Copenhagen and food might as well be synonymous. Because, in case you weren’t already aware, Copenhagen is a foodie’s dream city. It would take you weeks – maybe even months – to properly eat your way through the city. And I by no means am claiming to be an expert.
BUT, I have spent a ton of time in Copenhagen. And the foodie in me as been (eagerly) waiting to write this point until I felt that I could aptly do the Copenhagen food scene justice.
Well, I think that time has come. I have had easily some of the best meals of my life in this city, and I can’t wait to share with you all the best restaurants in Copenhagen – including everything from classic nordic tasting menus to international eats.
So, here is (in My opinion) one of my mOST exciting posts ever:
A foodie's guide to the best restaurants in copenhagen
BEST BRUNCH IN COPENHAGEN
MAD & KAFFE
I am obsessed with with spot. Dare I say, it’s one of my favourite brunches ever. As a self-proclaimed brunch connoisseur, this is a HUGE statement… So hear me out.
What’s the biggest dilemma you face when you’re out for breakfast for brunch? Well, if you’re like me, it’s the impossible choice between having something savory OR sweet.
Mad & Kaffe makes this choice easy with BREAKFAST TAPAS.
Yes, you heard that right. It isn’t just that the food here is good (although it is very good). But, I love this concept of choosing three, five or, if you’re feeling reeeeal hungry, seven small plates and getting the best of both worlds.
Price: $$ (mid-range)
BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS IN COPENHAGEN
Smushi offers an interesting concept that combines the classic Danish open-faced sandwiches and sushi – it is a delicious, fun experience!
Please note: I just discovered that this place has closed. However, word on the street is that they will be reopening. Check out this link to their website for up-to-date info.
Price: $$ (mid-range)
La Neta Nørrebro
La Neta Nørrebro serves up classic Mexican cuisine in one of Copenhagen’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The interior is super cute, the margaritas are strong, and their taco game is on point.
If you’re in Vesterbro, you can also check out the location there.
Price: $$ (mid-range)
BEST PIZZA IN COPENHAGEN
Neighbourhood is a popular pizza spot in Copenhagen, and after visiting (and going back a second time), I can completely understand why it’s so popular. The pizza is creative and delicious.
There are two locations in Copenhagen: Istegade and Frederiksborggade. I’ve been to both, and have absolutely zero preference of one versus the other. However, the advantage of going to the Frederiksborggade location is that they take reservations, whereas Istegade does not. This spot is popular, so booking ahead is strongly advised, especially on the weekends.
Price: $$ (mid-range)
BEST STREET FOOD IN COPENHAGEN
Reffen, Copenhagen’s top street food spot, is an item that cannot be missed on any Copenhagen itinerary. Do as the locals do, rent a bike, and escape the outskirts of Copenhagen to Reffen (and make some stops along the way, because this area of the city is so cool).
Here you can sit along the water, indulge in street food eats at some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen (at the biggest street food market in the Nordics with 41 stalls), shop as the stores scattered throughout the market, listen to live music, and take lots of pictures (because it’s very insta-worthy).
Opening Hours: Reffen is outdoors, and therefore only open in the warmer months (from April until October). Check out their website to confirm their opening hours before visiting.
See Also: My complete city guide to Copenhagen where I dish the details on all my favourite off-the-beaten-path Copenhagen spots, including this place.
Price: $ (cheap eats)
BEST "scandi-inspired" food IN COPENHAGEN
If I could refer to H15 in any way, it would be a “scandi trendy cafeteria.” And while I know that isn’t a thing, it should be – because the food here is great. And the atmosphere is too!
Located in one of my favourite Copenhagen neighbourhoods, The Meatpacking District, is this cosy, casual cafeteria-style spot that makes delicious and affordable dishes with Nordic-inspired and seasonable farm-to-table ingredients (think white bean “mac and cheese” topped with pumpkin and roasted kale, or marinated herring with beetroot).
The menu looks a bit weird at first glace, but trust me when I say the food is SO GOOD. And is the perfect spot for lunch (or dinner).
Price: $$ (mid-range)
BEST nordic food IN COPENHAGEN
If you’re after a premium, authentic Nordic tasting menu, look no further than 108 to satisfy your taste buds because this is easily one of the best restaurants in Copenhagen. The head chef, Kristian Baumann, apprenticed under the famous René Redzepi (head chef at Noma, aka “the best restaurant in the world” – which is also in Copenhagen).
While it is surely a bit easier to get a reservation here than Noma, 108 also offers a premium Nordic dining experience, with all ingredients being locally-sourced. We were in the mood to splurge on the 10-course tasting menu with wine pairing and it was easily the most extraordinary dining experience of my life. However, if you aren’t in the mood to “go all out,” you can opt for the regular dinner menu, and still have the opportunity to experience top-notch Nordic cuisine.
Price: $$$$ (PREMIUM FINE DINING)
Marv & Ben
If 108 is a out of the budget, Marv & Ben is another outstanding option if you’re looking for an exceptional Nordic meal. Similar to 108, all menu items are locally-sourced and the food is also some of the best I’ve ever had.
Price: $$$ (FINE DINING)
Price: $$-$$$ (Mid-RangE/FINE DINING)
BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN COPENHAGEN
I love Ruby so much. Not only do they make high quality cocktails, but their space is so chic, with beautifully lit-up wall-to-wall liquor cabinets, velvet and leather seating, and a dim light that makes you feel like you’re in a 1920s bar. Ruby is popular, but good news – they take reservations. Book your reservation here.
Duck & Cover
Another speakeasy style spot, Duck & Cover is another easy favourite with a cosy hygge atmosphere, great cocktails, and a fabulous staff.
1656 Cocktail bar
Ok, I know I’ve referred to “speakeasys” already in relation to other bars. But, if you’re looking for the ultimate speakeasy experience, this is your spot. This is simply based on the fact that it is very difficult to find this bar. We walked past the door a dozen times, convinced we had the wrong address, until we located it behind an very inconspicuous graffiti-filled door. But I promise, this spot is WORTH finding because the cocktails are perfection and the ambiance is plain cool.
BEST spots for beer IN COPENHAGEN
There are Mikkeller Bar locations scattered all over Copenhagen, as one of Denmark’s most recognizable craft beer franchises. I particularly love this location in Vesterbro. But, if you’re interested in visiting their other spots, you can check out a list of Mikkeller locations here.
Below, you’ll see one of their pop-up locations at one of the Copenhagen Christmas markets.
Halmtorvet 9 is located in the Meatpacking District and offers affordable drinks and a cool, rustic atmosphere. And while 150 DKK (approx. 20 euros) for a pitcher of beer may seem a bit steep for beer in almost any other country, this is cheap in a city as expensive as Copenhagen. Plus, they have an awesome outdoor courtyard space with space heaters in the winter for an added level of Danish cosiness.
BEST WINE BAR IN COPENHAGEN
Nebbiolo Winebar is located in the heart of the city and offers a really cosy hygge-esque atmosphere for enjoying a glass of vino. If you’re in the mood for a tasty snack, I’d also recommend opting for their cheese or charcuterie boards. They are both beautiful to look at, and tasty.
SEASONAL BONUS MATERIAL
EAT YOUR HEART OUT AT COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS
It’s no secret that I love Christmas markets. So much so, that I have planned entire vacations around seeing certain markets across Europe. This year, we’ll be staying closer to home and exploring some of Scandinavia’s best markets, starting with one of my favourites: Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets.
Scattered throughout the city, the Christmas markets of Copenhagen are the perfect spot to find some cheap and delicious holiday eats – And drink all the gløgg your heart desires (warm Danish mulled wine).
See Also: If you love European Christmas markets, check out my guide to Stockholm in the winter here (featuring the best Christmas markets in Stockholm).
READY TO EAT your heart out IN ONE OF THE WORlD'S beST FOODIE CITIES?
Copenhagen has it all when it comes to food, and is truly a foodie’s paradise. I hope you feel equipped to experience everything this amazing city has to offer and visit the best restaurants in Copenhagen. And if I missed anything, feel free to add it in the comments below. I’m always eager to try new spots.