Over the course of the past 20 years, Copenhagen's food scene has burst onto the world stage; from hearty traditional fare to innovative New Nordic cuisine, the Danish capital has something for every taste. Here's where you can find some of Copenhagen's best culinary experiences.
Best cheap eats
Street food market Reffen, found on the shores of Copenhagen's harbour, offers up a bounty of affordable eats. Around 30 stalls made from shipping containers feature a range of cuisines from around the world, from flavoursome Filipino barbecue to hearty African stews. Reffen is open seasonally; check the website for opening dates.
Grød serves up delicious, hearty bowls starting at just 45kr (6€). Breakfast offerings include oat porridge, acai bowls, and chia pudding, and for lunch and dinner, try tasty savoury options such as risotto, daal, or congee. Grød cafes can be found around Copenhagen, including stalls at Torvehallerne Market and The Bridge Street Food Kitchen.
The pølse, or Danish-style hot dog, is a modern classic in Copenhagen, and you can find stands selling them all over the city. For one of the best, head to DØP, where you can choose from a range of organic dogs, from classic pork to chicken, goat, or tofu.
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Best high-end dining
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl
It is a mystery to many why this highly acclaimed restaurant, headed by MasterChef Denmark judge Jakob Mielcke, has not yet been awarded a Michelin star. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl's gorgeously presented dishes are an intriguing fusion of Nordic and Asian flavours, impeccably served in a unique setting in Frederiksberg Gardens.
Alchemist was awarded two Michelin stars just seven months after its opening in 2019. Chef Rasmus Munk calls Alchemist's fare "holistic cuisine", with sensory experiences, art installations, and performers accompanying the 50-course meal, which is served in a variety of rooms over the course of several hours. If you'd like to experience this sought-after spot, be sure to plan ahead: reservations are released in three-month blocks and are snapped up quickly.
One Michelin-starred Kokkeriet has innovative programs in place to add both value and culinary exploration to your meal. Two days a week, the kitchen serves up four additional dishes without adding them to the bill. "Testing Tuesdays" feature experimental dishes not yet on the menu, and on Wednesdays you can "Taste the Stars" by enjoying plates from culinary students from restaurants around Copenhagen.
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Kronborg is the place to go for traditional Danish smørrebrød – open-faced sandwiches piled high with a variety of toppings. The restaurant is found in the cellar of a historic building dating to 1796, and features a huge fireplace and cosy surroundings. All the local favourites can be found here: smoked salmon, crispy roast pork, roast beef with pickled vegetables, and much more.
Chef Adam Aamann pioneered a modern take on what was then considered an old-fashioned dish with the opening of his first smørrebrød restaurant and deli in 2006. His Michelin-recommended Aamanns 1921 is a stylish spot tucked into a quiet cobblestone street just steps from the bustling Strøget shopping area. The Aamanns menu features creative dishes like hay-baked beets with Danish cheese, and juniper-grilled veal brisket with sea buckthorn, served à la carte and in multicourse tasting menus. The restaurant was featured in the second season of Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil, where it won rave reviews from host Phil Rosenthal.
Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant Selma is changing the face of the Danish classic, serving modern smørrebrød with creative twists on the traditional. Selma's menu changes seasonally and features delicious offerings such as blackcurrant herring, and confit chicken with rhubarb. Selma has a range of local craft beer Mikkeller on tap, as well as a selection of home-flavoured akvavit, and its desserts are not to be missed.
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Best vegan and vegetarian
This plant-based bistro in the Nørrebro neighbourhood is run by a collective of six young chefs. The menu changes daily, exclusively serving vegetarian and vegan food and natural wines. Baka d'Busk is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Sunday.
An offshoot of Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Kiin Kiin, Veve specializes in vegetarian world cuisine. Set in a historic warehouse by the harbour, Veve exclusively offers a six-course tasting menu featuring distinctive flavours such as celeriac and truffle, and pomegranate and rose. The menu can be made vegan on request; advance notice recommended.
Souls smashes the vegan food stereotype and serves up plant-based comfort food like burgers, pizza, and chilli, alongside inventive salads loaded with veggie goodness. Breakfast, brunch, and tasty cocktails are also on the menu at Souls, which was founded by a pair of Australians looking to deliver healthy, locally sourced vegan food in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Best New Nordic
Fiskebaren, found in a former industrial space in Copenhagen's hip Meatpacking District, is arguably the city's best seafood spot. This Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant's offerings include an extensive raw bar of the freshest local shellfish, and a phenomenal seven-course evening tasting menu. The housemade sea buckthorn juice is a must-try, as are the stunning desserts.
For fantastic New Nordic food at a reasonable price, Høst may be your best bet. Its seasonal tasting menu featuring local flavours is served in a stylish yet cosy space acclaimed for its interior design. Choose from a three- or five-course menu or, for the full experience, go for the "Evening with Høst" and add an aperitif, accompanying wines, and coffee.
Another perennial candidate for a Michelin star, Amass is the brainchild of former Noma chef Matt Orlando. Found on Copenhagen Harbour in the rapidly-developing industrial area of Refshaleøen, Amass has its own garden, producing 80 varieties of plants including vegetables, berries and herbs used in the restaurant. Amass uses 90–100% organic ingredients, and uses by-products like dried walnut pulp to reduce waste and create intriguing dishes.
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Sankt Peders Bageri
Sankt Peders is the oldest bakery in Copenhagen, dating back to 1652. Tucked into the Latin Quarter, lines stretch out the door on Wednesdays, when its beloved huge, soft cinnamon rolls called ondagssnegl are up for grabs. You can find the standard kanelsnegl cinnamon rolls and a multitude of other delicious pastries here daily, including custard-filled spandauer known elsewhere as 'Danishes'.
Everything at Hart is baked by hand daily, right on-site in the bakery's open kitchen. Its offerings include classic Danish pastries and cakes, international favourites, and incredible breads, including a super-seeded rye loaf developed in collaboration with world-renowned restaurant Noma.
Juno the Bakery
The line out the door speaks for itself: Juno is a hit. A tiny bakery tucked into a residential neighbourhood, the reason for Juno's popularity is simple: its handmade pastries are sublime. Favourites include exquisitely layered croissants, Swedish-style cardamom buns, and pistachio-rose swirls.
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