Restaurants in Copenhagen
The lords of Michelin dining have bestowed 13 restaurants in Copenhagen with their mark of guaranteed fine dining. While obviously many popular restaurants in Copenhagen are not included, the honours are indicative of how far dining has progressed in the city.
Traditionally Denmark has not been known for its food, Frikadeller meat balls and cabbage being among the most popular of dishes. While there are some great Danish foods - their hot dogs and open-faced sandwiches are some of the best in the world - much of the truly great dining in Copenhagen deals in international cuisine. Particularly good in Copenhagen are French and Asian restaurants.
Dining in Copenhagen is usually a leisurely affair and patrons are encouraged to take their time and make a night of it. For quicker eats, cafés and hot dog stands are very popular and a fun way to meet people, or you can grab a fresh sandwich at one of the city's many bakeries. Stoget, Central Station, and Grey Friars Square are all hotspots for restaurants. Tivoli also has a great selection of casual places to eat in a fun setting.
A service charge is included in the bill, but great service is often rewarded with a tip regardless. Save money by paying with cash, as many restaurants charge a fee for transactions on foreign credit cards.
Ida Davidsen is the queen of the smorgasbord in Copenhagen, specialising in Denmark's undisputed gourmet speciality. Known as smørrebrød, smorgasbord refers to a range of open sandwiches served for lunch and usually made up of a variety of fish and seafood. The owner of the eponymous restaurant is the fifth in her family to serve this unique cuisine and offers the longest smorgasbord menu in Denmark, measuring six feet (2m) long. A favourite is the Preben Elkjær, a mix of plaice fillets, asparagus, and smoked salmon on rye bread. Open Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 5pm. Reservations recommended.
Address: 70 Store Kongensgade
Telephone: 3391 3655
Paludan's Book and Cafe
Situated in a busy bookshop and art gallery popular with Copenhagen's student population, this cosy restaurant is a great place to relax whether you want a small cup of coffee or a huge plate of lasagne. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the cafe offers local beer on tap and is the perfect place to simply watch people go about their daily lives. There is a good selection for vegetarians too. It's open the whole week, usually closing at 10pm except on Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 11pm.
Address: Fiolstraede 10-12
Telephone: 3315 0675
For a traditional meal bound to bring a smile, follow the locals to the popular lunch spot of Cafe Sorgenfri. The simple 19th-century basement restaurant in the heart of the city's pedestrian precinct was originally a sailor's tavern and is still a very lively drinking hole once the kitchen closes. The décor reflects old Copenhagen with its gilt-framed pictures, wrought-iron chandeliers and leather-panelled walls. At lunch time it serves excellent classic smorrebrods (open sandwiches), ideally washed down with a local brew. Open daily from 11am to 9pm, with Sundays closing at 6pm. Reservations recommended.
Address: 8 Brolæggerstræde
Telephone: 3311 5880
Det Lille Apotek
Known as the oldest restaurant in Copenhagen, Det Lille Apotek is a gorgeous trip back in time. Its four low-ceilinged rooms were frequented by such famous artists and writers like Hans Christian Andersen, with leaded window panes and woodland motifs of forest gods and nymphs resplendent in the glow of petroleum lamps. Translated as 'The Little Pharmacy', it aims to offer a genuine Danish culinary experience with selections of smorgasbords, lunch and dinner menus, and a delightful choice of desserts, coffees, and cheeses. Det Lille Apotek is open every day of the week.
Address: 15 Store Kannikestræde
Telephone: 3312 5606
Italian cuisine has become the international favourite and Copenhagen's copious list of restaurants would not be complete without an Italian gem. The Ristorante Vesuvio fits the bill, serving up a heart-warming 'Chef's Pasta Parade' of tasty options, and a selection of pizzas. The menu also features numerous Italian gourmet meat and fish dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: 4 Radhuspladsen
Telephone: 3393 4447
Promenaden in Tivoli
In Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens, the bustling Promenaden is a 'multi-food-house'. With a view to the Garden's open-air stage, an international menu and vibey atmosphere, the premises also include a bar and café, as well as live music at weekends. On offer are staples like barbecue spare ribs, steaks and pasta or, for a real budget snack, head for the back corridor where there is a sausage bar and beef sandwich deli. The restaurant functions during the summer season only when Tivoli itself is open from 12pm to midnight.
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, Tivoli
Telephone: 3375 0770
Catering to a maximum of 20 guests at a time, Godt is a classy restaurant offering a very personalised and intimate dining experience. This refined approach is extended to the polished Danish menu, offering a selection of the finest veal, seafood and vegetables, all prepared with fresh local herbs. Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner, reservations essential.
Address: 38 Gothersgade
Telephone: 3315 2122
Set in an 18th century waterfront warehouse, Noma exudes Nordic charm in its functional simplicity. The décor combines oak, stone and leather with glass and metal in a light and spacious dining area. Using fresh ingredients from the North Atlantic, the menu offers Scandinavian cuisine such as pork with wild ramson leaves, or sautéed lobster with pickled hip rose. Open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday, and dinner Monday to Saturday. Reservations recommended.
Address: 93 Strandgade
Telephone: 3296 3297
Khun Juk Oriental
Set in Boltens Gård, Khun Juk is a stylish Thai restaurant celebrated for its authentic cuisine. Favourites from the menu include spicy Thai beef salad or steamed mussels with horapa (Thai sweet basil) and lemongrass. The dining room has classic décor and a warm atmosphere, while the outdoor area has lovely café umbrellas and potted plants. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: 9 Store Kongensgade
Telephone: 3332 3050
Located in Grabrodretorv, one of the oldest squares in Copenhagen, Restaurant Peder Oxe is set in an historic 19th-century building with light-filled rooms and high ceilings. The menu varies with the changing of the season and includes everything from classic lamb and beef dishes to fresh seafood and game. The 'Market Buffet' also offers a great selection. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Address: Gråbrødretorv 11, 1154 Copenhagen K
Telephone: 3311 0077
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