Copenhagen is a must visit city for every foodie! With so many great restaurants, you need a guide to narrow down where to eat in Copenhagen.
If you prefer Michelin-starred restaurants, or innovative street food- you’ll find the best of both these in Copenhagen. The dining scene in Copenhagen can be overwhelming at first glance, but I’ve put together a guide of all my favorite spots of where to eat in Copenhagen!
Looking to take a bite out of the Danish capital? Read on for my guide to discover where to eat in Copenhagen, Denmark! At the bottom, I’ve included a helpful map of where to eat in Copenhagen that you can save for later!
Before we dive into where to eat in Copenhagen, here’s a brief overview of Copenhagen’s growth as a trailblazer in the restaurant industry.
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The Growth of the Copenhagen Food Scene
The Birth of New Nordic Cuisine
New Nordic cuisine is the use of local and seasonal ingredients, combined with traditional techniques to create exciting modern dishes. You can thank chef René Redzepi, co-owner of the world-renowned restaurant Noma, for the birth of New Nordic cuisine. Noma continues to top the list of the world’s best restaurants and currently has three Michelin stars (the highest rating).
It’s no exaggeration to say that Copenhagen’s culinary scene was transformed by the rise of Noma, which opened in 2003. Noma was the first restaurant which took a modern interpretation of overlooked Nordic ingredients—such as sea buckthorn, wild herbs, and rye bread. Noma also created a trickle-down effect of other top chefs, who trained at Noma to go and open their own restaurants in Copenhagen. Several of the restaurants and bakeries I mention in regard to where to eat in Copenhagen in this guide have former Noma trained chefs!
Focus on Sustainability
What sets Copenhagen restaurants apart from anywhere else are the restaurants’ focus on sustainability gastronomy using local organic ingredients. For instance, in 2004 Noma chefs pioneered the way their menu took inspiration from nature by using nearby local mushrooms, herbs, game, etc. from the Baltic Sea, forests, and fields as main ingredients.
Today, the best restaurants in Copenhagen are advancing their sustainability to a new level. It’s common to see restaurants growing their own produce at their nearby farms taking sustainability to another level. Interested in where to eat in Copenhagen if you’re eager to try the best sustainable restaurants? Keep reading for my favorite sustainable and organic restaurants I listed below!
Cost of Dining out in Copenhagen
Eating out in Denmark does come at a higher cost than you might find back home. However, when choosing where to eat in Copenhagen, I promise you don’t need to spend your entire travel budget on food! In this guide, I’ve included price ranges from $ (budget) to $$$$$ (very expensive).The price scale below is broken down per person.
$$$$$ = Splurge | $250~ per person
$$$$ = Expensive | $150-200~ per person
$$$ = Moderate | $75 – $150~ per person
$$ = Casual | $25 – $75 ~ per person
$ = Cheap Eats | $15 – 25 ~ per person
Where to Eat in Copenhagen
Best Danish Restaurants
Restaurant Barr is located in the original Noma location with gorgeous views of the waterfront. Barr takes its name from an old Nordic word for “barley.” The interior has a distant Scandinavian feel, and even though Noma has moved locations, there’s still something special about dining in the restaurant that began to put Copenhagen on the culinary map.
If you enjoy a craft beer, you’ll appreciate the extensive selection at Restaurant Barr. All of their beer is sorted by taste characteristics: crispy, hoppy, malty, smoked, roast, with spices and fruits, as well as tart and sweet, so that the guests can experiment and try something new.
WHAT TO ORDER: Don’t leave without trying their signature dish – schnitzel wiener art with free-range pork, grilled brussel sprouts, horseradish and Barr’s butter sauce with anchovies. During lunch, they serve traditional Danish smørrebrød.
PRACTICAL INFO: Restaurant Barr is located by the beautiful Copenhagen harbor at Strandgade 93, 1401 København, Denmark. You can make reservations here.
The only place in Copenhagen where you can dine “outside” inside. Guests step inside Vækst to find the most beautiful full-sized greenhouse in the center of the restaurant. Plants are hung from the ceiling, and you feel transported to a lush green garden.
The menu at Vækst is centered around tasty vegetables and delicious wines that are perfectly paired with the menu. While vegetables are the main focus, they still have delicious meats and fish on their menu.
No matter what season you’re in, it always feels like summer once you step inside Vækst!
WHAT TO ORDER: I recommend ordering the tasting menu with the wine pairing.
Feed Bistro $$$
Bite into Danish classic dishes – like you’ve never tried before! The idea for Feed Bistro came from head chef and owner, Jacob Jørgsholm. He wanted to create his own favorite dishes with new raw materials and elevate them to a whole new level.
WHAT TO ORDER: Their signature dish is the beef wellington – and it’s not to be missed! They also have an impressive cocktail menu!
PRACTICAL INFO: Feed Bistro recently expanded to a larger location in Copenhagen next to Tivoli Gardens. You can make reservations online here. Feed Bistro is located at Vesterbrogade 1p, 1620 København.
Best Smørrebrød in Copenhagen
Smørrebrød is Denmark’s most famous dish. If you want to try traditional Danish food while you’re in Copenhagen, it needs to be at one of the best smørrebrød restaurants in Copenhagen.
Lucky for you I’ve already put together a guide on the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen from traditional smørrebrød to modern smørrebrød!
Best Cheap Eats in Copenhagen
Danish hot dogs are more than just street food, but part of Danish Culture. The owners take pride in what they do. So much so that every pølsevogn (sausart cart) has the owner’s name displayed at the top of the cart.
For the best take on the classic Danish hotdog, you need to visit Johns Hotdog Deli. John is a Copenhagen legend. His hotdogs are beloved by everyone from Michelin-starred chefs, to late-night partiers. Hours vary, but you’ll typically find Johns Pølsevogn outside of Copenhagen Central Station facing Tivoli Gardens during the weekday.
ORDER THE: Classic Danish hotdog with apple ketchup, mustard, remoulade, chopped onions, fried onions, and crisp, sweet pickles. All toppings and sauces are homemade. John is famous for his hot sauce!
PRACTICAL INFO: Hours vary, but you’ll typically find John’s Pølsevogn outside of Copenhagen Central Station facing Tivoli Gardens during the weekday. Usually, you can find him at Bernstorffsgade 16/22, Copenhagen 1704 Denmark.
Harry’s Place is one of the oldest sausage stands in Copenhagen that’s still in business today dating back to 1965. Harry Löfvall passed away in 1989, but the stand in the Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen remains just as popular.
ORDER THE: Harry’s Place is famous for the legendary “Børge” sausage. Dip it in the “krudt” (gunpowder) sauce – another Henry’s place speciality. The story of how the Børge sausages came to be goes back to the Copenhagen prisoners! Read the full story here.
PRACTICAL INFO: Harry’s Place is in Nørrebro – very close to the Nørrebro metro stop at Nordre Fasanvej 269, 2200 København.
Take a traditional hot dog, but make it healthy, delicious, and 100% organic. DØP stands for “Den Økologiske Pølsemand” which translates to ‘the organic sausage man’ in Danish. DØP hotdogs use 100% organic ingredients – even all the soft drinks, juices and beers sold at DØP are organic. You can even order a special vegetarian hot dog made with tofu.
DØP gives this classic Danish hot dog a makeover for today.
ORDER THE: Roasted Hot Dog with ketchup, mustard & remoulade, fresh and fried onions and pickles!
PRACTICAL INFO: This award-winning sausage cart is located in the heart of Copenhagen near the Round Tower (Købmagergade 52, 1150 ) and the Church of the Holy Spirit (Amagertorv 31, 1160).
Traditional Danish porridge with a modern twist! GRØD (porridge in Danish) is one of my top restaurants in Copenhagen for a cozy dinner. The menu at GRØD changes seasonally. They serve sweet and savory breakfast porridges. For lunch/dinner their seasonal risottos are delicious.
The founders started to take a “boring” dish like porridge and transform it into something unique and flavorful. GRØD is great if you’re looking for a place to eat in Copenhagen that takes a creative approach to a classic Danish dish.
ORDER THE:For breakfast I love their popular overnight oats or açai bowls. For lunch/dinner you can’t go wrong with their risotto – their pea risotto during the summer is my favorite! During the Christmas season they’ll make risengrød (rice pudding) a classic Danish Christmas dish you need to try!
PRACTICAL INFO: GRØD has several different locations in Copenhagen listed here! The location closest to the city center is the Christianshavn location (linked in the map at the bottom at this post).
Proof that fast food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy! Garbanzo is a fast casual restaurant that specializes in pitas. Garbanzo is my top recommendation for their gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian friendly options!
ORDER THE: A homemade pita! You can pair your pita with fries and a drink to make it a combo.
PRACTICAL INFO: Garbanzo is located at Sværtegade 3, Kld, 1118 København, Denmark
Copenhagen has incredible kebab shops, but the best kebab shop that takes the flavor and ingredients to the next level is the team behind Killer Kebab.
At Killer Kebab everything is homemade! You choose from their house marinated lamb kebab or their crunchy falafels wrapped around a fluffy sourdough flatbread. Their fries are crispy and dusted with a flavorful blend of spices.
I had high expectations for the kebab, but the fries blew me away! Often I feel like fries are an afterthought at kebab shops, but I loved how Killer Kebab made their fries unique and flavorful.
ORDER THE: Try a Killer Kombo! It comes with a kebab (or falafel), a side of fries, their killer dip, and a drink. They even have their own Killer Pale Ale brewed especially for them from a brewery in Norway.
PRACTICAL INFO: Killer Kebab has two locations. The location closest to the city center is Borgergade 18 1300 København K.
Crispy and SPICY Nashville-style hot chicken has made its way to Copenhagen! Poulette was founded by the team who created the natural wine bar Pompette – because what sounds better than hot fried chicken and a bottle of wine!
Poulette has mastered the art of hot chicken. All sandwiches are made with their secret spice mix, a dollop of mayo, a slice of iceberg lettuce, pickled cucumbers, and served on a toasted brioche bun. The chicken is crispy and packed with flavor. For a vegetarian option they map a tofu sandwich.
You can order your sandwich to go, or take a seat on one of the small plastic chairs outside the store. Their natural wine bar, Pomette, is right next door – which is certainly worth a visit if you enjoy wine!
ORDER THE: Fried chicken sandwich and fries! Their fries are dusted with their signature spice mix and packed with flavor.
PRACTICAL INFO: Poulette is located in Nørrebro at Møllegade 1, 2200 København, Denmark. They also have a storefront at the popular street food kitchen Broens Gadekøkken near Nyhavn.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Brunch
Mad & Kaffe $$
With a clean chic design and a brunch menu that’s crafted for every taste – Mad & Kaffe is my favorite restaurant for brunch in Copenhagen. Mad (Danish for food) and kaffe (Danish for coffee) has three restaurants in Copenhagen located in Vesterbro, Amagerbro and Frederiksberg. They’re open for brunch, lunch and dinner – but their brunch is iconic.
The brunch menu at Mad & Kaffe is tapas style and guests mix and match to build their own brunch board of 3,5, or 7 dishes. All dishes are made from local and organic ingredients with savory and sweet options.
ORDER THE: All of the brunch plates are delicious and beautifully presented. I recommend choosing the rye bread, skyr yogurt, scrambled eggs, and sausage with smoked chili ketchup. Don’t miss trying their organic juices or fresh lemonade. Depending how hungry you are, the 7 brunch plate is perfect and gives you more options to try.
In the chic Østerbro and Fredericksburg neighborhoods of Copenhagen is one of the best brunch spots – Baryl. This organic brunch spot serves the most colorful brunch plates in all of Copenhagen that leaves you feeling like you’re truly eating a rainbow.
An added perk of brunching at Baryl is that you can order your juice and iced coffee together in their innovative cups that split your iced coffee and juice side by side! You can also order two juices if you can’t decide – they’re famous for their beetroot juice.
ORDER THE: Come to Baryl to try the Morning Baryl. This colorful brunch plates has avocado toast with carrot hummus and a soft-boiled egg, crisp bread with sundried tomato tapenade, smoked salmon and pea shoots, and a chia pudding!
For beautiful dishes with an Australian flare, Cadence in the Carlsberg Byen neighborhood of Copenhagen is a must visit. Cadence opened in 2021 by an Australian and a Brit. They serve an Australian style brunch with natural, healthy and beautifully presented dishes.
All their coffee is brewed in house with beans from Coffee Collective. With beautiful dishes and a great cup of coffee, there’s no better way to start your day.
ORDER THE: For a classic breakfast staple with a unique twist, order the sweet potato pancakes with hazelnut crumble, miso-butterscotch and rhubarb syrup.
Best Coffee in Copenhagen
With a charming and chic Scandinavian design, Coffee Collective is one of the coziest coffee shops in Copenhagen with exceptional coffee. You’ll see several of the top restaurants in Copenhagen supply their coffee beans from Coffee Collective.
The Coffee Collective is a micro roastery with two coffee shops and a coffee school in Copenhagen. In order to achieve their goal of making the best coffee, they have a partnership with local farmers to develop sustainable production and to improve the quality of the coffee.
ORDER THE: All their coffee is delicious, but I always enjoy a classic latte with one of their homemade sweets from their Collective Bakery.
PRACTICAL INFO: The main Coffee Collective location is in Nørrebro at Jægersborggade 57 , 2200 København N.
Tucked on the corner of the Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen is Darcy’s Kaffe. The coffee at Darcy’s is exceptional. The owner, Darcy Millar, sources beans from the roasters around the world.
What makes Darcy’s one of the top coffee shops in Copenhagen is the cafe’s design. At Darcy’s you’ll feel like you’re in a cozy Copenhagen apartment. The space is decorated with fresh flowers, unique lamps, and cozy nooks for reading.
ORDER THE: Your favorite style of coffee with a pastry! Darcy’s has delicious sandwiches called “toasties” that change daily.
PRACTICAL INFO: Darcy’s Kaffe is located at Rantzausgade 2, 2200 København
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Top Bakeries
Juno the Bakery is famous for baking the best cardamom buns in Copenhagen! The idea for Juno came from a Swedish chef Emil Glaser. Emil previously worked at Noma as a chef and missed the cardamom buns he grew up with in Sweden and saw an opportunity to bring this popular Swedish treat to Denmark.
Glaser’s cardamom buns quickly won the hearts of Danes and this Swedish bakery became one of the most popular bakeries in Copenhagen. It’s common for Juno to have a line out the door, but the line moves fast and the smell of cardamom buns will remind you it’s well worth the wait.
ORDER THE: The cardamom bun, of course! Juno is also known for their pistachio croissants and sourdough bread that’s baked fresh throughout the day.
PRACTICAL INFO: Juno the Bakery is located at Århusgade 48, 2100 København in the Østerbro neighborhood of Copenhagen.
Former head baker at Noma, Richard Hart opened Hart Bageri in 2018. Hart is a British baker who before working at Noma, worked at San Francisco’s famous Tartine bakery. He gained a loyal following for his outstanding pastries, like the double baked cardamom croissant and sourdough bread.
It was actually the founder of Noma René Redzepi who lured Hart to Denmark and partnered with him to open Hart Bageri. Richard Hart combines his San Francisco sourdough skills with Danish traditions to create pastries and breads that are truly one-of-a-kind.
ORDER THE: The cardamom croissant at Hart is fantastic. Head to their Instagram to see their latest pastry creation.
PRACTICAL INFO: Hart Bageri is located at Gammel Kongevej 109, 1850 Frederiksberg, Denmark.
Kanelsnegle (that literally translates to cinnamon snails in Danish) is the most iconic Danish pastry. You can’t leave Copenhagen without trying the best cinnamon rolls in the city!
It’s a Danish tradition that on Wednesday’s bakeries bake their kanelsnegle larger and sell them cheaper! If you’re in Copenhagen on a Wednesday don’t miss stopping by the oldest and best bakery for a kanelsnegle – Sankt Peders.
Sankt Peders opened in 1652 and is Copenhagen’s oldest bakery. You can’t miss their bright yellow facade, and on Wednesday’s you’ll see the bakery window lined with fresh cinnamon rolls.
You can order your cinnamon rolls with frosting or sugar on top – I prefer frosting! Sankt Peders serves coffee and espresso drinks as well as pre-made sandwiches.
ORDER THE: Kanelsngele (cinnamon roll) If you’re not able to come by on Wednesday, they still sell them everyday.
PRACTICAL INFO: Sankt Peders is located in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen at Sankt Peders Stræde 29, 1453 København, Denmark
Andersen & Maillard is a coffee roaster and bakery opened by Milton Abel, another former Noma pastry chef, in 2018. I love Andersen & Maillard because they have a commitment to serving both outstanding coffee and incredible pastries.
The interior is spacious with plenty of seating. It feels more like a cafe on the inside than a bakery. It’s a great place to sit down and relax with a great cup of freshly roasted coffee and a pastry.
ORDER THE: Chocolate swirl croissants! The beautiful chocolate swirl croissant will immediately catch your eye. It looks just as good as it tastes with a delicious chocolate ganache on the inside.
PRACTICAL INFO: Andersen & Maillard is in the Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen at Nørrebrogade 62, 2200 København, Denmark.
Best Sustainable Restaurants in Copenhagen
A dinner at Brace is memorable with dishes that will leave you speechless. Their menu is best described as “modern Italian cuisine embracing Nordic Nature. The menu blends traditional Italian styles with the best seasonal, local, organic, and wild ingredients.
The Italian co-owner, Nicola Fanetti, has worked at the best restaurants in Italy and Denmark. He’s mastered the art of blending classic Italian recipes with a Scandinavian flair. In 2021, Brace was awarded a Michelin Green Star for their sustainable credentials and measures to promote sustainability.
The dishes at Brace are fantastic and innovative. The service is attentive without being stuffy. The entire staff was so warm and welcoming. Their wine and juice pairings were exceptional.
ORDER THE: I recommend choosing their 8 course option for the full experience! You can also add on a wine, or a juice pairing.
Gro Spiseri $$$
A one-of-a kind dining experience in a greenhouse on a rooftop farm! Climb up a spiral staircase in the Østebro neighborhood of Copenhagen and discover Denmark’s first rooftop farm, ØsterGRO.
After ØsterGRO’s success as a rooftop farm, Gro Spiseri was born to create an innovative dining concept using ingredients from the ØsterGRO garden. It should be no surprise that the menu changes daily with the season and will be accompanied by a good selection of natural wines, beers, and juices.
Reservations are available all year round. Dinner is served family-style with a set dining time so everyone can enjoy the food together at the long dining room table. You’ll eat in a cozy greenhouse that’s heated from a multifunctional oven in the kitchen.
The dishes are beautifully presented and thoughtfully explained by the chefs. During the summer months the sunset from the rooftop is amazing!
ORDER THE: The menu is always a secret and changes according to the freshness of the field and season!
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Best Seafood
Kødbyens Fiskebar $$$$
The best seafood restaurant in Copenhagen ironically is located in the meatpacking district! On first look, the casual facade of Kødbyens Fiskebar in an old butcher’s shop may leave you questioning why you came to the meatpacking district for fish. One bite and you’ll understand why this is one of Copenhagen’s best restaurants.
All their fish is ethically sourced from the Scandinavian shores and off-the-boat fresh. They’re famous for their oysters, fish and chips, and mussels.The service is exceptional. Kødbyens Fiskebar has a comfortable patio that’s popular during the summer months.
ORDER THE: If you love fish – this is the place for you! Their oysters are a must try, and their lobster was exceptional. Their fish and chips were innovative and cooked to perfection that would rival anything in England!
Whether you’re in the mood for a plate of oysters or a tasty 3-course dinner Oysters & Grill is perfect for seafood lovers! Best of all you’ll find quality food with very reasonable prices!
Oysters & Grill is a rustic seafood bar! It’s my favorite place for dinner if you’re looking for a relaxed restaurant with delicious seafood dishes! The atmosphere is full of energy – you’ll feel like you’re at a seaside bistro along the mediterranean.
ORDER THE: 3-course dinner that comes with peel-and-eat shrimp as a starter, a delicious main course, and a dessert! If you’re not in the mood for seafood, they prepare a delicious steak topped with herb butter.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Best Pizza
Pico Pizza $$
Pico Pizza has revolutionized the pizza game by introducing pizza tapas! Gone are your worries about just having to pick one pizza when so many more flavor combinations are calling your name. At Pico Pizza you can choose up to three different gourmet mini pizzas and get three different taste experiences.
Pico Pizza has over 15 different types of mini pizzas! Don’t miss out on ordering one of their homemade dips to give your pizza crust even more amazing flavor. Everything at Pico is made with the highest quality ingredients. If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free you’ll find a pizza on the menu for you! Pico Pizza is my top recommendation for incredible flavorful gourmet pizza in Copenhagen!
ORDER THE: Choose the Pico Trio Combo that comes with three pizzas, one crust dip, and a drink. Pico Pizza also has a selection of organic wines that pair perfectly with their pizza!
PRACTICAL INFO: Pico Pizza accepts reservations. They have several different locations, but the one closest to Copenhagen city center is in Vesterbro. I pinned this location on the map for “Where to Eat in Copenhagen” at the bottom of this post.
Strong cocktails and crisp organic pizzas so big they come on a board – not a plate! Neighbourhood pizza has the feeling of an old cocktail bar with vinyl tunes playing in the background, dimly lit with light coming from the candles scattered around the restaurant.
The pizzas are Neighbourhood focused around the quality of ingredients and toppings with a very thin crispy crust. The difference is the pizzas at Neighbourhood use a third of the dough of a regular base. Instead of packed with carbs these pizzas are loaded with seasonal, beautifully cooked vegetable and meat toppings, plus sauce and cheese. You’ll definitely want to eat these with a knife and fork!
They’re just as known for their cocktails as they are their pizza! Their organic spirits are shaken with freshly squeezed organic fruits and garnished with herbs from small organic farms.
ORDER THE: The fig ham and burrata lover pizza are two of my favorites! The rhubarb rhapsody cocktail is my favorite during the summer!
PRACTICAL INFO: Neighbourhood does take reservations, but they only book half their restaurant to have extra room for walk-ins. Their closest location to central Copenhagen is in the Vesterbro neighborhood at Istedgade 27, 1650 København, Denmark.
The main chef at Bæst and Noma alumni, Christian Puglisi, grows the majority of the restaurant’s ingredients on his organic farm less than an hour away.
Their pizza dough is made from local flour and left to rise before it’s baked, and the mozzarella and gelato are both made in-house from the happy cows who live on his farm
WHAT TO ORDER: Start with one of these signature cocktails, have their sommelier select wine pairings for you. Order the sourdough bread freshly baked from Mirabelle bakery right next door. Cheese lovers won’t want to miss their house-made cheeses for an appetizer. All their pizzas are delicious and made in their wood-fired oven.
The menu at Surt (Danish for sour) revolves around their flavorful sourdough pizzas. All of the dough at Surt is made from a sourdough starter. At the heart of the restaurant is the beautiful stone oven.
WHAT TO ORDER: The menu varies by the season, but one thing is for sure the ingredients will always be fresh!
PRACTICAL INFO: Surt only has around 50 tables – so it’s best to make a reservation. Surt is located in the trendy Carlsberg Byen area behind the elephant statues at 1799 Copenhagen V Carlsberg Byen.
On a summer day Mother’s is one of my favorite places for a pizza on a summer day! They’re popular for their sourdough pizzas baked in a wood fired oven.
Located in the trendy Meatpacking District in Copenhagen, their comfortable picnic benches are the perfect place to soak up the sun with an aperol spritz and pizza!
ORDER THE: Their pizza menu is extensive! I love their burrata pizza. Their focaccia makes an excellent starter too!
PRACTICAL INFO: During summer it’s easier to find a table on the picnic benches. Reservations can also be made here.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: Best Burgers
When you’re thinking of where to eat in Copenhagen, a gas station probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind! Ask any Dane, and they’ll point you to Gasoline Grill as the best burger joint in all of Copenhagen!
The original Gasoline Grill location still housed an old petrol station in central Copenhagen – you can even pump your gas there too! The secret to their success – the ingredients. Everything is organic, from the bun, the meat to the salad and the meat is ground at location every morning, for a completely fresh, hand formed patty.
WHAT TO ORDER: Their menu is simple, but delicious. With a few different types of burgers (including a vegetarian option) and crinkle cut fries. I’d recommend their signature butterburger that quite literally melts in your mouth!
PRACTICAL INFO: Their original location in the petrol station is located at Landgreven 10, 1300 København, Denmark. Two new Gasoline Grill locations that recently popped up are in Tivoli Gardens and the Copenhagen Airport!
Never trust a skinny cook! Fatty’s is quite literally a hidden gem! It’s hard to spot Fatty’s – especially if you’re not familiar with the neighborhood. You walk up to a small window and order a burger that looks just as good as it tastes! Their charming takeout window is located right next to Il Buco in the Islands Brygge neighborhood of Copenhagen.
Their beef is ground in-house every day, grilled, and topped with cheddar cheese, house-made pickles, and drizzled in their secret sauce. In addition to their classic burgers, you can also order a fried chicken po-boy!
WHAT TO ORDER: A burger! Their combo is a burger, fries, and a drink. They serve the classic Danish soda Faxe Kondi here too! It has a lemon lime flavor similar to a Sprite, but so much better!
PRACTICAL INFO: Fatty’s takeout window is open everyday from 11:30 – 9PM. If you don’t want your burger for takeaway, you can dine in at the Bootleggers Bar. Fatty’s is located at Njalsgade 19D, 2300 København, Denmark.
POPL Burger $$
The initial idea for POPL was born out of lockdown in 2020. POPL is the baby brother of Noma. When restaurants were shut down, the Michelin star restaurants took a big hit. The Team behind Noma got together and had the idea to create a burger pop-up! When news spread that you could try a “Noma burger” lines grew and people waited 3+ hours for a bite of the newest burger town.
The Noma burger was a hit, and less than a year later POPL was born as a permanent location! The name POPL is inspired by the Latin word “populus,” which means a community of people. Today, the POPL Team is still run by Noma veterans.
Their signature burger is made from Danish dry-aged beef topped with cheese, onions, and pickle mayo, and served on a potato bun from Hart Bageri. POPL also serves a veggie burger, a quinoa tempeh patty fried in smoked vegan butter.
WHAT TO ORDER: Their signature burger! If you dine in at POPL they also have cocktails in addition to beer and wine. For dessert, try their signature cookie too!
Why have one burger – when you can have three! Sliders specializes in creating flavorful mini burgers that will blow your taste buds away! These gourmet burgers range in flavors from jalapeño cream with balsamic marinated strawberries and a crispy kimchi chicken sandwich.
WHAT TO ORDER: This is your time to try a unique flavor combination! I’d recommend the ugly duckling with braised pulled duck and the crispy kimchi chicken sandwich with fried cornflake crusted chicken. Opt in for the slider combo that includes three burgers, fries, and a dip!
PRACTICAL INFO: Visit the Sliders location in Nørrebro that overlooks the lakes at Nørrebrogade 1, st, 2200 Copenhagen. Reservations are typically not needed. However, you can still make them on their website.
Best Cocktails Bars in Copenhagen
When you first walk into Ruby, the bar area looks traditionally Scandinavian with natural light and modern design. When you step into the lounge, the space becomes slightly darker and very cozy with plush armchairs. You can’t help but feel at home and relaxed here. If you’re 25, or 65 Ruby has a cocktail for everyone to enjoy, all you have to do is appreciate great drinks!
WHAT TO ORDER: Their cocktail menu is always changing! The bartenders at Ruby are exceptional, and if you would rather describe your cocktail preference to them – they can create a specialty cocktail crafted just for you!
PRACTICAL INFO: The average cost of a cocktail at Ruby is around 130 DKK ($18 USD). I’d strongly recommend reservations. Even though the drinking law in Denmark is 18, the minimum age of entry to Ruby is 21. Ruby is located at Nybrogade 10 / 1203 København K.
Balderdash in two words can be described as creative and fun! It’s the type of place where you want to go to start off a fun night, or the last place you want to hit to keep the party going!
Bartender Geoffrey Canilao is the mastermind behind Balderdash. The motto here is “keep it hygge”. To top it all off; the word “hygge” (Danish for cozy) is in neon letters above the door inside the bar. Geoffrey is known for collaborating with other popular Copenhagen restaurants like John’s Hot Dog Deli and Gasoline Grill.
The staff here is friendly and are experts when it comes to craft cocktails! Their menu is constantly changing with new innovative cocktails!
WHAT TO ORDER: The Zombie! A rum-based cocktail with a presentation you won’t forget! Balderdash also has bubble cocktails on their menu too!
PRACTICAL INFO:Balderdash doesn’t take reservations, but I recommend going right away when they open to grab a table and chat with their friendly team. Balderdash is in Copenhagen city center at 1151 k, Valkendorfsgade 11, 1151.
Where to Eat in Copenhagen: International
Barabba (Italian) $$$$
Go here for traditional Italian pasta with a modern list and impressive menu of natural wines. Barabba has a shabby chic feel that makes the ambiance welcoming.
Their pasta is buttery and often topped with truffles or caviar – what could be better!
WHAT TO ORDER: All the pasta! I recommend the butter spaghetti topped with caviar and the grilled octopus.
Slurp (Japanese) $$
A blend of Japanese style ramen with a chill downtown LA vibe – this is Slurp! Slurp is the best restaurant in Copenhagen for ramen. A former Noma chef, Philipp Inreiter, opened Slurp in 2017 after he fell in love with ramen after working in Tokyo.
During the cold Copenhagen winters hot flavorful ramen has been a welcomed addition to the city! They have four different styles of ramen at Slurp, and a variety of flavorful snacks to order while you wait for your ramen.
WHAT TO ORDER: The miso ramen has a nice spice with delicious pork belly – the perfect combination for a chilly winter Copenhagen day. The Korean fried chicken starter is delicious and so crispy!
PRACTICAL INFO: Slurp does not not take reservations! Try to go right when they open to avoid a line. Slurp is located at Peder Skrams Gade 15, Copenhagen.
Mahalle (Lebanese) $$
Mahalle makes colorful Lebanese dishes that are served family style. The menu at Mahalle is extensive with plenty of options for vegetarians! If you love mediterranean dishes, add Mahalle on your list!
WHAT TO ORDER: Start with the homemade lemonade – it’s frothy and tasty! The Lebanese salad with halloumi and hummus on top is a must order!
Goldfinch (Chinese) $$$
Follow the red neon signs down a cozy courtyard to restaurant Goldfinch from chef Will King-Smith. Goldfinch is where to eat in Copenhagen if your craving a taste of Hong Kong. Goldfinch has the best flavorful dumplings, noodles, and Cantonese dishes in Copenhagen.
Opened in November 2022, Goldfinch has became an instant hit in the Copenhagen food scene. The stunning interior has pops of red, comfortable booths and Lazy Susans – perfect for sharing dishes with your group. For couples, you can opt for a seat at their bar and watch the magic happen in their open kitchen.
ORDER THE: Start with their scallop toast with sesame (our favorite starter) and fluffy char siu bao buns. If you’re a seafood lover don’t miss the salt and pepper fried squid. The star of the show is their Char Siu Pork (our favorite!) glazed with honey and rose. Save room for a one-of-a-kind dessert – Hong Kong-style French toast. Fluffy French toasted drizzled with maple syrup, honey, and topped with evaporated milk Ice-cream.
TO SIP: Goldfinch has an extensive wine and cocktail list designed to pair well with their cantonese dishes. Try one of their signature cocktails made from the bartender at one of Copenhagen’s best cocktail bars TATA. We loved the white lady or the Prince of Wales cocktail.
Best Ice Cream in Copenhagen
Østerberg Ice Cream was started by Cathrine Østerberg after she got her Masters in Food Science and was certified as an “ice cream scientist”. Her family owns a fruit company, and she incorporates the highest quality fruit in her homemade ice cream.
Østerberg Ice Cream flavors change daily. They specialize in the classic Danish summer flavors like elderflower, sea buckthorn, and rhubarb – all delicious flavors you must try!
WHAT TO ORDER: Ask for the “Taste of the World” that includes 6 mini scoops of ice cream in a homemade waffle bowl. It’s the perfect option when you can’t decide on a flavor because they all sound too good!
PRACTICAL INFO: Østerberg ice Cream is located at Rosenvængets Allé 7C 2100 Copenhagen.
Social Foodies goal is a value-driven company that produces exceptional ice cream and chocolate. They’re on a mission to fight inequality in the global food chain. They partner with groups in Africa to ensure the people who process and grow their raw materials are promised good working conditions and fair pay.
All of their ice cream is homemade. They also sell sorbets made with water, and are therefore vegan and dairy-free.If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, they also make traditional Danish flødeboller – similar to marshmallow fluff covered in chocolate. Social Foodies also hosts flødeboller making classes that you can read more about here!
WHAT TO ORDER: Try their homemade ice cream, or a traditional Danish flødeboller!
PRACTICAL INFO: Social Foodies is right next to Hart Bageri in at Gammel Kongevej 115 1850 Frederiksberg C.
Nitrogen ice cream made its way to Copenhagen! Istid opened in Nørrebro near Coffee Collective, and it’s been an instant hit. All of their ingredients are fresh and organic, and the ice cream is made to order. Their process of using liquid nitrogen to freeze the cream and create the ice cream is just as entertaining to watch!
WHAT TO ORDER: Their flavors rotate daily, but opt in to upgrade your ice cream to a sundae.
PRACTICAL INFO: Istid is located at Jægersborggade 13, Nørrebro, Copenhagen.
Det Vide Hus $$
Gourmet artisanal ice cream popsicles! Det Vide Hus is known for their coffee, but during the summer months (end of May – early September), they create these one-of-a-kind artisanal ice cream popsicles. You’ll see unique flavor combinations like yuzu, tonka bean, and elderflower.
WHAT TO ORDER: The yuzu popsicle is my go-to flavor!
PRACTICAL INFO: These popsicles are only sold during the summer months. If you want to enjoy your popsicle in the cafe, let the team know, and they’ll give you a plate. Det Vide Hus is located right across from Rosenborg Palace at Gothersgade 113, 1123 Copenhagen.
Best Michelin Star Restaurants in Copenhagen
The restaurant that put Copenhagen, Denmark on the map as a culinary leader. It’s no surprise that a restaurant as acclaimed at Noma is a tricky reservation to snatch! Tens of thousands of people attempt to try and grab one of the few tables the moment that each dining ‘season’ opens for reservations.
GOOD TO KNOW: Recently, chef René Redzepi said Winter 2024 will be the final season of Noma as we know it in Copenhagen. However, it’s still possible you’ll see Noma 3.0 emerge somewhere else in the world as a pop-up! If you want to visit Noma while it’s still in Copenhagen – 2024 will be your final chance.
GO HERE FOR: A once in a lifetime experience, and to be pushed out of your culinary comfort zone.
The Alchemist gives a new meaning to the phrase “over the top! This 50 “impression” (course) dinner is divided into 5 acts, served at various locations, including a spectacular planetarium-like dome building. While the Alchemist can cater to dietary restrictions, there’s only one menu—it’s best not to be picky.
The vision of Alchemist was from chef Rasmus Munk who wanted to create a complete sensory dining experience. Munk labels his style of cooking “Holistic Cuisine”, where gastronomy plays the central part, but is enhanced by art, drama, music, sensory stimulation and visual technology.
GO HERE FOR: An immersive and perfectly choreographed dining experience.
PRACTICAL INFO: Reservations are open during three-month increments. I recommend signing up for their newsletter in advance here to be alerted when the reservation window will open.
Tipping Culture in Denmark
Tipping is not required in Denmark. However, if you’ve enjoyed the service, it’s always appreciated to leave a 5% to 10% tip. Waiters in Denmark are paid a standard wage, which means they don’t have to rely on tips as a main source of income.
When deciding where to eat in Copenhagen for a special occasion ask the host if they have a Danish flag for the table, or make a note in your reservation that you’re celebrating!
Celebrating a Birthday at a Restaurant in Copenhagen
It’s tradition in Denmark to place a small Danish flag at your table when you’re celebrating a special occasion.
If you let the restaurant know it’s your birthday or anniversary in your reservation their is a chance you could expect a small Danish flag at your table! You’ll see the Danish flag everywhere during birthday celebrations. Some foreigners misunderstand this as nationalism. That’s incorrect in this context – it just means there’s a celebration!
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