Copenhagen is a heaven for foodies, however it sure can be the enemy of your wallet. There are a 13 (!) Michelin star restaurants in the city, with Noma (former best restaurant of the world) on top. Sure this is nice if you have about 500 euro to splurge on one night, but (unfortunately) this is not my reality. A succeeded holiday for me includes eating at cute, local restaurants/cafees that are not filled up with tourists or screaming kids and are far away from the main street. Little gems, that you coincidentally find on your way. Well, that’s where I come into place 😉 I recommend you to STAY AWAY from the tourist hotspots like RizRaz and Jensen’s Bøfhus (or pretty much everything where there’s a dinner buffet), you might be tempted by the cheaper prices, but I think it’s worth to spend that 10 euro more on your final bill and to eat somewhere cosy. Here’s a list with my favorite places to eat!
NOTE: I would definitely recommend to book a table in advance, you can usually do this on the restaurant’s website. Do expect several no’s when you just walk in without a reservation!
All over the city you can find these hotdog stands and you have to try them! You have different variations, but I would suggest the “ristet hotdog med det hele” (toasted hotdog with everything). It’s a great little snack, for when you’re saving some belly-space for a nice restaurant later on.
Another snack place is Paradis Is, you can find them all over the city and they have great italian is. I love the design of the brand and also the fact that their ice cream is without artificial coloring or flavoring. The different flavors are daily home-made and my favorite is the Ferrero Rocher!
Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, website
I already wrote about Torvehallerne in my Copenhagen – What To Do post, but it’s definitely worth another mentioning. It is a great place to have a little lunch on your way, I do it almost on a weekly basis. I would recommend the city’s best sandwhich (google translate the link), which is a generous French duck sandwich with a mustard dressing. The sandwich costs 55 kr (7 euro) and is actually big enough to share.
Tolboden, Nordre Toldbod 24 1259 København, website
Toldboden is a place I visit a lot during the Summer, you can visit it for a quick-lunch on your way to the little mermaid or like me: sit there for hours in the sun with a great view over the harbour. Their vision is to work with local and seasonal products, so everything is fresh and Danish. I love their seafood grill menu and I have heard great things about their brunch, which is open every Saturday and Sunday, with a seating at 10 and 12. It’s not cheap, 225 kr (30 euro), but that’s unfortunately what you can expect of Copenhagen.
Aamanns, Øster Farimagsgade 12, 2100 København Ø, website
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So when you’re in Copenhagen, you must simply try smørrebrød: the famous Danish open-faced sandwich. Aamanns is one of the best smørrebrød restaurant the city has to offer. The menu features a seasonal selection of meats including braised pork breast, beef tartare, free range pork pate, chicken salad and roast beef sirloin; as well as seafood such as sugar-salted salmon, pan-fried white fish, fresh peeled shrimp, and herring prepared in three distinct ways. Each piece of smørrebrød will be dressed with a seasonally rotating variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and light, homemade sauces sourced locally and inspired by traditional Danish smørrebrød recipes.
You can find my review post about Aamanns here!
But not to worry: in case you didn’t manage to book a table at Aamanns in time, there are some great alternatives:
– Ida Davidsen, Store Kongensgade 70, 1274 København K, website
Only open on weekdays from 10 – 17, one of the most famous, but expect prices from 10 to 20 euro per sandwich.
– Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik v/ Frank Due, Fortunstræde 4, 1065 København K, website
A real authentic place, where you have to add a snaps (alcoholic shot) to your sandwich.
Famo 51, Gl.Kongevej 51, 1610 Copenhagen V, website
Famo 51 might be my all time favorite Copenhagen restaurant. It is a small place, with an a-typical interior, you might even just pass by it without noticing. But it contains everything that I demand from the perfect dinner: the service is great and the food is amazing. There is a daily 5 course menu, which is composed according to season with a focus on only the best produce from Denmark and Italy. They even import their own cheeses, vegetables, sausages from Italy! A menu costs 400 kr (50 euro) and every Friday their daily menu contains only of fish and shell-fish. Oh and before I forget they are Michelin Bib-Gourmand awarded!
Madklubben, several branches, website
Madklubben is the “cheap” version of new Nordisk food. It is a chain with 6 different restaurants, but every branch lives up to the same philosophy: cheap no-nonsense food (one course costs 100 kr (13 euro), 2 courses 150 kr (20 euro), 3 courses – 200 kr (26 euro) and 4 courses for 250 kr (33 euro) and Danish designed interior. The quality of the food might be variable and the restaurant is always really packed (expect that your neighbor is sitting 5 cm away from you), but besides that: it is a great way to experience some nice food for a more reasonable price. It is a must to book a table in advance!
Mother, Høkerboderne 9 – 15, 1712 København K,
Mother is located in the meat-packing district and it’s always filled with people. Their pizza’s are AMAZING and not too expensive! A pizza cost around 100 kr (13 euro), and I really can’t explain how good they are. They aim to bring really good simple soul food, where seasonal ingredients are combined with directly sourced artisan products from Italy. Their anti-pasti is worth ordering, as is their gorgonzola pizza with spicy salami. Same as all the above, making a reservation is a must.
Cock’s & Cows, Gammel Strand 44, 1202 København K, website
Cock’s & Cows is a great place for a chill night with the boys before heading to town, they have pretty amazing burgers and if you book a table after 9 you get your cocktails double up! The burgers are humongous and if you want to have some place for the french fries, you might think about ordering the burger without the bun. The chilly fries are a recommendation!
Hit this to read my review posts about Cock’s & Cows!
Pluto, Borgergade 16, 1300 København K, website
Pluto is another cute restaurant that has been a big hit ever since they opened earlier this year. On their menu there are several small dishes and they recommend 3 or 4 per person. But the great thing about this is, especially for an indecisive food-person like me, is that you can just share the dishes with the table so you can have a bite of everything! Their “holy grail” is the family menu, which costs 450 kr per person (60 euro), but for this amount you’ll get a stunning amount of 12 dishes!
Obviously, I haven’t tried all restaurants in Copenhagen (yet). The following are restaurants, I still would love to try:
– Noma (but for this I have to win the lotto first)
– Kiin Kiin (the first Asian Michelin restaurant, outside of Asia)
– Kødbyens Fiskebaren (because Fish, what not to love?)
– Retour (because it looks darn cute from the outside!