Restaurants in Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, you can eat well whatever your budget. Some of the country's most famous dishes are ideal for frugal travelers: the classic open-faced sandwich, the smørrebrød; Danish pastries, especially the snegl, or snail, a cinnamon treat covered in icing; and the hot dog (the organic ones at Døp are especially popular). Bakeries abound that will sell you a whole grain loaf—the essential beginning of a harbor-front picnic. But when you are ready to splurge, the city also has 13 Michelin-starred restaurants. While Americans may associate amusement parks with overpriced nachos and burgers, Tivoli Gardens is home to a number of excellent restaurants, including one of those honored with a Michelin star: Nimb. Chef Thomas Herman serves a multi-course tasting menu in the main dining room while a la carte options are available at the Brasserie overlooking Tivoli. At Noma, in the Opera House, chef Rene Redzepi takes local ingredients and turns food into theater: radishes arrive planted in malt "soil," preserved fish appear to "swim" through pancakes. This theater, however, costs more than a Broadway show with tasting menus at around $240.
Housed in an old pharmacy, Bang and Jensen in trendy Vesterbro has a lived-in feel with mismatched, second-hand mid-century modern furniture, vintage patterned wallpaper, and an assortment of flea-market-find pantings on the wall, in addition to vintage pinball machines and game tables.
Located in the Fredriksberg Gardens and on land belonging to the Royal Danish Garden Society, Mielcke & Hurtigkal takes a cue from nature to inspire its whimsical dining area and inventive international cuisine.
Les Trois Cochons, which means “the three pigs,” is a French-inspired eatery housed inside a repurposed butcher shop. The menu includes a selection of classic French dishes, including foie gras and steak frites, and a selection of red and white wines is available.
Located on the street level an apartment building in the upscale Fredriksberg area, Meyers Deli is just one of several Copenhagen venues run by Claus Meyer, who's a chef, restauranteur, TV host, and author.
Grab a seat at a long, communal drafting table, and you suddenly find yourself at a boisterous dinner party with all the right people. The seasonal menu, a fantastic value, blends Danish and French cuisine (cod with horseradish and bacon, créme brulée).
The local favorite Cofoco recently opened this tiny outpost, where the menu changes daily. Try the Sicilian meatballs with pine nuts, or a classic French onion soup.
Named for Denmark's most famous philospher, Soren K is located on the first floor of the ultramodern Black Diamond addition to the city's Royal Library. Glass walls on one side afford unobstructed views of the nearby city entrance canal.
The city’s haute temple of terroir, recently ranked No. 1 in the world by Restaurant magazine. New Nordic Cuisine star René Redzepi romances local ingredients in such tour-de-force presentations as caramelized salsify with Gotland truffle purée, milk skin, and rapeseed oil.
A vegetarian restaurant that has been open for over 20 years, Morgenstedet is a small cottage with a whitewashed exterior that's surrounded by a pebbled yard and a garden with wooden tables.
Located in the Tivoli Gardens, the Nimb Brasserie serves Scandinavian cuisine from its three open kitchens at the center of the dining room. Floor-to-ceiling rooms provide both garden views and natural light to accompany the low hanging, brightly colored lamp shades above each long table.
Owned by brothers Jesper, Michael, and Lasse Koch, Restaurant Koch overlooks the harbor in Aarhus. The restaurant has an upscale brasserie feel and serves international dishes carefully prepared by the brothers themselves.
Vesterbro’s most enduringly packed boîte—head here for a taste of the city’s traditional drinking culture.
Arguably one of the city’s top restaurants, Geranium has garnered critical acclaim for its inventive, modern take on Scandinavian cuisine.