Copenhagen is a culinary wonderland for food travelers. If you’re wondering where to eat in Copenhagen, read on to discover our favorite Copenhagen restaurants, bars and markets and start planning your trip now!
Copenhagen beckoned us like a culinary beacon and it’s not just us. Over the past couple decades, the city has become a cult favorite for food travelers.
The most obsessed book impromptu flights just to sample New Nordic cuisine. The city’s place in the food pantheon has also attracted young, ambitious chefs who’ve clawed their way to the city for the chance to work in one Copenhagen’s cutting edge kitchens.
We were so happy to be in Copenhagen, one of the world’s happiest cities.
For years, we’d been hearing how the former meat and potato town had morphed into one of the world’s greatest food cities. Then, after we moved to Lisbon, we started eating Copenhagen-style pastries and drinking coffee roasted in Denmark. Clearly, it was a sign.
But we didn’t travel to Copenhagen just to eat pastries and drink coffee. We did a copious amount of research about the city’s best restaurants and schooled ourselves about New Nordic Cuisine. We even scored a reservation to Noma, the most lauded Copenhagen restaurant.
Claus Meyer and René Redzepi opened the legendary restaurant in 2003 and showed the world how sustainable, locally sourced food can be eaten anywhere on earth. Since then, foraging and fermenting have become global trends and ingredients like tree lichen and sea buckthorn appear on more and more restaurant plates.
Noma isn’t just the most famous restaurant in Copenhagen. It’s also the most famous restaurant in the world.
There’s no debate that the Copenhagen restaurant scene has grown rapidly and exponentially over the past couple decades. A seemingly endless number of restaurants appears in every nook and cranny throughout Denmark’s compact capital and every block seems to have a world-class bakery. But there’s also a ridiculous amount of ‘food wealth’ in this city with a total metro population of two million people.
Copenhagen has 14 Michelin-starred restaurants, two of which hold three stars and currently rank as #1 and #2 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. And, while many of the city’s top restaurants specialize in New Nordic cuisine, others serve a range of international food options as well as traditional Danish cuisine.
Discover our Danish Food Favorites.
A popular tourist site, Copenhagen’s Nyhavn is the most colorful block in the city.
Without a doubt, Copenhagen is a charming city that’s easy to traverse by foot, bike and metro. This is Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale city and it’s filled with architecture that’s both colorful and regal.
It’s also an expensive city – maybe the most expensive city we’ve ever visited. Oslo and Basel are also contenders for that dubious, wallet busting honor.
Tivoli Gardens is one of many sites to explore within Copenhagen.
But Copenhagen is also a contender for tastiest city, an honor that we don’t bestow lightly. In that sense, to us, the Danish capital is a great value proposition – the veritable beluga caviar of food scenes.
It took us six years of concentrated food travel to make it to Copenhagen. It won’t take us six more years to return. In fact, we’re already planning our next trip. The city has a lot to cover there and we’re ready.
Discover our picks for the best food cities in the world. Copenhagen is one of these cities.
Copenhagen Food Guide
The food obsession in Copenhagen is real. It even extends to details like these seaweed butters we spotted at Kødbyens Fiskebar.
Copenhagen challenges food travelers with its plethora of places to eat. Finding great restaurants is easier than narrowing down the contenders to a manageable number. We’re not kidding when we say that the challenge is real.
Then there’s the budget issue. Sure, there are cheap eats in Copenhagen, but cheap is a relative term in a city where one flat white coffee often costs more than the equivalent of $7. This is a city where failing to plan can result in unnecessary stress in addition to dining disappointment. It’s also a city, like most in the Nordic region, where you should expect to pay with a credit card anywhere and everywhere you go.
Budget extra money for your trip to avoid financial stress.
Flat whites are great in Copenhagen. They’re also pricey.
We did the research. We made the reservations. We fattened our bank account in advance and traveled with credit cards in tow. We ate the food and drank the drinks. And, after the trip ended, we paid all the bills.
Now we’re spilling the beans on our favorite Copenhagen restaurants, bars and markets.
Not all the best Copenhagen restaurants are temples to Nordic gastronomy and that’s okay.
The best Copenhagen restaurants are famous around the world for their Michelin star ratings and daring menus. You could eat at all of them but you’d be missing out on some of the city’s culinary gems. You might also go broke.
The better plan is to sample a varied range of restaurants that includes top Copenhagen restaurants as well as local favorites that aren’t on the international radar. This is the approach we took and the one that we highly recommend.
These are our picks for the best restaurants in Copenhagen:
The food at Noma amazed us again and again and again. This spoon drizzled with bear caramel added to our amazement.
There’s one restaurant that sets the tone of the Copenhagen restaurant scene and that restaurant is Noma.
Founded in 2004 when Claus Meyer tapped René Redzepi to join his food revolution (the restaurant’s name is literally short in Danish for Nordic Food), Noma originally sourced all of its product from the Nordic region. The restaurant upped its approach after relocating to its current space in 2018 and now exclusively sources its product from the Copenhagen region.
Dining at Noma was a dream that came true during our trip to Copenhagen.
Noma, by choice, seats fewer than 100 diners each day. Tens of thousands of people attempt to pry one of Noma’s precious few tables the moment that each dining ‘season’ opens for reservations. It’s that competitive.
It’s no exaggeration to say that we were over the moon with excitement when we scored a dinner reservation at Noma during our autumnal visit to Copenhagen. Our visit coincided with that season’s Game and Forest menu so that’s what we ate during our dinner. And what a dinner it was!
Read all about our epic dinner at Noma from beginning to end. We even share how much we spent on the meal.
Noma didn’t garner its fame from serving boring food. This daring course featuring duck brain served in a duck bill was the opposite of boring.
It was all magnificent and overwhelming but what’s glued to our minds is the first of 18 plates – a reindeer skull served atop a napkin in a simple, rustic, dark brown wicker basket. At that moment, we knew that Noma’s Game and Forest menu was no joke.
There’s no disguising the food at Noma. Redzepi and his extensive team purposely transported us to the forest. Under his tutelage, we were hunters. We were humans eating food that was once living – not some dressed up facsimile packaged in plastic and sold to the masses.
There’s also no disguising that our dinner at Noma was the most expensive meal we’ve ever experienced. We have some regrets in our lives. This dinner isn’t one of them.
Don’t assume that you can score a reservation at Noma. Do your best and have a back-up plan if it doesn’t work out. Since Copenhagen has more than a dozen Michelin starred restaurants, finding another special Copenhagen restaurant should not be a problem.
Noma is located at Refshalevej 96, 1432 København K, Denmark.
2. Restaurant Barr
If you’re wondering what it was like to dine in the original Noma space, dining at Restaurant Barr will provide the answer. We could still feel the original magic radiating through the restaurant’s arched windows and exposed wooden beams.
If you’re dining at Noma during your Copenhagen visit, and even if you’re not, eating at Restaurant Barr is a must. Due to Noma’s importance in the food world, Barr’s location in the Noma’s former Strandgade 93 space makes the restaurant historic. Also, In a week filled with great food, Barr’s food was among our favorites.
We could feel the electricity from the building’s days as the epicenter of New Nordic Cuisine during our dinner. While Noma’s new location is grand, its original factory space with iconic arched windows exudes that kind of comforting yet refined sense of hygge that catapulted Noma to the top of every restaurant list.
Topped with chanterelles, lingonberries, capers and butter sauce, Restaurant Barr’s free-range pork jägerschnitzel takes the Germanic dish to new heights.
Thorsten Schmidt, Barr’s chef, was a pioneer of New Nordic Cuisine when he helmed the kitchen at now closed Malling & Schmidt in Aarhus. In partnership with Noma chef René Redzepi, Schmidt provides a beer-focused dining experience at Restaurant Barr.
And what an experience it is.
No formal affair, we used our hands to eat Barr’s heart-shaped waffles served with mussels, Oscietra caviar, pickled mushrooms and sour cream.
Our dinner at Restaurant Barr was a series of hits starting with buttery, savory, heart-shaped waffles topped with gentle dollops of plump mussels and lightly popping caviar. Another standout dish was schnitzel – a crunchy, lightly breaded cut of pork leveled up by sides of chanterelle and fresh lingonberries.
Bar is one of the hottest tables in town. Judging by the full restaurant during our Sunday night visit, including a table occupied by Noma dignitaries, it’s a key player in the Copenhagen restaurant scene as well as a jewel in the Noma empire.
Head to Restaurants Barr’s bar if you don’t score a meal reservation. The casual watering hole is a great spot to pair a few small plates with a craft beer or two. Be sure to order the Pink Farts and Unicorn beer, an India Pale Lager that tastes better than it sounds.
Restaurant Barr is located at Strandgade 93, 1401 København, Denmark.
Helmed by Rosie Sanchez (pictured on the left), Sanchez’s culinary team cooks authentic Mexican food in the restaurant’s open kitchen.
Much of the international cuisine options in Copenhagen are carefully orchestrated versions of dishes from other countries. This is not the case at Sanchez where Rosie Sanchez, a Chicago native who previously ran Noma’s pastry program, works the kitchen and the dining room with vigor.
Sanchez’s food is the real deal – a yummy oasis in a Mexican food desert called Europe. But we’ll go further. Sanchez’s food would be equally great in an American city like Los Angeles or New York.
Topped with marinated organic Hindsholm pork and habanero onion, Sanchez’s Tacos de Conchinita satisfied our Mexican food cravings and then some.
We don’t make the above statement lightly. When Daryl worked for a Nueva Latina restaurant organization for six years in Philadelphia, he tasted more than his fair share of pork carnitas. Plus, living in Portugal, we deeply crave authentic Mexican food more than we can properly express in words.
Sanchez’s deeply succulent, rich Tacos de Cochinita more than justify the price of a meal at Sanchez. Her flagship restaurant has a limited a la carte menu of small dishes like the aforementioned tacos as well as oysters and wonderful tuna tostada (pictured above.) However, many diners opt for her more adventurous ‘favorite servings dinner’ featuring rotating dishes like Jackfruit Tinga Tostada and Cauliflower with Mole Almendrado (i.e. almond mole).
Simply described as an Open Churro Sandwich, this dessert was one of the best desserts we ate in Copenhagen… and we ate a lot of desserts.
While conveying incredible Mexican flavors, Sanchez’s food still manages to fit its Danish location.
Ending our meal, a tightly assembled Open Churro sandwich wasn’t just a beautiful Mexican dessert. Its sugary churro ring looked like a pastry baked at a fine Copenhagen bakery. The parfait, infused with mezcal, made it feel Copenexican (Is that a word? If not it should be.)
4. Kødbyens Fiskebar
Jamie Lee helms the kitchen at Kødbyens Fiskebar with contagious enthusiasm.
The Noma connection continues at Kødbyens Fiskebar. In this case, the connection is through co-owner Anders Selmer who was a sommelier at Noma for four years before opening Kødbyens Fiskebar in the city’s meatpacking district in 2009.
To be honest, we walked into the white-tiled restaurant expecting to make a quick stop during our final Copenhagen six-stop food blitz. With its location in Copenhagen’s meat packing district, we were expecting something more akin to a Hamburg fish stand than the fine dining restaurant which it is.
Cucumber, mild horseradish and lovage added verdant touches to our scallops starter at Kødbyens Fiskebar.
Chef Jamie Lee, a British native and Jason Atherton alum, exudes energetic enthusiasm. His kitchen produces intricate, artfully plated dishes that showcase top notch seafood found throughout the region.
Admittedly, we only ordered a couple starters, but they were excellent – a tender crudo of brill with smokey mussels and melt in your mouth Diver scallops topped with big green nasturtium leaves. We also enjoyed the restaurant’s fermented tomato bread served with a verdant dollop of seaweed butter.
Is it wrong that we adored the duo of fermented tomato bread with seaweed butter so much? We think not.
When we return, we plan to dive deeper into the menu. However, we may choose to sit at the bar and indulge in Fish n`Chips and beer instead. It could go either way.
Don’t follow our lead when it comes to reservations. We got lucky. Plan ahead and book a reservation to avoid dining disappointment.
Kødbyens Fiskebar is located at Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København, Denmark.
5. Aamanns 1921
The dining room at Aamans 1921 is a stunner thanks to design elements that include stone columns and metal chandeliers.
Common sense would indicate that Aamanns 1921 recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary. In actuality, the modern Smørrebrød-focused restaurant is a youngster with a history that only goes back to 2017.
But, yet, Aamanns 1921 isn’t the new kid on the Copenhagen restaurant block. Chef / Entrepreneur Adam Aamann opened his more casual deli in 2006. He’s since become a tv personality and has been recognized as the city’s unofficial ‘Smørrebrød king’.
While Aamanns 1921 is a 21st century creation, its building does indeed date back to 1921. The chic space decorated with modern chandeliers and equally modern wood furniture has a former life as a bunker.
No simple sandwich, this Smørrebrød was topped with marinated herring, curry, apple compote, creme fraiche, egg, cress and pork crisp.
Eating Smørrebrøds at Aamanns 1921 is a must. The restaurant builds each open-faced sandwich with homemade rye bread and local, seasonal ingredients. Keeping with the Copenhagen food ethic, the restaurant produces its flour with a stone mill and ferments its herring for months.
During our meal, we sampled three different Smørrebrøds including one with topped with herring that had been salted for six months and then marinated in an aromatic mixture of curry and lemongrass. Oddly, it reminded us of smoked eel sushi which we adore. The other two were equally impressive – one served on brioche topped with a savory four mushroom gravy and another topped with a layer of beef tartare.
Choosing a Snaps flavor isn’t an easy task at Aamanns 1921. We chose rye.
Aamann’s lunch menu, which features 11 different Smørrebrød options also offers a la carte items like the Fiskefrikadeller (i.e. fishcakes). Those not wanting to make tough food decisions can opt for a tasting menu.
We understand if you want to save your brain power when it comes to choosing food. You’ll need it for the task of selecting among a range of homemade organic Snaps in flavors like dill, lovage and rye. We opted for rye surprising our server (since we’re American) and delighting our tastebuds.
Be sure to visit the restaurant’s restrooms so that you can sample Aamann’s line of hand soap when you wash your hands. It’s so divine that we were tempted to purchase a bottle despite is 249 kr (approximately $38 US) price tag.
Aamanns 1921 is located at Niels Hemmingsens Gade 19-21, 1153 København, Denmark.
Stepping into Restaurant Schønnemann is like stepping into the past.
Restaurant Schønnemann has served hungry Danes since 1877, but the vibe in the traditional restaurant’s forest green space feels remarkably fresh.
Maybe it’s the timeless furnishings paired with pretty chandeliers that hang over the window side tables. Or maybe it’s the welcoming servers who treated us like regulars instead of tourists. But surely it’s the food which, while traditional, features fresh ingredients served in elegant Danish style.
Schønnemann’s Stjerneskud lives up to its name that literally translates to meteor shower. It tasted out of this world.
After the original eponymous owners guided Schønnemann’s operations, the restaurant transitioned through a number of different stewards. The historic restaurant most recently received a culinary update in 2007 but still retains its commitment to Danish cuisine.
We highly recommend this eatery for food travelers who want to sample authentic Danish food. We especially recommend ordering Stjerneskud (i.e. Meteor Shower) – a Smørrebrød topped with fried, breaded plaice and ‘showered’ with boiled shrimp, mayonnaise and a golf ball sized dollop of black danish caviar.
Drink Snaps with your meal unless you rather drink beer. The restaurant’s dill snaps pairs swimmingly with Stjerneskud.
Schønemann is located at Hauser Pl. 16, 1127 København, Denmark.
Simply described as Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare, this seafood pasta dish at Barabba impressed us with its local take on classic Italian cuisine.
Barabba is what we would call ‘New Italian.’
The restaurant’s chef, Marco Cappelletti, draws from the best Italian traditions but channels the spirit of food in Italy without sticking to a set script (or, in this case, set dishes). To accomplish this feat, Cappelletti procures ingredients from the best local sources and prepares his simple dishes with elegance.
Flakes of salt provided the finishing touch to the crispy pork belly we ate at Barabba.
During our late lunch, we enjoyed two unpretentious yet tasty pasta dishes – verdant, toothsome fettuccine lightly dusted with fennel pollen and spaghetti frutti di mare in a tomato sauce with plump mussels and prawns. These dishes were bookended by a ‘cow tartare’ starter topped with a shingle of fresh sliced mushrooms and a secondi of braised pork belly with crispy skin and mushroom salad.
There aren’t any bells and whistles at at this restaurant and, to us, that’s what great Italian cuisine is all about. The team at Barabba creates dishes that showcase the great food product available in the Copenhagen region. More important, their dishes are a joy to eat.
Don’t hesitate to order wine with your meal. Barabba’s natural wine list was assembled by owner Riccardo Marcon who was formerly the head sommelier at Restaurant 108 (which earned a Michelin star but closed in 2020).
Barabba is located at Store Kongensgade 34, 1264 København, Denmark.
It takes a lot of people and a fancy pizza oven to make enough pizza to feed diners who flock to Bæst each night.
Like most cities around the world, pizza is plentiful in Copenhagen. However, some Copenhagen pizzerias are just a little bit better. Bæst fits into the ‘better’ category. It’s also a pizzeria with a passion for sustainability, a special oven imported from Naples and an owner (Christian Puglisi) with an auspicious pedigree.
Born in Sicily, Puglisi worked at El Bulli and Noma before opening (and later closing) internationally acclaimed Relæ. He brings all of these experiences to Bæst where he cures his own meat and makes fresh cheese daily with milk produced at his Farm of Ideas.
This rainbow of tomatoes grown at the Farm of Ideas primed us for the pizza course yet to come.
Although Bæst offers a la carte dishes on its menu, the shareable seven-course menu is the way to go. Priced at 345 kr (approximately $52 US) per person at the time of our meal, it’s a splurge that we nicknamed a Bæst Fæst.
Sure you could order a sourdough pizza or two and call it a night. However, that approach would leave out many of the artisan products and fresh veggies served at this farm-to-table pizzeria.
Toppings like ‘nduja, smoked mozzarella and spring onions ramped up the flavor of our pizza at Bæst.
If you love pizza, patience is required when you order the Bæst tasting menu. Expect dishes like sweet yellow gazpacho, grilled endive salad and a melange of cured meats and cheeses to arrive well before the pizza makes its appearance.
Our chosen pizza was topped with house made ‘nduja and smoked mozzarella as well as spring onions and oregano. It was worth the wait. Supple and spicy, it filled us up though we somehow found room to end our meal with a few bites of house made pistachio gelato.
Bæst offers a wine pairing for those who want to experience the best of the restaurant’s natural wine list.
Bæest is located at Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København N, Denmark.
9. Slurp Ramen Joint
Despite the restaurant’s serious approach to ramen, Slurp Ramen Joint’s tiny dining room is both casual and fun.
Slurp looks like a typical ramen joint as its name implies. But, as is often the case in Copenhagen, looks can be deceiving.
Despite its hip vibe and a minimalistic decor that blends Japanese and Danish elements seamlessly, Slurp takes ramen seriously. The restaurant even has a ‘tenrakai manifesto’ that involves making everything in house after sourcing top ingredients from both Denmark and Japan.
But, while Slurp takes ramen seriously, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Case in point – Slurp’s mascot is a too-cool-for-school dog named Norman that wears sunglasses at night.
No simple soup, Slurp’s miso ramen comes topped with soft pork belly, bean sprouts, chili cress, chili oil, burnt onion oil, tamago (egg) and sesame seeds. We ate this bowl during our meal.
Slurp’s succinct menu featured five ramens – shio, shoyu, miso, veggie and a dry version called mazesoba – at the time of our meal. We ordered bowls of shio and miso ramen plus a Korean fried chicken starter for good measure.
While the classic shio broth was a stunner thanks to ingredients like chicken, smoked sardines and seafood, the miso ramen stole the show with toppings that included oyster mushrooms and chili oil. We greedily slurped both until our bowls were empty. It’s the only thing to do at a ramen joint called Slurp.
With each bowl priced at 160 kr (approximately $25 US) at the time of our meal Slurp may actually qualify as a Cheap Eats restaurant considering Copenhagen steep prices. Since we’re on the fence and really enjoyed our meal, we decided to place it here.
Slurp Ramen Joint is located at Nansensgade 90, 1366 København, Denmark.
10. Warpigs Brewpub
Warpigs Brewery covers its condiment bases with sauces inspired by Alabama, Texas, Kansas City and the Carolinas.
The confluence of international chefs honing their skills at restaurants like Noma and The Alchemist have had a positive impact on Copenhagen’s international food scene. This is a city where it’s easy to find competent to excellent ramen, Italian food, and burgers. While restaurants like Sanchez (see above) offer a product that’s truly special, other restaurants offer food that’s textbook competent.
Such is the case with the barbecue fare at Warpigs Brewpub, a Copenhagen barbecue joint co-owned by two breweries – 3 Floyds and Mikkeller. Not surprisingly based on its ownership, this restaurant offers a comprehensive beer selection that includes the Mikkeller Visions lager which we shared.
Warpigs doesn’t have the soul of Memphis ‘cue or the homespun charm of smoke houses in Lockhart. However, this Meatpacking District barbecue joint checks all of the requisite boxes when it comes to American barbecue.
Our barbecue lunch at Warpigs was a ‘best of’ platter with a mishmash of items that included brisket, hushpuppies, pimento cheese, baked beans and pickles. Ironically, the pickles were our favorite item.
During our meal, Warpigs’ tender brisket, made from meat imported from America, had the all-important red smoked ring with and was cooked to precision. The hushpuppies were brown and crispy though oddly reminiscent of samosas. The beans were smokey and the pimento cheese had an adequate bite.
However, we were more impressed by the BBQ joint’s sweet, anise-spiced pickles fermented with star anise, fennel seed and clove. In a town built on pickling, these spicy beauties provided a genuine flavor that tasted like Denmark.
Include Warpigs on a mini-crawl through the meatpacking district. You can start with coffee at Prolog, nibble on seafood at Kødbyens Fiskebar and finish at Warpigs with barbecue and beer.
Warpigs Brewpub is located at Flæsketorvet 25-37, 1711 København, Denmark.
Additional Copenhagen Restaurants
Don’t forget to sample traditional Danish food in Copenhagen. Dishes like the Fiskefrikadeller we ate at Aamanns 1921 are integral to your Copenhagen food exploration.
The above ten restaurants represent the tip of the Copenhagen restaurant iceberg. Consider one or more of the following restaurants if you can’t score a reservation at Noma or if you have the time and budget to dig deeper into the Copenhagen restaurant scene.
The above stars represent each restaurant’s current number of Michelin stars.
Copenhagen Cheap Eats
Finding cheap eat in Copenhagen can be a challenge. We found this fried chicken tender at Amass.
Not every meal needs to be an epic experience. Sometimes we’d much rather chow down on a hamburger than sit down for a multi-course meal. Let’s face it, chef-driven food is wonderful but it’s not appropriate for every meal.
We’re not going to lie. Finding cheap food in Copenhagen is like finding a story about Copenhagen that doesn’t feature a mermaid or hipsters. But it can be done if you define cheap in your head and multiply that number by two or three.
Read on to discover our picks for the best affordable restaurants in Copenhagen.
12. Gasoline Grill
Is this a gas station or a restaurant? The answer is both.
Gasoline Grill’s original location inside an urban gas station could easily be a gimmick. It’s not. Its award-winning burgers are some of the best we’ve eaten outside of the United States. Anywhere. Ever.
Klaus Wittrup channeled his passion for American burgers when he opened the original Gasoline Grill in 2016 in a gas station. Though it was far from the first burger joint in Copenhagen, it was probably the first to make burgers with freshly ground meat and serve them inside potato rolls. It was definitely the first to serve them with Gasoline Sauce, a flavorful condiment that reminded us of 1000 island dressing, at a gas station.
Gasoline Grill’s cheeseburger is as good, if not better, than many burgers we’ve eaten in the US.
Our first trip to the original Gasoline Grill was a bust since the burgers literally sold out while we were in the queue. (We arrived a half hour before closing. Don’t do that.) Not deterred, we returned the next day and promptly ordered a combo meal that included a burger, fries and drink for 125 kr (approximately $19).
Though we were tempted to try a hot chicken sandwich and considered opting for a butterburger made with organic butter, we stayed the course and ordered a ‘benchmark’ cheeseburger topped with melted cheddar cheese, onion, pickles and Gasoline Sauce. It was a smart move and one that we’ll likely repeat.
As already stated, don’t wait until the end of the day to eat at Gasoline Grill. Each location prepares a finite number of burgers each day. As we learned the hard way, when they’re gone, they’re really gone.
Gasoline Grill has multiple Copenhagen locations. We ate at the original restaurant located at Landgreven 10, 1300 København, Denmark.
13. Popl Burger
A new member of the Noma family, Popl Burger serves burgers and fries in this modern Danish dining room.
Noma and the phrase ‘cheap eats’ are rarely used in one sentence… unless that sentence also includes the words Popl and burger. Granted, we’re talking about Copenhagen, so cheap is a relative term.
Two burgers and an order of fries at the former pop-up quickly added up to 345 kr (approximately $53 US) at the time of our visit. And that’s before extras like potato salad, pickles and spicy cucumber salad. We ordered the spicy cukes anyway.
If the chefs at Noma were to grill a burger it would like this. In fact, it did look like this.
But, hey, eating at Popl Burger is a heck of a lot cheaper than eating at Noma. And, unless you’re a vegetarian, it’s hard to say “no” to dry-aged, free-range burgers served inside potato buns baked by Hart Bageri. Also, Popl glazes each burger with beef garum made in the Noma Fermentation lab which is pretty cool. Think fish sauce but made with beef.
That being said, you may want to try the vegetarian burger even if you’re not a vegetarian. It’s not every day you can eat a burger made with fermented quinoa at the aforementioned fermentation lab.
Consider sitting outside or getting burgers to go if you don’t score a reservation at Popl Burger. Yes, you need reservations to dine at Noma’s burger joint.
POPL Burger is located at Strandgade 108, 1401 København, Denmark.
Copenhagen has a lot of hot dog stands on its streets. We chose to eat hot dogs at this green wagon operated by DØP.
Hot dogs carts first appeared in Copenhagen during the early part of the 20th century. They’ve been a popular fixture ever since.
We’ve eaten tunnbrödsrulle in Sweden and pølse in Norway. It’s only logical that we would try hot dogs in Denmark. Our only decision was where to try them.
Topped with ketchup, mustard, remoulade, fried onions and four pickles slices, this hot dog at DØP was AOK.
Today’s Copenhagen has more than a few famous stands. We chose DØP after watching Phil Rosenthal down one of their dogs on the TV show Somebody Feed Phil. The idea that DØP serves an all-organic product with locally sourced ingredients also appealed to us. Plus, the 37 kr (approimatly $6) price tag didn’t seem too bad.
We can’t say that we were blown away by DØP. However, we can say that we enjoyed eating a Ristet Hot Dog which was neatly shingled with pickles and loaded with ketchup, mustard, remoulade and fried onions. Eating it under blue skies next to the Round Tower was an added bonus.
Don’t skip DØP if you don’t eat meat. Its tofu sausage is fit for both vegetarians and vegans.
DØP has two Copenhagen locations. We ate at the stall located at Amagertorv 31, 1160 København, Denmark.
14. Amass Fried Chicken
Weather permitting, chilling in Amass’ urban garden is a prime reason to eat its fried chicken.
Noma isn’t the only A-list Copenhagen restaurant with a more casual (i.e. less expensive) dining option. Amass, located on Refshaleøen, is the second.
Helmed by Matt Orlando, formerly a head chef at Noma, Amass Restaurant has achieved global notoriety for its zero waste approach to upscale dining. With its own urban garden and greenhouse, the edgy restaurant grows many of its own ingredients and has a fried chicken side business.
We rolled up our sleeves to eat this fried chicken basket at Amass.
Despite Amass’ stellar reputation and personal recommendations from two respected food professionals, we didn’t love Orlando’s take on fried chicken.
Not only were we turned off by the boneless preparation, but we also didn’t dig the coating which was dusted with something reminiscent of ranch dressing powder. (This was done either on purpose or by accident. We’re not sure.) The chicken reminded Daryl of something he’s eaten at a USA restaurant chain called Perkin’s. As for Mindi, she was turned off by the ranch dressing that didn’t actually taste like ranch dressing.
That being said, we have no regrets for plunking down 120 kr (approximately $18 US) for a basket of fried chicken nuggets plus another 40 kr (aproximately $6) for a beer. We got to check out one of Copenhagen’s most striking restaurants for a relatively low cost of admission. Plus, the beer was tasty.
Skip the fried chicken and go to Amass for a proper meal instead. You can even opt to enjoy Orlando’s sustainable menu in the restaurant’s pastoral garden if you’re so inclined.
Amass Fried Chicken is located at Refshalevej 153, 1432 København, Denmark.
15. Lille Bakery
Lille Bakery is a happy place in Copenhagen. Its breakfast combination of tasty food, Prolog coffee and sunshine can’t be beaten.
Located in Refshaleøen, just one kilometer from Noma and literally around the corner from bucolic Amass, Lille Bakery is in good company. Despite its seemingly simple offerings, the little bakery holds its own on an industrial island that’s morphed into a culinary hub and hipster haven.
Starting with its cavernous, light-filled industrial space in a former shipyard apprentice school, not much is small at Lille besides its name which translates to little. This is a Copenhagen bakery where long lines and big flavors are the norm. It’s also a great spot for eating either breakfast or a light lunch.
Plates topped with a cardamom bun, morning bun, sausage roll and egg toast combined to create a satisfying breakfast for two. Cups of Prolog coffee helped turn the plates into a meal.
A trio of owners first garnered attention in 2018 when they opened Lille Bakery with crowdfunding assistance via a Kickstarter campaign. The threesome learned the ropes at 108, Noma’s now-closed sister restaurant.
During our morning visit, we shared a sugary cardamom bun, a delicate sausage roll, satisfying egg toast and Daryl’s new favorite, a morning bun filled with butter and cheese. Baked with locally sourced organic ingredients, the mix of bakery and breakfast items was a winner that paired perfectly with piping hot cups of Prolog coffee.
Wander around Refshaleøen after you eat breakfast at Lille Bakery. There’s a lot happening in the bakery’s up-and-coming neighborhood.
Lille Bakery is located at Refshalevej 213A, 1432 København, Denmark.
16. Seks Bakery & Eatery
Sourdough buns topped with French and Polish cheese were tasty highlights during our breakfast at Seks. Eggs, flat whites and cold brew coffee completed our meal at the organic and orgasmic cafe.
Despite its provocative name and equally provocative goal to serve organic and orgasmic food, Seks Bakery and Eatery is a family-friendly cafe. It’s also a great spot to chill with great food or specialty coffee but preferably both.
While seks is the Danish word for six which happens to be the cafe’s street number, it’s an intentional homonym for sex at this self-proclaimed ‘organic and orgasmic’ Copenhagen cafe. Without doubt, the cafe’s name is purposefully provocative and warrants a chuckle or two.
After eating their way around the world, Polish owners Jan and Monika Pawlak put their culinary passion into all aspects of their cafe’s menu including the cafe’s coffee program. Dishes like shakshuka and fatoush salad may be global but their sourdough buns are pure Denmark.
Eating cheesecake at Seks is an absolute must. It’s the cafe’s signature dessert.
In our opinion, Seks is a great place in Copenhagen to try something new. Maybe you’ll want to order Monica’s Alaskan sourdough hotcakes made with a sourdough starter that’s 120 years old. Or maybe you’ll want to linger over an American-style Cinnamon Bun while you sip a cup of Moroccan mint tea.
Did we mention the cheesecake? Don’t forget to order the cheesecake! We tried two different flavors during two separate visits and loved them both.
You can order gluten-free sourdough bread here if you follow a gluten-free diet
Seks Bakery & Eatery is located at Krystalgade 6, 1172 København, Denmark.
Leave your impressions of porridge at home when you taste Grød’s fresh take on the classic breakfast staple.
Porridge isn’t exactly the sexiest food in the world. The name alone evokes visions of instant oatmeal and gruel that Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist famously requested “more” of without success. Copenhagen’s Grød proves that porridge can be sexy after all.
It may sound odd to call porridge sexy but we’re not alone with our feelings. Just a decade after it opened its original porridge bar in 2011, Grød now has 10 Copenhagen locations including the one we visited at the Torvehallerne market hall.
The word grød literally translates to porridge.
Topping porridge with caramel sauce, fresh apple and roasted almonds is genius. The trick is to get all four elements in each bite.
Grød’s menu offers an array of toppings that range from healthy fruit to decadent chocolate drops. Overwhelmed, we took the safe route by sharing a combo topped with homemade caramel sauce, fresh apple and roasted almonds. It was a good breakfast choice that didn’t break the bank with its 60 kr price tag (approximately $10 US) at the time of our visit.
Later in the day, the Gród menu expands to include savory items like risotto, congee and daal. The local chain also sells cookbooks and jars of caramel sauce, both of which would make wonderful souvenirs or gifts.
Order iced coffee with caramel sauce for a match made in coffee heaven.
Grød has multiple Copenhagen locations. We ate at the shop located in the Turvehallerne food hall.
18. La Banchina
This blue shack is cute but it’s not the main attraction at La Banchina. Those honors go to its harborside pier and adorable sauna.
La Banchina isn’t just a Copenhagen restaurant.
It’s also a cafe and spa that encourages its customers to eat, dip and repeat. And by dip, we mean jump into the water regardless of the weather or temperature. And clothing is optional to boot.
La Banchina is a great Copenhagen spot to start the day with pastries and a dip if you’re so inclined.
During our visit, we skipped the dip. Don’t judge us – it was cold outside. Instead, we were content to sip cappuccinos crafted with beans from Copenhagen’s Nordic Roasting Company and nibble on olive-like salted young plums with an indoor view of the waterfront action.
La Banchina’s menu expands beyond cafe fare in the evening. Expect seasonal dishes featuring locally sourced vegetables and fish. Whether you take a dip or not is up to you.
It’s always wine-o’clock at La Banchina where natural wine is typically the beverage of choice.
La Banchina is located at Refshalevej 141, 1432 København, Denmark.
Additional Cheap Eats
Morning buns are our favorite Copenhagen breakfast item. We ate this one at Seks.
We understand if you want to explore more cheap eats in Copenhagen. If this is the case, we propose the following additional spots for your budget-friendly exploration:
You don’t have to look hard to find a bar in Copenhagen though sometimes you have to look down.
While most Copenhagen eateries serve alcohol, sometimes it’s more fun to mix and mingle at bars. We recommend the following Copenhagen bars for those times when you want to let your hair down while drinking beer, cocktails and wine:
19. Mikkeller Bar
The original Mikkeller bar is a mecca for craft beer fanatics. It’s also a fun spot for the rest of us to imbibe a brew or two.
It’s not difficult to find Mikkeller beer in Copenhagen.
The global brewer with local roots has bars and bottle shops as well as taps at restaurants that serve ramen, tacos, barbecue and Smørrebrød sandwiches. One location is in the Torvehallerne market (see below) and another is at the airport.
Drinking a Mikkeller beer in a Mikkeller pint at a Mikkeller bar is a must for food travelers who visit Copenhagen. We drank this particular pint at the original Mikkeller bar.
We could have happily imbibed Mikkeller beer at any or all of those spots. But we chose to check off this bucket list beer item at Mikkeller’s very first bar on Viktoriagade.
Clearly popular, the bar was already crowded when we arrived for pre-dinner drinks at 5:30 pm. Quickly nabbing two seats at the bar, we ordered two drinks – a boozy George! that had been barrel aged in bourbon casks for Mindi and a fruity apple cider for Daryl.
Mikkeller’s original bar has 20 taps. Expand your horizons and try a beer outside your comfort zone. The risk is low but the potential reward is high.
Mikkeller has multiple locations in Copenhagen. We drank our beer at the original bar located at Viktoriagade 8 B-C, 1655 København, Denmark.
Balderdash owner Geoffrey Canilao is serious about his whimsical approach to mixology.
Located in an 18th century goldsmith house that later became an Italian restaurant, Balderdash is the opposite of its name. And, while it’s a serious bar, owner Geoffrey Canilao creates drinks with unusual components that many might consider to be a bit crazy.
Originally from the US, Canilao is more than a mad mixologist who dabbles in fermentation. He’s created a cozy, welcoming space that lives up to its logo by keeping things hygge. In fact, after we finished imbibing our cocktails, he took us on an impromptu tour and proudly introduced us to his laboratory.
Merriam-Webster defines balderdash as nonsense.
We enjoyed every sip of this Mushroom Alexander cocktail crafted with gin, mushrooms, chocolate, coconut cream and deer heart.
Balderdash’s classic cocktails aren’t strictly traditional. The bar’s Espresso Martini recipe includes bacon salt which sounds intriguing. Since we didn’t need any additional caffeine after drinking flat whites all day, we instead ordered a Mushroom Alexander crafted with gin, mushrooms, chocolate, coconut cream and deer heart.
However, it was Balderdash’s seasonal Midnight Oil cocktail that burned its way into our hearts with ingredients like black truffle, banana, black garlic, hazelnut, vegan cream, coconut and chaga-black pepper dust. It was a tasty tipple and that’s not balderdash.
Try one of Balderdash’s high-concept seasonal cocktail featuring unusual local ingredients. You can drink Gin + Tonic cocktails at home.
Balderdash is located at 1151 k, Valkendorfsgade 11, 1151 København, Denmark.
21. TaTa Cocktail Bar
The bartenders at TaTa Cocktail Bar specialize in crafting classic cocktails. Since we specialize in drinking classic cocktails, we felt right at home.
Not your typical hotel bar, TaTa Cocktail Bar is a great spot for an intimate tête-à-tête involving crafted cocktails whether you’re staying overnight at the tony Hotel Sanders or not. Open since 2018, the bar has been recognized as the best in Denmark at the Bartenders’ Choice Awards in both 2018 and 2019. One of its bartenders, Henry Bell, has been similarly recognized as best bartender.
Named after the Royal Danish Theatre’s red velvet curtain, TaTa specializes in classic cocktails as evidenced by its menu filled with some of our favorites including the Clover Club, Mojito and Vieux Carré. The menu goes the extra step by describing each cocktail in three words and ranking its ‘boozyness’ level on a scale of one to four.
Tata’s Cablegram cocktail struck as a cross between a Mint Julep and a Moscow Mule.
We started our visit with welcome drinks crafted with Copenhagen Distillery‘s Bay Leaf Gin and sherry. The refreshing combination tickled our tastebuds while we worked our way through the bar’s menu.
Wanting to try something new to us, we settled on the Cablegram crafted with Bulleitt rye whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer and a mint sprig. The menu described the cocktail as refreshing, citrus herbaceous and we agree. We also agree with its ‘boozyness’ ranking of level three.
TaTa offers a curated selection of local and imported beers for those not in the mood for cocktails.
TaTa Cocktail Bar in the Hotel Sanders which is located at Tordenskjoldsgade 15, 1055 København, Denmark.
22. Den Vandrette
Den Vandrette has a local vibe despite its location near Nyhavn.
Wine is popular in Denmark despite the country’s limited viniculture production. Accordingly, wine drinkers visiting Copenhagen have several wine bars worth visiting. During our visit, we chose to drink wine at the slightly subterranean natural wine bar called Den Vandrette.
Don’t discount Den Vandrette based on its location near Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s colorful, touristic waterfront. The wine bar is a cosy spot to sip natural wine and nibble on small plates topped with items like wild mushrooms, sea buckthorn and celeriac carpaccio.
Drinking natural wine is the thing to do at Den Vandrette.
Choosing which wines to drink is a fun challenge at Den Vandrette. After ordering glasses of Burgundian Chardonnay and Emilian orange wine produced with Albana grapes, we kept things simple with a side of fresh cheese and sourdough bread. And by simple, we mean delicious.
Although Den Vandrette literally translates to The Horizontal, we recommend that you remain vertical at this wine bar.
Den Vandrette is located at Havnegade 53A, 1058 København, Denmark.
Brus is a great spot to get your brew on in Copenhagen.
Brus has a lot going on. It’s a craft brewery that’s also a craft brewpub and a restaurant as well as a bottle shop. It’s also extremely popular as evidenced by the throngs of locals crowding the bar during our visit.
Located in Nørrebro next to Bæst (see above), Brus is a destination for many. For us, it was where we stopped for a pre-dinner drink before eating pizza. Choosing from 30 or so options once we squeezed our way to the bar, we ordered wild fermented organic Frankofil cider crafted by Æblerov. Since the bar was crazy crowded, we drank the funky cider outside.
Go on a weeknight or arrive early to enjoy Brus’ hip industrial space filled with fermentation tanks and oak barrels. Otherwise, the space will also be filled with people.
BRUS is located at Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København, Denmark.
Iskren Ivanov created mixology magic at Balderdash when he added deer heart to our Mushroom Alexander cocktail.
Which Copenhagen bar will be your favorite? The only way to find out is to do a proper bar crawl and try them all. Be sure to add the following watering holes to your Copenhagen drinking list:
Copenhagen Markets and Shops
You never know what you’ll find at Copenhagen markets and shops. We found these friendly ceramic ghosts at Studio Arhoj.
Shopping for food in Copenhagen is fun due to the city’s stylish markets and the city’s commitment to sustainability. This commitment translates to local, seasonal products that typically cost less than food at Copenhagen restaurants.
It’s also fun to shop at food-related shops, especially those which sell ceramic plates and serving pieces. Buying is a different matter. Did you catch that everything in Copenhagen is expensive?
Whether you’re shopping or buying or both, don’t miss the following Copenhagen markets and shops:
Torvehallerne is the premiere food market in Copenhagen where vendors sell a variety of food options which can be eaten on the spot or later.
Copenhagen staked a claim in the contest for best modern food hall when Torvehallerne opened in 2011. Centrally located near the Nørreport metro station, this food hall is a popular destination for locals and visiting foodies who want to taste the best of Copenhagen without breaking the bank.
Torvehallerne practically swims with seafood. We were impressed with the quality after eating a half dozen oysters.
At first glance, the market’s two buildings designed by Hans Hagens are a show stopper. However, the stands and stalls inside are the reason to visit Torvehallerne for breakfast or dinner or any time in between.
Besides food that runs the gamut from fresh oysters to sweet treats, the market also has an array of potential edible souvenirs including Summerbird chocolate treats and bottles of Mikkeller craft beer.
Wander through both buildings before you choose what to eat. Otherwise, you may regret your purchase.
Turvehallerne is located at Frederiksborggade 21, 1362 København, Denmark.
This 7-Eleven was conveniently located right near our Copenhagen hotel.
You might be surprised to find 7-Eleven in this guide but trust us when we say that you’ll be happy for the convenience store’s presence in Copenhagen. You may even say “oh thank heaven” a time or two.
More than just a spot for a quick coffee or slurpee, these convenience stores sell a variety of baked goods, savory sandwiches and hot dogs. While not the best in town, the food at 7-Eleven is relatively cheap and surprisingly decent.
Stock up on candies like salty black licorice and Danish chocolate to enjoy once you’re home.
7-Eleven has multiple locations in Copenhagen. We frequented several during our visit.
26.Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store
The Royal Copenhagen flagship store is a great spot to shop for traditional Danish plateware. Whether you buy any is up to you.
The china at the Royal Copenhagen flagship store in Copenhagen is neither hip nor trendy. And why should it be? The company has a history that dates back to 1775 when it started operating as a purveyor to her majesty the queen of Denmark.
Still, there’s something fun about browsing through the multi-floor store filled with porcelain pieces that span the centuries. We particularly enjoyed the walls filled with limited edition Christmas plates – one for each year going back more than a century.
While most Royal Copenhagen pieces are dishwasher safe, this is not the case in regards to microwaves. Be sure to read the label whether you purchase china in the Royal Copenhagen’s flagship store or online.
The Royal Copenhagen flagship store is located at Amagertorv 6, 1160 København, Denmark.
27. Tasja P. Ceramics
Tasja Pulawska took time to show us her pottery creations and discuss the local restaurant scene when we visited her Copenhagen studio.
The ceramics at Tasja P. Ceramics couldn’t be more different from those sold by Royal Copenhagen. For starters, artisan Tasja Pulawska crafts each piece by hand in Copenhagen whereas the bigger company outsources much of its production to Thailand. Then there’s her style which is more earthy and less formal.
Born in Poland and formerly a graphic designer, Pulawska apprenticed with potter Eric Landon before opening her own Copenhagen studio in 2016. It’s a happy place filled with vases, cups, bowls, jars and teapots. We bought two pieces during our visit and were tempted to purchase more.
Contact the artist directly if you don’t find what you want on her website.
Tasja P. Ceramics is located at Mimersgade 21, 2200 København, Denmark.
28. Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj offers a wonderful selection of pottery in its central Copenhagen studio location.
Colors explode and cultures collide at Studio Arhoj in central Copenhagen. In our opinion, both are a good thing.
After a stint in Tokyo, potter Anders Arhoj combines Danish and Japanese aesthetics in his pottery pieces. Some are classic while others are whimsical. The only way to see which you prefer is to peruse the artist’s vast selection in his Copenhagen store or online.
If you see something you like, buy it in the shop and carry it home. Shipping is possible but pricey.
Studio Arhoj is located at Skindergade 7, st, 1159 København, Denmark.
Additional Markets and Shops
Shopping in Copenhagen is fun for food travelers looking for edible souvenirs and pottery pieces. We bought both.
Those who like to shop til they drop will want to add the following additional spots to their Copenhagen itinerary:
Plan Your Copenhagen Trip
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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.
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