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Copenhagen Food Guide

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)
Mad & Kaffe Copenhagen

BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS IN COPENHAGEN

SMUSHI

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

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

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)
Reffen, Copenhagen
Reffen, Copenhagen

BEST "scandi-inspired" food IN COPENHAGEN

H15

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)
H15 Copenhagen

BEST nordic food IN COPENHAGEN

108

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)
108 Copenhagen

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)
Marv & Ben Copenhagen

Vækst

Another great Nordic dinner spot with the most beautifully greenery-accented interior. I was invited by COFOCO to dine at Vækst earlier this year and it was a great evening. You can read more about that here.

Price: $$-$$$ (Mid-RangE/FINE DINING)

BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN COPENHAGEN

Ruby

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

Ruby Copenhagen

Duck & Cover

Another speakeasy style spot, Duck & Cover is another easy favourite with a cosy hygge atmosphere, great cocktails, and a fabulous staff.

Brønnum

A sister restaurant to Ruby, Brønnum is another one of my go-to cocktail spots in Copenhagen. A little more laid back then Ruby, I love this spot when I am looking to grab a high quality cocktail in the city centre. And they also take reservations!

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

Mikkeller Bar

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.

Halmtovet 9

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

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.

Nebbiolo Winebar

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).

Side Note: you love European Christmas markets, don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list for more Christmas Market content coming your way over the next few weeks!

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.

If you liked this guide, don’t forget to check out my complete city guide to Copenhagen by clicking here.

If you’re heading over to Malmö, don’t forget to check out: The Best Spots Eat and Drink in Malmö Sweden and A Complete City Guide to Malmö.

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Dinner at Vækst, Copenhagen

Vækst Copenhagen // Nordic Tasting Menu Copenhagen

It’s no secret that I love a good Nordic-inspired meal. And Copenhagen’s leading-edge foodie scene offers a lot of options. I first fell for the farm-to-table Nordic dinner experience when I visited Scandinavia over a year ago – and I have never looked back.

Now that I am a local resident, I am excited to experience all the Copenhagen food scene has to offer. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of dining at Vækst.

Who is Vækst?

Located in one of my favourite areas of Copenhagen, the Latin Quarter, Vækst is part of the Copenhagen Food Collective (Cofoco). It offers visitors a Nordic tasting menu and an interior aesthetic that matches the freshness of the menu, with tables surrounding the most beautiful greenhouse.

Vækst gives diners the choice of a meat or vegetarian menu. Both menus are vegetable-heavy, and use produce and herbs that are often sourced from the surrounding Nordic regions.

My Vækst Experience

When we first walked in to Vækst, we were completely blown away by the interior of the restaurant. With a greenhouse in the centre, tons of greenery, and perfectly dimmed lighting, the space offers the most welcoming environment to enjoy a meal.

The staff was friendly and welcoming, and we were escorted to our table upstairs alongside the front windows [tip: if you’re able to request a seat upstairs, I would recommend it. The downstairs seating area is also very beautiful, but sitting alongside the greenhouse upstairs adds that little extra bit of dreaminess to the whole experience].

We sat down and ordered the three-course meat tasting menu with wine pairing.

First Course

At Vækst, every course comes with a “snack” before the course. Our first snack was customized for an allergy and we were given a cauliflower snack with truffled mushrooms and a glass of champagne. All it took was one bite and we knew that we were in for an amazing culinary experience.

Next, we were brought a smoked scallop appetizer that was presented as a soup. It featured daikon, roasted onion oil, and a mussel-based broth.

One word: YUM.

Second Course

Dinner at Vækst, Copenhagen
Main Course

Prior to the main course, we were brought a second snack. This was a thin sourdough pancake with beetroot and beet sprouts, topped with goats cheese. The waitress called this a “finger snack” and we were instructed to fold it like a taco and eat it.

Next came the main course: a generous portion of pork belly paired with celery puree, pork rinds and horseradish. It was perfectly cooked and paired with a side of fresh kohlrabi salad and mashed potatoes with smoked cheese.

At this point of the meal, my belly was so full but SO HAPPY. The food was fresh, well paired, and perfectly executed.

Third Course

Dessert: my favourite course. The first and second course portions were so generous, and I was so full. But, let’s face it, I always have room for dessert.

The last snack of the night was a shot of green sorrel juice topped with whipped white chocolate. The flavour was delicious, and so unique, with sweet and sour tastes that complemented each other perfectly.

The final dessert was a pear sorbet with caramel and hazelnut. It was light, creamy, and truly the perfect end to an amazing meal.

The dessert was so good that despite being so full, I told Sebastian that I wished I could have a second one.

If you’re looking for the perfect farm-to-table Nordic dining experience in Copenhagen, look no further than Vækst.

This restaurant offers fresh, creative, and well-made food with generous portions – all at a good value. Make sure you show up with an empty belly and are ready to eat, and this food will not disappoint. I would also recommend making sure you have roughly three hours to devote to dinner, as it is encouraged to settle in and enjoy the experience.

And if Nordic cuisine isn’t your thing, check out one of Copenhagen Food Collective (Cofoco)’s many leading Copenhagen restaurants. They offer virtually every type of food you can think of. I personally can’t wait to to try them all!

xx,

Madeline

Vækst, Copenhagen Dinner Experience
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