A Foodie guide to Copenhagen
A sad thing about being a tourist who appreciate good food in Copenhagen is three things. The level of restaurants and cafees in main tourist locations are just as bad as in any other mayor city. The second is that the good restaurants are very often booked weeks a head for a friday or saturday night. As a rule of thumb if you can walk in from the street on a friday night before 20.30 and get a table it is most likely not a decent restaurant. Lastly most of the Michelin star restaurants are all closed in July which is in general a nice time to visit Copenhagen.
However there is hope. With just a little research Copenhagen offers a great variety of excellent restaurants in all priceranges.
Copenhagen without budget constraints
Copenhagen offers a vide range of fine dining restaurants which are all a visit worth. Off course when you are in Copenhagen you should try the “New Nordic” cuisine despite being over a decade old and no longer holds the spot on the “worlds 50 best” list.
My own personal favorites are
Noma is an extremely innovative restaurant that will push your boundaries for fine dining.
Studio after almost 10 years working at Noma Torsten Vingaard wanted to create his own. New Nordic without constraints is what he calls his choice off cooking.
Kadeau has not been given the attention and praise that it in my opinion deserves. Innovative and tasty.
New Nordic on a budget
The high end restaurants can be difficult to secure a table at, but luckily there are other options:
No.2 offers a not 100% new nordic experience, but it does offer the best value for money in Copenhagen.
Radio is another mid range restaurant where the chefs have done their duty at other Copenhagen restaurants and wants to create their own.
Bror is the most innovative non michelin star restaurants. Signature dishes includes ox texticles, fish head and sorth.
Høst which in 2013 was voted best interior in any restaurants offers a unique atmosphere and great food.
Smørebrød (the open club sandwich)
A danish speciality which every tourist, foodie or not, should try at least once. Despite being a traditional danish lunch several restaurants have perfected these to a
Schønnemans serves the traditional smørebrød but with very high standards with regards to quality of ingredients and taste. The decor will take you back to your grandmothers house and you will feel as welcome as if it were her house.
Aamans offers a new interpretation of the classic smørrebrød using some modern techniques without losing focus on classic tastes.
On a sunny day there is no better place for a quick decent meal then Torvehallerne. Get everything from a very tasty taco prepared by former Noma chef Rosio Sanches at Hija de Sánchez, danish pizza from Gorms, the best sushi in town from Sushi Lovers (try their sushi lovers menu), and finish off with a cop of coffee from Coffee Collective.
A couple of places serves a decent regular breakfast, not to be confused with bruch, but Granola takes the lead with its one of kind decor. Cafe Lillebror comes a close second with its excellent pastry and delicious coffee.
With the “gourmet burger” you took the burger of fast food joints and cafes, and a long came upscale burger restaurants with nothing but burgers on the menu.
The best is Cocks and Cows which in addition to a great burger has a great selection of cocktails making it a great spot for a friday night with the guys. Try the New Yorker which is served with a tender new york strip and basil pesto.
Grillen Burgerbar is great second option. Especially their curly and regular chunky fries is among the best in town.
Some 7 years ago michelin cook Rasmus Oubæk became tired of fine dining and started the bistro wave in Copenhagen with a good steak frites. His steak still holds up as the best in town.
Mash, which stands for modern american steakhouse, and was Rasmus Oubæks second stake house serves the best steak in town. The cool interior and exceptional wine list puts it over the top.
Rasmus Oubæks third steak house, Retour Steak, comes a close second with its no nonce french bistro.