entire Copenhagen food scene recommends a pizzeria, you’ll want to get a table ASAP. SURT, located in Carlsberg Byen, has the support of almost every major chef in town, and for good reason: the pizzas by chef Giuseppe Oliva are really, really tasty.  The restaurant focuses on pizza but has a small list of other dishes.

 

A plate of pizza with tomatoes and peppers at Copenhagen restaurants.
A plate of pizza with tomatoes and peppers at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

SURT

Bag Elefanterne 2
1799 Copenhagen V

Wood-fired sourdough pizza • $$

 

Sun – Tues Closed
Weds 4:30 – 9:30 pm (Dinner only)
Thurs – Sat 12:00 – 2:30 pm (Lunch), 4:30 – 9:30 pm (Dinner)

 

Read more

Where to Get the Best Pizza in Copenhagen

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 4Villette

Sister restaurant to Pompette, a popular wine bar with a stellar wine list, and Poulette, a spicy chicken sandwich shop, Villette has its own particular take on the “fresh, seasonal, local” profile.

Helmed by American chef Marissa Lippert, Vilette is situated in a back garden in Nørrebro, in a truly special building – airy, with a large outdoor terrace and an open kitchen – that makes the dining experience even better. With creative cocktails, a great wine list, and a laid-back yet high-end vibe, Villette is destined to be a local favorite.  No reservations necessary; just walk in!

 

Three bowls of food on a table in Copenhagen restaurants.
Three bowls of food on a table in Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Villette

Fælledvej 12
2200 Copenhagen N

Nutritious & seasonal • Natural wine • $$$

 

Mon Closed
Tues – Fri 3:00 pm – midnight
Sat 11-00 am – midnight
Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 5Bæst

Opened in Nørrebro by Noma alum Christian Puglisi (also known for now-closed Relæ and Manfred’s), Bæst is the restaurant that put pizza on the map in Copenhagen. With their sourdough crusts that are baked to perfection, Bæst quickly became the hottest ticket in town.

Its staying power has been in its consistent quality, fantastic cocktails (seriously, you can go just for the drinks if you don’t feel like food), and its tasty Italian menu focused on local ingredients and authentic, uncomplicated dishes.

Expert tip: can’t get a reservation for dinner? Try their weekend brunch instead (yes, you can get pizza at brunch)! 

 

A group of people at a Copenhagen restaurant.A group of people eating pizza at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A group of people at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A group of people eating pizza at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Bæst

Guldbergsgade 29
2200 Copenhagen N

Wood-fired sourdough pizza • Local produce • Hand-stretched fresh mozzarella • $$

 

Mon Closed
Tues – Fri 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Sat & Sun 11:00 am – 2:30 pm (brunch), 5:00 – 10:00 pm (dinner)

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 6Kødbyens Fiskebar

Located in a charming industrial building in the meatpacking district in Vesterbro, Kødbyens Fiskebar is known for their unpretentious and delicious seafood dishes. Open since 2009, the restaurant is a favorite in the city for its straightforward take on local and seasonal ingredients.

 

A plate of oysters and a book on a table at Copenhagen restaurants.A white plate with a lobster tail at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A plate of oysters and a book on a table at Copenhagen restaurants.
A white plate with a lobster tail at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Kødbyens Fiskebar

Flæsketorvet 100
1711 Copenhagen V

Seafood • Modern Danish • Michelin Bib Gourmand • $$$

 

Mon Closed
Tues – Fri 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Sat & Sun 11:00 am – 2:30 pm (brunch), 5:00 – 10:00 pm (dinner)

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 7Slurp Ramen Joint

Fantastic ramen as it’s meant to be enjoyed: handmade noodles, hot and flavorful, prepared and eaten quickly. Slurp is all about honoring ramen as comfort food. There’s a limited but tasty menu: shio, shoyu, and veggie ramen bowls, plus a handful of snacks including kimchi and Korean fried chicken. This is a quick and delicious mean that’s ideal for a casual dinner.

NB: No reservations, walk-in only. Go as close to opening as possible and put your name down to ensure you’ll get a table.

 

Three bowls of food on a Copenhagen restaurant table.A Copenhagen restaurant with stools and a sign on the wall.
Three bowls of food on a Copenhagen restaurant table.
A Copenhagen restaurant with stools and a sign on the wall.

 

Slurp Ramen Joint

Nansensgade 90
1366 Copenhagen K

Authentic ramen • Casual • $$

 

Mon & Sun Closed
Tues – Sat 5:00 – 10:00 pm

 

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Aboard the Hygge Express at Slurp Ramen Joint

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 8Ranee’s

Ranee’s is an institutuon in the city: known as the best Thai you can get in the Danish capital, the restaurant uses as many fresh ingredients as possible, often having the harder to find items like Banana Flower, imported directly from Thailand.  The signature dishes include Kanom Chin Nam Jaa and the soft shell crab, as well as their must-try fishcakes (seriously, don’t miss out!). 

 

A red brick restaurant building in Copenhagen.A table with plates of food at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A red brick restaurant building in Copenhagen.
A table with plates of food at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Ranee’s

Blågårds Pl. 10
2200 Copenhagen N

Thai cuisine • Cozy atmosphere • $$

 

Monday – Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm

Love Thai food? Here are the best Thai restaurants in Denmark.

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 9Gasoline Grill

What does it take to make the world’s best burger? As per Gasoline Grill, a potato bun, expertly cooked meat patty, and special “Gasoline” sauce. Okay, so they’re not claiming to be “world’s best,” but they are certainly seen that way in Copenhagen.  While there are many locations these days, the original one is in a (still functional!) petrol station in the city center.  Grab a burger (or veggie burger), crinkle-cut fries, and their famous homemade lemonade for the ideal fast-food-but-elevated type of meal.

 

A man is preparing burgers in a Copenhagen restaurant.A group of people standing outside of a gas station.
A man is preparing burgers in a Copenhagen restaurant.
A group of people standing outside of a gas station.

Gasoline Grill

Landgreven 10
1301 København K

Strandgade 95
1401 København K

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 20
1153 København K

Tivoli Gardens, Vesterbrogade 3
1606 Copenhagen V

Gourmet burgers • Casual • Takeaway • $$

 

 
Everyday 11:00 am until they’re sold out
Burger prices start at 75 DKK

 

Read more

The Best Burger Joints in Copenhagen

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 10Delphine

This Greek and Southern Italian-style eatery from restaurant group Cofoco features delectable plates such as grilled lamb skewers, crudo of cod with pickled chili, and feta salad.  With a playful interior, large central bar, and affordable pricing, Delphine is an easy place to enjoy a solo meal or have a large gathering, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. If you’re not a fan of loud restaurants, you may want to try Delphine on a weekday rather than a weekend, as it gets pretty packed.

 

A Copenhagen restaurant with a mural on the wall.A plate of fish at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A Copenhagen restaurant with a mural on the wall.
A plate of fish at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Delphine

Vesterbrogade 40
1620 Copenhagen V

Greek cuisine • Seafood, grill & greens • $$$

 

Sun – Thurs 8:00 am – midnight
Fri & Sat 8:00 – 1:00 am

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 11Hidden Dim Sum

Nestled in a charming building that was once the home of Motzart’s wife, Constanze, Hidden Dim Sum serves authentic and delicious dim sum. The restaurant space has been a family affair since 2009, when it served an array of East Asian dishes. When the family’s father retired in 2017, the younger generation devoted the menu to dim sum. Fluffy Shanghai buns, gaozi, su mai, wantons, and bao round out a classic menu that will leave you utterly satisfied. 

 

Chinese dumplings in Hong Kong.A neon sign advertising Copenhagen restaurants with Chinese characters.
Chinese dumplings in Hong Kong.
A neon sign advertising Copenhagen restaurants with Chinese characters.

 

Hidden Dim Sum

Nytorv 19
1450 Copenhagen K

Dim sum specialties • Casual • $$

 

Mon – Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 12Et Cetera

This casual spot serves Korean-inspired dishes such as korokke buns, Korean pancakes, and breakfast bap. There is both breakfast and lunch on the menu, so drop by for a casual but expertly-made dish, served up on a simple metal tray.  The eatery is small, with one large communal table in the middle in addition to a few small two-tops.  Top tip: always get the seasonal iced teas!

 

A Copenhagen restaurant featuring a wooden dining table and chairs.A piece of cake and a pickle served on a tray at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A Copenhagen restaurant featuring a wooden dining table and chairs.
A piece of cake and a pickle served on a tray at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Et Cetera

Haraldsgade 3
2200 Copenhagen N

Korean-inspired • Modern canteen • Breakfast & lunch • $$$

 

Sun – Tues Closed
Weds & Thurs 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Kitchen closes at 4:00 pm, wine shop is open until 6:00 pm)
Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 13Barabba

Italian eatery and bar Barabba was an instant hit. This restaurant has a friendly, welcoming vibe, and its menu features top-quality Italian dishes. You can choose authentic Italian flavours from the ‘Traditional’ menu. Alternatively, try the ‘Attitude’ menu for modern twists like their seaweed tiramisu. Unfortunately, they are no longer open til 2am.

 

A plate with noodles and sauce at a Copenhagen restaurant.People dining at tables outside of a Copenhagen restaurant.
A plate with noodles and sauce at a Copenhagen restaurant.
People dining at tables outside of a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

 

Barbarra

Store Kongensgade 34
1264 København K

Modern Italian • Cozy atmosphere • Michelin Bib Gourmand • $$-$$$

 

Mon & Tues Closed
Weds – Sun 5:00 pm – 12:00 am – ish

 


 
 
 

Best Traditional Danish Restaurants in Copenhagen

 

List Marker: Number 1Selma

Selma offers an affordable and unique take on traditional Danish food. Named after the owner’s daughter, Selma is run by a friendly young team, and offers a contemporary twist on the traditional Danish lunch staple of smørrebrød.

The restaurant’s focus on creative toppings, such as elderflower herring with crème fraîche and buckwheat, has won it widespread acclaim, and it was the first smørrebrød joint to be awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide. The restaurant also offers an excellent selection of craft beers on tap, making it a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner.

 

A plate topped with edible flowers at Copenhagen restaurants.A plate with a piece of food on it at Copenhagen restaurants.
A plate topped with edible flowers at Copenhagen restaurants.
A plate with a piece of food on it at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Selma

Rømergade 20
1362 Copenhagen K

Modern Danish Smørrebrød • Casual • Michelin Bib Gourmand • $$

 

Weds – Mon 11:30 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch)
Thurs – Sat 6:30 – 11:00 pm (Dinner)

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 2Restaurant Kronborg

Homemade, comforting, immaculate, and absolutely traditional: that’s Restaurant Kronborg in a nutshell. Everything homemade, right down to the aquavit (also called snaps, infused vodka). If you’re looking for Danish food done right, look no further. Their epic Easter and Christmas menus are must-tries, if you happen to be here at the right time of year.

 

Three plates of food at a Copenhagen restaurant.A table and chairs outside of a Copenhagen restaurant.
Three plates of food at a Copenhagen restaurant.
A table and chairs outside of a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Restaurant Kronborg

Brolæggerstræde 12
1211 Copenhagen K

Classic Danish • Smørrebrød • Snaps • $$

 

Sun – Weds 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thurs – Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 2Aamann’s 1921

Aamann’s 1921 is a gourmet open sandwich restaurant, drawing on both New Nordic and traditional Danish cuisine. The beautifully-designed space brings in Danish design, so you get the full national experience when you’re there. They serve both lunch and dinner; we recommend lunch for a leisurely meal that’s satisfying but won’t leave you sleepy (unless you add aquavit, of course).

 

A white plate with a piece of bread on it, found in Copenhagen restaurants.Four plates of food on a table in front of a person at Copenhagen restaurants.
A white plate with a piece of bread on it, found in Copenhagen restaurants.
Four plates of food on a table in front of a person at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Aamann’s 1921

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 19-21
1153 Copenhagen K

Modern Danish • Smørrebrød • Snaps • $$

 

Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 4:30 pm (Lunch)
Sun 11:30 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch)
Tue – Sat 6:00 pm – 12:00 am (Dinner)
Sun – Mon Closed (Dinner)

 

Read more

Getting to Know Smørrebrød: The Ultimate Guide To Danish Open Faced Sandwiches

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 4Cafe Gammel Torv

Cafe Gammel Torv has two official names; its other one is The House with the Green Tree. It’s the location of a famous Danish novel called “Huset med det grønne træ” about at merchant family that lived in the building. This place serves up old fashioned smørrebrød with all the sides, beers, and aquavit. The interior is wood-panelled and covered with historical pictures of Copenhagen. 

 

Two Danish flags hanging outside of a Copenhagen restaurant.A plate of food at Copenhagen restaurants.

 

Cafe Gammel Torv

Gammeltorv 20
1457 København K

Traditional Danish • Smørrebrød • Snaps • $$

 

Mon & Tues 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Weds – Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
First Sunday of every month 12:00 – 4:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 5Schønnemann

Serving classic Danish food since 1877, this favourite central haunt for Copenhagen’s locals offers visitors an authentic dining experience in the heart of the city. 

 

A plate of food served at Copenhagen restaurants.A glass of wine on a table at a Copenhagen restaurant.

 

Schønnemann

Hauser Plads 16
Copenhagen, Denmark

Classic Danish • Smørrebrød • Snaps • $$$

 

Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

 


 
 
 

Best Copenhagen Cafes

 

List Marker: Number 1La Banchina

One of the most unique restaurant spaces you’ll find in the city, La Banchina is part cafe, part wine bar, part sauna, part dock. There are no reservations, so just stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The entire menu is organic and biodynamic, including the wine. Grab a glass or a bite, then take a dip in the water or just dangle your feet over the dock. Enjoying a glass of wine or organic soda while taking in the sunset, surrounded by chilled-out locals, is one of life’s greatest joys. 

 

A wooden table next to a window with a view of the water in Copenhagen.Three plates of food on a wooden table next to a river in Copenhagen.

 

La Banchina

Refshalevej 141
1432 Copenhagen K

Unique waterfront • Danish-only ingredients • Responsible produce • Natural wine • $$

 

Sun – Weds 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs – Sat 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 2Ø12

This awesome blend of kaffebar and all-day eatery. Their coffee, food, drinks, and interior are all on-point.

As for recommendations from the menu, don’t miss their waffles topped with vanilla cream and berries! Also, be sure to indulge in the delectable avocado smash, the Tartar dish, and their delectable pastries; they’re all worth savoring. Their concept is elegantly simple: a reimagined all-day dining experience in Copenhagen.

Enete, Kasper, and Anders, the dedicated owners, have made it their mission to elevate Copenhagen’s culinary scene with the finest coffee and cuisine. The coffee here is truly exceptional and ranks among the best in Copenhagen. Their commitment to top-tier ingredients and innovative culinary techniques ensures that the food matches the same high standard.

Ø12 Coffee & Eatery

Øster Farimagsgade 12
2100 København Ø

All-day eatery • Brunch classics • Comfort food • Coffee • $$

 

Mon – Thur 7:00 am – midnight
Fri 7:00 am – 1:00 am
Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun 8:00 am – midnight

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 2Sixteen Twelve

Arguably one of the most impressive brunch spots in Copenhagen, Sixteen Twelve draws inspiration from Australian cuisine, offering generous portions of smashed avocado and eggs Benedict infused with elements of fermented, probiotic, and gut-healthy ingredients. They also frequently provide freshly made, gluten-free, and vegan baked goods.

The menu boasts both novelty and deliciousness! Why not savor their waffles featuring crispy fried chicken, zesty harissa, creamy yogurt, and refreshing watermelon? Alternatively, you can indulge in their renowned eggs Benedict, which comes with succulent pulled pork and an apple cider-miso hollandaise sauce.

In addition to the usual lattes and filter coffee, Sixteen Twelve elevates the wellness factor by offering shots of apple cider vinegar and nourishing bone broth. For a wholesome meal, consider their “bowls” containing pulled pork, creamy avocado, ripe tomato, fresh spinach, and a perfectly poached egg on top. Alternately, you can’t go wrong with their bacon and cheeseburger accompanied by truffle-infused fries.

 

 

Sixteen Twelve

Jægersborggade 8
2200 København N

Brunch classics • Healthy meets decadent • Homemade • Coffee • $$

 

 
Mon – Fri: 9 am – 3 pm
Sat & Sun: 8 am – 3:45 pm

 

H.C. Andersens Boulevard 8
1553 København V
 
Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 4Studio X

Craving a touch of elegant, minimalist Scandinavian design to accompany your brunch experience? If so, Studio X Kitchen should be on your list! Studio X serves as a design gallery, showroom, and at times, a design collaborator.

Their kitchen venture, nestled in the heart of Copenhagen, boasts a spacious and open layout. It offers a few intimate tables and a sizable communal table where you can relish a cup of coffee, a fresh roll, or a variety of seasonal dishes. Among their offerings, you’ll find house-made granola paired with skyr and seasonal fruit, as well as their renowned folded eggs, which can be likened to the creamiest scrambled eggs you’ve ever tasted, crowned with a flavorful nduja butter topping.

 

 

→ Studio X Kitchen

Dronningens Tværgade 52
1302 København K

Seasonal menu • Minimalist vibe • $$

 

Daily: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 5Atelier September

The ultimate destination for breakfast and brunch in Copenhagen, often touted as one of the city’s finest brunch experiences. Atelier September offers an exquisite combination of a stunning interior, delicious and reliably top-notch cuisine, and a tranquil ambiance, making it a complete package. Be sure not to miss their iconic avocado on rye bread; it’s a timeless favorite for a reason!

Their menu features elevated renditions of classic dishes, ranging from sourdough slices accompanied by Comté cheese and whipped butter to a delightful yoghurt option paired with granola and their renowned zucchini jam.

For those seeking a more indulgent treat, the almond pancake with blueberries, presented with an artful dollop of cream, is a must-try. Their offerings are part of their comprehensive brunch and lunch menu, available throughout the day until the kitchen closes, typically 2 to 2.5 hours before the establishment’s closing time. N.B. These days there is often a line out the front, but it tends to move quickly, and is worth the wait.

 

Atelier September

Kronprinsessegade 62
1306 København K

Strandvejen 134
2900 Hellerup

Aesthetic noms • Healthy options • Cosy atmosphere • $$

 

Kronprinsessegade:
Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sat & Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kitchen closes at 15.30

Hellerup:
Mon – Sun 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Kitchen closes at 14.00

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 6Sonny

Sonny has cultivated a devoted following within Copenhagen’s fashion community. This daytime establishment is renowned for its homemade breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as its specialty coffee and tea selections. If you’re in search of the perfect turmeric latte, look no further; Sonny is the sole destination you need. Moreover, their reputation extends to serving one of Copenhagen’s finest matcha lattes.

Additionally, Sonny boasts its own microbakery, adding a unique dimension to its offerings. You’ll also find a diverse selection of health-conscious beverage options, making it a go-to spot for those seeking both culinary excellence and a wellness-focused experience.

 

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Sonny

Rådhusstræde 5
1466 København

Healthy options • Organic kitchen • Microbakery • Natural drinks • Coffee • $$

 

Mon: 7:30 am – 4 pm
Tues – Fri: 7:30 am – 6 pm
Sat: 9 am – 6 pm
Sun: 9 am – 4 pm

 

Frederiksberg Allé 12
1820 Frederiksberg C

 


 
 
 

Best Copenhagen Bakeries

 

List Marker: Number 1Juno

Juno is a top-quality Swedish bakery that’s best known for their cardamom buns and semla, but makes everything pretty darn well. Their delicate, seasonal pastries often incorporate fruit. 

 

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Juno the Bakery

Århusgade 48
2100 Copenhagen Ø

Swedish & Danish artisan pastries • Sourdough specialties • Coffee • $-$$

 

Weds – Sat 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 2Hart Bageri

Baker Richard Hart and Rene Redzepi opened a bakery, and the reception was exactly as you’d imagine: lines out the door! Everything is handmade and, of course, excellent (if a little pricey). The space is small, so you can either grab a quick coffee or take away; it’s not really a place to set up your laptop and spend the morning. 

 

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Hart Bageri

Gl. Kongevej 109
1850 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Artisan breads • Nordic pastries • Locally-sourced ingredients • Coffee • $-$$

 

Mon-Fri 7:30 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun 8 am – 5 pm

 


 
 

List Marker: Number 2Lille Bakery

Located in a light-filled, industrial space on Refshaleøen, Lille is an artisanal bakery and cafe serving up up hearty salads and open face sandwiches on fresh bread, as well as a range of fantastic treats. The real stuff? Their doughnuts are outrageous; fluffy berliners filled with things like bay leaf cream. We also recommend their famous sausage rolls.

 

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Lille Bakery

Refshalevej 213B
1432 København K

Sourdough masterpieces • Danish pastries • Cozy ambiance • Coffee • $-$$

 

Mon & Tues Closed
Weds – Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 


 
 
 

List Marker: Number 4Meyers

You can’t mention bakeries without Meyers. Started by celebrity chef and restauranteur Claus Meyer in 2010, Meyers Bageri changed the trajectory of bakeries in the city. They were now space that could – and should – serve gourmet-level bread and treats. Meyers has spaces all over, and yet continues to be consistently one of the best bakeries available. They make the best croissant you’ll find in the Danish capital, hands down.

 

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Meyers Bageri

Jægersborggade 9
2200 Copenhagen N

Amagerbrogade 48
2300 Copenhagen S

Classensgade 33
2100 Copenhagen Ø

Gammel Kongevej 107
1850 Frederiksberg C

Classic Danish pastries • Gourmet food • Coffee • $$

 

Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat & Sun 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (open until 6 pm in Frederiksberg only)

 

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Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.