Copenhagen isn’t known as the most budget-friendly destination, but the Scandinavian culinary mecca is more reachable than ever thanks to a growing number of more casual concepts opened by some of the city’s best chefs.
The team behind Michelin-starred Kadeau was one of the first to bring fine dining to a lower price point, opening PONY in a tiny Vesterbro space in 2012. Around the same time, chef Christian Puglisi opened natural wine bar Manfreds & Vin right across the street from his Michelin-starred Relæ in Nørrebro, followed by the pizza-gazing Bæst and charming café Mirabelle in 2014. Chef Rene Redzepi opened 108 last year, making new Nordic cuisine accessible, and just recently launched Barr, a beer and comfort food concept, in the former location of Noma.
In a city where 15 different restaurants boast 18 Michelin stars, an influx of talented chefs are proving that incredible cuisine can exist without pretention, formality — or a lofty price tag. As they continue to trade formal whites for indigo aprons, there’s no better time to eat your way through one of the world’s most exciting food cities.