Guide to Copenhagen (Culinary)

Arthur De Roey
May 8 · 5 min read

Here is my usual guide to Copenhagen for tourists who enjoy the culinary side of life and want to visit Copenhagen for the first time.

In general I tell Taxi to use taxa.dk +45 35353535 or use Donkey bikes with app or use the electric scooters.

Packing: Copenhagen is rainy and windy and chilly. Check weather forecast. Plenty swimming opportunities, so bring a towel and swimwear if you want to swim.

Inner city: This is the old town of Copenhagen. Think small streets, alleyways, and historic squares. The main (shopping) streets are Strøget and Købmagergade. Sights to see: Parliament (Christiansborg) and the Round Tower (Rundetårn). You will find two good wine bards here: Ved Stranden 10 and Den Vandrette as well as restaurant Musling.

Christianshavn: An old residential neighborhood full of canals and colorful houses. Sights to see: Cathedral of Copenhagen (Von Frue Kirke) and the Freetown Christiania. Try Rufino’s delicious pasta if you’re in the area or grab a beer at Barr in the evening sun. Restaurant 108 is also located here.

Vesterbro: The area is full of hip cafés, bars, galleries, music venues, and restaurants. The main streets are Istedgade and Sønder Boulevard. Sights to see: the meatpacking district (Kødbyen), where you can pick up Rosio Sanchez’s delicious food (ex-Noma) at Hija de Sanchez, enjoy coffee at Prolog or dine at Fiskebaren. Also, check out Rosio’s new opened place Sanchez on Istedgade.

Nørrebro: This area is often described as the most diverse part of Copenhagen. You’ll find vintage clothing stores, antique shops, café’s, and authentic Danish bodegas (bars). The most interesting streets are Jægersborggade, Stefansgade, Griffenfeldsgade, Guldbergsgade, Nørrebrogade, Ravnsborggade, and Blågårdsgade. Swing by Bæst for pizza if you’re near Guldbergsgade.

Østerbro: in an old bourgeois, residential neighborhood. Among other things, you’ll find Copenhagen’s largest park, Fælledparken, here; interesting streets: Østerbrogade, the stretch closest to The Lakes (Søerne) and Nordre Frihavnsgade. Sights to see: Kastellet (an old family fortress), Svanmøllen beach, and Juno Bakery.

Amager: Copenhagen airport is situated here. You can reach the inner city by metro in 17 minutes. Islands Brygge is worth a visit — and a swim! Sights to see: The wild landscape of Amager Fælled, Amager Strandpark (the beach), and Helgoland (a traditional sea bathhouse from 1913, that is open for everyone during the summer months).

Refshaleøen: This is the area of Copenhagen where a lot of top restaurants are based. Recently, the peninsula has been in constant development. Check out restaurant Amass, LA Banchina, and Lille bakery.

Restaurants, bars, and coffee shops:

Here, we have composed a small list of our favorite restaurants in town. We’ve also added our favorite wine bars, coffee spots, and hang-outs.

Places opened on Sunday are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list.

Velbekomme!

Restaurants:

SANCHEZ*

A neighborhood restaurant modeled after the Mexican cantina by the incredibly talented Rosio Sanchez.

lovesanchez.com

108*

noma’s Michelin-starred sister restaurant with casual coffee and wine served all-day at The Corner.

108.dk

BARR*

A casual restaurant & beer bar with outdoor seating in the former noma location — and part of the noma family.

restaurantbarr.com

KØDBYENS FISKEBAR

A Copenhagen classic in the meatpacking district, serving fresh fish and seafood, cocktails and wine.

BÆST

Sourdough pizzas from a wood-fired oven, house-made charcuterie, and cheeses. Right next to the Mirabelle bakery.

Baest.dk

SLURP RAMEN JOINT

Kickass ramen in the heart of Copenhagen, open for lunch and dinner (Wed-Sun) and dinner only on Tuesdays.

slurpramen.dk

MENFREDS & VIN*

Intimate wine bar with small plates to share, featuring vegetables from Christian Puglisi’s “Farm of Ideas”. Open for lunch and dinner.

manfreds.dk

GEIST

Relax, unwind and savor the moment with inventive cooking at the hands of chef Bo Bech in the inner city.

restaurantgeist.dk

GAARDEN & GADEN*

Very casual spot. Combined café and wine bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

gaaga.dk

AMASS

Matt Orlando’s 100% organic produce and inventive cooking in the most beautiful location on Refhaleøen, next to the NOMA symposium place.

amassrestaurant.com

GERANIUM

On the 8th floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium, Rasmus Køfoed and Søren Ledet create a menu which is an exploration of Scandinavia’s superb wild and organic produce presented in delivate, beautiful forms.

geranium.dk

ADMIRALGADE 26

Restaurant run by the team of Ved Stranden 10, combining Nordic & Japanese cuisines.

admiralgade26.dk -> Can recommend!

BARABBA*

Simple bowls of pasta & great list of natural wines served until 2 AM in the inner city.

barabba.dk

ILUKA*

Chef Beau Clugston’s restaurant opened recently, focusing on super-fresh seafood and vegetables, made with care and commitment and server as if you’re family or best mates.

restaurantiluka.dk

HOS FISCHER

Italian trattoria with billiards and casual vibes.

hosfischer.dk

KADEAU

Kadeau’s Michelin-starred cuisine is focusing on the wild landscape of the Danish island of Bornholm.

kadeau.dk

OSTERIA RUFINO

Rustic Italian eatery with great pasta.

rufino-osteria.com

PALÆGADE*

Offers traditional Danish smørrebrod for lunch and à la carte for dinner.

palaegade.dk

RANEE’S

Casual Thai eatery, with a small wine list — you will find some surprising and fun bottles!

ranees.dk

RELÆ

Focused and thoughtful food, no fuss! Simplicity with quality ingredients.

restaurant-relae.dk

SCHØNNEMANN

The place to go for traditional Danish open sandwiches around since 1877.

restaurantschonnemann.dk

Wine bars, beer & cocktails

DEN VANDRETTE*

A cozy wine bar with fun plates of food to share at the foot of Nyhavn.

denvandrette.dk

ANCESTRALE

Vesterbro’s best natural wine bar.

ancestrale.dk

POMPETTE*

A new, intimate wine bar with a great selection & fair prices on natural wines, lovely charcuterie from Sweden and cheese.

@pompettecph

RUBY

Cocktails and happy thoughts among beautifulfurnitue and cozy corners.

rby.dk

BALDERDASH

Whimsical cocktails and endless stories.

balderdash.dk

LA BANCHINA*

Just a short walk from the new noma. Great wine and simple food by the harbour front.

labanchina.dk

VED STRANDEN 10

Iconic wine bar with the most beautiful interior. The evening sun shines on their terrace until it sets.

vedstranden10.dk

THE CORNER AT 108*

Café during the day serving snacks, a changing selection of wine and drinks in the evening.

108.dk

HIMMERIGET

A special selection of beers on tap and huge list of bottled beer.

Himmeriget.dk

NANSENSGADE NR.30*

Very cute wine bar with an amazing wine list, focusing on natural wines open daily in summer.

nr30.cargocollective.com

KØLSTERS TOLV HANER

The official beer brewers for noma symposium serving up amazing biodynamic beers.

koelster.dk

Coffee & pastries

THE CORNER AT 108*

Breakfast, pastries & coffee in the morning with a lunch menu and drinks during the day.

108.dk

JUNO*

Maybe the only bakery in town where people will queue for baked goods. Recommended: Cardamon buns.

@juno_the_bakery

LILLE BAKERY*

Former 108 colleagues, recently opened this beautiful bakery nearby noma.

MIRABELLE*

Mirabelle server great coffee, delicious croissants and buns in the morning before turning into a restaurant with organic food for the rest of the day.

mirabelle-bakery.dk

PROLOG*

Exceptional coffee in the meatpacking district, Prolog is the winner of the Danish Barista Championship 2018.

@prologcoffeebar

COFFEE COLLECTIVE*

Explore coffee experiences in a manner that improves the living conditions of farmers across the globe.

coffeecollective.dk