Danish Food Guide: 30 of the Best Restaurants in Copenhagen

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Where to Eat in Copenhagen

Dining in the Danish capital is a treat. From avant garde new Nordic cuisine to classic Danish dishes like crackling pork and schnapps, there is so much to sample in Copenhagen. We’re showcasing first, the must try Danish snacks, foods and meals and second, which restaurants we recommend in the capital!

Keep reading to find out all the restaurants you must try in Copenhagen and what you should order.


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Traditional Danish Food

Food in Denmark felt familiar yet different. We were so blown away at how simple fare like bread, yogurt and porridge could have so much more flavor, crunch and substance than what’s readily available in America. From hot dogs to pastries, everything tasted elevated in Copenhagen (especially the price tags).

Here are some traditional Danish meals and foods you’ll want to try:


Smørrebrød (open sandwich): Think of smorrebrod as your Danish version of a sandwich or something your diet-conscious friend would order. Essentially an open faced sandwich, smørrebrød features a slice of dark brown rye bread topped with seasonal ingredients. You can try fish, meat, vegetarian – there are endless options.

Grød (porridge): This is the hot breakfast of champions. Porridge in Copenhagen is traditionally made from organic grains like rye, oat or barley and then topped with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and jams. Delicious, filling and hip!

Fiskefrikadeller (fishcake): Cod is a beloved dish to the Danes, who like it with lemon juice, onions, dill and parsely alongside potatoes and veggies or fried into balls.

Flæskesteg (roast pork): Roast pork is a national dish in Denmark and a food you absolutely should try if visiting Copenhagen in winter. Every Christmas dinner and Christmas food stall will serve their version of homey flæskesteg.

Æbleflæsk (apple pork): Another pork dish, this one is made with bacon, apples, sugar and onion for a savory yet sweet meal. Salted pork belly is fried with apples, thyme, sugar and onion and combined in a sort of mash, which is then eaten over rugbrød bread with a side of beer!

Wienerbrød (danish): We might call these pastries ‘Danishes’ but in Denmark, they’re called weinerbrod and typically only eaten on the weekends or special occasions. Pick the classic snegle (snail) pastry spiraled with cinnamon, butter and icing or try one filled with jam and custard for a sweet treat. Another great classic is brunsviger, which tastes like coffee cake.

Rugbrod (rye bread): My favorite thing to eat in Denmark was the bread. It’s dense, dark and much healthier than white bread – and eaten for every single meal. Rugbrod is traditionally made from rye, is low in fat and contains no oil so it’s quite healthy!

Pølse (hot dogs): New York has dirty water dogs, Copenhagen has elevated rødpølser. These skinny pork hot dogs can be boiled or grilled and are traditionally topped with all the accouterments (ketchup, mustard, pickles, crispy onions). Even more strangely, Danes traditionally eat them with chocolate milk!


Tipping in Copenhagen

Next up, which Copenhagen restaurants we loved! A quick note: tipping in Copenhagen isn’t expected since service is included in the bill. Taxi drivers, waiters, bartenders, coffee baristas etc all earn a fair living wage. Just round up if you want!


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Best Restaurants in Copenhagen


Michelin Star Restaurants in Copenhagen

Michelin’s critics have awarded 18 stars across 15 restaurants in Copenhagen. While Denmark has a reputation for very high standards of living, I actually thought the Michelin and fine dining restaurants were a “good deal”. Hear me out: many of them offer prix fixe courses for lunch and dinner that are comparable to New York prices so for the quality, the relative value is much greater! On the flip side, we tried a couple humble restaurants for dinner, like a top rated ramen joint, where we spent way more on ramen than we ever would in New York, so it felt like a rip off.

Here are the top michelin restaurants you might want to try on your trip to Denmark:

Geranium: The only 3 star Michelin restaurant in Copenhagen, Geranium has a light, modern and dynamic kitchen. The meals are meant to stimulate all your senses!

AOC: The interiors in here are stunning – lots of white, soft rugs, clean place settings. If you want to try Nordic produce at the highest level, come to this 2 Michelin star restaurant!

Kokkeriet: This is a stunningly beautiful restaurant, located in an old housing block originally built for the Danish navy. With a European menu and Danish finesse, you’re in for a treat!

Marchal: D’Angleterre is the hallmark luxury hotel in copenhagen and its restaurant Marchal blends modernity with tradition. The menu has both Danish and French cuisines and their weekend brush is quite famous! Read our review here.

Relae: This creative kitchen offers a more relaxed, casual environment. Its sustainable kitchen is focused on good food, good wine and good company! For anyone who hates frou frou, Relae is for you.


Cheap Eats in Copenhagen

Now on the flip side, here are some affordable restaurants in Copenhagen. If you’re visiting Copenhagen on a budget (I feel ya) don’t worry – there are lots of affordable yet still delicious restaurants for budget travelers. Copenhagen is so foodie friendly!

Keep in mind that visiting Copenhagen on a budget means spending about $25-50 USD per person for a filling dinner.

Gasoline Grill: Don’t let the ‘gas station’ exterior fool ya – this place serves up seriously good burgers.

Gao Dumpling Bar: A great idea to eat well on a budget is to head to Nørrebro or the Meatpacking district, where Copenhagen has some fantastic Asian restaurants at more reasonable prices. This place serves both dumplings and Asian dishes so you can mix and share.

Ban Gaw Thai: We went here after craving some Thai food and it didn’t disappoint! This place is super popular and all the dishes are authentic, lively and come in decent portions. Great service too.

District Tonkin: This spot serves hearty Vietnamese street food favorites. Yum!

Grød: A Danish classic, Grod serves delicious dishes in the porridge like category. While you might think of it is as a brunch only spot, they serve dinner meals too! Think risotto and daal.


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Famous Restaurants in Copenhagen

For a sampling of different cuisines, these are some of the most popular places to eat in Copenhagen:

Royal Smushi: With pastel colored furniture and classic chandeliers, this colorful cafe is the prettiest spot to try smorrebrod! Everything is offered in miniature and shaped like sushi, hence the name.

Baest: excellent organic pizzas

Hija de Sanchez: authentic, colorful Mexican tacos

Fiskebaren: known for seafood

Restaurant Kronborg: for traditional Danish food like pan fried fish, pickled things and pork

Mirabelle: a great restaurant with out-of-this-world baked goods – stop in to check out what seasonal Danish classics have been made that day!

Møller Kaffe & Køkken: A fantastic breakfast spot in Copenhagen known for its seasonal small dishes.


Copenhagen Food Markets

Torvehallerne: Perhaps one of the most famous Copenhagen street food centers, there’s plenty to try here:

Papirøen: If you want to try Copenhagen in a unique atmosphere, head to Paper Island, a chilled out island on the eastern harbour which has a warehouse vibe. Lots of great stalls and vendors to try!

WestMarket: Street food lovers should head to this market in Vesterbro, stat. There’s everything from cool coffee shops to second hand stores to specialty grocery shops and perfect after work drink spots.






Copenhagen Coffee Shops

Sonny: A trendy spot for avocado sandwiches and great java. Opt for the Sonny Combo for a sandwich, matcha granola bowl, hot drink and Sonny juice (apple, ginger, tumeric and spirulina) for a good sampling!

Atelier September: a hugely photogenic coffee shop famous for its granola, porridge and avocado toast.

The Union Kitchen: great latte art and coffee drinks

Apollo Bar: a stunning cafe inside a contemporary art museum by day… and one of the hottest dinner spots in Copenhagen by night


Copenhagen Dessert Places 

Leckerbaer: Don’t miss this! Home made ice cream and desserts like Danish butter cookies

Café Det Vide Hus: A cozy coffee shop next to the King’s Garden that makes great popsicles for sightseeing and snacking on the go!

Social Foodies: You’ll find these delicious ice cream shops all over the city – all their flavors are organic and fair trade. For non ice cream lovers, they also offer flødeboller, a Danish cream puff with a chocolate crust

Istid: Another great ice cream shop, this chain is famous for using liquid nitrogen in their freezing process

Osterberg Ice Cream: specializes in fruity flavors – give avocado a try!

Guilty: Pretty and delicious Parisien style desserts can be found at this patisserie. Try the gorgeous ‘love balloon’ dessert!




If you have a Copenhagen restaurant you enjoyed and recommend, let me know in the comments!


Planning a Trip to Denmark – Travel Checklist

Many European airlines will offer flights to Denmark with a stopover. We flew Air France to Copenhagen and had a layover. Flights from New York weren’t cheap, but booking in advance helps. You can check for flight deals and routes here.

Our bags were left behind for 3 days due to an airport-wide tech issue in Amsterdam. We knew when we pulled up to the airport that something was wrong because the lines were complete chaos and everyone stood still at the baggage drop off. We put our bags through baggage drop off anyway and I immediately had a bad feeling about it – wish we had went carry on only!

Luckily, we had travel insurance which reimbursed us for out of pocket expenses. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. We use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance.

We spent a week in Copenhagen and as it was our first time visiting Denmark, we wanted to see the sights. Purchasing the 5-day Copenhagen Card saved us quite a bit on admission prices but do check their list of included attractions here to make sure that it’s worth it for your visit.

Lastly, we decided to switch hotels to explore Copenhagen’s different neighborhoods. The city is quite large so it was nice to base ourselves in different districts! Hotels get quite expensive (well, Copenhagen as a whole is wallet shattering) so check hotel availability and book in advance. Check here for great deals on accommodation.

If you’re on a budget, try Airbnb for some budget accommodation in Copenhagen . Use this link to get $40 off your first stay.


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