Food & Drink

Six Open Sandwich Restaurants to Try in Copenhagen

What is Smørrebrød?

Smørrebrød is the classic Danish open-faced sandwich, traditionally eaten for lunch with beer and aquavit (if you want to go full Dane). Piled high with goodies like breaded fish filet, shrimp, egg or roast beef and with a foundation of thick, dark rye bread spread with butter or lard, smørrebrød is a must-eat when you’re in Denmark.

Though there are many places to get a quick, tasty bite, you can have the full culinary experience at any of these restaurants that we consider to have best Danish open sandwiches:

List Marker: Number 1Aamanns Smørrebrød

Aamann’s is known as one of the most gourmet open sandwich restaurants in town, drawing on both New Nordic and traditional Danish cuisine. There’s both a sit-down restaurant and a takeaway deli next door, where you can get either a gourmet-level meal or a box of smørrebrød to take to the park.


Aamanns Restaurant

Øster Farimagsgade 12
2100 København Ø

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Sat & Sun 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Mon – Fri 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 6:30 – 11:00 pm
Sun Closed


Aamanns 1921

Niels Hemmingsens Gade 19-21
1153 København K

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 11:30 – 4:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tue – Sat 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun – Mon Closed

Aamanns Deli & Take Away

Øster Farimagsgade 10
2100 København Ø

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun 11:00 am – 5:30 pm



List Marker: Number 2Cafe Gammel Torv

Also known as The House with the Green Tree (it has two official names!). It’s actually 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 good old fashioned smørrebrød with all the sides, beers and snaps. The interior is cosy and almost original with panels of wood decorated with historical pictures of Copenhagen. In fact, this restaurant was the first place to allowed women to dine publicly in Copenhagen. There’s also a lovely outdoor seating area when the weather is nice.


Cafe Gammel Torv

Gammeltorv 20
1457 København K

Opening Hours:
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 3Restaurant Kronborg

A beautiful, hyggeligt interior and an impeccable staff are just icing on the cake at this classic spot. The smørrebrød is traditional and absolutely delicious. Be sure to try the marinated herring (in the image below); it’s their speciality! They also serve a fantastic Christmas and Easter menu. There’s a reason we keep coming back here for years!


Restaurant Kronborg

Brolæggerstræde 12
1211 København K

Opening Hours:
Every day 11:00 am – 5:00 pm



List Marker: Number 4Restaurant Schønnemann

This place been around since 1877, and their age is testament to the impeccable service and array of different classics on offer. It’s a favourite central haunt for Copenhagen’s locals too, offering visitors an authentic Danish dining experience in the heart of the city.


Restaurant Schønnemann

Hauser Plads 16
Copenhagen, Denmark

Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 5:00 pm



List Marker: Number 5Told & Snaps

Traditional and top-quality smørrebrød located near Nyhavn. They have an excellent range of homemade snaps including flavors like Lemon & Thyme and Horseradish. Rumour has it this is where the Queen buys her smørrebrød, and portraits of royalty decorate the walls.


Told & Snaps

Toldbodgade 2
1253 København K

Opening Hours:
Sun – Fri 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 4:00 pm



List Marker: Number 6Kompasset

Modern takes on classic dishes in a light-filled, Scandi-style setting situated in picturesque Nyhavn. And their vast selection of home distilled aquavits – which can be be paired to each course – offers a nice accompaniment to this wonderfully traditional meal.



Nyhavn 65
1051 København K

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri & Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Photos by Freya McOmish

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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